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Week 4 Discussion

Social Change and Women’s Health and Well-Being
A young girl, aged 5, whose basic needs are met, experiences an uninhibited sense of self. Confidence and curiosity permeate her orientation to the world and her place in it. Her body is not a burden and her mind and spirit are united. Unfortunately, that confidence, positive body image, and positive sense of self can diminish as she grows up.
What are the factors that cause this perception of self to change over time? What images, words, laws, social norms, and experiences present barriers to maintaining a healthy sense of self? In this weeks Discussion, you explore connections betweenself-conceptand health and well-being and how these connections reflect an awareness of and/or a need for social change.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Consider all that you have read of Ensler and Dove for social change themes related to womens health and well-being.Review the V-Day website in this weeks Learning Resources. Consider its mission, the four core beliefs, and its long-term mission, particularly with regard to womens health and well-being.What connections are possible between Enslers V-day (womens empowerment day) and the idea of the next generation depicted in Doves poem?How do body awareness and self-concept relate to social change?What progress has been made across generations with regard to womens health and well-being?With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 3a 2- to 3-paragraph analysis of how Enslers and Doves ideas provide insights into social change themes related to womens health and well-being experience.
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Application: Womens Health and Well-Being Experienced Through Literature
For this Assignment, you take on the role of a literary critic. The job of the critic is to read, question, and dissect the technical and substantive elements of a work ofliteratureto gauge quality, effectiveness, and ability to convey information. Imagine, for the sake of this activity, that you are writing an article for a literary magazine on the short stories of two notable female authors. Your article provides an evaluation of each storys ability to convey perspective on womens health and well-being.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Review characteristics of a short story in the Glossary of Terms and Techniques for Literature and Creative Writing document located in this weeks Learning Resources.Define health and well-being. Do these terms have different meanings to different people?Compare and contrast depictions of physical and psychological health and well-being in the stories of Gilman and Chopin.Consider how the authors convey their perspectives on health and well-being.The Assignment:
Write a 2-page analysis of Gilmans and Chopins works on womens experiences of physical and psychological health and well-being. Explain how your own definition of health and well-being can be applied to each piece.Note:Do not write abiographyof Gilmans or Chopins personal experiences. Instead, write an analysis of their writing using the techniques you have practiced in previous weeks.Evaluate the effectiveness of the use of literary techniques in each authors story. Using literary terms, provide explanations for why it is or is not well written.Submit your Assignment by Day 7.
Ensler, E. (2013).In the body of the world[PDF]. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Company. Retrieved from excerpt from Eve EnslersIn the Body of the World, introduced in Week 12, is a powerful personal statement about issues related to womens health and well-being.Chopin, K. (1984). The story of an hour. InThe awakening and selected stories(pp. 213215). East Rutherford, NJ: Viking Penguin.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.This short story depicts the experience of a woman and her complex emotional reaction to her husband. This story is examined for this weeks Application Assignment.St. Jean, S. (Ed.). (2006).The yellow wallpaper: A dual text critical edition(pp. 2352). [Review of The yellow wallpaper, by Gilman, C. P]. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.This short story is regarded as an important piece of early American feminist literature providing insights into how a womans physical and mental health was regarded. This short story is examined for this weeks Application Assignment.Dove, R. (1989). After readingMickey in the knight kitchen for the third time before bed.InGrace notes: Poetry. New York, NY: W. W. Norton. Retrieved from on the page number of the poems title in the Table of Contents.This poem speaks to womens sense of the physical self, self-awareness, and cross-generational communication. This poem is examined for this weeks Discussion.V-Day. (n.d.). Retrieved September 27, 2015, from is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Review the V-Day mission and consider its relevance to social activism, social change, and to womens health and well-being.Walden University. (2015b).APA style: Overview.Retrieved from University. (2015e).Writing center.Retrieved from of Terms and Techniques for Literature and Creative Writing (PDF)This resource provides support in analyzing various forms of literature. Use this resource to identify elements of style and apply literary terms to assignments.Media
Laureate Education (Producer). (2015).Womens voices and social change[Interactive media]. Baltimore, MD: Author.With this weeks content on womens health and well-being in mind, review the timeline information on Rita Dove, Kate Chopin, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.Optional Resources
Recommended Readings
Parker, D. (1995). Big blonde and other stories. New York, NY: Penguin Books.Plath, S., & MiIDlebrook, D. W. (1998).Plath: Poems. New York, NY: Knopf.Web resources in support of this week’s topic
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Womens health. Retrieved from Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2003).Welfare, women, and health: The role of temporary assistance for needy families.Retrieved from Broadcasting Service. (n.d.).Interview: Gloria Steinem.Retrieved September 27, 2015, from, M. (2004).The woman rebel.InThe autobiography of Margaret Sanger(pp. 106120). Retrieved from access this chapter, click on Preview this book, refer to the Table of Contents, and then scroll to page 106.Schnall, M. (2011).Conversation with Jane Fonda. Retrieved from (n.d.). Retrieved September 27, 2015, from