Yoshino – Pre Writing Activity part 2

Yoshino brings up two points, one is “The liberty Paradigm and the Equality Paradigm”, The “Liberty Paradigm,” Yoshino says is “Liberty Claims, on the other hand, emphasize what all Americans (or more precisely within the jurisdiction of the United States) have in common.” What Yoshino is basically saying in here is that if you are an American citizen you have the right to be who you want to be without restrictions, the word “Liberty” according to Google dictionary means, “The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.” When these state representatives trying and make it illegal to be gay or black it literally goes against the constitution, liberty is also mentioned in the last six words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “… with liberty and justice for all.” So if you know the Pledge of Allegiance then you should know that it goes against the constitution to discriminate someone wanting to be “… free within society…” this also means you can be whatever you want so long you are a “… within the jurisdiction of the United States)…” The Equality Paradigm is a harder one to answer because it is closely related to the Liberty Paradigm. Equality is suppressed because white men in power wanted to stay powerful, the reason gays or lesbians weren’t accepted because white men in power said its not right for same-sex intimacy even though same-sex intimacy would fall under the word Liberty. Congressmen made laws to make it illegal for same-sex intimacy and also politically influenced their followers to dislike same-sex intimacy as well. I will use the case of “Lawrence v. Texas”, “the Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute that criminalized same-sex sodomy.” The court didn’t strike down the Texans statute for equality reasons they stuck it down because “It held that the statute violated the fundamental right of all persons – straight, gay, or otherwise – to control our intimate sexual relations.” These threads prove that Yoshinos “Equality paradigm” is the least important Paradigm he has, these threads prove that Yoshinos “Liberty Paradigm” is the most important Paradigm he has because it is written in the constitution. The constitution is what kept Texas from making “… same-sex sodomy.” Illegal, not based on “… the equality rights of gays.” But it was found to be unconstitutional to try and control The Peoples sexual relations.

Yoshino – Pre writing activity part 1

Ryan DeLuca

Jan 29, 2019

ENG 123

Dr Drown

A covering is when you hide your true self in order to blend in or please someone around you. Say you may be going out to dinner with someone and you usually eat with you mouth open so you would cover that up in order to please the person you are eating dinner with even though that is a personal trait. Yoshino Says covering is “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream. I think covering is a way for people to protect them self from being outed by family and friends or a group that they have been a part of there whole life but they don’t like a certain trait.

According to D.W. Winnicott “The true self is is the self that gives and individual the feeling of being real, which is more than existing; it is finding a way to exist as oneself, and to relate to object as oneself, and to have self into which to retreat for relaxation.” He also adds “Only the True Self can be creative and only the True Self can be real.” What D.W. Winnicott says about the “False Self”’ is “The False Self, in contrast, gives an individual a sense of being unreal, a sense of futility. It mediates the relationship between the True Self and the world.” What I think may be positive about the False self is you would avoid being seen as your True Self, you may have a really piss pore attitude but you really don’t want people to know that so you change your attitude, or you also way be an addicted to a drug but you don’t want the people around you to know that so you hide your scars or wear make up to fix the discoloration in your skin. You may seem to be a down to earth person who seems to be real with everyone and part of the “mainstream” but like Yoshino says “In our increasingly diverse society, all of us are outside the mainstream in some way or another.” I think in order to stop this “covering” we need to address what people’s belief’s, people grow up in many different situations with many different parenting styles most parents try and teach their kids that making fun of other people for having an unpopular opinion is bad but can be taught the other way around as well. Some if not most of the discrimination and suppuration that happens today is taught but parents or peers around them. The way discrimination may be taught around peers is, we will use the “false self” example, say you are new to a school and are trying to make friends and mostly everyone you meet acts all nice and such, you become close to this group of friends and they share an opinion that is unpopular to you, but is popular to them, so with a fear of being outed you change your opinion to the unpopular one creating your false self.

About me

My name is Ryan DeLuca, I am a Freshman at the University of New England. My hobbies outside of school consist of riding around my four wheeler with friends and working. 

Identity Essay

Ryan DeLuca

Jan 26, 2019

Eng 123

Dr. Drown

Final

Identities, what is there purpose?

In class one day I was given a couple of questions to throw around in my head and to some critical thinking with. They were, what is an identity? What do Identities do for us? And Why do they matter? These questions were very difficult to answer because they are the type of question you have to answer from a personal prospective for example I think an identity is something you create and want to be known by.

While I was reading “A toast story” by John Gravis my initial thought was, “what does this have to do with Identities?” Once I read more into the story it got to a part of the story that started to make sense to me as to why this story was chosen. The story started getting into where the “fancy toast craze” came from, the origins of the “fancy toast craze” came from a small cramped former dog groomer made coffee shop. The owner of the coffee shop is a woman with a story to tell, her name is Carrelli, her story started when she was a freshman in college, she had been burning through friends and places to stay because she suffers from a rare disorder called “schizoaffective disorder, a condition that combines symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolarity.” Her disorder seemed to be difficult to live with, but she didn’t let it bother but it did bother some of the people around her. This was the main cause of her misfortune with some of her friends and landlords because of her disorder she was “susceptible to both psychotic episodes and bouts of either mania or depression”. Her land lords and friends thought she was too much to deal with so they sadly left her by herself.

Once she finished college she had enough of being left in the dark by her small group of friends and getting kicked out by her landlords, so she started making a network of people she could become acquainted with, once she moved to china beach California and worked at a coffee shop for a little bit before starting her network. He thought was if she had a big group of friends she wouldn’t be alone if a few of her friends left her. She got the idea of opening her own coffee shop from her boss and an old man who sunbathed in the same spot on china beach every day, she had made a friendship with this old man. After she finished working for the coffee shop she started making her presence known by just walking up to people and saying hi and introducing herself, she would eventually gather enough people she could count on and would borrow money to buy what used to be a former dog groomer to turn into her coffee shop. “She called the shop Trouble, in honor of all the people who helped her when she was in trouble.” Her shop became her identity in this small area of China beach California, and it was for a good reason she made this shop her identity, she stuck to the same schedule because she wanted people in her area to be able to recognize her and help her if she was having one of her episodes. People would recognize her as the owner of Trouble coffee and coconut club.

Her menu items seem peculiar but have meaning behind them as well. She serves coconuts, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice that she named yoko because of the high source of vitamin C, the toast on her menu represents comfort, toast represents comfort because it reminds her of home her mom used to make toast for her as a kid. Her coffee represents communication and speed because when you drink coffee your brains speed increases and you have better communication. The coconuts on her menu represent survival because this is what she lived off of when she was having a hard time with money, she also lived off of grapefruit juice and coconuts for about three years.

Carrelli’s made an identity for herself, her identity is the owner of Trouble, this may have saved her life and made her able to have something to keep her whole. The same goes for other people, identities make us whole they make us who we are, and everyone can have many different identities such as someone can be a father or mother at home but then at work they are the head of their department. The identities we give ourselves are given for a purpose, we have no idea of who we are if we don’t give ourselves an identity.

One example about identity I want to write about is race, in the article it stated that during the industrial age in Americas life, skin color became a big factor in your identity. Blacks were seen to be lesser and lower on the totem pole than people of white color. This type of identity during this time period was very dangerous, because black people were slaves during this time. This is a good example of how other people put labels on other people and make their identities a reality. With this example blacks were enslaved, they were beaten and worked to death, during this time white people were taught the belief that blacks are lesser to whites and that’s why they worked them to death without pay, in some circumstances they weren’t allowed to marry either.

Another concept about identities is that they change with every situation you are in or where ever you are. For example, when a professor is at school their identity at school is a professor or teacher, and then when the professor goes home they become a husband or wife or even mother and father. Your identity changes with every situation or task you are doing, a different task from mother, father or teacher would be when you go to the mall you become a shopper and to other shoppers in the mall you are an ignorant ass hole and the cycle continues.

Identities are important to us they give us meaning in life they make us who we are they allow us to identify other people around us, they allow us to be sentimental towards the people we consider worthy of our most important identities, the friend identity, the significant other identity and even the mother and father identity. Even though identities are something humans made up just like we made up daylight savings time, they serve a purpose we just cant live without.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

 

Gravois, John. “How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?” Pacific Standard, Pacific Standard, 13 Jan. 2014, psmag.com/social-justice/toast-story-latest-artisanal-food-craze-72676.

Illing, Sean. “Why Identity Is a Lie We Can’t Live Without.” Vox.com, Vox Media, 2 Nov. 2018, www.vox.com/identities/2018/11/1/17980384/identity-politics-kwame-anthony-appiah.

Why do identities matter? (Rough Draft)

Ryan DeLuca

Jan 26, 2019

Eng 123

Dr. Drown

Rough Draft

While I was reading “A toast story” my initial thought was, “what does this have to do with Identities?” once I read more into the story it got to a part of the story that started to make sense to me as to why this story was chosen. The story started getting into where the “fancy toast craze” came from, the origins of the “fancy toast craze” came from a small crapped former dog groomer made coffee shop. The owner of the coffee shop is a woman with a story to tell, her story started when she was a freshman in college, she had been burning through friends and places to stay because she suffers from a rare disorder called “schizoaffective”. This disorder combines bi-polar, depression, hallucinating and psychotic episodes. This was the main cause of her misfortune with some of her friends and landlords because of her episodes some people couldn’t handle her episodes. Eventually she had enough of being left in the dark by her friends and landlords, so she started making a network of people she could become acquainted with, once she finished college she moved to china beach California and worked at a coffee shop for a little bit before starting her network. Once she finished working for the coffee shop she started making her presence known by just walking up to people and saying hi and introducing herself, she would eventually gather enough people she could count on and would borrow money to buy her dog groomer to turn into her coffee shop. “She called the shop Trouble, in honor of all the people who helped her when she was in trouble.” Her shop became her identity in this small area of China beach California, and it was for a good reason she made this shop her identity, she stuck to the same schedule because she wanted people in her area to be able to recognize her and help her if she was having one of her episodes. People would recognize her as the owner of Trouble.

In Carrelli’s case this identity she made for herself, the owner of trouble, may have saved her life and made her able to have something to keep her whole. The same goes for other people, identities make us whole they make us who we are, and everyone can have many different identities such as someone can be a father or mother at home but then at work they are someone who is the head of their department. The identities we give ourselves are given for a purpose, we have no idea of who we are if we don’t give ourselves an identity

Free write activity (continued)

Concepts:

One concept about identity I wanted to write about in this was race, in the article “Why is identity a lie we can’t live without” it stated that during the industrial age in America’s skin color became a big factor in your identity. Blacks were seen to be lesser and lower in the totem pole than people of white color. This type of identity during this time period was very dangerous but it was chosen it was forcefully given by people who thought they were the dominant race, this is a good example of how other people put labels on people and make other people’s identities a reality.

Another concept about identities is that it changes with every situation you are in or where ever you are. For example, when a professor is at school their identity at school is a professor or teacher, and then when the professor goes home they become a husband or wife or even mother and father. Your identity changes with every situation or task you are doing. A different task from mother father or teacher would be when you go to the mall you become a shopper or to other shoppers in the mall an ignorant ass hole.

Free write activity

Ryan DeLuca

I typed everything that came to my mind.

After reading the story about toast I feel like I have a better understanding of what consists of one’s identity. I feel your identity is created by your actions, they may not be intentional but your actions have a role in how you create or how someone may create your identity. In the toast story there is a woman named Ginuietta Carrelli, she had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder seems to be difficult to deal with but Carrelli strong will to change her self-image from a maniac to a trust worth hardworking business woman is a powerful story to tell. Her story about being kicked to the curb by multiple employers and landlords because they didn’t understand her disorder really makes you lose faith in today’s society. Until she starts talking about how she talked to an old man who sun bathed in the sun every day in the same spot, she started talking to him more after she moved back from college and the small conversations they had made a big difference in Carrelli’s health. She had been drinking and was self-medicated at the time and wanted to improve herself and re-shape her image. So she started making connections and started talking to more people on that same beach. Carrelli was homeless and was found sleeping on the floor of the coffee shop she was currently working at, the coffee shop owner recommended to Carrelli that she is ready to open her own coffee shop, so she started talking to people around the china beach area, she had talked to the old man that sunbathed in the same spot everyday and he encouraged her to follow her dream of opening a coffee shop, so she went to the city and asked for advise on opening a small business and borrowed some money to purchase and renovate a small building that she wouls turn into a coffee shop and name “Trouble”. I like her store name and menu because it has meaning behind it. The word “Trouble” she came up with because of the people that helped her when she was in “Trouble”. Her menu items seem peculiar but have meaning behind them as well. She serves coconuts, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice that she named yoko because of the high source of vitamin C, the toast on her menu represents comfort, toast represents comfort because it reminds her of home because her mom used to make her for her as a kid. Her coffee represents communication and speed because when you drink coffee your brains speed increases and you have better communication. The coconuts on her menu represent survival because this is what she lived off of when he was having a hard time with money, she lived off of grapefruit juice and coconuts for about three years. Carrelli made her shop her identity she shaped the way people look at her and what people think of her, she made her coffee shop part of her life story and her hardship she had before she managed to pull herself out of her bad situation. This is a great example of how you shape your identity, she is now known as a strong independent woman who despite her disorder pulled herself out of a hole and started filling it in.

I can’t relate to pulling myself out of a situation like Carrelli’s but I can relate to shaping how and what people think of me. When I was a sophomore in Highschool someone made a comment on my clothes, my regular wardrobe at the time was a comfortable I usually wore baggy clothes that looked to big on me, and at the time I was almost two hundred pounds, I didn’t particularly like the clothes I wore they weren’t really my style, ive tried on clothes that are more my style but they just didn’t fit comfortably. With my weight I became self-conscious about what other people thought the clothes that I didn’t particularly like but didn’t really put that much thought into it. I really wanted to lose weight because I didn’t like how big I was, and I wanted to be able to dress in my style of clothes and fit comfortably in them in order to do that I had to drop drop a letter size and 3 inches around my waist. It felt easy because I was tired of looking at the scale and seeing 198 and wearing clothes that I didn’t feel confident in. So I started going to the gym with my dad. Now I am a junior in highschool and I didn’t see the results I was hoping for, I gained muscle mass but didn’t drop much weight I now weight 190. With my newly acquired license I started getting to the gym two hours earlier than my dad to do some running on the tread mill. I did two hours of running three days a week as well as stopped eating the very unhealthy school lunch that was also over-priced, my diet mostly consisted of eating less of what I was already eating while adding in some healthier alternatives such as fruit and yogurt I also cut soft drinks entirely and as soon as I didn’t that combined with the two hours of cardio three days a week the weight melted off, I dropped 25 pounds in 4 month and still had some more body fat to loose. At this point I am happy with my self and am starting to feel like I am becoming myself, but I didn’t fit into my old clothes so I had to go out and purchase a whole new wardrobe, with the new wardrobe I wanted to dress in clothes that fit right and also felt right, my style is cheaply expensive, this style consisted of brands that were thought to be high- end and premium but were actually half price and name brand. You can be on a budget and still get high end clothes you just gotta know where to look. My new outfits would spark conversations with class mates, they would ask how much I paid for that particular piece of clothing and would be shocked at how cheap I got it for. There was this one kid that I got the same shit as and he came up to me and said that I had a nice shirt while wearing that same shirt and I returned the gesture and asked where he got his and he said the brands outlet store and I would gasp and say that I got the same shirt for half price at an off-price retail store (T.J Maxx), not only did me being myself spark conversations with other people who also like clothes it helped me gain the body confidence I was lacking. My new style seemed to help me look easier to approach, once people approached me they found that I was fairly easy to talk to and very down to earth. My whole Identity changed when I lost the weight I was eager to lose and wore the clothes I felt like myself.