Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Oppression & Norms

Oppression occurs because someone in power usually defines what is acceptable & what is not. These people define the norms in the society. Our norms can be a challenge because of our expectations of others. We tend to be judgmental & start labeling other people who lives the opposite of what we believe & know.

Now the questions pop out:

-- Is it possible to embrace our norms, but, at the same time, respect & accept someone else's norms?

-- If it is possible, how does one approach this?

I believe that in order for one to really accept someone else's norms, one must step out of his or her comfort zone & be willing to ask questions. Professor Humpreys mentioned in class that "Conversion comes through conversation!" I think that a person should learn to explore someone else's world, with an open mind.

-- Mia Agbuya


At February 6, 2008 at 10:03 AM, Anonymous Percie said...

Hi Mia,

I totally agree with your comments.

We must learn to become comfortable while being uncomfortabile. All conversations are not going to be comfortable ones. However, there can never be any changes until we learn to be comfortable enough to ask, listen and answer any necessary questions.

It is amazing to discover that some things that has been the norm to me for all of my life, suddenly isn't so normal anymore.

At February 9, 2008 at 2:17 PM, Blogger Reyna said...

I enjoyed Wednesday's class. I did feel a bit uncomfortable sharing some of my fears and hearing those of others in that circle of people. Moreover, embracing other's differences is part of acceptance and personal growth.


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