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WGS201 (14218) Polly-Anna West M7 Reflection Assignment 10/13/18 Eastern Kentucky University M7 Reflection Assignment 1. What stood out to you in this course? What was new or what influenced you the most? To begin, this is the first gender studies class I have ever taken. Within these last eight weeks there have been a lot interesting and educational perspectives that have stood out to me. Throughout these last eight weeks, some of the topics that have stuck with me are; privilege, media influence (Killing Us Softly), and women in education. All three of these have influenced me significantly all within their own ways. All of which have helped me to understand how the objectives of women’s gender has affected society in both the past and present. The first topic that has influenced me within this course is privilege. White privilege is something I have always heard about and have always believed to be an important contributing factor to the advantages as well as disadvantages of those around us. I have always understood privilege to be something that the white race had over all other races; that being a set of unearned and unspoken rights. Although this is still somewhat true, I have come to learn more about privilege as a whole. Privileges are advantages that an individual has within society and is not always solely related to one’s gender, sexuality, or status. A second contributing topic that has been influential to me through this class is the affects of advertisements and media. While watching Killing Us Softly within Module 2, I found myself glued to the screen. This video was extremely interesting and educational to me. As I have always found advertising to be very controlling and influential, Dr. Kilbourne enlightens me on

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