Society is everything. It is where we live, who we are, and what we do. Everyday our lives are affected by society but also we affect our society everyday too. In January of 2008, when I enrolled in Sociology 101 with Professor Green, this idea never applied to me. I had no idea what sociology even was or what the subject even impelled. At the beginning of the year when I was given the assignment to write about why I wanted to take Sociology 101 this is what I said:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As a sophomore at San Diego State University, I am in the process of trying to finish up all of general education classes. The reason I am taking Soc 101 is for that exact reason. It is one of the classes that I am missing to fulfill my general education requirements. When I went into this class I was not exactly sure what to expect. I was not sure what sociology meant or what the study of sociology meant, but after Professor Green described it, I am more interested in the subject now. I hope to learn maybe something about myself. Why I am the way I am, or behave the way I do. I hope to be able to analyze myself, from what I have learned from the class. By being a party of this class, I believe that I will bring a lot of discussion to the class. Subjects that I do not have a lot of knowledge on often cause curiosity which leads me to asking questions. I think I will ask questions that will start section discussions each week. I look forward to learning more about sociology.Ã¢â‚¬Â Today my outlook is different. Over the course I have learned a lot about what sociologist analyze in the world today, and over the course I have found myself tying things that I used to take for granted, back to what I have learned in this course.
One topic that we discussed in class was about social norms. What was normal in society and what was not? In discussion I remember this topic vividly because I remember Professor Green giving the example of a male being able to scratch his private parts with no up roar reaction, but if a female did that, it would cause disgust. At that point it made me think about social norms. Why was it was ok for males to do that and not females?
In an assignment we had on social norms it was the perfect time to teach my friends a little bit about what I had learned in sociology and to see what they thought; I was going to break a social norm. Their reaction was priceless.
When given this assignment, I had no idea what I was going to do. As the weekend approached, I thought that would be the perfect time to do something that would throw my friends for a loop. On Saturday night, the plan was to all meet up at my house and we were going to go out to a party. It was not until everyone had arrived that I suddenly came up with an idea. I was almost ready, all I had left was to put on my shoes and that is where I decided to break a social norm. As I completed my outfit, I put on one tennis shoe and one flip flop and walked out into the living room where everyone sat waiting. When I first walked out it was hard to keep from smiling. One of my girl friends said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are you trying to decide what shoe to wear?Ã¢â‚¬Â I said no, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m wearing these shoes. They all looked at me puzzled. They had that kind of look like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“is she serious?Ã¢â‚¬Â It was not normal for them to see me or anyone in that case wearing two different shoes. You never see people doing that. As I continued walking around the house in these two different shoes, they all just laughed at me, asking me if I was serious. It was hard to stay confident, and trying not to laugh with them was the hardest. After about 20 minutes of walking around the house we finally were ready to go. I went in my room and changed my shoes. I then came out and told my friends what I was doing, and explained to them how society has impacted us. I asked them, why is it not ok for people to wear two different shoes? And I told them it is because it is not normal in our society. It...