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November 1st, 2010 · 5 Comments
Apr 5/Political Globalization & Cultural Globalization · Reading Response Memos

Some woman thrive on being able to work everyday and earn a paycheck that allows them an exquisite lifestyle, while other woman have no choice but to work because they have to support their children and maintain a household on their own, with no husband. In this article ; ” Nannies, made and sex workers in the New Economy” we kind of a see a nes trend and it seems as if it goes in a cirlce. Third world country women are migariting to other countries to take care of children and household duties for women who are working and are divored, or just have no time to do it all. These chilren are now being left to grow up with a nanny and not their real mother. Yet at the same time, the women from the third world country are leaving their children at home as well, so they can receive some sort of income and are leaving the parenting to family members, while sending money back home. the article states that is is almost impossible to raise a family, maintain a home and manage an income while living at home with those children. Women are now able to work more and also work in male domintated industries.

The article also goes on to talk about,  while these third world women are migrating to maintaine a better materialistic life for their children, other migrating women get caught up in  abusive employment. At times these women are captured and forced to work for free and even forced to work in brothals, as sex slaves.  Society no longer looks at having a made as back in the day with the white uniform they would were, they are now unspoken about and invisible to guests and outside family members. “Women should do it all”, they are suppossed to work a 9 to 5, come home, cook, clean and tend to the children.  It’s harder than it seems, which is where the nannies come into play. While the mother is at work the nannies are at home making the home perfect for the guests and bathign the children, when it comes time for the guests to arrive they see this picture perfect house and family, while the maids/nannies are no where to be found.  They go un recognized most of the time.

CULTURAL GL I The Role Of Media

Gloabliaztion is recognized by everyone. We have certain things here in one society that another society across the worl can understand, like spoken before in previous classes McDonalds, or pepsi and cocacola. Everyone has the same understanding of what they are. Media , to me, is soemthing that ‘spreads the word” . you can turn on tv and see soemthign taking place around the world, if we didnt have tv how would we learn about events taking place so quick?  But to every possitive there is a negative, what would be a poor outcome of media and broadcasting? There needs to be some type of restrictions on certain things, like on western cultural propagation, and aid should flow to the former colnies to imporve their nascent communication systems.  With news being spread so rapidly across thw orld, certain organizations took over, with this it seems that a bias was made. Were the small countires and societies being pushed into the dark?

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Nov 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Yes, I found that point about domestic help and status among women in wealthy countries interesting as well. The authors state that “status” for women today comes not from showing off your paid help and indulging in a life of leisure, but by demonstrating you can “do it all,” and hiding all the paid help in the background. This is one of the reasons that this new “globalization” of women’s work is under-appreciated.

  • 2    graziella ceravolo // Nov 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This has been by far one of my favorite articles, perhaps because it is more visualizing by associating real people into it. It is a very interesting point brought up and I would have to agree that it is as if the rich countries are becoming emotionless, unable to care and nurture our children or even please our men. I find this a bit depressing, maybe because I’ve been brought up the old fashioned way, but I one day; when I have my own children would like to raise my own children and watch them grow up, but at the same time I know that in this world it is probably impossible to raise a family with just one income and it is important that I have a successful career. It is as if women are being torn apart by these 2 forces.

  • 3    Eleni Maleganos // Nov 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    It is hard alone to raise children, take care of the house, and have an income enough to support your family. There isn’t enough time in a day to accomplish all the tasks that are stigmatized as the “womens job”. Now imagining this same situation in a poorer country is unbelieveable. Women have no other choice but to take on jobs in richer countries just in order to provide for their children. They have to leave the people they love and miss precious moments in their children’s lives in order to put food on the table. It goes to show how much responsible women have and how unnoticed it goes many times.

  • 4    clare // Nov 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    It really is crazy the amount of work women really do! It’s as if they are to be superwoman, yet receive no credit for anything because its the “norm” in society. Like i said before, Its really ironice to see the circle …women coming from third world countries to work in other womens’ homes to support the children

  • 5    chrilala // Dec 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    No matter what society evolves into, women will always be expected to fill the role of “superwoman” or “supermom”. The option of women abandoning their children or working nonstop to support them has always been frowned upon by society and so the majority of women enlist any method they can to keep themselves out of absolute financial trouble. Also I feel that its not just foreign women being placed into these thankless jobs, but women who are native/born in the United States as well.

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