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 week s Discussion, you explore connections between self-concept and 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 women s health and well-being.
Review the V-Day website in this week s Learning Resources. Consider its mission, the four core beliefs, and its long-term mission, particularly with regard to women s health and well-being.
What connections are possible between Ensler s V-day (women s empowerment day) and the idea of the next generation depicted in Dove s poem
How do body awareness and self-concept relate to social change
What progress has been made across generations with regard to women s health and well-being

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 of literature to 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 story s ability to convey perspective on women s 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 week s 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 Gilman s and Chopin s works on women s 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.

Resources
Readings
Ensler, E. (2013). In the body of the world [PDF]. New York, NY: Henry Holt & Company. Retrieved fromhttp://inthebodyoftheworld.com/pdf/EveEnsler-InTheBodyOfTheWorld-Excerpt.pdf

This excerpt from Eve Ensler s In the Body of the World, introduced in Week 1, is a powerful personal statement about issues related to women s health and well-being.
Chopin, K. (1984). The story of an hour. In The awakening and selected stories (pp. 213 215). 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 week s Application Assignment.
St. Jean, S. (Ed.). (2006). The yellow wallpaper: A dual text critical edition (pp. 23 52). [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 woman s physical and mental health was regarded. This short story is examined for this week s Application Assignment.
Dove, R. (1989). After reading Mickey in the knight kitchen for the third time before bed. In Grace notes: Poetry. New York, NY: W. W. Norton. Retrieved from https://www.questia.com/read/101079599/grace-notes-poems

 
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