"a sweetly scented, highly poisonous woodland flowering plant"
I'm Bailey, a small girl from a small town. This blog has followed me from Chicago to Kyoto to Chicago to Boston to Chicago to here, also sometimes Minnesota. I am in a Master's of Divinity program at a frou frou East Coast university. I say "y'all." I like beautiful things, funny things, photography, Japan, and emoticaps. Left-leaning politics, left-leaning theology, vegan cooking, dresses. My friends call me Etsuko because I was named Etsuko when I started learning Japanese. You write it like 悦子 and it is a very good name. White, straight, cis, she, trying to be a good thinker and sayer and doer.
Tumblr genuinely is younger than most other social platforms, and more diverse. A greater proportion of its users are people of colour than on any other major platform. Women users make up a higher percentage than anywhere else bar Pinterest. Teenagers over-index dramatically. And while Pew and other research agencies don’t tend to ask about sexuality or gender identification, LGBT visibility in Tumblr fandom is very high. What looks to dim outsiders as some kind of obsession with “social justice” often just springs from people talking about themselves, their lives and the shit that happens to them.
Limbaugh is right. Somebody did get to Pope Francis. It was Jesus. Self-styled “defenders of Christianity,” like Palin and Limbaugh, peddle a profoundly unhistorical view of Jesus. Indeed, if you listened to those on the far right you would think that all Jesus ever spoke about was guns and gays.
Anonymous: HEY IT'S ME THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND I'M BACK BECAUSE I JUST REMEMBERED A THIRD NON-WHITE HISTORY: MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS A VERY GOOD BLACK MAN AND HE DIED BUT HE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION THAT'S FOR SURE OK MOVE ALONG
By the way, that goddamn wedding story is STILL on the Post home page and the longer it stays up the angrier I get about it. The comments have a bunch of people defending it say they’re “just trying to put a human face on this!” Because obviously sad, whiny middle class couple doesn’t get their dream wedding is way more poignant than people literally might die without access to basic human services, I guess.
Yo, the answer is “because, if they could be caught, all those motherfuckers were at the very minimum arrested, you fucking racist idiot.”
PS. I actually think the focus on George Zimmerman is misplaced in this discussion, and I think that plays into the racist side’s hand. I think it’s hugely important, and getting largely swept under the rug, that it doesn’t actually matter whether or not George Zimmerman himself is racist. By doing so, and asking whether or not the murder was motivated by race, you’re overlooking the actual outrage: that the fucking cops didn’t even arrest him. The outrage isn’t (or shouldn’t primarily be) over whether or not he is or isn’t racist, or whether or not Trayvon was or wasn’t a good kid, it’s over the fact that, if George Zimmerman were Black or Trayvon Martin were White, the murderer George Zimmerman would have been arrested and would definitely have been at least charged with murder.
Asking for more work means you’re really asking for more pay.
In the early 20th century, we scientifically determined that productivity drops pretty hard and fast over 40-odd hours a week. But this was a problem, because most pay was hourly and people needed to work long hours to make ends meet. The result was that unions negotiated to get more for less.
This morning, the media has reported on Foxconn workers asking for more overtime. It’s not because they want to work more, or because their employers do particularly well paying overtime to workers who’ve long since tired out. It’s because they need the money because their “normal time” is undercompensated - so much so that more pay during less-productive overtime hours still provides a marginal benefit to Foxconn.
In other words, the only companies who benefit from excessive overtime are companies that dramatically underpay workers. So if work hours are a problem, the actual problem is pay. Every time. And Foxconn does it because they know that overtime employees who need the money will paradoxically defend the overwork.
this song is like. adele, look at your life. look at your choices. should not have had that third glass of wine. and DEF should not have driven over to your married ex’s house to lay all this shit at his feet. seriously adele. it’s ok. you’re only 21
Your insightful critique is not. Women deserve a day of celebration as much as everyone else. No, there is no “white male college student postin’ on the tumblr” day, because that’s every single day. No, this is not unequal or “reverse sexism”.
Just…shh. For today. I know I sound condescending but I’m trying to help you, buds. Trust me on this one.
This has been a (don’t embarrass yourself in) public service announcement.
'He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,' the third-year Georgetown University law student said on 'Andrea Mitchell Reports.' 'And what was really personal for me was he said to tell my parents they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh had questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. I appreciated that very much.'