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SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUE-BASED INQUIRY

Jamaica Kincaid reminds us that “Most [people] in the world cannot go anywhere… They are too poor to escape the reality of their lives; and they are too poor to live properly in the place where they live, which is the very place you, the tourist, want to go…”

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While people who lived in Thailand, for example, were dealing with the “reality of their lives,” and generally couldn’t afford to escape, others travelled there to enjoy themselves and relax.

 

In selling these fantasies of travel, you may have noticed that women are featured quite prominently in tourism ads.

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Not only is travel gendered, but tourism advertising often uses women’s bodies to entice the would-be traveler. The copy in this advertisement reads in part, “Women, especially women of Montego Bay, have always helped make our land desirable.” They go on to say that many inns are run by women who will “pamper” you and act as “mistresses.”

 

What are the gender, race and class implications of “romance” tourism?

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As tourists we often can’t see our pleasure as a product of power where our leisure is often highly dependent on another’s labour and poverty. In reaction to the notion that tourism creates more equality, Cynthia Enloe makes the argument that travel and tourism often actually prop up and maintain inequalities of gender, race, class and nation.

 

Dangerous working conditions:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2012/12/garment-factory-fires
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/25/bangladesh-garment-factory-fire.html

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Human labour made cheap / labour intensive production

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What is a global factory?
Examples: The Gap and Apple

At the Drag 101 Workshop organized by the student-run Equity Centre we learned about this:

And then this happened…


Lance Bass and “Pants Bass”


“Pants Bass” and “Jenny Fatone” (Jen Gordon) from Pretty NSYNC perform gender, as we all do every day.

Gendered toys and products: Start with some examples

 

 

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And for adults too:

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Farmer explains how political and economic forces within a country can put its citizens at great risk for poverty, HIV, racism, tuberculosis, high infant morality, low life expectancies, torture, rape and other forms of suffering.

“Social medicine”

 

 

Who is Sharon McIvor?

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What did you learn about her this week?

 

Example:

From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/15-men-on-why-they-joined-the-womens-march-on-washington_us_5880ee4be4b070d8cad0f70f

The “Great Chain of Being” and the “science” of race and sex –

 

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What does the article for today tell us about the Civil Rights Movement in the US?

Black and White Segregation

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OPPRESSION IS HIERARCHICAL:

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