Sunday, January 24, 2016

nvisible Effects of Poverty

           Poverty is often characterized by strenuous labour and a substandard mental state. These effects are evident throughout Ehrenreich’s experience working low paying jobs and they continuously deteriorates as she struggles to get by.
          As a maid Barbara felt a persistent sense of inferiority, chiefly from people outside her profession. She often describes the owners of the houses she cleans as acting “hostile or contemptuous”(99) towards them. When she cleans they frequently glare and spy on them in a demeaning manner, resulting in a lowered self esteem and sense of self worth. This is crucial to a person’s quality of life and makes the strenuous job of cleaning even more detrimental to their health and well being. According to The Self Esteem Institute “Most cases of depression are the result of low self esteem”. 
            During her time working for molly maids Ehrenreich also experienced feelings of worthless and a lack of dignity. This was evident when she was cleaning for a woman named Mrs. W. As Ehrenreich was cleaning on her hands and knees she endured her persistent, judging glare. This scene shows their difference in power, as she stands over Ehrenreich she is showing dominance and stripping Barbara of her dignity. This had a negative effect on her during her time working at Molly maids as it became increasingly difficult to endure the physically and mentally demanding days.
These invisible effects of poverty affected her in every job she worked at and are what the working lower class face everyday.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Should Lottery Winners Name be Released?

Recently the largest lottery jackpot in United states history was won by three people. The Winners of this 1.6 billion dollar Jackpot live in states that require them to make their names public. I believe this law is detrimental to the winners saftey and according to Andrew Stoltmann it's like "throwing meat into a shark-infested ocean." What he means by this is that the winners are often harassed, used, and taken advantage of. Banks and other corporations that are supposed to help the winners manage thier money often push them into bad investments. In addition, winners are more susceptible to stalkers and people who are hungry for their newly acquired money.

An example of tragedy following a win is Abraham Shakespeare, a janitor won $17 million in the Florida lottery in 2006. His big win attracted the deranged Dorice Deedee Moore who proceeded to track down Abraham with a plan to burglarize his remaining money. Her scheme involved her befriending Abraham and convincing him to let her be his financial advisor, giving her control of his money and house. After achieving her goal she murdered Abraham in July of 2007. Moore is currently serving a life sentence for the crime.

The reason they are released is due to public suspicion. If the public doesn't see the winners they may be discouraged to purchase a ticket according to supporters of the laws. But, I believe that the safety of the winners should be the top priority of law makers.

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