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The Gender Revolution

Speaking about the opportunities and LGBT movements it is worth to mention a generation of gender. It even became one of the most popular slogan on the Internet (gender was elected Word of the Year 2013 competition conducted by scientists from the Institute of Polish Language).

Image of “gender” concepts relating to identity and gender roles in society. This subject is controversial as gay marriage and the fight for LGBT rights. Generally speaking, gender is the study of gender, only understood in terms of cultural, not biological. Gender is not the only culprit of social change. Gender is related to discriminatory situations. What is more it is difficult to separate from the concept of gender and feminism. It is normal that there are social movements or currents of thoughts which introduce changes in the perception of certain concepts in science. I think that is a natural consequence of the struggle for gender equality and the fight for the legalization of same-sex marriages.

I know some people media and politicians who claim that “gender” harms society because it is hitting into a traditional model of family. I encourage you to look at the issue from a historical perspective. This is how it looks today, the family is so different from how it looked in the sixteenth century, the seventeenth or even the nineteenth that present standards would be greatly scandalized. Changes are subject to a number of factors, not just gender theory and feminism. Blaming any study or discipline of gender for breaking habits is a misunderstanding. Then there are demographic, economic, ability to move, or very many cultural trends that have changed our behavior and habits.

Blaming the Church about gender study is a misunderstanding.

Currently in Poland it takes a huge struggle for “gender” in church. This is not about the concept of these studies. They exchanged a lot of threats and changes, which may lead the next generation. One polish bishop asked what is the Church’s problem about “gender” responds that this ideology comes from the wrong understanding of freedom. It is hard to be surprised that some do not like it when they hear that some roles, behaviors and even attributes that their society has created for men and women, suddenly begin to be called into question.

But history has shown that what was impossible a few decades ago, today it is widely accepted.

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Is The Arab Spring a triumph of democracy?

According to Moncef Marzuki, earlier as a human rights activist, now president of Tunisia, the Arab Spring is rather triumph of democracy. “The Arabs gave his own response to rapid extremism and degrading regimes that we have supported. It’s called democracy” – says Thomas Friedman, publicist of “The New York Times”.

The Arab Spring has led not only to the fact that dictators like Bashar al-Assad in Syria or Chalif family is hiding now throughout the region. It  also forced autocrats around the world to strengthen the exchange rate against its citizens. Russia adopted new rules for treason and teases NGOs working on human rights . It is worth to mention that since the Arab Spring rulers became nervous, their actions against mass movements has increased, says Arch Paddington, vice president of Freedom House for scientific research.

Even according to the former president of Poland – Lech Walesa, quick collapse of the regimes, as happened in Eastern Europe in 1989 after the fall of communism, will not be repeated in the Arab world. Three principles that have shaped the Western perception of the Arab Spring, proved to be wrong. First of it is the belief in the absolute unpopularity of the existing powers. It is also the assumption that the opposition represents the will of the nation’s majority, as well as the belief that no force will be able to stop the resistance movement.

According to Freedom House global level of freedom in 2012, continued to fall – by the seventh year in a row. It is a record of the long-term trend.

The demonstrators, who for weeks had occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo, felt disappointment or even cheated. 17 million Egyptian citizens illiterate who cannot even write or read the word “democracy”. The millions of unemployed and millions of earning a dollar per day, hoped to improve the condition of their life. Also their expectations proved futile.

How Possible is Virtual World?

My reflections of article “A Virtual World is Possible”.

http://geertlovink.org/texts/a-virtual-world-is-possible/

The article raises some issues that were very important in the history of the Internet. I agree with the author, as many of them shaped its present shape. What’s more, I’m from a generation for whom everything was new. On the one hand it was a trap, which now has large consequences. Range of free Internet, being in contact via the Internet have given a great opportunity. On the other hand, proved to be a trap for those who do not fully know how to exploit that potential. Each of us knows the events of the mid-nineties.

The event was called the dot-com bubble or the dot-com boom. The idea was that the company overestimated their chances of occurrence on the Internet. This caused panic. In addition to this came many accounting scandals associated with the dotcoms artificially inflating their income. This shows that the use of the Internet without the basic knowledge bringing more risks than benefits.

Another important issue for me was the extent of information transmitted over the Internet. The author points out that there is no contradiction between the street and cyberspace. In the era of new media tools is a very important issue. In addition, the author of the article asks a very important question: How long can a movement grow and stay “virtual”?

I refer here to the recent events that cunning for almost the entire European Union. The idea was to introduce special restrictions to express freedom of speech on the Internet. Regulation on ACTA was heavily criticized, especially because the government wanted to introduce a secret by the public. Almost immediately, large-scale protests erupted in the cities of European countries. What’s more, the same is happening: protests take place under the eyes of the world media. People were able to come together, because it was about a common interest – the Internet was still remain a place where you can express your views. The ongoing protests for weeks finally led to the fact that the government has decided to step down. This shows that the Internet remains an important destination for many people who will fight for it to remain that way.