April 30, 2018

Why are White Collar jobs more desirable?

“White-collar jobs are generally ranked higher than blue-collar jobs in the prestige index” (Torlina, 84)

In Working Class: Challenging Myths About Blue-collar Labor, it delves into the relationship between blue-collared workers and their views on white-collar jobs. White-collar jobs are seen as the most desirable jobs because of the stigma that is placed against blue-collar workers. Blue-collar workers however, hold pride in what they do because, working with your hand and doing manual labor requires a lot of skill and willpower that people do not normally see.

April 27, 2018


When it comes to social class and work, our society stereotypes you because of the kind of job you have. I remember when I was younger I told my mom that I wanted to be a photographer and travel around the world taking pictures, she quickly shut my dream down because I have to do something that’s more practical and something that will allow me to pay for her life when I get older. It’s funny because I never understood why she as so adamant about me becoming a doctor of some sort and now that I am older I see that my mom wants me to have that kind of job so she can brag about how she has a child who’s a doctor. Becoming a doctor in a lot of parents eyes is pretty much the top job you can get. I wanted to become an athletic trainer and my mom still didn’t accept that. It was not until I settled on becoming a Physical Therapist, my mom actually felt satisfied with it. She likes that to become a Physical therapist, I have to have a phd and that makes her feel like she’s done her job as a parent.


  • parents expectation on career paths
  • how stereotypes feed into this
  • stereotypes of people in the med field or tech or corporate vs. those who do manual labor
  • education differences
  • finding things that prove some stereotypes wrong

April 25,2018

In my very first job, I worked at a local coffee shop. When you think of a coffee shop you’d think hard labor, physically demanding and psychologically demanding would not come to your mind. The place that I worked was ran by a guy who took over the place for his mom because she got sick. He did not care about the place or the workers and he made it prevalent in the way he acted. Working there I felt like I was under stress because if anything went wrong, it was up to the eight other teenagers there to figure out what we should for a solution. We worked eight hour shifts with no break, we got paid under minimum wage, we worked in unsafe conditions because there was a rodent and insect problem that the owner never wanted to address. He withheld our paychecks on multiple occasions to the point where some of our parents were trying to suit up to sue him. There would be hazards all around the store and when customers would ask us about it we had to make something up to them pretending that the owner would fix it. This helped me understand the relationship between work and social class because he never cared about the people working for him as kong as they were making them money. He never knew what was going on in the store because he did not want to pay attention to anything. I personally did not believe this man was intelligent at all, just some rich kid that wanted to keep making money off of their parents hard work. I feel like people who work, are opened to learning and being open minded to new things is what breeds intelligence. Intelligence does not look like some one who just choses to supervise every now and again to make sure that people are making them money.


In my hometown, the homelessness rates are not as bad compared to other cities around me but, homelessness has been a rising issue in the community. Redondo Beach, California the rates of homelessness have increased by 31%. Being in a community where it is relatively a safe place, many people got concerned about the growing population off homeless people. It’s illegal to sleep in your car in Redondo Beach, however, the police expressed that it’s hard to get people to move, when they have no where to go. The article I read specifically highlights a woman named Lisa Burke, she’s been homeless since 2013 but, unlike Mathew Desmond’s belief in needing a home to have hope, she never stopped having hope that her situation could get better. The community started an organization called PATH to assist the homeless problem in Redondo Beach.

Redondo Beach woman a symbol of the city’s new homeless

April 4, 2018

Tori & Jenna

Video sample:


  1. (2017, June 21). Kinesiology/ Exercise Science Degree: Is It Worth It? Regrets? Retrieved

April 04, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeNPOaJ9Kds


  • Uses on screen text to list main topics
  • Pros and Cons
  • Different career paths
  • Struggles within major
  • Classes often associated with major
  • Different, yet similar opportunities like two year diploma programs that are more specified
  • Lifestyle of a kinesiology major

March 26, 2018

Out of class, culture and race, race has definitely  affected my learning the most. I’ve noticed going to school my whole life in a predominately white institution, what I learned in school seemed to be extremely PC. I noticed that in history, my teachers would talk about facts and not try to teach us why things happened. I didn’t really learned about social issues until I was in college because most of the teachers in high school are scared of today’s PC culture. I felt extremely ignorant when I got to college cause I didn’t know a lot about American’s history with the minority groups in our country. To me, I felt like as a black woman, I was being cut off from all the history and struggle that my ancestors went through. I remember I was talking with my dad about how much I learned about the black experience in America for the last century and he was shocked that I never learned that stuff in school before. I feel like many high schools lack in diverse topics to learn. Other than the ignorant comments that were made every now and again by peers, my race never inhibited me from getting an education or learning. All of my roommates at USF are minorities and I feel like this school does a good job in trying to recognize diversity and wanting people to feel like they are heard.

March 9, 2018

Rape Culture

I was interested in looking up this topic because I wanted to know why it exists or how it even started. Rape culture is the normalization of rape. The term was created in 1970’s by the second-wave feminist. According to Wikipedia rape culture has existed for centuries. Since the beginning, women have been seen as lesser beings than human and have been treated as such. For centuries woman have legally been the property of their fathers or husbands.

Wikipedia is not the most reliable source when trying to find information on topics. A lot of the times Wikipedia uses anonymous sources so, the articles that are the most reliable are the ones who state all other sources at the end. The pros of using Wikipedia is that it allows you to have a base for your research. You should never sight Wikipedia in a paper but using it to find other more reliable sources, allows you to be able to get the actual facts directly from the original source. The main con with Wikipedia is that anyone can write their own article on it. People can upload whatever information they want–no matter if it is true or not. This is why it is better to use traditional sources as the main source information.

March 5, 2018

Looking at the National Ranking of universities, I’ve noticed that a majority that are within the top 50 are private schools. On the US News website, it briefly explains that what a campus has to offer such as: a number of majors, doctoral degree programs, master degree programs, and how much research the school produces, plays into how they rank the schools. However, the downfall with universities that are highly ranked is that they are way more selective and they are generally more expensive to attend. But it’s not only high ranked universities that are becoming more expensive, other universities tuitions are also rising. This inevitably means that lower- income families have a harder time paying for their children’s education. From growing up in a community where I saw people who were very well-off and saw people who were struggling, I noticed that a lot of the times students who didn’t have to worry about money di better in school. When it came to college application season, it was a time of excitement and dread. People who were motivated to get into high ranking colleges bragged about how good their GPA is and how an Ivy League school is their safety school. However, for those who do live in a low-income family, a majority of them went to community college to avoid having to be a financial burden on their family



February 28, 2018

Jenna, Denise, Tori

What is a Food Desert?

In the United States today, urban areas have formed a new classification within called food deserts. This new term is meant to symbolize areas in which access to fresh food is extremely limited. Food deserts are more often in correlation with impoverished areas. Food deserts create areas where the only available goods are “a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic” (American Nutrition Association). Which poses a threat to the general health and wellness to a portion of the U.S. population. To get a better idea of how large the affected portion of our population is, Food Empowerment Project released statistics representing its relevance in numbers. They say around 750,000 New York residents are considered to be among those living in food deserts while an estimated 3 million people live in areas where fresh produce is scarce or hard to obtain because of distance.

Relationship Between Food and Social Class

The type of food we eat has a direct correlation with our environment. Our food is effected by our friends, family, gender, age, where you live etc. Some people do not necessarily have the means to eat certain diets or even want to. Low-income groups  tend to also eat an unhealthy diet. This is because the food that they have access to are places that are cheap and unhealthy. Fast Food and other types of places that sell junk food are mostly located in poorer neighborhoods. They also market to poor people. A great amount of people who are in poverty, are people of color. If you look at the commercials for fast food places a majority of the time, you see people of color. Healthier foods are more expensive and a lot of the time people who are in lower-income situations aren’t able to gain access to those foods. I believe that is partly why there is a rise in obesity amongst children. Families who are struggling will try to get food that can last rather than looking at the health benefits.

Focused Area

In many communities throughout San Francisco, such as the tenderloin and the Bayview district, access to fresh fruits and vegetables is almost nonexistent. The only stores accessible to people tend to be filled with candy, chips, soda, and sports drinks. A new initiative in San Francisco, HealthyRetailSF, looks to provide corner stores in food deserts with some financial assistance to stock their store with fruits and vegetables. The importance of having accessibility to fresh produce is crucial to one’s health, as Johnson explains, “Closer proximity to stores selling fresh goods and dairy translates to a healthier diet, studies show. For poorer communities that suffer higher rates of diabetes and obesity, accessibility to nutritious food is often the first step in changing a junk food culture.”


USDA Defines Food Deserts. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2018, from



Food Deserts. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2018, from



Johnson, L. (2016, October 28). SF helps stores turn corner on health in food deserts. Retrieved February 28, 2018, from https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-helps-stores-turn-corner-on-health-in-food-10421045.php


Eufic.org (2004, October 3). Why we eat what we eat: social and economic determinants of food choice. Retrieved February 28, 2018 from:


February 26, 2018

Food and Social Class

In my family  we mostly eat chicken and pork. It kind of seems like the stereotypical black family thing but my mom doesn’t eat red meat and I do not like fish. So, there is not a lot of options left for commonly used protein. We also eat a lot of fruit and vegetables with our meals or just as snacks. Even when we get popsicles as a little treat to keep in the freezer, it’s always the all natural real fruit ones. Both of my parents work a lot so growing up I did not have a lot of home cooked meals. My mom always brought home food after she got off of work or when my parents were out of town, my brother and I went and got food. It wasn’t until I moved in with my dad, I started eating more home cooked meals. Growing up my brother and I were athletes and my dad worked out a lot so, a lot of our meals switched between pasta and chicken–with pork on occasion. I’m not completely aware of how social and cultural status are represented with my parents diet other than it’s pretty stereotypical that we eat chicken a lot. In my opinion, food and eating habits contribute to formation of social norms because people seem to define others by what they eat. The place that I grew up in and the people that I was around, tended to eat more healthy–with the exception of pizza–I come from a beach town so its all about the healthy organic stuff and the healthy snacks that are the most popular food products.