Week 1 Discussions (done as individuals)
For this first forum:
There is one post on an introduction about yourself and three discussions on Abortions, the Blue Zones & Health, and one extra credit discussion on the Living to 100 Calculator. This will be done by you as an individual. You could write short discussions of your responses with a few sentences or one short paragraph on each topic by answering the questions below.
Discussion1: Introductions about yourself – START HERE!
You can do a written introduction about yourself.
In your original post, please include:
*something about why you are at Oakton,
*what your educational or career goals are,
*anything you want to share about your employment status,
*what your interests or hobbies include,
*what pronouns you prefer. (I prefer he/him/his.)
( Here is my information:
I have always been running the business all my life and sold the business 2 years ago. I have been seeking what to do rest of my life and started taking a few classes.
I am here at Oakton Community college to persuade a second career as a nurse. Currently, I am a caregiver as a part-timer to my mother and mother-in-law. Lately, I fall in love with BTS Korean pop singer group. The music, lyrics, dance, and talents of these young artists inspire me to feel happy these days. I prefer she.)
Discussion 2: Abortion/JANE (click me; I′m a hyperlink)
Must post first.
This discussion board relates to two different items from the course: 1) understanding ″subjective components″ of a social problem, in this case, abortion, and 2) abortion as a part of our health care system.
As was the case in most areas of the U.S., in the 20th Century abortions were illegal in Illinois until 1973. Prior to that year, women who sought the termination of a pregnancy had no choice but to seek an underground abortion. It was within this context that a group of Chicago area women came together to form the Abortion Counseling Service of Women′s Liberation, otherwise known as JANE. This group of women, reflecting a cross-section of political viewpoints, was united around the position that women had the right to a safe and affordable abortion. Their services ended when access to legal abortions was established in the aftermath of the Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.
On the 35th anniversary of the Roe decision, Judith Arcana, a member of JANE, was interviewed on Chicago Public Radio
Click on the link for the interview. You may have to provide an email to gain access. Don′t sweat that, you can always ″unsubscribe″ after the fact. After listening to the 10 minute interview, please answer the following questions:
1. Did any part of the interview surprise you? If so, what?
2. What were two specific (subjective) terms used by Arcana to frame the issue of abortion as she described JANE′s activities? I′ll give you one of the two; she uses the term ″conscious motherhood.″ Please explain what you think she means by ″conscious motherhood″ and at least one other subjective term used by her? In your opinion, what do these subjective terms say about Arcana′s views on abortion and the values that she embraces? (Remember: values are a key component of culture; they are standards of what is good or bad in a society. Each of us has a set of values that guides our perspectives.)
3. Arcana argues that in today′s abortion discourse (i.e., in the 21st Century), the terms used are different. According to Arcana, what are the terms used today and how is this different from the subjective terms she employs, and the cultural climate of the 1960′s/1970′s? What is your reaction to this shift in terms and to the piece overall?
4. As you are likely aware, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2022 is seemingly poised to reverse the Roe decision, which is likely to lead to 26 states completely banning or severely limiting access to abortion services. Please offer some personal reflection on this possibility and explain how your ″social location″ (i.e., a composite of who you are as a gendered, sexed, raced, classed, and religious (or not) person) shapes your views.
Reminder: when we examine social problems, we dissect them in terms of both subjective concerns and objective (measurable) data. Above, we are examining how terms reflect subjective concerns and values that underpin them, based on one′s social location.
P.S. If interested in recent objective data on abortions in the U.S. (2017), please see this Guttmacher Institute report:
P.P.S. For information on the potential impact of a reversal of Roe, see the following:
CNN (states that will still allow abortion):
You must start a thread before you can read and reply to other threads
Blue Zones & Health
Before attempting to answer these question, please watch the following 20-minute TED talk on Blue Zones:
1. Briefly describe three of the ″common denominators″ for a long life found among the Blue Zones of Sardinia, parts of Okinawa, and the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda.
2. Which of the ″common denominators″ resonated with you and might influence your lifestyle? Please explain.
3. When you think of American culture (including norms, values, and beliefs of the society), do you think they are contrary to some of the central tenants for a long life found in the Blue Zones? Please identify at least 1 American cultural value that seems problematic, name it, and briefly discuss how we, as a society, might deal with that as a social problem related to health. (NOTE: cultural values are standards of what is good or bad, just or unjust, in a society).
Discussion 4: Living to 100 Calculator
Before attempting to answer this question, please complete the Living to 100 calculator at the following site:
1. Please share your life expectancy with the class.
2. What SOCIAL factors identified in the calculator do you think boosted your life expectancy or lowered it? (Identify at least three.) What is your reaction to this?
3. When we talk about ″wellness″ today, we talk about lifestyle and environmental changes that help stave off illness and promote quality of life throughout one′s life. What might you consider in terms of enhancing your ″wellness″?
This is worth up to 5 points. I will expect one original post by Thursday and at least one follow-up post on another student by Sunday. NOTE: If your results reference a ″daily aspirin″ please do NOT take this literally. You should always consult with your medical doctor before starting any drug protocol.
Week 1 Discussions (done as individuals)