Why slavery exist?

As the Doctor and his companion travel back and forth from past, present, and future, the humans eventually get an alien species called Ood that serves the humans. At first glance, it seems as though the Ood are willing to serve the humans but then the Doctor finds out that the Ood has been brainwashed and made the Ood willing to serve. At the end, the Doctor was able to save the Ood and the Ood was able to go back to their home planet. What’s confusing is why does slavery exist; why do higher species have the common thought progress of creating slaves?

The first thought that came in mind is the fact that people are lazy in general. If anyone had a choice, no one wouldn’t like to do hard labor, everyone would prefer to do whatever he or she wants to do without much effort put into. Because there are people like these in the word, they tend to find someone else to do the labor is that the lazy person wouldn’t have to do the labor themselves. Slaves are then created in order for people to have easier lives despite the fact slavery is bad to do to species.

Another thought that came to thought as to why slavery still exists may possibly be just the sense of superiority. What I mean by the sense of superiority is the feeling you’ll get when you order someone around to do things. In life, there will always be someone who is superior than anyone and because that person is superior, you gotta follow what they order you to do. No one likes to take orders from anyone especially if its something you don’t want to do and so that stress of powerless grows. While not everyone but a lot of people feels as though ordering someone else around that is of lower status has a good feeling behind it. So what I’m basically saying is that slaves are also viewed as stress reliever from their bosses that they have to take orders from

As to what we had gone over, we identify the reasons as to why slavery still exists in today’s society.  Slaves are a helpful source of someone doing the job for you as well as a sense of superiority. What’s need to be understood is that slavery is something wrong. People who are slaves are just as humans as we are, we don’t have that right to consider someone a slave. Just as we don’t like to take orders, slaves doesn’t like to take orders as well and they want as much freedom than any other.


Diversity in Doctor Who: Final Reflection

Diversity in Doctor Who has been an interesting experience for me. When signing up for this section of IS 201, I was not certain what to expect. Before coming to class, I had never read or seen series of Doctor Who. Although I have not enjoyed watching the episodes, I have been able to relate different experiences in the show to reality in our society. Talking about different shows in relation to Doctor Who has allowed me to understand different portions of the show.

Some of the episodes related to topics that interested me which made them more interesting to prepare for. For example, The Shakespeare Code was an extremely interesting episode because I love storytelling and literature. Their ability to use historical events and works and turn it into a different theme is engaging. Episodes involving the angels relate to my interest with the Salem Witch Trials. The presentation regarding the historical events and how the witches and angels in Doctor Who relate to some of the history made the show more engaging.

I enjoyed writing the fan fiction piece more than I had initially thought. Although it was over a topic regarding Doctor Who, I loved having a creative writing element and outlet. After deciding to write from the viewpoint of the average citizen, I was able to relate to my own character in my form of writing. For example, coming into class I was knowledgeable about all things Doctor Who and still have various questions about episodes and details. Just like my character, I knew little about the Doctor, but was interested in his abilities.

Diversity in Doctor Who has allowed me to think about diversity in terms of generation, tradition, and interests that are not as common. It has opened up a different element of thinking and brainstorming that has helped me grow in knowledge of culture. I have learned multiple different tactics to identify aspects of culture and diversity in different environments and countries.  For example, my final project has allowed me to research diversity in different countries and their mannerisms regarding social strategies. Doctor Who has been a medium for me in my research regarding tradition, generation, and expression.

Although I have not enjoyed the show, I have appreciated the amount of diversity I have been exposed to regarding different interests and personality types. I have been able to relate information from this class to my other major formed classes regarding learning styles, diversity, and the ability to understand interests.

Confession Dial or Hell

The Doctor and his confessional dial is a very odd pairing at first, we are told that this strange golden circle is supposedly the Doctors last will and testament that he hands out when he thinks he is about to die. This becomes the fix of everyone’s attention when they (his companions) aren’t running around trying to fix the world. The question becomes when is he going to die. This leaves a sunken feeling in mine if not everyone who is a fan of the show’s stomach responding with “what the Doctor can’t die”.

Later in the series in the last couple of episodes the Doctor is teleported to a castle that is surrounded by water and he can’t get off. We soon learn that this place is like a fear prison for the Doctor. All his worst fears had culminated into a shrouded monster that can kill him and chases him around the castle. Eventually the monster caught up to the Doctor while he tries to break through a piece of material that would take thousands or millions or even billions of years to get through. The monster proceeds to kill the Doctor but before he dies he was able to bring himself back alive to redo everything again.

For the Doctor this new reality that he had to endure for so long may in fact be his own definition of hell. After being tortured for so long he was able to break through the material keeping him from his TARDIS. Once he is finally free of the confessional he finds himself on Gallifrey were he learns that the time lords have been put at the end of time to protect themselves. Not only are they at the end of time they are the ones who trapped the Doctor in the confessional trying to get him to reveal what he knows about the hybrid. The more confusing thing about this series is the fact that he seemed to know that they were behind him getting trapped and that he wanted them to so that he could get to Gallifrey so to save Clara.

The most confusing thing about the Doctor and his confessional is if the Doctor knew what it was and what it was for why did he let himself get trapped in it when he could have used his TARDIS to travel to Gallifrey on his own. This series of episodes show me that the Doctor is a master manipulator who knows how to always get what he wants in the end no matter the lengths he has to go to complete his task.

Final Thoughts on Doctor Who

The season finale episodes of Doctor Who were really intriguing. The whole idea of the pandorica box being made for something truly evil was interesting because we had thought the Doctor had witnessed things evil, but the thing meant for the box was supposed to be even worse than all of his enemies. I think it was surprising when we find out that it was meant for the Doctor because he was even caught off guard which rarely ever happens. The fact that Doctor showed up after supposedly being locked in the box was confusing because it brought together multiple time periods. The present Doctor and the future Doctor being somewhere at one time was hard to wrap my head around because we think of time as going forward un a straight line but then his future self interacts with his past self and it gets very complex. I really like this because time travel has always been super interesting to me.

The idea of the Doctor creating another big bang would erase him but if he never existed then how could he have been able to create the big bang in the first place. I like how the director sets up complex story lines so that the audience wants to keep watching until the end.

I have really enjoyed season six so far of Doctor Who. The season starts out great with the astronaut episode. I like all of the action that happens right off the bat in the episode. I also like how right away, the audience is already confused as to what exactly is happening which makes it mysterious and makes me want to figure it all out. The fact that the Doctor from the future sends a message to the past Doctor and the others to meet up with each other. They are given a secret mission that no one is quite sure about, but they end up fixing the issue. However, they are still confused about the two Doctors of different ages. The complexity and the time travel aspect of this show really has me hooked and even after this class is over I think I may even continue watching it. I am glad that this class has introduced me to this show because I have found that I really love it. If I had not taken this class, I probably never would have watched it.

The Bees and the Bees

Most of us took sex education sometime between elementary and high school during the awkward years we call “the teen years”.  Most of us remember the class being uncomfortable, awkward, and even giggle worthy at times.  However, for some students the class was even more awkward and uncomfortable than for the rest.  

A lot of sex ed classrooms in the U.S. are very withholding and stingy about what information they give students concerning sex and reproduction.  Some schools refuse to teach it at all, while others give a short presentation over one class period.  Some do better, though.  They talk about the biology, consent, and how to use protection.  Still, almost all schools will only cover two topics when it comes to sex education: reproduction and heterosexuality.  And while it’s important that these subjects get covered, gay, bi, pan, ace, and trans students are largely left in the dark.  This often makes it extremely difficult for non-heterosexual/non-cis people to come to terms with their identity.  And important terms about sexuality and gender can go unknown for years, causing a lot of confusion and frustration both inside and out of the LGBT+ community.

Now, I’m not saying sex ed classrooms should introduce nsfw images and videos of different kinds of sexual situations in order to teach about these different subjects.  I am, however, saying that gay sex and straight sex should be talked about in the same manner, discussing the importance of consent and protection in both cases.  Many gay, bi, and pan relationships do not use protection during sex because they believe they don’t need it.  This is why the number of STDs in the LGBT+ community is so high.  Rape is also an underrated concern in the LGBT+ community.  Whether it’s non-consensual sex or “corrective rape” these types of sexual assaults often go unreported by LGBTQIA+ victims because they don’t understand what proper consent means for non-heterosexual relationships or situations.  These problems can help be corrected by discussing other types of sexual relationships in the sex ed classroom.  

It’s time to crush heteronormativity, and one way that can be achieved is by discussing other types of attraction the same way we talk about straight attraction in the classroom.  A half hour presentation over other forms of sexual and romantic attraction is all it would take to help normalize non-straight sexualities.  In the same way, a short presentation on the differences between gender and sex would help trans and nonbinary people come to terms with their identity, and help cis people understand what it means for someone to not identify with their assigned gender.  Simply acknowledging in the sex ed classroom that other sexual, romantic, and gender identities exist outside the cishet world we’re taught to live in can do wonders in helping achieve equality and understanding.   

A Semester of Diversity and the Doctor

Overall, I really enjoyed this semester of IS 201. Reflecting back on my first few days with this class, I remember not knowing what to expect. But I also remember thinking that the opportunity of analyzing diversity through a television show would be very interesting, so I went for it. With regards to Doctor Who, I had never seen a show before, and with regards to diversity, I was very limited to my own perspectives, coming from a small, primarily white-based, Midwestern town. Nevertheless, after a few more classes, I found the topics of diversity, as well as the Doctor Who episodes in general, to be more and more engaging. I was hooked.

As the semester moved on, the concept about the importance of viewing the world from different perspectives was reinforced in my head. I found that when pertaining to diversity and experiencing things for the first time, inside and outside of the classroom, it was most important to look at the ideas with a broad and open mindset. Individuals who have open perspectives are granted many more opportunities in life than those who are simply to ignorant to recognize what they are missing. It is essential for the betterment of one’s own self in this diverse world. Throughout this semester I have tried working on this skill and recognizing when I have a narrow perspective; because of this class, I feel that I have improved with it significantly.

For the Doctor Who part of this class, I also feel that it helped with diversifying myself in relation to shows, genres, and fandoms. In the past, there have only been a few different shows that I have really engaged with, meaning that I watched most of the episodes for, but this one made me do that; the different themes and challenges presented in each episode kept me coming back for more. I also had never watched much of the Sci Fi genre, so this was an eye-opening experience; while I admit I thought most parts were interesting and cool, others also just seemed a bit strange. Doctor Who also introduced me to the world of fandom that I knew nothing about. From the vids and blog posts to the fanfiction and conventions, I learned about many different aspects of fanatics and their fandoms. Overall, I learned while this type of fandom might be different than a sports team’s fandom, there is nothing wrong with that. People must understand that everyone has different opinions on things and find enjoyment in various ways; this does not mean that something is weird just because it is different. Watching this show also allowed viewers to examine how the culture of Britain developed over the years, but specifically with diversity in their television shows.

In general, many of the topics discussed in this class provided an opportunity for working on open-mindedness. Liberal arts colleges, like Wartburg, give students the ability to practice this skill on a daily basis. They require classes, such as Inquiry Studies, which persistently prompt students to question about how they are thinking. These classes, and the professors leading them, continually challenge students, like myself, to view the world in different ways. I have really enjoyed this process of contemplation and reflection within IS 201. The lessons of diversity and open-minded perspectives gained from this course will continue to be beneficial for me in the future. Thank you!

Donna the Sassy Companion

Donna Noble my least favorite companion of the “New Who”. When you first meet Donna, she is very needy and oblivious at times which neither ever change. Donna is also very sassy willing to fight with the Doctor at a moment’s notice. Although somewhat slow on the uptake she is very observant of her surroundings when men aren’t involved, she is also prone to glimpses of brilliance when she can at times know miscellaneous information that helps the Doctor. Comparing her to other companions is very interesting.

Martha, Donna’s predecessor shows up in an episode with the Doctor and Donna early on in their travels. Martha is very outgoing after her travels with the Doctor and quite smart. She like Rose comes to love the Doctor but does not let that get in the way of her adventure. Donna though likes the Doctor but does not show near the level of infatuation as the previous two. Martha’s efforts to show her affection to the Doctor were stymied by the Doctor’s own love of Rose. As was very apparent to Martha the Doctor seamed to be on a rebound after his time with Rose taking Martha to the some of the same places he took Rose which Martha notices quite quickly also.

Rose was very different from Martha she never wanted to leave the Doctor. She was very dependent on the Doctor and is not as smart technically as Martha and at times Donna, but she kept the Doctor in check and saves him from time to time. Rose is the end of any real romance that happens with the Doctor at least through Donna as if Rose spoils the Doctors apatite for love particularly for his companions.

Donna shares many of the attributes of Rose, Martha, and even the Doctor. The 9th Doctor and Donna are compared in their ability to be sassy. Rose and Donna are both reliant on the Doctor to explain the situation before they really understand what is happening. Martha and Donna share compassion for other beings. The one thing that really sets Donna apart is her ability to be witty and completely brilliant in her passing remarks. One of the most interesting remarks that doesn’t get talked about much in the show is her remark about whether the spread of the human race should be compared to a virus. Because of her sassiness and her being slow in pick up on queues she irritates me and that is why she is my least favorite companion.