So, I’ve again been super busy with my Maymester classes here at The University of Georgia. For those of you who aren’t sure what Maymester is, it’s a SUPER condensed summer session- you go hard core for about 3.5-4 weeks for almost 3 hours a day. I, in all of my excitement and brilliance, decided to take TWO Maymester classes, in addition to the responsibilities that I have with work and with church. Needless to say, that hasn’t left me much time to do updating here. Anyhow, I have, as always, been keeping up with life and the outside world via MSNBC.com, and here are some articles that I have found interesting:
1. What it Means to be a Black Man
I found this article to be REALLY good, as it gave a very good overview of what it means to be a black man in the United States. It included some statistical information that was definitely dismal, but countered it with including information about black men who have overcome the stereotypes to be very successful. I think this is a good article because it attempts to bring to light the issues that black men face. Besides, black women have been trying to figure out what black men think for years. It doesn’t get much better than this- at least when you consider the social issues.
2. Women Passing Men in Academic Fields
Okay women! We’re now earning the majority of degrees in fields that used to be dominated by men; fields such as: business, biological sciences, social sciences, and history. The number of women enrolled in college has skyrocketed over the past years, and according to the article, women outnumber men by AT LEAST 2 million on college campuses. I think this is great, and it shows the progress that has been made over the years. For those in doubt, women are just as capable and qualified as men…but now if we could only get equal pay for equal work…
3. Rethinking Marriage after 40
So, I went to several weddings last year, and I’ve been invited to several for this year. This article is interesting because it attacks the notions of women who didn’t marry young (young = 23-27) and shows that they (well some of them) still found someone and they weren’t confined to being an old maid or spinster. I also like to read articles on marriage because I know people who are getting married, and because I think that a lot of times our culture has minimized the value of marriage via shows such as The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Average Joe, Flavor of Love, etc. Marraige has value as a social institution (hence the battle for gay marriage) and as a religious institution.
June 7, 2006 at 11:37 pm
I was wondering where you’d been?! Glad to see you’re keeping your head above water.
I couldn’t open the black men article link. You should check out a series the washingtonpost is doing on being a black man.
On the whole marriage thing, I know it’s easy to ignore this coming from me, but the goal shouldn’t be to be married. It should be to be HAPPILY married
June 9, 2006 at 11:17 pm
awww man…that was a really good article too. sorry about that. i tried to find the link on MSNBC and i couldn’t. oh well…
yeah, i’ve been hearing about what the washpost is doing. it’s looking pretty good. and while it is funny to hear you say the whole thing about marriage, i COMPLETELY agree.