I haven’t really known what to write for this first blog post, since I generally analyze literature for discussion papers, as opposed to non- fiction articles. So the next best thing for me to discuss is my reaction to things covered in our last two class discussions. The biggest thing that I reacted to, and what I want to focus on in this blog post, is the brainstorming session that we had on Monday. During the class, I liked that we were discussing actual ways to help bring about political and social changes, trying to figure out the logistics to bring awareness to this social issue still residing within our culture today.
Unfortunately, much of the ideas suggested seemed a bit idealistic in my experience. While holding panel discussions and lunch tables are really good ideas, they won’t help spread interest and awareness about the existence of these issues outside of the people already interested in them. Until we can bring outsiders in and make them feel like a part of the movement- as opposed to feeling attacked by it (re: Othering the majority)- the purpose of salons such as these will be moot, as there will be no one to attend them. They’re really great for bringing people together who are already interested in the issue, fostering discussion, exchanging ideas and brainstorming steps to be taken in order to bring about acceptance and reformation of the issue, but to get people there, we have to go to them. Acquaint them with the issues and why they’re important (Get people to care who might not be effected by the issues, or even harmed by them) on their own turf, in their own terms. If we can get that to happen, the rest of the suggestions in the brainstorming session will finally be able to have the effect they were intended to have.