Saturday, April 30, 2016

I hope this blog can still count! I had a crazy day on Friday and I totally forgot to blog. I have to say I really enjoyed this class. I learned a lot not only about sexuality but about myself. My favorite part was definitely all of the panels. I know that people retain more information when they hear it in story form, and so hearing everyone's stories on the panels really allowed me to take in all the information we were learning. A lot of what the people said on the panels I know will stick with me for a long time. This class really changed my perspective on a lot of issues and increased my knowledge in many areas. I also think it's really cool that we were Stone's first class for this course. She was really excited to teach us and that made the class a lot more fun. I hope the new professor doesn't steal the course from her! Just kidding! But on all honesty I really enjoyed the class and hearing all of yall's stories was really a privilege. I seriously will miss coming to this class and I can not say that about every class I take!

Last blog :)

Oh man! I feel like it was just yesterday I was setting up my blogger and now I'm writing my last blog. It's been an amazing semester being in this class. I will admit it was stressful at times but in the grand scheme of things I've learned so much in this class as far as how diverse we all are in our identity and sexuality... Things that I am sure will serve so much purpose in both my personal and work life. I loved having the panels throughout the semester. It helped me to view things from a completely different perspective as well as learning new things I probably wouldn't have otherwise. The panels also opened my mind to explore new things. Well it's a wrap! Good luck to everyone on finals!!!

last blog!

I have really enjoyed this class! this has probably been one of the most fun and interesting classes i have taken at Texas State. i have learned so much about sexuality and gathered many valuable things that i will use for the rest of my life. i thought the activity we did in class on Wednesday was really cool. although it made many of us uncomfortable, it really put things into perspective and allowed us to see that we are not alone in the struggles we face. Even in a relatively small university class, we can see the diversity of our classmates, yet there are many similarities that do not meet the eye. if i have learned anything from this class it is to love all humans and be aware that people are facing struggles that many of us never even consider. you don't have to agree with or necessarily like another person's opinions or lifestyle but it is important to put yourself in their shoes and to treat other people how you would want to be treated.


Last blog of the semester!

So it turns out my blog never published last night! I had a few technical difficulties. Anyway I cannot believe the semester has come to an end. Time goes by so fast! This class was so different from all my other classes. I like how Professor Stone was always interested in our discussions. The panels were always great too it really did help with understanding every topic discussed from someone who experienced it. I respected each individual that was in a panel this semester. It takes a lot of courage to talk about personal stuff.

In our last class I have never done anything like that by walking across a white line if a situation applied to you. It was nice to know that everything we did in that room was confidential and respected by all my peers. I feel like I got to know everyone on a personal level. I was shocked to see how I could relate to some people it was nice to not feel alone in situations like "being called fat". I struggled with that phrase so much as an adolescent. I still have a little trouble trying to get that phrase out of my head, and looking at my imperfections. However, we have to remind ourselves that at the end of the day our imperfections make us beautiful and human. This class was great, and I am glad I enrolled in it!

Last blog

The activity we did on Wednesday was so eye opening and emotional. I was familiar with the activity where we had to "cross the line" because I've seen it on movies, but I never knew how intense it would be. I'm really going to miss this class! I feel like we became so close to one another without even trying to. When my friends tell me they're taking this class next semester, I get so excited for them. I always say "you're going to love it, I promise!" The activity on Monday revealed that I was in an unhealthy relationship, which I kind of already assumed. It's just so hard to walk away sometimes, but I know I have to do it, and I will.

Friday, April 29, 2016

last blog

so I've never really been any good at writing and getting my thoughts onto the paper, but this blog has made me feel like Carrie Bradshaw. thank you so much to ms. stone for making this class so entertaining and interesting. i definitely can say that i actually learned something in this class. i am so glad that i decided to take this class as one of my elective courses. this class has really opened my eyes and my mind to different people and ways of thinking. i also feel like i am more knowledgeable about sexuality and will be able to better teach my biological or adopted children and the children i work with from day to day if that is what my job entails. this class has also led me to some very personal realizations about myself as well. i have learned so much but still have more to go. but now i know that this subject area really interests me who knows maybe ill be a sex educator one day.

Last blog :(

Even though this blogging assignment was hard to keep up with, for me, I'm sad that I won't have to do it next week because that means this class is over. It has been the most enjoyable because you never know exactly what you're gonna get. This class could've been incredibly boring but because of Ms. Stone, it was exciting and intriguing. It's by far my favorite class that I've taken at Texas State. This week's activity made me sad and I definitely felt for people as they shared their stories. I wanted to share a lot but I hate getting emotional in class, but for the people that did share, know that I personally felt for y'all.

last blog

Wednesday was our last day of class and it was an eye opener to myself as well as to many of my classmates, I'm pretty sure. It was really nice to hear and learn that there are a lot more people than you think who have, or are going through the same as you. This last activity was very fun and just proved that we are all human beings and are all not that different from each other and that was a great way to end our final class. This activity was also very emotional to some of my classmates but it helped us become more brave and speak up for what we believe in. This class was a big success and I'm glad I had the opportunity to be part of it.

Final blog!

This is so sad. This was actually one of my favorite classes ever. Last class was extremely heart-warming. It's always nice to hear what everybody has to say. I'm not much of a talker. I can't get myself to speak up in front of a class, but it was great listening to each story and relating to many people. I enjoyed the identity activity we did. As many said, it was a great feeling to know you're not alone and to be able to identify with many of the same things, whether it was a good thing or not. I just want to thank everybody in this class for opening up and making me feel safe. I love you all!

Final Blog

For my final blog, I'll just do a little reflection on the class and my thoughts on the subject. Going into this class I already knew I would be really interested in the topic because I've taken another sexuality class and loved it. I've also considered working in the field of sex therapy, so I was already interested in the subject. What made this class really enjoyable though, was the professor. I feel like Professor Stone made the class so much more interesting and was just overall a great professor. She was hilarious and always really open to hearing the students share, which is a great quality in a professor. As for the material, there wasn't a single chapter I didn't like! Maybe because the subject interests me so much, but I actually enjoyed studying and learned a lot of interesting info from the textbook. And the panel component of the class was very interesting and informative as well. Overall, I'm really glad I took this class and always suggest it to FCD students to take.

Last blog

I absolutely loved this class and I'm so sad it is coming to an end!!!!!! By far my favorite class I have taken here at Texas state and for sure one of my favorite professors!!! I feel like I learned so much more details about stuff I already knew but I just loved the atmosphere of the class. I loved how real it was and no bullshit, just learning and having fun! I am seriously going to miss it and hope I have Mrs. Stone for another class! I am going to tell everyone I know to take this class and make sure they get you, IT. WAS. AMAZING. 
Peace out class, it's been real!

last blog!

This was my favorite class that I took this semester, and I'm really sad it's coming to an end!
Even though our last activity, I felt, was a little somber, I thought it was a really great way to end the class. I felt that it showed that we're all human, and that we're all alike and different in our own ways. It was comforting to see that a lot of us aren't alone in this big ride we're all enduring together, and feel a huge sense of respect for everyone in this class. I appreciated listening to everyone's opinions (even if i didn't agree with them all), and I like that I got to hear a bunch of different perspectives. I like that we were all able to create an environment where people felt open enough to share some of the most personal aspects of their lives, that they didn't necessarily have to share with us.
Overall, I'm really glad that I took this class, and I feel like I've learned a lot of things that I can carry with me, and can use not only in my career, but in everyday life. I feel like I've already had a very open heart, and was really accepting of everyone in the first place, but I feel like this made my heart bigger in so many different ways. All of the panels, stories, and discussions we've had, has brought a whole different meaning to what I already feel in my heart, and it reaffirmed a lot of things for me, as well as validated my feelings in a lot of ways. I feel like I was reminded that I have a voice, and an opinion, and those things matter. Everything we've done has put things into such a different light, and I'm really thankful that I had the opportunity to take this class and be enlightened!
I hope everyone has a great summer!

Last Blog :(

Wednesday was such an eye opener for many people, including myself. It's always nice to know that there are other people out there that know what you're going through. The first activity proved that everyone is the same, and just because they have slight differences, doesn't mean they're not human. It honestly made me queston "What is normal anyways?". The second activity was very emotional, but it showed that you never really know someone's struggles just by looking at them. This class as a whole is beautiful, and I'm very glad to have been able to take it with the people who were in it.

It's bittersweet

We are so close to finishing this semester and it definitely feels bittersweet. I have come to appreciate this class and the diversity of people in it. This class has taught me things that I don't think i would get in other classes. I've got to say that in all my years in college this has got to be my favorite class and its probably due to the carefree nature of Mrs. Stone. I love her teaching style and her humorous nature. She really allowed us to speak our mind and created an environment that was free of judgement. This allowed a lot of our classmates to show us their vulnerable side which can be very hard to do in a room full of strangers. I have come to appreciate and respect my peers and the hardships and struggles that many of them have endured.

The activity in class Wednesday reminded me of the movie Freedom Writers ( really great movie, would recommend). I was alone on 2 of the things Mrs.Stone called out and while i felt lonely i came to recognize that my uniqueness is something that will allow me to contribute something different to society. The last day was really a great way to end the semester. 

Last Blog!

I really liked the activity we did this Wednesday, it was cool to see people relating to others and seeing that I wasn't alone in some of the things mentioned in the activity.It was a little sad and surprising to me to see a lot of people crossing over when the word "fat" was being told to us. It was painful to see how many of us had been called that word, and usually from loved ones. I also liked how those two girls put their perspective to being called too "skinny". Labels go both ways, and it seems like nobody can be pleased, you're either too fat or too skinny, but I was glad that some people in class don't really care about those labels as long as you are healthy and well. I really loved this class and it was honestly the only class I would look forward to going all semester. I learned a lot and I hope I take this knowledge into the real world.

Last blog 😞

I'm kinda sad that this is going to be the last blog! I've enjoyed reading different opinions and seeing how into it some people were. The activity on Wednesday was really eye opening, like most of the activities in this class have been. I crossed over a few times and it was nice knowing that there were others that had experienced the same things I have. You really can't judge a book by its cover because looking at others I wouldn't have guessed that they had experienced some of the things they crossed over on. 

This class was amazing and I'm recommending it to all of my friends going to Texas State. I really enjoyed the teaching style and the interactive activities. 😄

Class activity

Wednesday was a moment for everyone to share a little bit about themselves that others might not know by looking at them. When we had to walk around the classroom and change the way we walked depending on either our ethnicity, gender, age, or disability wasn't very easy. I felt like it was hard for a lot of people to show there true colors because others were around them. For the second activity, I was very touched by seeing everyone joining in a share personal items about themselves. I was nervous to step up when professor Stone said "if you've ever been held back or had college prep step forward" because that's something I don't think to know about it. All in all I've enjoyed this class and very excited to have you again next semester for family policy.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thoughts About Class and Group Activity

I am going to start this final blog by talking about the group activity on Wednesday.  It was very interesting to see the different ways that people see themselves.  It is not for anyone else to say how we define ourselves as.  We have all been through a lot and have different perspectives, but we are all in this class.  To me, it kind of showed that no matter what background you have, there are always people that can share in those experiences because they have been there too.  We all made it to college:)

I was kind of offended by one word that kept being said by one word.  FEMALE.  I think the phrase was "Y'all females..."  and I found that a little offensive.  It sounds ridiculous, but depending on the tone it is said and the context, it is not a good thing to say to a woman.  I just had to get that off my chest because it has been said more than once this semester and I always feel so disrespected and looked down on because of the tone and the context that it is being said in.  I know a lot of people probably don't even think about it, but I am a person that picks up and pays attention to things like that, and it was not okay.

So about the class as a whole.  I loved it.  I came home after every class with something to share with my partner.  We even had some talks that I am not sure we would have had.  I really appreciate the input of my classmates and that they shared their experiences.  There are a lot of things that have happened in my life that I thought I was alone in, but there are people that have been in almost the exact same situation as I was.  

Thank you all!  It has been a great class:)

Final Blog

The activity we did on the last day of class was really eye opening and emotional for me. It really was a great way of learning to not judge a person by their looks or identity. The first activity that we did made us realize that who we are does not affect the way we walk. When being asked to walk like different identities our walk did not change, we all walk one foot in front of the other. The way a person walks is no big deal, everybody still ends up where they want to get to. The second activity showed us that we are all different but someone else can be going through the same thing you are. It was rare when somebody crossed the line alone, and that showed us that we are not alone. Somebody goes through the same thing you do, a lot of the times it is just not shown.
When I first signed up for this class it was because I needed an elective and didn't think much about it. I really enjoyed this class more than any other class I took this semester, I learned so much that is actually useful and I felt safe to express feelings because it was somewhere that everybody did so too and it felt like everybody was just good listeners around. The panels were a great way of showing and giving examples of real life stories. Overall, I really would recommend this class to anybody, it was a class that I actually looked forward to.

Great Semester

This was one of my favorite classes by far this semester. I was really into a lot of the topics, and even though somethings might have made me uncomfortable, I still enjoyed this class overall! It was really interesting yesterday to do the silent activity. It really is interesting to see all these different people who I sat with for an entire semester, talked to, and I still didn't know these things about them. The activity really put into perspective to not judge people and to be open to each others differences, because in the end we're all just people trying to get through each day so before we all jump to conclusions and judge we should always first try to get to know a person.

Final Blog

Well this is bitter sweet, I'm sad that this class is over, I'm going to miss it. At times it was a struggle to go to class since its my only class of the day, but I enjoyed it that it made me want to go. Going into this class I expected it to be an overview of what i already knew but of course I was in for a surprise. I'm glad i took this class!

Yesterday's activity was interesting. I had seen this activity being done before but i never actually participated. It was a good example of "don't judge a book by it's cover" as many mentioned during class. Every time I would cross the line I looked around, and thought to my self who knew?

To end the final post, I want to congratulate everyone who is graduating, myself included! And wish everyone good luck on y'alls finals!

Last Blog

I really enjoyed the activity we did in class yesterday. I learned a lot and it made me feel closer to the rest of the class. I am a very shy person and I normally don't speak up in class especially in one as big as ours so it was nice to feel safe and comfortable enough to share some things. I have really enjoyed this class and I'm a little sad that its coming to an end! I thought Professor Stone was awesome and I think she did a great job of teaching the class. I really learned a lot in this class and I had fun doing it! I am going to miss Lifespan Sexuality

Final Blog of the Semester

This is bitter sweet. I am glad that the semester is over but then again I do not want this class to be over. I have enjoyed this class sooooo much!! I have learned a lot also that I did not think I would. I am also glad that we ended the semester with a bang from the violence panel to the game that we played yesterday. I enjoyed the game because , like other people said, it made me realize that I should not assume things about people. Some things are invisible and we do not see them. This class has taught me so many life lessons that I hope I never forget.

final blog

Yesterdays class activity was something I have previously done before. However, I thought it was really interesting to get to interact with my classmates and see how much we relate. During the walking activity, I remember feeling like theres not really a certain way people walk. Really, it all comes down to stereotypes but I have been working myself on not judging people. Overall, this entire class was so fun and I learned a ton. I love that it wasn't a typical sit down and read the powerpoint class, I feel like interactive activities, and the professor opening and sharing her own stories make the materials all more interesting and memorable. I'll miss this class!


Yesterday's activity was very interesting to me. 

People forget to remember everyone is different. We all come from different walks of life. The activity in my eyes expressed the differences of individuals. Overall, I believe everyone forgot to remember there are different sides to every concept. For example, the fat scenario. Individuals in the class forgot body images go BOTH ways. Some people are called fat, etc. Some people are called too skinny, etc. 

Overall, individuals need to remember differences are okay and you don’t have to put yourself in a label. Labels break down the key to society which is we are all human. We should all stick together and remember we are our own person. Don’t try to be like everyone else!!!  

today's activity

Today's activity was almost therapeutic. something about the fact that we were all sharing these intimate things about our lives without having to explain ourselves, without having to say a word at all, standing next to people you hardly knew but suddenly knew so much about.  we were all connected. we all had something in common. honestly something about this class in general was therapeutic. when I signed up for life span sexuality I wasn't expecting to learn so much about myself. we talk about things that are uncomfortable to talk about. we push the limits of our comfort zones and something about it all is healing. Today without saying a word I shared things with the class that some of my closest friends don't even know. who knew this class and the people in it would grow to mean this much to me. sorry I'm cheesy lol 

Last Blog!

I can't believe the semester is already over. This was by far my favorite class this semester and I truly enjoyed it each time we met! This activity we did today was great. I really like how we were able to bring diversity into the learning experience and it opened my eyes to how I feel about my own life and what I have gone through. When we did the activity where we walked across the room, I didn't cross very much. That made me feel awful and I left wishing that I could have better understood what others have gone through. It definitely made me think about how much I judge others without really knowing them all that well. Overall, this class has taught me so much this semester! I feel like I have learned more in this class than any class before. And it hasn't always had to do with sexuality, an example being our activity from today. I am leaving this class and semester with a greater understanding and open mind towards others. I am thankful for that!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Yes I do eat, mind your own business

So I thought my last blog was going to be about how much I loved the class and how it taught me so many things but I really need to get something else off my chest that I never discuss. Today in class when the question came up about ever being called fat I was not one of the people who walked to the other side. I have never been called fat and I was so embarrassed that I was not walking across the classroom. But then I realized that as a skinny person I face lots of judgement and backhanded comments and I was really mad that there was no question about ever being called something bad for being skinny. During my freshman year in college (I am a junior right now) I lost a lot of weight. The transition to college was hard and I had a really bad car accident that took me a long time to overcome. When I was in high school I had really big cheeks and I thought I weighed what was "normal". However after losing weight none of my clothes fit, shopping gave me anxiety because nothing I liked fit and my cheeks were gone. Everyone that knew me would say "oh my gosh you are disappearing", "you need to eat is your mom not feeding you", "here have this bag of chips you need to gain weight", "I wish I could give you some of my weight", "are you sick?", "you used to have such nice legs/body/butt what happened?!". I would be so upset because I knew that if I told someone to stop eating everyone would be upset about it but when someone told me to eat everyone agreed. Or if someone called me bony I was supposed to take it as a compliment. It got to the point that when I went to the doctor I would ask if my weight was a problem hoping she would say I was sick and would give me some pill to gain weight, but I was always told I was healthy. I have always been one of those people who eats A LOT at all times of the day so during that time I found myself eating when I was not hungry because I desperately wanted to gain weight. To this day I still look back at pictures from high school and cry because I want to be that person again. When I switched jobs last year to a desk work job I was so excited because I was going to be eating out everyday and sitting all day which was perfect for gaining weight. Sophomore year I had a PFW class for running and I swear I would go eat a burger after afraid that I had lost weight by running a mile. My mom was no help whatsoever. She would compare me to my younger sister saying she had more weight on her than I did or she would tell family members that I used to have a perfect body as if saying "wait! she can do better than this!". I really did think that I was doing something wrong. I have come a long way since freshman year but I still have a few pounds to go to be back at my high school weight. However I am no longer as desperate as I used to be. I'm not afraid of weight scales anymore. I find extreme happiness in finding a dress that fits just right. When the two other girls in class spoke up about it I felt connected to them in some way because I knew exactly what they were talking about. People are always talking about having positive body image for curvy people but in doing so they sometimes take down skinny people. Sorry this turned out to be long but I really needed to say all of that because I never have because I'm afraid that it may be taken wrong. Well, thanks for a great semester and good luck on finals!


So it is decided, I will be taking the exam. Why? Not because I really need the points but honestly because I actually really enjoyed this class and I have been strangely excited for all the tests. So yes I am ready and excited for this final exam but I am sad to see this class come to an end. 
Thank you Kelly Stone for everything that you have taught us. You could have done so much with this class and I'm glad you did what you did. This class has been entertaining and just fun to be a part of. 
I will be looking forward to take some more classes that you are teaching. 

Last blog

Wow! I can't believe this semester is over! This was by far my favorite class out of my entire college career. I feel like I've learned so much from this class alone and it's information I like to pass on to my friends and that I'm for sure to remember. I honestly wish I would've learned all this stuff a lot sooner in life and maybe this course should become a required course for all majors. I feel like everyone could benefit from it. I especially enjoyed the panels and that should definently be kept on for future classes to learn like we did!! Thank you for a great semester!! 

The last panel

The last panel was so emotional for me. I could relate to each one of them in some way, personally.

I was definitely one of the ones crying in the crowd.

Relationship violence is not talked about enough, I am glad I had this experience to remind me of that. I made a point to talk about the panel with important people in my life. It really is true that everyone has either experienced relationship violence themselves of knows someone that has.

Semester overview

I feel as though this class was beneficial in not only learning about others, but in learning, confronting and exploring our own lives-past, present and future. I have the tendency to take my experiences and hide them under a rug. Sometimes I feel as though that's easier than actually confronting them and how they have impacted my life.

Today's activity was so incredibly impacting. It is amazing to see what so many people are going through-together or alone and how we all ended up college. We all have made it so far despite stereotypes, society and our environments that have tried to bring us down.

I hope everyone gets to experience this class. Maybe we would all be more kind and mindful of the way we speak to, look at or treat others.  

So Sad!

I cannot believe that this class is over! I love going to this class, and seeing everyone learn something new. When we had the LGBQ panel, I was in awe seeing everyone so into the panel, and not judging a single person! This is something I have never been able to see in my life being a lesbian myself, and I will say after that class I learned that not everyone is going to hate me, because of who I love. Then I got to sit through the gender panel, and again it was amazing to see everyone come together and be supportive! I will say, a few times my human side wanted to shake some people and ask them what were they thinking during our classes, but I didn’t! I didn’t sit through the abuse panel, simply because it would be a trigger for me. I wasn’t there to speak then, so I will do it now. When I was 12, my best friend’s brother raped me. And after he did it, he friends thought they could also. Don’t say awe, and how sad. I know it’s sad but it is the past! I was forced to make a choice of rather to be 13 and a mom, or have an abortion. What’s funny to me, is up until I had to make a choice, I though abortion was wrong, it went against everything I believed! I saved sick animals all the time, so a life should never be lost if it can be saved. But now I know what it is like to be there! I will miss this class, and I still wish everyone on campus could take this class! Have a great summer! Don’t get sun burned!

I cannot believe that this class is over! I love going to this class, and seeing everyone learn something new. When we had the LGBQ panel, I was in awe seeing everyone so into the panel, and not judging a single person! This is something I have never been able to see in my life being a lesbian myself, and I will say after that class I learned that not everyone is going to hate me, because of who I love. Then I got to sit through the gender panel, and again it was amazing to see everyone come together and be supportive! I will say, a few times my human side wanted to shake some people and ask them what were they thinking during our classes, but I didn’t! I didn’t sit through the abuse panel, simply because it would be a trigger for me. I wasn’t there to speak then, so I will do it now. When I was 12, my best friend’s brother raped me. And after he did it, he friends thought they could also. Don’t say awe, and how sad. I know it’s sad but it is the past! I was forced to make a choice of rather to be 13 and a mom, or have an abortion. What’s funny to me, is up until I had to make a choice, I though abortion was wrong, it went against everything I believed! I saved sick animals all the time, so a life should never be lost if it can be saved. But now I know what it is like to be there! I will miss this class, and I still wish everyone on campus could take this class! Have a great summer! Don’t get sun burned!