Not Getting By

Barbara Ehrenreich is  a journalist who conducted her own experiment of trying to live on minimum wage. Throughout the course of the article she had three jobs total: two serving jobs and one as a maid. She worked these jobs for one month and found that living on minimum wage was quite hard.

To live on federal minimum wage would be very difficult. Ehrenreich allowed herself startup money, but generally, people who are living like this for real do not have that luxury. They have nothing and have to work for a while before they can think about renting a place. Often they have to lie with relatives or friends for a while.

For a family with two children, surviving in America earning the federal minimum wage would be extremely difficult. Barbara Ehrenreich’s experiment took place in 1998, over tn years ago. Things have changed since then. The economy is not doing as well as it was then. People feel the need to stay up to date with the current trends and technology and feel trapped by money.

I do think minimum wage should be raised. As we saw from this experiment one person living on this income just barely made it, yet she had help and did not actually have to live like this for real. For a family living like this, especially now, it would be very difficult.

According to Ehrenreich, managers feel that they must closely monitor minimum wage employees because the employees are the middlemen between the customer and the money. This style of management is not fair because the employees are not treated as humans, but as things that are easily replaced.

Thinness Fall 2011

Many men and women are concerned with the way they look to others. These people who are so fixated on their looks often have eating disorders. There are three theoretical models used to explain and treat eating disorders. The first of these models, the biomedical model, claims that there are scientific ties to physiological reasons for eating disorders. This particular model has nothing to do with the history, socialization, or cultural factors of this disorder.The biomedical model is focused on treating people with disorders with medical treatment. The second meodel, the psychological model, is influenced by everything the biomedical model does not discuss, such as “biological, psychological and cultural factors.” These first two models “neglect color, lesbians, and working class women.” The third model, the feminist model, believes that almost all eating disorders occurl only in women and not in men. This model discusses how sexism may relate to eating problems and how men have an impact on the women’s eating disorder. According to this model a women feels she has to be thin to get a man’s attention.

There is also a link between eating disorders and sexual abuse. Some women with an eating disorder have said that they binge to help “anestheize their felings” while others sedate themselves through eating to “alleviate anxiety and combat loneliness.” Thompson argues that eating disorders are survival strategies. She says that they exemplify food as a resource that provides comfort and security to an array of issues including sexism, heterosexism and abuse.

Race also contributes to eating disorders. For example, “an African American women, rememberes when her white grandmother told her that she would never be as pretty as her cousins because they were light skinned.” Her grandmother also commented on her weight making this girl think that though she could not change her skin color she could change her weight.