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Gender Neutral Bathrooms are a “No Brainer”

I don’t understand the fuss about allowing a person to use a bathroom that matches the gender that they identify themselves as. A person’s gender is what they say it is. Long gone are the days when your birth assignment dictated your career choices and marital roles. Here we are in 2017 where equal rights in America are supposed to be for all of us regardless of our gender , sexual preference or economic class. So why is it an issue that transgendered people cant use the bathroom they identify with. We have law makers writing Bills designating people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex assigned at birth. Well that’s discrimination and downright unfair.

I understand the challenges that opponents fear will occur with allowing persons to use bathrooms they identify with. Example being a weirdo that uses the women’s room for some sick self sexual gratification. However, those types will find ways to be sexually inappropriate regardless to the sign on the door. Or a bigger issue with High school athletes/students who are transgender. Finding showers and locker room assignments that are fair and comfortable for everyone. These issues were being worked out.

The new guidelines, that allowed students to use bathrooms they identified with, which were set by our last president have been revoked by our new President. These such actions /behaviors are supported by organizations such as American Family Associations. AFA are strong advocates of keeping values this country once held at our forefront. Values that that take rights away from the American people. Whether they are they are campaigning to boycott Target for allowing gender free bathrooms or Boycotting Ellen because she is gay. I oppose anything or anyone supporting inequalities and unfair actions on anyone.

 

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American Cultural Ethnocentrism

Many of us Americans walk through life with cultural blinders on. America has become a melting pot of diverse cultures. There are vast benefits¬† from diverse cultures all living in one nation. Besides the opportunity for developing cultural competence, which allows for great communication, we have the opportunities to share in cultures that differ from ours. Personally i am a “fooder” so enjoy ethnic foods. Eating ethnic food is something i cherish and truly enjoy. i am always willing to try a new food from other cultures. Sadly not all of us Americans are willing to enjoy foods that differ from “American” cuisine. I personally know a few people who will not eat any other ethnic, foods besides Chinese and Mexican, other that their own. I relate this to a form of American Ethnocentrism. Even those of us who enjoy cultural foods may place it beneath American cuisine, and refuse to pay for quality, authentic food.

Maybe we should take example from our Commander and Chief, President Donald J. Trump. As the President of the United States who travels and talks with so many world leaders he should surely be enjoying the cuisines of these countries he visits. Well folks I’m sorry to say that our President fails in that category. When he travels to various countries he won’t eat , or even try, some of the foods from that country. While Visiting other Countries our president demands the foods he is accustomed to eating here in America. He eats like a child demanding his food his way.¬† A childish President missing out on the vast amounts of cultural foods is a sad thing. I’m so sure he doesn’t even have a clue. Way to go Mr President.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines

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Navigating Social Media Can be a Nightmare for us Older Students

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As an older student returning to college after thirty years has been a challenge. Learning how to do and submit class assignments electronically has been a culture shocking experience. Depending on your career prior to returning back to school can make a huge difference in your chances to be a successful student and acquire a degree. I will use my self for an example. Prior to my returning to college i was a furniture mover. I was required to know or use zero social media or electronic communication engines. I did have a Facebook  and an E-mail account. These were the extent of my electronic and social media communication experiences. After taking the placement examination i was placed in the classes appropriated from my scores, OK dandy. Where i immediately hit a road block was navigating D2l and understanding the language of the instructions by the instructor. I was clueless and scared to death. But willing to give this college thing a shot.

My first college essay was due in three weeks and I was determined to write it and turn it in on time. My instructor directed us to turn in our essays via Dropbox by a certain date and time. So i work on my essay with vigor and pride. finally I am done and ready to turn in my first essay. I find my professors office but cant find the dam Dropbox. I looked all over for the dam thing but i found nothing. Well i get to class on Monday, paper was due Friday, pissed off because my instructor did not have her Dropbox where i could access it. I approached her stating that i looked for her Dropbox on Friday and could not find it. She looked at me with a huge smile and said “its OK Albert, stay after class and i will show you how to use the Dropbox on D2l”.\

So since that time i have learned how to navigate D2l, write 8 page essays( with supporting references) and even copy/paste, lol. I am 8 credits away from attaining my BA degree in Org Comm. I figured this should be smooth sailing the rest of the way. Well after walking in MDST 485 i realized how smooth was not gonna happen. I don’t know how to Blog, tweet,re tweet or re- Blog. I am hanging on a thread. However i will learn this stuff but for know, Steve Carell says it best for me.