Bikers

 

Have you ever saw a biker cruising down the road weaving in and out of traffic at insane speeds? I know I have, and I admit that I used to think “All bikers are idiots.” Truth is… they aren’t. There are several groups that advocate for safe driving while on motorcycles- whether it is a sports bike or a Harley cruiser, there are even motorcycle safety courses out that teach safe ways to operate motorcycles and how to handle any traffic situation.

Abate of Southwest Florida is a group of mostly Harley Davidson riders who are a non-profit organization that focuses on the safety, educational and advocate for laws directed to the motorcyclists safety. One of the most important laws that were passed due Abates support was keeping loud pipes. At one point locals were complaining that the pipes on motorcycles were too loud and were causing a nuisance, and should be banned. However, those loud pipes save lives– as a motorcycle rider I have witnessed this firsthand several times, riding down colonial on the way home from dinner just the other night a guy talking on his cellphone tried to merge over on top of us as we were coming up beside him, my boyfriend revved the engine and he kept coming over, after revving several more times, the guy finally noticed and swerved back over into his own lane while continuing to talk on his cellphone. Another thing that Abate advocates for is to check twice for motorcycles, because of how big a blind spot is, and how small a motorcycle is they can be missed so easily. Below are some of the advertisements that Abate uses regularly to promote motorcycle awareness

ABATE of Florida Mission Statement

“We will lobby and educate the government and the general public to promote motorcycling in a safe and positive image.  We will endeavor to enlist the cooperation and participation of all organizations and individuals who share similar interest in preserving our American traditions of freedom.  We will involve ourselves in fund raising to achieve our goals.” – Abate of Southwest Florida’s Mission Statement

 

There is also a group in Lee County that advocates for Safety, known as Ruff Ryders, they advocate for safe riding due to the many deaths we have had in the area due to unsafe riding- I. E. Speeding, unsafe maneuvering, road rage etc. They rally the community together to promote these techniques at local places such as Bike Nights, Sun Sport and Cycle and other various places.

S. Day

http://southwest.abateflorida.com/

http://www.ruffrydersfl.com/newsite/?page_id=45

Social inequality in the United States

 

 

Class, Status, and Race are one of the principal reasons for inequality in the world. For instance, the United States has  a high degree of social inequality. All of the most modern industrial countries have some of the richest and some of the poorest people.   This fact is very controversy by explaining why much of the inequality exists in the United States. So, inequality occurs  In a country based on the perspective of a functionalist, conflict theorist, and social interationist. Functionalist argues that stratification is essential and beneficial to a society in order to make sure the highest qualified person will occupy the best positions. Some jobs are more important than others by requiring special skill and talent. The period of unequal opportunity is increasing, and the United States beneficiaries often slander those who are the most systematically underpaid, underrated, undervalued,, as an undeserving, underclass lacking the proper work ethic ( Holly Sklar, 1)

Social inequality includes the belief that some individuals are socially described as disadvantaged due to their life circumstances. Social inequality can be put to a number of life circumstances, such as health, race, gender, poverty, and several other phenomena. Status and stereotypes are central to the discussion of social inequality. There are two types of status, achieved and ascribed (Salinger, 2000). Status that is earned, such as a college graduate, is labeled achieved status. Status in which an individual is born with is called ascribed status. Gender and race are two examples of ascribed status. Stereotypes are standardized mental pictures that are supported in common by members of a group (Salinger, 2000). They often stand for oversimplified ideas, prejudiced attitudes, and bad judgments about people in a society. Stereotypes do not demand accuracy in order to exist. Social inequality relies on the meanings that people link to status and stereotypes, which can cause victims of social inequality being characterized as deviant, not because of the actions they themselves take, but because of the negative characters that are linked to them by the dominant powers in a society. In addition, psychologists once thought  that only discriminated individuals used stereotypes (Paul, 1998). Theories about stereotypes were involved only with their explicit expression, the embarrassed and outright sexism, racism, and the like. Current research has mentioned the unsettling truth that stereotypes are generated in the unconscious human mind. A new approach to the research on stereotypes has uncovered a more subtle notion, known as automatic or implicit stereotyping (Paul, 1998). Researchers who studied stereotyping had simply asked people to record their feelings about minority groups and had used their answers as an index of their attitudes. Present psychologists understand that these conscious answers are only half the story. The fact of how progressive a person seems to be on the surface bears little or no relation to how prejudiced he or she is on an unconscious level. Jack Dovidio, Ph.D., of Colgate University said, “twenty years ago, researchers hypothesized that there were people who said they were not prejudiced but who really did have unconscious negative stereotypes and beliefs” (Paul, 1998).

“The right focus of uprising alter is never only the oppressive situations which we seek to get away, but that piece of the oppressor that is established deep within each of us” (Lorde, 1984). Audre Lorde’s statement went up a troublesome issue for scholars and activists working for social change. While several people have little difficulty assessing their own unfair treatment within some system of oppression, they typically fail to see how their beliefs and actions defend someone else’s subordination. Oppression is complete  of opposition. In 1989, Sandra Harding suggested that gender oppression was structured along three principal dimensions such as the symbolic dimension, the individual dimension, the institutional dimension. Harding’s proposal provided a useful pattern for the analysis of class, gender oppression, and race, (Harding, 1989). Research led in the 1990s discovered that affect-based attitudes are altered more easily using persuasion tactics that rely on emotion. Many people familiarize with how race, class, and gender operate individually to structure social inequality, however, the focus of putting these three dimensions together suggests cognitive thinking. Research has made up that elitism, sexism and racism, all have concrete institutional locations. Even though the works of the institutional dimension of oppression are often obscured with ideologies that claim equality of opportunity, in reality, the difference of race, class and gender place distinctive institutional niches with different degrees of privilege and penalty. Lois G. Forer, author of Money and Justice, given as example the degrees of penalty and privilege in the courtroom by talking about Kevin Wallace, whom was nineteen years old, uneducated, and African American. Mr. Forer stated: “people like Kevin Wallace are rushed through trial in every city and state while wealthy individuals and corporations pursue their rights.

Divorce by Antony

Increase in divorce rate has been one of the major social and economic issues. Divorce, or dissolution of marriage is defined as the marriage ending. It can be ceased by an annulment that confirms that a marriage is invalid, though the marriage effects may be realized in such unions as spousal support, child custody and property distribution (“Divorce.”). Divorce is considered as an epidemic in our society that is spreading easily, and the children are most affected in this epidemic (Chandler). According to facts, one out of every two marriages ends in divorce (Chandler). It is worse because several offspring are raised in single-parent families, and this contains a negative impact on their development. Several people get divorced for several reasons. There are several causes and effects to divorce. There are reactive and proactive solutions to  stop divorce.

People are divorced because they either are really irritated at their wife or husband but some other reasons get that they were just in love that was not going to continue. In the U.S. in the year 2000 were 957,200 divorces have been reported (excluding the non-counting states). Marriages in the U.S. in the year 2000 were 2,355,005. Divorces in New York in the year 2000 were 62,794. Men the age of 45 that are married, the relationship ends in divorce. Women’s first marriage is over in divorce and the age of woman gets 60. Divorce does not occur accidently. It is bubble that is a ready to burst. But after a while they parents begin to fight and the kid is in the middle of the controversy. While in the middle of this situation, both father and mother have not been  payed any attention to the baby and the baby has not been received any trust from the parents. So the baby will not learn to trust anyone in his life. When the kid grows up and his parents keep fighting then the kid will begin to develop mental problems like anger short loneliness, tempers, not several friends, and the principal probability is the social problems that will affect the kid in a very negative way. The kid can become a very disturbed person. Many kids grow up with a father and mother but some does not cause that there is no love in the relationship and the marriage was not a great choice. Another reason why a marriage cannot last is because of a baby that was born before the marriage.

Yes, we recognize that marriage is a very happy incident in the life of several people, nevertheless; divorce in our culture is also a common reality (Quattrocchi). To reduce the divorce rate, our society needs to be encouraged and compassionate; not self-righteous, biased or punitive. Divorce can go away itself unless the couples interact in order to redefine the status of what marriage means and what it is for people, divorce and other marital problems will extremely go up. To get a healthy, happy, and peaceful  relationship, either spouse must be strong, trustful, and patient, and they have to love mutually. Marriage for our life is an requirement of God, but divorce is an unhappy reality in our society.

Legalization of Prostitution by Antony

Should prostitution be legalized? In all  countries where there is economic problem, the prostitution rate has tendency to goes up.To prevent this from increasing, governments should create more jobs otherwise they can not cease the prostitution. In this case, the prostitution should be legalized in order to make the prostitutes safe. Most people think that they receive the rights that have been assumed  by the government. The most important example of this is the right to do what people want with their body, as long as they don’t hurt anybody else. This is believed a basic human right and is given in the constitution. For instance, everyone should be able to do whatever he/she want with his/her body is prostitution. The government always gets too much power over our health. It certainly shouldn’t confirm if or not we get the right to pay for sex with a consenting adult. For women who live in a country where there is no law that sustains the child support, how they can do to educate and feed their children whether they do not own their body to sell. So we are able to deprive them of their right to do whatever they want with their body because we can play the God’s role.  It could be the only thing that allows them to feed their family. However, the government should not care about the crime that is caused by the prostitution, it should care about its regulation. In addition, one of the benefits of legalizing prostitution would be that the government would actually have the ability to regulate it. The prostitutes could be diagnosed just like they are diagnosed in places where it is legal, most particularly in Las Vegas. In a country like United States where there is totally freedom, applying a restriction on the solicitation of sex the government essentially is applying a restriction on ones personal freedom. For instance, Nevada, the one state that has been attracted by many tourist because of its excellent weather, and considered by several as paradise, with its  legal recreational activity.  Then, the government, by the money that generates this sector, would be better used in supervising prostitution rather than fighting against it and making people’s lives miserable. The government’s job is one part of the process of keeping order and safety into the industry by controlling the prostitutes acts at work. S. News and World Report has proven the facts on prostitution, this increasing global activity. According to the magazine, 17 percent of men have partaken in this by hiring a prostitute, and the numbers are growing. Another fact from this article is that 40 percent of Americans think that prostitution should be legalized to reduce the spread of AIDS. To even further prove that thought, “Not a single case of AIDS turned up in a 1991 survey of 7000 tests on 246 legal prostitutes in Nevada from 1982 to 1989. By contrast, of 700 illegal prostitutes arrested in 1990 for soliciting in Nevada, 10 percent tested positive for HIV” (Pillard 45). This proves solid evidence that the monitoring of prostitution, rather than making it illegal altogether, is a great way to keep the industry safer from STD’s. The prostitution could become a new industry all its own—a new way of life across America if it was regulated. It could generate new jobs as legal pimps and pay taxes. It could also decrease unemployment as much as 15 percent according to a study done by the Legalize Prostitution Group of Southern Florida (LPGSF). According to study done by U.S. Consumer Advocates for Sexual Freedom, “The economic rewards of prostitution are currently greater than any of the other professions available to women.” Besides this, the fact that women if they are really great prostitutes could make basically as much money as they want to make. There is no glass ceiling their! In summary, it is obvious to see that with both men and women practice this profession, they realizing what they are getting into. They realizing that they are selling their bodies for sex. Being from sustaining a family to the freedom of choice, prostitution gets its reasons why it should be legalized and the U.S. government should be unable to stop it. Even though this profession is and probably will always be thought wrong, but for some it’s all there is to provide for a ray of hope to be brightened.

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window by Cheyenne

Living is Southwest Florida, current citizens are use to the sight of miniature dogs running around with comical articles of miniature clothing on. The possibility of running into one of these dogs in our copious outside malls is so common these malls have built stores selling these tiny companions. From corporate companies such as Pet Kingdom to Little Rascals Puppies in Gulf Coast Town Center, it has never been easier to purchase a toy puppy.

Now what could be the problem? Who wouldn’t want one of these tiny, cute puppies? These are probably the only questions that go through peoples’ heads when they think about purchasing a puppy from a pet store. What many people don’t consider is, where do these puppies come from? Well, what if I were to tell you that that cute little puppy in the window came from a puppy mill. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, defines a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops, over the internet, through newspaper ads, and at flea markets.

According to the ASPCA, puppy mill dogs are kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. They’re provided with inadequate veterinary care, unsanitary food, and water. Most breeding dogs will spend their entire lives crammed in filthy cages, never experiencing fresh air, exercise, or basic grooming. These dogs live in conditions that most people would consider inhumane and cruel. Female dogs are bred at every opportunity. That means that a female dog would have given birth to ten litters in only five years. These dogs are, usually, just killed after they become unable to reproduce. While puppy mills should just be made completely illegal, one of the main complications with how our government handles this social problem is how many of these licensed kennels are inspected. According to the Humane Society, It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. Fewer than 3,000 of these are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I bet you won’t look at a pet store pup the same after reading this blog. Women think they are so trendy having a mini Chihuahua cooped up in their purses. They don’t realize the amount of pain and suffering some dogs had to go through just so they can make a “fashion statement.” What really grinds my gears is the abundance of dogs that are in an animal shelter. These dogs, which are proven to be healthier than puppy mill pups, are euthanized because they can’t find a home. Yet, people are willing to splurge on these sick puppies keeping puppy mills in business. So the next time you walk by an animal store and you see that cute puppy in the window remember the notorious little quote: Don’t shop…adopt!

References:

https://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-faq

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/publications/whitepapers/puppy

 

 

 

 

 

DiamondPrincess-Can a Prostitute be raped?

During my first semester of Sociology, my professor asked the following question: “Can a prostitute be raped?” Since I’d been in the prostitution industry since the age of 16, in all aspects besides porn, I was very surprised at the uninformed/ wrongfully informed responses I heard from a multitude of college students. All of the students said a prostitute can not be raped because she sells her body for money. They said the only way she could not be raped is if a man decided not to pay her. As a woman who had been raped in the industry, I wondered how do these students define rape? Are they really that uninformed of the statistics behind prostitution, and why a majority of prostitutes are introduced to the sex industry, due to the media?

To start with, according to the following websites: http://www.veronicasvoice.org/statistics/,and http://www.womenslaw.org/simple.php?sitemap_id=148; as well as, my personal experience, many women in the prostitution industry share similar backgrounds. Most women who are prostitutes began working at a young age, the average age is 12-15. These young girls run away from home, due to a sexually and/or physically abusive family, and end up homeless. Usually within 24 hours they meet a pimp who manipulates them into joining the sex industry. Once they are with the pimp, they are usually afraid to leave because the pimp is abusive, and the girl has no where to turn to, or a powerful manipulator.

Now, regarding the question of rape, the word NO always means no. Yes, even if a client is paying a working girl. No means no. Once you cross that line, whether you are a prostitute, a women that decided to have fun with someone she met at a bar, a women who has been dating a man for a long time, or even if you are married to a man. If you say no, unless you are role playing, and they continue to pursue you it’s rape. Same thing for men, though men are a lot less likely to say no to a girl;-)

However, that is not the main type of rape a prostitute has to worry about. The main type of rape a prostitute has to worry about while in the industry is the violent type. The type where a man pulls a gun or knife her and forces her to have sex with him. In fact, many prostitutes have been killed after a client rapes or kidnaps them. Although, many rapist just want the prostitutes pussy and all of the money she made that night. After which, they usually
drop her out of the car naked without any of her belongings.

In addition, many prostitutes are forced by police officers to preform sexual acts. In fact, I remember some of the girls I knew in Miami telling me there was a secluded parking building the officers would bring them to, rape them while in handcuffs, then kick them out without any of their possessions. I myself came close to a run in with an officer. As he was holding me, waiting for the other officers to come, he made the following comment to me:” I could have cum 10 times before my calvary got here.” After a few more officers arrived, they spoke with me and sent me to the police station, with the same officer that made the comment to me. When we arrived at the police station, he jumped in the back seat with me. I was handcuffed and could not do much to fight back. As he began to pull his dick out and pull my skirt up, another officer walked out. Luckily this officer saw what the cop was doing to me and told him to leave, he would finish my paperwork.

Overall, there are many ways a prostitute can be raped, most of which involve force. So the next time your asked if a prostitute can be raped, I hope you think about these young girls and what they go through. Maybe you will answer the question with a more informed mindset. Maybe even vote to legalize prostitution so these girls have a way to escape the business, and give them someone to turn to.

Greeks R.Jacobs

Large universities, especially those in the South, are known for their greek life. In the past, these organizations were known for their terrible behaviors and wild parties. Is that how they are now? Is hazing still prevalent?

I ask multiple friends of mine who are involved in these organizations. Many of them had positive things to say. They told me about all the great things they do for the community as well as special organizations. When I talked to a friend at the University of Alabama about her decision to rush, she told me it was the worst thing she’s ever done. I was told that the girl there are brutal. She has experienced multiple episodes of hazing. So why is it that people continue to join these organizations? Many of them join because of family. But why do we allow these organizations to exist if they make students miserable? People will change their lives just to fit in. The greek system creates a huge inequality at colleges. The greeks receive special treatment due to their looks and money. I mean, when I go to school I plan on rushing. But why should I have to change myself to fit in?

Chedeline Frederick

Society and Interracial Relationships;

Majority of society feels the right to let other know that there will be people out there that will disagree with your relationship such as interracial relationships. Some feel that relationships should stay within the culture. However, what they don’t know is that a relationship is based on love and not culture and/or color. As you can see, interracial relationships hit social media, there are a lot of commercials that are promoting interracial relationships. How does social integration comes to play? Even though interracial relationship means that different individuals from different cultures collide, they still work, get their education, and still live the life they have been living, the only thing that change is adding a person to the mix. The behaviors and cues within a society or group about interracial intimacy is their knowledge and culture background about interracial relationship. Most of the things that are being said or done by most of the society, that are negative, affects their personal life. Having the support and positive attitudes towards any relationship gives the two individuals strength to continue their relationship and make it stronger.