Not there yet

This is a HUGE digression on my part. I am supposed to be reading about midterm elections, or researching for my final projects. But here I am, hooked on The Female Factor series from New York Times.

Not that the other topics don’t matter to me, they do! In fact, this semester has been the most intellectually satisfying during my college career. I have always been debating whether I should go into architecture after college, or jump into the world of nonprofits and development. Taking “Politics of Development” and “Modern Architecture” at the same time really helps me see myself a lot more clearly. What’s more, both Dr. Menkhaus and Dr. Ligo are just plain amazing. I am also taking an anthropology class titled “Gender, Power and Culture,” which now gives me a formal excuse/incentive to read about stuff I like. All of these awesome classes while living at the Eco-House! Can you imagine?

In fact, it’s interesting that both my art class and politics class ask me to work on an environmental issue for the final research project that counts for a big chunk of the grade. The future of architecture lies in environmental designs, and countries cannot grow without looking out for sustainability, is what my professors are saying through these class assignments.

My internship mentor says I am a generalist, and my mom thinks it’s a problem that I never commit myself to one area. But all my seemingly fragmented interests may have a common theme after all. I should not expect to find the perfect job right away after college. But maybe at one point down the line, there has to be a dream job waiting for me – the dream job that combines environment, development/developing countries, women, politics…while also designing buildings, and critiquing restaurants and writing about food? SHOOT, MAYBE MOM’S RIGHT.

Anyway, here are some good articles that come out of my procrastination. A good friend of mine asks me what we talk about in my gender/feminist class all semester, other than that men and women should be equal. Well, here’s why.

– Labor exploitation: Having a full-time job and top positions doesn’t mean equality if women are still expected to do all household chores: the French example + future of feminism. This is the paragraph I really really like:

Feminism in those days was pretty clear-cut: It was about women closing ranks to battle blatant sexism, get an education and go to work. It was, as my mother said recently, “about women pushing into the world of men.”

The feminism of the future is shaping up to be about pulling men into women’s universe — as involved dads, equal partners at home and ambassadors for gender equality from the cabinet office to the boardroom.

– It’s hard to find overtly sexist men and women today but sexism is still deeply rooted in symbols, beliefs and expectations: Pew survey

– The Power of Fashion for Women: New York Times article + “The Modern Burmese Woman and the Politics of Fashion in Colonial Burma” by Chie Ikeya

Pork Chops for Fall Break!

“Anahi, I want a job that involves dancing salsa, drinking wine, cooking and baking all the time…”
“May, I am pretty sure that’s called marrying a rich guy.”

Well, hopefully, there is a better option than hypergamy, or marrying-up, to be able to dance salsa, drink wine, cook and bake. In fact, I think I have been doing it a lot on weekends and during this fall break. Today, without employing any recipe or planning ahead, we ended up with a delicious meal that left us all fuzzy-warm inside. With creamy pork chops, toasted baguette and a bowl of fresh salad, the only thing missing was good wine.

I searched for pork chop recipes online but one or two key ingredients were always missing. So I simply made do with some salt, paprika and cajun seasoning, and fried them at medium temperature. There were leftover cherry tomatoes we got from this nice flower lady at Farmers Market. When the pork chops were about to be done, the halved cherry tomatoes went into the frying pan, along with leftover organic heavy whipping cream. Sprinkle some thyme and basil for added flavor.

My Ecuadorian friend Anahi says the taste of milk in the pork reminds her of home. Being a sucker for all things Latina, I proudly told her that maybe it’s the little Latina inside me acting up. By the time baguette with melted mozzarella was done, it was already 2:30pm! I love college.