Thursday, September 29, 2011

HIV/AIDS

          The topic regarding HIV/AIDS is a very serious one to say the least. I first heard of the disease in health class back in middle school. The main thing I remember from that class was the story of Ryan White. Learning about Ryan really made me realize how dangerous HIV/AIDS was. Ryan White was diagnosed with AIDS at the age of 13 which was right around how old I was when I learned about him. He died at the age of 18, and the fact that he obtained the disease accidentally through a contaminated blood treatment made me realize that I needed to be aware of what the disease was.

         HIV/AIDS is now a disease that is much more controllable then it used to be. However, there is still no vaccine or cure for the disease. Although nobody in my family or that I know has AIDS, I feel that it is a necessity to be informed about because of how big of an impact it had on society.

          Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a retired professional basketball player, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. Johnson was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991 and is now a motivational speaker for the disease. He also works on the set of ESPN, and during the basketball season is on television quite often. This affects my world because when I turn on the T.V and see him speaking and doing fine it shows that he is beating AIDS.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Gay Marriage Debate

      After reading the article A Gay Man's Case Against Gay Marriage I learned that the gay marriage debate is about the fight for same-sex marriage. I think that Bronski makes some very good points in the article. He explained how those of the same-sex shouldn't be fighting for same-sex marriage rights. He believes that those who want marriage equality won't be any happier if it were to go through. I agree with what he is saying. If you look at the divorce rate now it is around 50 percent. If those of the same-sex were granted the same marriage rights I don't think the divorce rate would suddenly improve. Bronski makes another great point when he describes the high rates of spouse and child abuse and adultery that take place in heterosexual marriages. He makes the point that why wouldn't these things still occur within a homosexual marriage.

     My position on the issue is that same-sex marriage should be legalized everywhere. I think this because I don't think that gays and lesbians should be treated differently. So I think it is a good thing when it comes to the discrimination side but when it comes to the "happiness" factor I don't think things will change. Whether people are homosexual or heterosexual everyone is human and problems are bound to occur.







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Monday, September 5, 2011

Conservatis v.s. Democrats

I think that this statement is fairly true to a certain extent. Out of all those reasons for breaking up I think that abortion is the hardest one to deal. I think that would be one of the hardest things to discuss with your spouse, especially if you both had opposing beliefs. Abortion should certainly be one of the topics discussed when it comes to deciding whether to have kids or not. I think another topic that is difficult to overcome is economic insecurity. Some solutions for couples with this problem are going back to college which is tough because one doesn't have much time to make money. Another solution for a husband or wife might be moving to another location for a better job opportunity. This is difficult on a family because moving might be a positive decision for the wife but not for the husband. I don't think any of the ideas mentioned by Whitehead are weak at all because they all happen to families today. I think that all of these ideas have the worst affect on the kids in the family. After a kid experiences a divorce of his or her parents I think that he or she gets a new perspective of marriage as a whole. A kid who's parents don't get divorced will often think that marriage is a positive thing. Compared to a kid who's parents get divorced he or she may think that marriage isn't a crucial part to life. I believe that marriage isn't a necessity whatsoever but can be a very positive thing.