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Increasing Diversity in Wilmette Real Estate

Today in class we discussed the debate over the addition of affordable living in Wilmette, IL. As a resident of Wilmette, I took it upon mys...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cosmetic Surgery On the Rise

Why has there been a 274% increase in the number of cosmetic surgeries since 1997?

Studies have shown that over recent years more and more people have been turning to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic Surgery is focused on enhancing an individuals appearances and there are a broad spectrum of the different types of cosmetic surgeries offered. 87% of women are unhappy with at least one aspect of their appearance and this is what makes cosmetic surgery more desirable. I found this increase intriguing and decided to further my knowledge on the topic.

There are several things that may impact the decision to undergo a cosmetic surgery. Many turn to cosmetic surgeries to fix what they believe to be imperfect. One of the biggest impacts on the cosmetic surgery increase is the media. To begin, models are portrayed in an unrealistic way and many desire to look like those that they see in magazines. In addition, television shows that promote cosmetic surgery impact peoples decisions to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Examples of shows that promote cosmetic surgery are: The Swan, Extreme Makeover, Miami Slice, Dr. 90210, I Want a Famous Face, and Plastic Wives. These shows make cosmetic surgery seem as a positive experiences that will enhance a persons life when in reality it may be the opposite. 57% of first time cosmetic surgery seekers report watching one of these shows on a regular basis.

What people don't always understand are the negative impacts a cosmetic surgery can have on an individual. Cosmetic surgery can be psychologically very difficult on a person. Believing that something about yourself needs to be altered is ultimately what compels people to turn to cosmetic surgery. Body image is ultimately low in those who decided to undergo cosmetic surgeries. Not only are the surgeries physical damaging and draining, but they can emotionally be very difficult. It is common for those who undergo cosmetic surgeries to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder. These surgeries can ultimately lead to depression, lower self-esteem, and an increased risk of suicide. Although there are many negative impacts, positive outcomes can also come out of undergoing a surgery. Many see an increase in confidence and body image once they have altered their appearance with a cosmetic surgery.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Nickel and Dimed : Power and Class

In Nickel and Dimed, Ehrenreich struggles with finding the right balance to expressing her feelings. She notices injustices in the workplace and wants to take a stand but isn't always able to. In each of her jobs she has a different amount of voice. For example, when working as a maid Ehrenreich was able to express her feelings to her co-workers and even stand up to her boss, Ted. One day, her co-worker Holly injured her ankle, following the injury Holly was in evident pain but continued to work and attempt to conceal her injury from her boss. Ehrenreich takes it upon herself to talk to Ted, "In the office Ted thanks me for my 'concern' and says he's taken my advice about Holly and sent her home" (Page 114). If she had attempted to give advice to her managers while working as a waitress, the advice would have been taken differently and overall frowned upon.

As an employee at Walmart, they do not have a union. During her days there, Ehrenreich works to build up alliances among the employees and attempt to start a union. She is outraged by the amount of wok that is done for such little pay and wants to do whatever she can to be given fair treatment. On page 185, Ehrenreich describes her efforts to form a union as "amusing" and explains that she has "nothing to lose." Having a say in your workplace is important and she makes an effort to give a say to the workers of Walmart.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Nickel and Dimed : Privelege

Throughout Barbara Ehrenreich's, Nickel and Dimed, advantages and dis-advantages of certain characteristics are very clear. Ehrenreich explains that she has "the best case scenario" when it comes to finding a job. Several times throughout the book she is looked at in a different way then those of a different ethnicity. For example, when looking for a job in housekeeping she was "steered instead into waitressing, no doubt because of my ethnicity and my English skills," (Page 7). If Ehrenreich had been of a different ethnicity, finding her desired job in housekeeping may have been easier for her and she would have been considered differentlt when applying. Ethnicity should not be a determining factor in life and should not prevent those from doing what they desire. For a waitress position the need of English is logical but ethnicity should not play a role and everyone should be given equal consideration and opportunity.

In addition to the struggles different groups experience finding a job, certain setbacks exist outside of the work place. When wearing her Maids uniform, Ehrenreich notices that she is treated differently. An example of this is the poor treatment she received at the supermarket, she describes, "Maybe, it occurs to me, I'm getting a tiny glimpse of what it would be like to be black," (Page 100). A simple appearance can cause for someone to receive treatment that they do not deserve. She compares other viewing her in the low-class as similar to the treatment received by certain races. The experiences in this book are eye-opening and truly show the advantages and privileges that certain types of people are gifted with.