David Ayala


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Reading Response #2

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Involuntary celibacy, otherwise known as “incels” are people who have very severe romantic troubles. In the excerpt from the article the author interviews various people from the incel community and notes various patterns amongst them all. The majority of incels are males, aging anywhere under 30. They all share this hate for women because of their romantic troubles. They believe these troubles are womens fault, who choose to only seek material things in men. So long as their loneliness continues, they will continue to hate women. Many of these men have their very own issues, and joined together in this community they share their horrid experiences with women and relationships. As a whole, a lot of incels have a lack of confidence. This is something that some have always had due to their very own personal flaws that they see within themselves. Others believe their confidence was destroyed due to their experiences with women. This keeps them down, where they just continue to build all of the hate and anger toward women. In a wider spectrum incels represent the age-old misogyny that has existed all throughout history. Women have been subject to prejudice, much of which has been perpetuated by men.  Men who project their hate on to women because of their very own issues and seek to destroy women and degrade them. As technology has advanced incels just found a medium to form communities where they share this hate.

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Discussion post # 4

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Privileges are things that often times we overlook due to the nature of some coming without effort. Others come about because our own personal success that put us in place of those privileges. I grew up in a middle-classed Latino family in Brooklyn, and so there are many privileges that I grew in to that many times I could’ve possible overlooked. Especially in the current situation that is going on with this pandemic, I think Wi-Fi in my house is a privilege that can be overlooked. This facilitates my research on a online community by being able to easily access it from the comfort of my home. The online community that I choose to observe is the page on Reddit called AskReddit. I choose community because of all the different interesting conversations that come about. There could either be deeply political questions or completely random and funny thought-provoking questions. Its always entertaining to see everyone’s thoughts, reactions, and responses to the particular question. What’s best about it is the vast variety of people that come to the page. I do not think any age is excluded and you can see that in all the different posts. Being that I am a latin-american male who was born and raised in new York, I think I may definitely carry my own biased opinions about different topics discussed in the AskReddit page, and this is what keeps the page interesting. Everyone may have their very own opinions quite possibly stemmed from ones background, and therefore you are free to express it as you wish under this page.

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Discussion Post # 3

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The place I choose to observe were the Piers in Manhattan. I walked from pier 42 all the way down to battery park. It was a perfect day to walk such a distance as the weather was super beautiful. The sun was up bright and burning hitting very nearly the 60’s degrees. This was seen in the clothes everyone around me was wearing. People in shorts, tee shirts, and even sandals. It really felt like summer. As I walked along the railing I noted the waves splashing along the shore which created a slight change of color to the concrete. The water was very dark, nothing seen below its surface. Only some very bizarre wooden sticks and wires that barely stuck out the surface of the water. Soon after I decided to sit on a bench for a while and fully absorbed my surroundings. My attention was always drawn to the very large skyscrapers that touched the clouds. One very peculiar building caught my attention that was very unique. It looked like something out of Minecraft or built out of legos. It had a very random and unorthodox structure with many gaps shaped out of the ordinary. My attention was then brought back to the water, as I looked on to the horizon I could see the statue of liberty. Its green color and island around it. From where I was it looked so tiny in comparison to everything else around me.

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