1-1 IntroAfter having watched the Introduction lecture, think about your own assumptions, 'allegiances,' and 'boundaries' about religion and sexuality that you might be bringing with you to this class. Keep them to yourself but write them down to review later in the semester. Question for Forum Response: Why do you think it is important to test our own allegiances and boundaries as we approach the material for this semester? How does our own situatedness effect how we receive this information? How difficult or easy do you think you will find it to put your assumptions to the test? Why? Allegiances and boundaries are influenced by the norms of society and are further enhanced by our significant others (family and peers). They hence shape every individual’s situatedness in vastly varied ways. We must be conscious of our allegiances and boundaries so that when they are tested, we can respond in ways that don’t hurt others. This is important because they will be tested often through interactions with others. These people likely hold differing beliefs, but the interaction provides an opportunity to broaden our minds and gain new knowledge. In recognizing that there are ideas that differ from our own, but can be valid as well, we prevent ourselves from being biased toward others.In remaining open-minded towards the course material we’re about to learn, we allow ourselves to be immersed fully and understand the new information that is being presented and see where others come from in the theories they present (relativism). This is easier said than done, because when allegiances and boundaries are tested, we unconsciously make snap judgements out of habit. This is a repetitive habit that only further solidifies bias. Introspective awareness of such biases enables us to overcome this and rationally evaluate new information and knowledge.1-2 Theorising the Body 1Sophie Chao, "How COVID-19 makes us use our bodies differently"Question for Forum Response:To what extent do you think the body is shaped and conditioned by cultural norms? Do you think that how our bodies are disciplined impacts the way we relate to ourselves and others?Cultural norms play a huge factor in the way our bodies are shaped and conditioned. Our bodies, consciously and unconsciously, are programmed to respond in ways that conform to what is regarded as socially acceptable. This is supported by Bourdieu's notion of habitusand is reflected in our bodies’ habits. Not many of us have actively thought about why our bodies react in certain ways before our brainsprocess the context. A recent personal example is upon meeting someone, I initiated a handshake and he reciprocated, both instinctively. I was only aware after, that this action was discourteous during the pandemic. Although handshakes are a norm that reflects good etiquette, we must retrain our bodies in COVID-19. During this time, heightened awareness allows us to reflect learned habits of our bodies. Any situation can abruptly overturn social norms and we must adapt in appropriate ways.