Writing Reflections

Teresa Lopez Ramos

English 1121

Professor Gold

May 21, 2019

Questions for Writing Reflections


A1.) My writing has changed in which, on how important can it changed our lives. Nothing has much changed; I find a better appreciation towards writers. How much of their lives are affected by publishers, popularity vs. passion?

A2.) The genre assignment was due to all of the research, and analyzing what makes this genre important to society.

A3.) I revised both of my assignments. I realized on how much I need to learn to clarify my work. When I write and talk are very different, I can talk everything I know however when I write I may not include everything. It can make the reader confused. I learned how to stretch my work, with more vocabulary and less complex ideas.

A4.) My ideas. I can put my ideas of paper very well.

A5.) Grammatical and clarification. To learn and go back to revise my work.

A6.) How I am able to go back and revise my work. I am able to look at my plans of my writing and compare that with my final draft. I then try to make my work similar to make sure I am satisfied with my work.

A7.) The genre assignment. I am able to understand how not only feminist literacy criticism  is important to society but how all genres are important to society.

A8.) I enjoy all forms of writing. As a child, I would write many forms of writing in which I would get lost in.

A9.) I have also learned for many years how to research, to rely on forms of primary research. The assignment encouraged me too focused on my political side. To think not only as a future politician but as an activist. The writing process helped to become more of analyzer. How to use literature and create my own opinions.

A10.) Reading is everything to me. I read fiction the most, so to read essays, especially non-fiction writing was a very big change. That affected my writing by analyzing from how fiction can affect society to how non-fiction can change society.

A11.) Always revise the work. It’s important to go back and maybe see how can you change some of you ideas, grammatically or not.

A12.) How to analyze. This is the connection on how the way we communicate, writing and speaking make sure that we can have frim conversations. This helps not only in college however in the professional world; or even getting a part time job.

A13.) I attend to become a lawyer. I have to learn to fully communicate as a lawyer. Analyzing cases, how to brief cases, etc… They way I wrote in high school, helped when I started in college, I am able to fully write essays, even if I still need help grammatically.

“They say that being small means weak but, when I write I can be strong”

Repurposing Genre Assigment

Teresa Lopez Ramos

English 1121

Professor Gold

May 20, 2019

Part 6 – Repurposing “Feminist Literary Criticism”

“Why should I have a raise”

I say to my sisters, “I don’t want to compete but, I have to”

The man sitting next to me does what I do

Follows my lead

Not brave enough, to tell his fellow

men – what is wrong

“I don’t want to marry right now”

I say to my mother, she tells me “I will be alone”

Families overflowing, finding money to support

I want to be educated

“I want to be a lawyer”

My uncles say, “We won’t be surprised if you drop out”

They say that women don’t deserve to be in the court room

And if you do “can you fight like a man”

I say “I can fight like a woman”

I know what I want

I can grab it

I don’t need a man

All I have to do is fight for it

Feminist Literacy Criticism Assignment

Teresa Lopez Ramos

English 1121

Professor Gold

May 18, 2019

Feminist Literary Criticism Genre Assignment

Step One and Two

Q1.) Why or how is this genre important in our society or in our lives?

A1.) A genre that is introduced by feminist theory – to be able to understand the nature of gender inequality. However feminist literary criticism uses those same principles and ideology of feminism to critique literature in a new lens. Feminist literary criticism helps us examine not only old and new text that forms conversations of economic, social, political, and psychological gender inequality that we may or may not be aware of.

Q2.) Who are some of the most well-known people to have written or produced in this genre?

A2.) Mary Wollstonecraft – an English writer, philosopher, and an advocate of women’s rights. She is also regarded as one the founding feminist philosophers. Her work A Vindication of the Rights of Woman is best known as an argument that women are not inferior to men however women are seen inferior because of a lack of education. In her argument, she suggests that both genders should be treated as rational human beings and create a social order on reason.

Simone de Beauvoir – a French writer, existentialist philosopher – the study that beings with the human subject, as well as a feminist and social theorist. She wrote The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundation feminism.

Q3.) What discourse community is usually connected to this genre?

A3.) Feminists. Many of these texts have been known to be the foundation against the fight of gender inequality. By having these text that Marry Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvior or Harriet Tubman wrote, to create almost a manifesto. A blueprint of how women were to continue the fight against oppression.

Q4.) What is the history of this genre?

A4.) There were three waves of feminism. The first wave of feminism began in the middle of the 19th century and was centered in the UK and the United States to end what was known of women’s suffrage. During this era, white women, women of color, and many slaves wanted to change/outlaw many laws that were placed to oppress minorities at the time. Either to vote, own property or even to justify the real meaning of “all men are equal” in the constitution. The second-wave of feminism was placed during women’s enlarged participation during the Second World War and the Civil Right’s Movement, which was during the 1960s and early 70s. This wave was about fighting towards equality in society. However, during the second wave, there has been some disappointment towards minority and low-class women who in which created the third wave of feminism.

Q5.) What are the rules or forms of the genre?

A5.) The basic approach of the genre is to question and protest the oppression of women – economically, politically, socially, and psychologically. To show through this new lens – the analysis of how gender inequality plays a part of how we as a society live, whether we consciously are aware of these issues or not.

Q6.) Are there any people who are most important to have produced in this genre and why are they so significant?

A6.) I have mentioned Marry Wollstonecraft – she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women, which created a counter-argument towards educational and political theorists of the 18th century who believed that women shouldn’t be educated. The argument of the idea of educating women exists today in many third-world countries are denying young girls and women’s education due to either religious or misogynistic beliefs. Her writing helps believe that women and men can be equal if all genders have the same opportunity on education. Many today fights bravely to create these opportunities for the opposite sex.


Q7.) How have others responded to the genre OR to some of your example’s texts?

A7.) Simone de Beauvior, author of the Second Sex was placed on the Vatican’s list of Prohibited Books. Mary Wollstonecraft, had harsh critics on her work by both Elizabeth Carter, who was “unimpressed” and Thomas Taylor by quote said “if women have rights, why not animals too?”

Step Three

Q1.) What is the main message of these samples/examples?

A1.) What can we do as a society to give women her equal rights?

Q2.) Do they all have the same kind of message?

A2.) No, many of the passages touch the ideas of feminism. Wollstonecraft wrote an argument to men during the 18th century who believe that women should not receive a rational education. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir – discusses the treatment of women throughout history. Virginia Wolf wrote Three Guineas – about how to end a war on women.

Q3.) Are there particular constraints that are associated with these examples?

A3.) Most of this genre happen to be essays. An essay always has the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. That essay as well has a theme, thesis statement, tone, maybe an argument, evidence, analysis, and the answer to the thesis statement.

Q4.) Who is the audience to whom these examples are directed?

A4.) Both men and women. As the definition of feminism again, is the fight towards gender equality. When reading these texts, the audience reads the argument about how we as women are letting men treat us in a disrespectful manner due to societal norms. However, there is an argument towards the opposite sex.  Men are the leaders of our society, politically, economically, and educationally. These women are trying to grab men’s attention on why woman are the lesser sex and what are the ways to fix it.

Q5.) Are there any significant differences between these examples and if so, why?

A5.) The significant differences would be topics of unequal rights of women. The Vindication of the Rights of Women deals with the argument of many who believe women should receive a rational education. Wollstonecraft argued “The education of women has of late, been more attended to than formerly, yet they are still reckoned a frivolous sex, and ridiculed or pitied by the writers who endeavor by satire or instruction to improve them.” (Freedman 27). She discusses on how women’s education is more of a discussion rather than actual law, that as women we are known to be of less value, by men who try hard to make fun of us women. Her tone during this excerpt was almost tried and exhausted, she believes that she is repeating her ideas over and over, trying to get women to believe what society is doing is wrong.  The Second Sex – is written towards the argument of female inferiority and rejecting biological explanation to women’s status as second rank citizens. Beauvoir wrote “And yet we are told that femininity is in danger; we are exhorted to be women, remain women, become women.” (Freedman 253) Being women is becoming extinct – to be mothers, wives, sister, housewives, pretty, followers of society. However, society strongly encourages us to still be those women, those that follow our husbands, fathers, brothers, etc…  Both of these women make significant remarks against those who believe that women are weak minded in many areas of life. It is why they have written many topics or themes – there is more than one injustice to a women’s rights.

Q6.) Is there a style, form, or format that all examples and if so, why?

A6.) Both Wollstonecraft and Beauvoir begin with the same expression “The subject is irritating” or “I have sighed when obliged to confess” As political activist, both of these women want attention like – “pay attention, we are tired of saying the same thing and over again. Please someone fix this”. They also use anger in their work – Wollstonecraft “My own sex, I hope will excuse me if I treat them, like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.” And Beauvoir says “Some years ago a well-known woman writer refused to permit her portrait to appear in series of photographs especially devoted to women writers; she wished to be counted among the men. But in order to gain this privilege she made use of her husband’s influence.” Their anger is controlled, they know exactly who they are trying to direct and that is women. Trying to say that if even men are the reason for their misogynistic view, we as women are the real reason for our oppression.

Q7.) Is there particular language that is common to all examples that you found?

  A7.) The writing that both women language of writing is particularly formed from the 18th century. They write with vocabulary like “shall, whom,” due to the time period that they are from. Back when, governments and regimes we just staring. Which makes sense feminism started during the early time of our lives due to trying to form a just government system.

Step Four

Q1.) Who is the author or producer of this sample of your genre?

A1.) Simone de Beauvoir

Q2.) What is the message or goal of the text/example?

A2.) There are two volumes of the text – volume one begins with the question of “what is a woman”. She focuses on the contrasts between men and women based on physiology and biology that should be viewed on ontological, economic, social context. In volume two – she brings the presentation on how girls and boys upbringing. Why is there such a difference on how boys and girls are raised? Why is a girl given the work of cleaning, clothes making while a boy is going to school and learning to hunt?

Q3.) Is there audience to whom the work is directed?

A3.) Both men and women.

Q4.) What kind of constraints are involved?

A4.) This genre is formed to argue against how the male gender and society, has made gender equality impossible. They also have made remark against the feminine sex. Their arguments are formed by observing society, on how we act, how our governments make us live, which make those argument more valid. That argument are turned into theories, on how society can be improved if gender equality was possible or even how women are at fault due to men believing we are less of value.

Q5.) How is this text important to you, society, or other discourse communities?

A5.) Born as a Latina woman – I have already many stereotypes against myself. That I will find a man, he will take care of me, bare children and not care about being educated. The word feminism – helps me. I know that there is a group woman who are able to fight for rights. They prove to me that it is okay to want an abortion, not be married, not want kids or go to college. However, it is not only towards me it is for all women – those who believe that they must follow the societal norms to be a good woman.

Q6.) What terms or concepts are most important in this example texts?

A6.) The question of “What is a Woman”. This is repeated during the text – she is getting the reader to almost question what does women worth to society? As we are the reading her work, she answers that question by telling the reader “masculinity” and “femininity” on paper are equal or symmetrical. However, in society both sexes are quite different. A man is known to be right, his head, emotions, money will always be correct never doubted. Women however will be wrong, due to their second rank class, ovaries, which imprisons her to subjectivity.

Q7.) What do you personally find most significant about the text?

A7.) She reflects both on the philosophy and biology of women.

Step Five

            Women are known to be wives, daughters, and sisters; however, we are still not as well as doctors, lawyers, engineers, mathematicians, leaders in general, even as we are living during in the 21th century. Society still uses the word “first” when it comes to describing a woman’s occupation. Why is it still during this century women still have a lower percentage entering a company, becoming a leader, even if feminism has become a mainstream hashtag?

During the last four years, there has been an increase of discrimination in regards of race, sex, religion, gender, and sexuality. Social media contributes to how the American public reacts to certain cases pertaining to oppression of minorities. Social Media account “NOW THIS” uploads content on activist, protest, and recently of a black man almost being arrested due to prejudice of white police officer in Texas. During the year 2017, many women have come out to express their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. This is the creation of the #Metoo movement.

Women came out to formally accuse Harvey Weinstein (a famous film producer) of sexual harassment, over 100 women came forward with these allegations. Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios was given suspension after a producer Isa Hackett accuses him of sexual harassment. After, all these allegations Alyssa Milano help create the #Metoo Movement on twitter. She motivated women around the world to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse as an illustration of how sexual harassment is not just a Hollywood issue but a women’s rights issue.

This movement is seen to help or punish women. For many years, women punish themselves believing that the abuse and harassment is their fault. Not anymore, Alyssa Milano made sure that everyone had a voice, it did not matter if you weren’t a celebrity, the movement was a safe space. To quote Oprah Winfrey “Their time is up” – to men that believed they are able to use their power to shut women up. Everything is now more public; everyone has an opinion. Those opinions also include the definition of feminism. Many forms of media have made stereotypes that feminists are these hard core, men hating women. Unfortunately, this has made the feminist movement to decrease in members. Many women have believed that if they were to say “I am a feminist” the man next to her will always say “why”

We all have opinions – who is better Marvel Comics or DC Comics, or my favorite color is blue. However, those opinions seem to hurt political and social mainstream. We belong in different parties, democrat, republican, independent, or green – however due to those ideals or rules, we seem to put party over reason. That ideals needs to end, any man or female should be a feminist. The future female leader wants to be equal to the man next to her, economically, political, socially, and educationally. The future male leader has the chance to change gender inequality – he is the brain of our society.

Writing Assignment No.1

Teresa Lopez Ramos
Professor Leigh Gold
English 1121
March 16, 2019

What happens if you went to a middle/high school for seven years – you are taught college-level reading, writing, math, and science proficiency. Within three months later, you are placed in a higher education setting and expected to use those certain skills. Especially when it comes to reading and writing. When reading a simple text, we are taught to read the text at least two or three times. We are able to focus on plot, character, theme, narrative, language, etc, and translate these found elements into a written analysis. As students, we have learned for many years what makes a successful piece of literature, however as we evolve, we use the same set of skills to create a thesis, intriguing first sentences, evidence filled argument, bibliography’s, to help share our ideas and opinions.
During my senior year of high school, every Math, English, Science, and History class I had reflected on how I was able to argue, communicate, plan, determined in which I can use to help become a successful young adult. Specifically, when it came time to write my college essay.
The writing process was a duration of the junior and half of my senior year of high school. It began with an exciting and creative inspiration board. It was called a road map – a timeline in which pinpoints every single moment of our lives. After creating this road map, we had to decide on which moment could become our most vulnerable yet most unique story that can get us into college. Days later, we create numerous amounts of essays. Most of my essays
were particularly troublesome, who wants to share one of the most embarrassing and vulnerable moments of their lives. These essays are shared to college administrators, they decide if I qualify to go to their school. Unfortunately, this brought anxiety and stress levels that I never thought I would have.
However, that anxiety went away after I implemented a specific writing process. There has never been an essay or paper that I have written that did not involve my planning process. One, begin early. The writing process is a lengthy and time-consuming – I need time to gather facts, concepts, theories, and if necessary, a compelling argument. One – differentiate me. Rather than selecting the first essay choice, I review potential essay topics that are able to showcase my understanding of the content. Two – I like to understand what am I being graded for knowledge (quality of argument), analysis (investigation), and communication (organization). After deciding on what type of topic I would like to write about, I then do a free write. Which then transitions into step four, create a detailed outline. The outline is known to be a blueprint of your essay. What would you – the writer, have your introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion look like?
These strategies can either be helpful or not, it all depends on the writer. Many writers happen to have many different writing strategies – it all depends on what works to create successful essays, articles, and even books. When we read books, essays, and articles, we as readers can connect to the author by trying to analyze, what the message and what are they trying share with society.


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