Forgive me for posting something slightly political here but this just needs to be said. If everyone could just take a moment to sign this petition, I would appreciate it.
I am an undergrad with 2 more years of college left and I just want to graduate with the promise of living comfortably with a job I’m passionate about, a house, and a family that’s well-provided for. But with the reality of student loan debts that dream seems too far to reach. Everyone is entitled to these things if they work hard for it, but the circumstances of having a $50,000 debt make it extremely difficult even if we try. There is an injustice in a system that promises us our dreams but manipulates it in order for us to barely get there.
Some people argue that students who are going to college “only to fulfill their selfish dreams” of owning their own home, buying their own cars, starting their own family, etc. are undeserving of a legislation such as this because they “don’t think about society and are only concerned about their own needs”. Sure, these are things that we might want for ourselves someday, but it is also true that you can’t help others if you can’t even help yourself. There are so many of us who have so much of our skills and talent to offer to the world but even a crippling student loan like this will not allow me to. Not anytime soon. I would much rather give a chunk of my salary in helping the needy, but instead I have no choice but to give it to a BANK whose sole purpose is to collect money.
Some people might argue that this is a bailout to those who don’t deserve it when there are people who have managed to pay for their loans on their own. The reality is that these people are a small percentage to the millions of others who are drowning in debts that unable them to even live a decent, comfortable life. There are people out there who have been giving 25% of their monthly income to a loan that’s been haunting them for years, some with families to support, and some with children who are college-bound themselves. These debts should not hinder us from living the lives we work so damn hard for. If this continues, our impending debts will wipe out the middle class and polarize our society into two groups: the rich and the poor.
So glad to get this off my chest. Thanks for taking the time to read this tl;dr of a post. Now let’s do something about it.
We’re not doing our young generation any favors here. We’re saddling, in particular, low-income students with tremendous debt, which is hard enough to pay off as it is. And to add insult to injury, then we’re throwing them out into an economic climate where it’s impossible to get a job.
[TW: rape] This is why the Daniel Tosh incident “crossed the line” for so many people. It’s not that comics can’t cross lines. Comics should say whatever they want. If Tosh honestly thinks rape is funny… well, that’s his opinion. That’s his worldview. What’s disturbing is that this is a worldview that is violent and that lacks empathy. What’s even more disturbing is that he’s not some unknown comic presenting an unpopular opinion. He’s one of the most popular and beloved comic acts in the country. Which means that a huge percentage of our country thinks rape jokes are funny, but not because they admire Jeselnik’s wordplay or Silverman’s irony or Mulaney’s empathetic juxtaposition. They think rape jokes are funny because they think the act of physically hurting and sexually dominating a woman against her will is funny. And it’s not. They’re not laughing at a joke. They’re laughing at the concept of rape. Rape is disturbing and horrible. It’s one of the horrors that we should keep at bay with humor, not encourage. Right now, the woman who posted the complaint about Tosh is receiving legitimate death and rape threats from his fans. So, his “joke” didn’t diffuse pain or horror — it sparked it.
Color already plays a major role in communicating messages: Just think of those bright yellow Livestrong bracelets, red T-shirts for Bono’s (Red) campaign to fight AIDS in Africa, or all pink everything for breast cancer awareness. Now, a new collaborative of design students and color specialists wants to strengthen the connection between color and cause.
The “Color in Action” project began when Pantone, which sets color standards for design industries, approached the graphic design students of San Francisco’s Academy of Art University with a challenge: How can color be used as a social vehicle to create change? Read More
Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.
TRIGGER WARNING: descriptions of rape and assault, racism
This article studies the intersectionality of race and gender, examining it through the lens of Western imperialism. Even though both critical race and feminist scholarship have addressed this intersectionality, few if any offer a precise theory for understanding the imperialized experience. This article seeks to fill that void. The social inequality minority women face, in particular those of Asian descent, can be best articulated by a theory this article calls white sexual imperialism.
The history of Western imperialism in Asia and its lingering effects present the greatest source of inequality for Diasporic Asian women today. White sexual imperialism, through rape and war, created the hyper-sexualized stereotype of the Asian woman. This stereotype in turn fostered the over-prevalence of Asian women in pornography, the mail-order bride phenomenon, the Asian fetish syndrome, and worst of all, sexual violence against Asian women. These issues are each duly explored in the article, drawing on Professor Catherine MacKinnon’s dominance theory to support the white sexual imperialism principle.
The ultimate purpose of this article is to gain greater recognition from both critical race and feminist theorists of imperialism’s role in race and gender inequality.
reblogging myself for all the white boys i’ve wanted to punch this week