The puzzle is starting to come together

Rachel focuses her Inquiry on the gender stereotypes surrounding women. As I read her logs, specifically her log  “are women destined to be less than men”,  I couldn’t help but to notice how well she related her entry to the overall question “How stereotypes speak to inform and revise our sociocultural context”. She draws the connection of body language and stereotypes, which got me wondering how else do stereotypes affect every day life? Is it in the words we use ,which she then went to explain in another log with the word slut, or does this play a huge role in everything we do? I kept drawing connections to my own research which led me to the idea that stereotypes are our brains way of processing the world: so it does effect everything we do? I would really enjoy to see where she takes this next and how our research may overlap again.

Reem also focuses on gender stereotypes, but he attacks it from the male side.In his quest to understand why men “can’t show emotions”  I found myself seeing overlaps in my research as well. He goes on to explain that historically, my research focuses on how stereotypes arose over time, men have always been seen as more dominant than women. I would like to see this expanded upon: is it the same way in all cultures or just ours? How did women in history overcome this (Cleopatra)? He did a great job at connecting back to the overall question as well, he went to explain how stereotypes play a role in jobs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his logs and cant wait to see what  is next to come.

Emily focused her inquiry on why we, the ones affected by the stereotypes, don’t change the way of stereotypes. As I read her logs  I realized that we were questioning the same idea. I feel as if our research has the most overlaps out of all the group.  We are both seeking to find why stereotypes are here and as widespread. I have come to the conclusion that through research that part of the way our brains function is to categorize things. This allows information to not overpower the brains ability to understand the world around it. I think that if we were to collaborate our ideas could possibly answer a lot of the questions posed through this inquiry. That being said, I feel as if Emily could expand her questions just a tad, venture out into the unknown just a little more than she has already done.

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