Debate: Who Is More Complicated? Men or Women?

The experience of participating on a debate was very unique. I enjoyed it since the beginnig when the whole class brainstormed ideas and assigned topics for each group to debate.
Jasmine and I did not have a hard time gathering information on why women are more complicated than men. We might have fallen into some stereotypes, but we did our best to show the reasons why we were right.
During the debate we had to present our arguments and also make adjustments according to what the other side (men) would present. This was a great practice because we had to be spontaneous and come up with effective arguments.
I was very pleased with how this debate turned out, not only because the women side won, but also because I had a great experience working with Jasmine and presenting our arguments.


3 minute Opening Argument by first group.

  • Julia: Ladies, have you ever said one thing, but meant another?
  • Jasmine: Men, have you ever asked a girl where she wants to eat and she can’t decide?
  • Julia: Have you ever said, you’re “FINE”, but in reality you were annoyed, frustrated, or angry?
  • Jasmine: Have you ever caught yourself overthinking a situation?
  • Julia: How much time have you spent looking for the perfect outfit?
  • Jasmine: How long have you spent WAITING for your wife or girlfriend to find that perfect outfit?
  • Julia: Women, don’t you love compliments, but don’t you find it hard to accept them?


-We are not arguing that it is a negative thing to be more complicated, we are arguing that we are more complicated and that just means there is more of us to love.

– It gives us positive and negative differences from men

-We overthink, we can’t decide, we have major mood swings, we can’t seem to let things go a lot of the time, we tend to think we’re right all the time and we cannot STOP TALKING.


  • One more evidence that women are more complicated is that we talk more than men. The average woman speaks 20,000 words a day while the average man speaks 7,000
    – Ellen’s funny story (Start at 1:50)

3 minute Opening Argument by second Group.

Men are more complicated

5 minute Break for preparation for re-argument

5 Minute argument by first Group

  • ( Jasmine)Periods (Statistics of the change in women) SOURCE: WEBMD
  • Girls, How many of you have been asked when you’re in a bad mood, if you’re on your period?
  • A period is more than just a “bad day” or a “bad mood”
  • Women already have to deal with periods by the time they turn 12
  • PMS: 1- 2 weeks before periods, women experience PMS which includes mood swings, sluggishness, cravings, and bloating / menstruation which is around1 week long (cramps) /
  • pre menopause/ menopause
  • (Julia) That means for only about 1 week out of the month women can feel normal
    • Women have about 450 periods in their lifetime
    • And then you get menopause: hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms we won’t get into.
  • The average woman will spend nearly 10 years of their life menstruating. In other words, about 3,500 days.
  • Summarize it again. Continuous cycle of bad mood.  On top of all of this we have to give birth to a child, which comes with many more body changes. (one of the most painful things the human body can go through)
  • (Jasmine) Society: beauty, weight, etc.
  • Women are shamed for being too fat, but also too skinny, then we are shamed for not wearing makeup and also wearing too much make up. Women are expected to have perfect bodies.Thin- but curvy, tan- but not orange.
  • We have to deal with all this pressure, while also keeping ourselves perfectly together.
  • We are expected to give off this perfect perception of our lives, when really we are dealing with so much.
  • Pressure on women to be stay home moms, have an education, pursue a career, be independent and provide for themselves so they don’t have to rely on a man.
  • We are supposed to be these perfect, naturally beautiful women who don’t have to try hard to impress the world, but if we don’t look a certain way, we have to buy our way to be “naturally beautiful
  • 13 billion cosmetic market
  • Shine reports that as of 2013, women collectively spend about $426 billion on beauty products each year. According to an article from In Style that year, the average woman spends $15,000 on beauty products over the course of her lifetime. Nearly $3,770 is spent on mascara, $2,750 on eye shadow, and $1,780 on lipstick.
  • That doesn’t even include the products we need to just keep ourselves healthy and strong
  • (Julia)  The last debate brought up the beard issue. In our case, as women, we ARE expected to be perfectly shaved, waxed etc.
  • 98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way (National Report on Self Esteem)
  • 92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. (Dove campaign)
  • 90 % of eating disorders are found in girls (National Association for Self Esteem)
    One of the reasons most women put up with all this pressure is because weight discrimination is one of many obstacles that women face in the workplace, for example.
  • “Between 45 percent and 61 percent of top male CEOs are overweight (BMI between 25 and 29)” but “only 5 percent – 22 percent of top female CEOs were overweight.”

5 Minute Counter Arguments by Second Group.
5 Minute Preparation for Final Argument.
2 Minute Rebuttal by second group

  • Women’s brains.
    “Females often have a larger hippocampus, our human memory center. Females also often have a higher density of neural connections into the hippocampus. As a result, girls and women tend to input or absorb more sensorial and emotive information than males do. By “sensorial” we mean information to and from all five senses.”

2 Minute Counter for First Group

5 Minute break preparation for closing argument

2 Minute Closing Argument by Second Group

  • Women are far more complicated than men because we have to deal with experiences that men will never be able to go through, biologically speaking. We go through a very complicated menstrual cycle, which is NOT only a few days long. Remember, we just get one week to be normal. Women experience way more hormonal change than man. Women get pregnant. We get menopause, which drastically changes our bodies.
    We have pressure from society to look a certain way. We spend a lot of money investing on beauty products to look beautiful. Our brains are different and much more complex.

William Golding Quote

“I think women are foolish to think that they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been. Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her.”

2 Minute Closing Argument by First Group

TED Talk

This was my very first time giving a TED talk. What a great and challenging experience it was! It took me a long time to finally find a subject that I felt interested and eager to share, something that I would present with innovation to my audience. I wish my decision had come earlier because I would have had the chance to practice even more, but I was confident and passionate about my topic.

I decided to talk about anxiety because it is something I experienced and I had gathered a lot of information to share. It is a subject that is very interesting to a lot of people as many face anxiety. My goal was to give my audience another perspective on the problem, and share some methods on how we can learn to control it.


Overcoming Anxiety

Start with many random questions that show the level of my anxiety.


– Anxiety. Explain that I constantly live with this feeling.
Explain what it is.
Fear x Anxiety (Constant feeling apprehensive)

– (Augusto Cury) Psychiatrist, psychotherapist and writer
Anxiety: How to face the century evil
His books have sold over 28 million copies in Brazil

– Accelerated Thought Syndrome (Focus on the content, too much information about everything, too much going on, the world is asking too much, social media…)
Suffering for anticipation – Getting frustrated with facts and circumstances that haven’t happened yet, but that are already planned out in our minds.
Need to train the “self” in order to manage the thoughts.
“ We do not need to have had a complicated childhood to be anxious adults, all it takes is having a hipper accelerated mind that we will get sick.

– When was the last time you spent some time doing nothing?
Explain what nothing is.
– Importance of our mind. (We experience every single moment of our lives through our mind… This is a mind that we depend on to be…
-Now how much time do we spend looking out to material things and we don’t even take time to look after our mental health?
Because we don’t take time out for ourselves, for our minds, we fill it up thinking too much about other things… we get stressed, and even worse… we get anxious. Our minds become a washing machine of confusion. We are no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things that are most important to us.
– Inundation of thoughts (importance to take some time to do nothing)
– Windows of the mind
Neutral Windows
Killer Windows
Light Windows
– How do we manage these windows? How do we avoid killer windows to take over our inner self?

– Finish acting out how anxious I am if you guys liked my talk, what is mc going to ask me once I am done? Am I gonna get a good grade? Am I doing something weird to my body that distracted people from paying attention?

– Stop. “Go away killer windows. I know you are an illusion of my reality.”

For now I will just finish this TED Talk.


Experience Speech

Giving an experience speech was very fun. I decided to share about my traveling experiences, and the lessons I took from them. Since I was 16 I have been living away from home. I did an exchance program in Nova Scotia, Canada. Then I went to Marseille, France, and now I am currently living in Idaho, USA.
I shared my fears when I first faced all these different traveling experiences and also my victories while overcoming my insecurities. I felt very confident giving this speech because I had practiced it a lot. I also had authority to talk about the subject because it was something that I truly experienced.

– Travelling since I was 16; Desire to travel
– Canada (Share some experiences)
– Marseille, France

-Three things that I learned from travelling

1. Apreciation
2. Independency
3. Do not let the feeling of fear hold you back


Emphasize what I learned from the experiences I shared and mention once again my main lessons.


Informative Speech

Giving an informative speech was a great experience. I am very interested in this kind of speech because the main goal is only to inform the audience. There is no need to appeal to persuasion or other techniques. All that is necessary is deep information about a chosen topic. It can add to your speech if you make fun and engaging, but it all comes down to how well the information is delivered.
I chose to talk about Brazilian favelas because this is a subject that I know very well. I am from Brazil, and when I was living in Rio I experienced what favelas are like. I never lived in one, but I had the chance to work at a slum for a few months. I learned a lot from this, and felt like I had enough authority to share what I had seen.


“Brief Origin of the Favelas in Rio de Janeiro”

– Favelas are popular housing built in precarious conditions without infra-structure (improvised housing)
– Consequence of the bad income distribution of a country.
– Word Favela. “The word favela is commonly associated with the word slum, shantytown, squatter community or ghetto. Each of these words carries a negative connotation, slum implies squalor, shantytown suggests precarious housing, squatter community hints at illegality and ghetto presupposes violence” (Cath, 1).
– Origin. “The history of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro begins in the final years of the nineteenth century as Brazil transitioned from an empire to a republic” (Skidmore).

What are some reasons that led to the first favelas in Brazil, especially Rio?
– Abolition of the slavery (May 13, 1888)
– Decay of coffee production
– Beginning of the industrial development process (ex slaves and Europeans, especially Portuguese.) The fast demographic growth let to the formation of favelas in the end of the 19th century. First one were called “African neighborhoods” because ex slaves without work would live there
– Rural exodus. The migration of people from the country to the city looking for jobs.
– Rocinha is the biggest favela of Rio. It has 69 thousand people living there. (Adriano, 1)
– Contrast

– The favelas are a consequence of many facts that led to a growth in social inequality and poor income distribution in Brazil. Although these communities are poor, they are rich in culture because their history is still strongly present.

Cath, Corinne. “Origin of the ‘Favelas.’” Rio On Watch. February 14, 2012. Retrieved from:

Lucas, Adriano. “Top 10 Maiores Favelas do Mundo.” Top 10 Mais. April 3, 2014. Retrieved from:

Skidmore, Thomas E. Brazil: Five Centuries of Change. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. Print.

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Best Seller – Stock Photography

I believe this picture has the potential to be my best seller because it has been accepted to many stock agencies. It is a styled picture of food, so there are many options of how it can be used. I have learned that food photography has a lot of potential with stock agencies. Many people have complimented this picture, and they said they would love to have it hanging on their kitchen because it brings them a great feeling of home. Freshly baked bread and pure honey…  It makes me so happy that I can make people have these feelings through a picture.

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Mormon Missionary reacts to robbery tentative in Manaus, Brazil

Security cameras in Manaus, Brazil show that two men on a motorcycle tried to rob Mormon missionaries in Manaus, Brazil. What the gunned man who went after the missionary was not expecting was that there would be a reaction even though the man had the advantage of having a gun. The Mormon missionary realized that he had to do something about the situation because his life was in danger. When the gunned man was not expecting, the missionary took the weapon off his hand and started fighting him in an unexpected way for the two men who tried robbing the missionaries.
Many people inside and outside the Mormon Church would assume that missionaries would not react so aggressively to situations like this because of their peaceful reputation and the fact that they are on the field serving a mission and they are representing Jesus Christ.

This event arose many discussions in the Mormon community on social media because of the controversies from what the missionary represented and the way he reacted. LDS Church spokesman Eric Hawkins said: “The guidance given to missionaries is to avoid conflict. Every situation is unique, and as adults, missionaries must make decisions about their safety. In this case, the assailant had a weapon and the missionary reacted in the moment to protect his life and that of his companion.” Hawkins also added: “We are grateful that this incident did not end tragically, either for the missionaries or the other individuals involved.”

The Book of Mormon shows various accounts of devoted men who had to fight the war in order to protect their own security, their family, and their land. The situation they were put on, just like these two missionaries’ situation, required them to act aggressively to protect their own lives.