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Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Crazy Notion

I am not sure how I feel about this modern day feminist movement. Maybe calling this movement so-called feminism would be better for me, and my opinion.

The Oxford Dictionary defines feminism as such: 

"The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
The issue of rights for women first became prominent during the French and American revolutions in the late 18th century. In Britain it was not until the emergence of the suffragette movement in the late 19th century that there was significant political change. A ‘second wave’ of feminism arose in the 1960s, with an emphasis on unity and sisterhood."
What is this form of feminism that I am seeing that began as early at 2007? Christina Sweeney Baird, from the Huffington Post has given her definition of modern feminism:
"At its core it is still a movement agitating for change aiming for the equal treatment of women in society. I would argue that modern-day feminism has the right goals but warped values."
I am going to focus more on modern feminism, because this movement is what is affecting me...a woman.
There is this twisted idea that women are equal too men. There is no way that women will ever be equal too men. On a basic level, men have abilities that women do not, and women have abilities that men do not. Physiologically, we are very different. So, there goes one side of the argument of equality. 
What is equal treatment? Does this mean equal pay for the same job? Does this mean that a woman should be able to have the same job as a man, even if that means that the woman does not have to meet the same requirements? This last question, I am going to address right now. If a woman cannot meet the same requirements as a man then that woman has no right too even be considered for the job. That is equal treatment right? Women was equality then buck up and make sure you can perform right along with your fellow co-workers. 
Women have come a long way since the days of being paid less than men. These prima donnas who are touting that they are oppressed, and not being paid as much as they think, should thank the feminists of the past.  There are plenty of women who are CEOs of major corporations(14.2% of the top five leadership  positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women, according to a CNNMoney analysis). While that number is quite low, there are a lot of women who do not wish to be CEO of a company. Women's priorities differ than a man's priorities. There are driven women out there, and those women are destined to be a CEO. There are women who just want to be executives, and that is fine. I can thank hard working women who have broken through that pink ceiling. They did not sit around bitching about how they should be given these positions based on merit. Learn from these women little ones.
Men are not the enemy. They are not out there hiding in the recesses of your neighborhood street waiting to rape you. Men have opinions, and have the right to express those opinions no matter what another person my think or feel. There are some men that can be dicks. There are some women who can be dicks(social justice warriors are just one form of dickish behavior). But, to use a broad stroke of the society paint brush to assume that EVERY man is a creeper is intellectually wrong. The same goes for women. Not all of us are dicks. Some of us, like myself, have strong opinions that we make known. I refuse to engage with people, men and women, who are in an heightened state of emotion. A person cannot think rationally when, in that state of mind. These folks just need to walk on.
I have thought long and hard about the idea of feminism, and I have come too the crazy conclusion that I am not a feminist. I am a humanist. I have this crazy notion that all human beings have the same basic rights. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

You Look, But You Don't Observe

I am not a social justice warrior. In fact, I hate that term. The more I read about what these people are "doing to improve the lives of minorities,"; their thoughts, and ideas make me cock my head too the side and say "what the fuck?"

I would like to think that these folks are misguided, in some way, or have been brainwashed into thinking that every single person, in this world, is out to harm those who are deemed to be a minority. To use broad strokes, of the social paintbrush, to paint a picture of every single white, heterosexual, Christian, male, or female, as being the enemy is just ignorant thinking. Has the concept of critical, cognitive thinking gone the way of the dodo bird? I would hope not, but I have seen evidence to the contrary.

If you disagree, with a social justice warrior, you are thrown into the pit of the worst of the worst, of society. This happens just, because you have a different opinion, or do not agree with the way that they perceive the world. I would like to say that their view is from a very dark place that shit is developed then passed through, and then excreted. But, in this day and age, I still believe that the Bill of Rights applies to everyone. Even those, who think that people, such as myself, do not have the right of free speech. Only those who are "truly oppressed" have that right. Even opinions that are offensive, or are look upon as being offensive, have the right, at least here in the United States, to be written, and spoken. By having a different view does not make one the enemy. This makes the person willing to have the ability to think for themselves. The world would be a boring place if six billion plus people thought the same way. I do not want to live, in a world full of robots(even though we are getting quite close too that possibility). 

While, I hate the term social justice warrior; I am a person who is not going to rally against a person who identifies, with that term. I take the road of "what ever makes life easier for you." If blaming everyone, and everything that is different than yourself for the ills of the world; instead of critically thinking about issues then my friend that is the life that you choose to have. If you want to hate ever single person who is different(different can include person, and thought) then by all means be the very thing that you think you are standing against. 

A social justice advocate is a person, in my opinion, who takes a look at the issues that the world, and the United States is encountering, at this moment with critical eyes. I would hope that the folks who identify, with this definition, can look at the whole puzzle, and not just the pieces. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

I Just Want My Blanket

I find that explaining, too individuals who have no concept of having power or control taken away from them draining. The hearts, of these individuals, are in the right place. But, as a person who feels and thinks that her power and control, over simple matters, has been taken away; I just want to put up my middle finger and say a big fuck you. I am fucking frustrated.

I am sure that there are folks that would say that I have given my power and control freely, and that I can take my power and control back. Allowing others to make decisions for you is refreshing, yet scary. I have been making my own decision, good or bad, since I was a teenager. I am used to having control over every aspect of my life. Times have changed, and that is no longer an option.

I am strangely comfortable, with the idea that another person wants too and is willingly too take control. Do I trust this person completely? Nope. I don't trust anyone completely. I am not someone who has a lot of anything, and having a person take over the decision making, for myself, isn't such a big deal. Being poor has its advantages.

Now, with saying that I am strangely comfortable I do have to say that I am not cool with the idea that people think that making decisions, on my behalf, without my knowledge, is okay. I get the idea that the world keeps going, even if I am having a fucking breakdown. I get the idea that, in the grand scheme of things, what happens in my world happens, in my world. The ripples don't go far from the source.

What to do...what to do. I used to say things like "oh I can carry on." And "just dust yourself off and keep on keeping on." These are phrases that have been told too me time and time again. I am not realizing that these phrases are such utter shit, and the realization that I need to curl up and suck my thumb for awhile is not a bad idea.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Comfortable Divide

"Kids are not born racist. You know what my kid hates? Naps."-Denis Leary...paraphrased.

I was born in Wonder Bread country Wisconsin. I did not grow up in a culturally diverse area. I did not see my first black person until I was 16 years old. What I did grow up around is plenty of Native Americans, which is one of the reasons why I tend to back Native American causes before any other minority. Wait. Did I just sound a bit racist there, in my exclusivity? To the untrained, ignorant eye it does.

My mother was and still is a racist. She does not like Asians. Especially, individuals from Southeast Asia. That is what a war can do to some people. There are still folks who aren't to fond of the Japanese, or Koreans. My mother was insulated from minorities also, and was shocked when she saw a black person, in the town that I spent my youth. I wasn't shocked, because I didn't care. Easy for me not to care, because I am white...right? When I say that I don't care about a person's race, or color of skin, what that means is that they are a human being and will be judged by me accordingly. I can't believe that I just had to explain that. Should I also explain that I do judge people, and that judging people is not a bad thing? 

There is a division that has occurred since the first person saw another person who was different than them. The difference could be religion, sex, creed, ethnicity, race, or color. What humans don't understand they make an automatic response that what they don't understand is bad therefore a line has to be placed between that person and the "bad" different person. We. All. Do. It. What we fail to understand, we push away.

I can admit that I will push a person away from me; at first. When I allow myself to understand the individual, I will either be cool, or send them on their merry little way. Any person can be victim to this, and my reaction has nothing to do with the who, what, where, when, and how of the person. This is my defensive nature. I do not place a line, until necessary. I will not like a person based on their character. Not their politics, religion, or color of skin.

The petty nature of our society forces people to be shallow, and not look beyond the superficial. People make the choice to be petty, and not do their homework. Some of these people can be taught, and some cannot. I know the difference. Usually, if a person starts to ask more questions about a person; the person inquiring can be educated. 

We live in a technology wonderland. This has stunted our ability to communicate properly with each other. Want to have a serious conversation about race, or any other "taboo" subject....give me a ring. Don't you dare text me.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Essays: The Cure for my Laziness

I have been thinking a lot about essays. Mostly what topics that I should talk about. The list is endless, so why am I having such a difficult time starting to write essays? Laziness. That is my fucking block, to my writing. I write so much, for college, that I don't want, nor do I have the desire to write leisurely. 

I need to get off my dead ass and start writing essays. They are cathartic for me, and essays are a different way for me to express what I am thinking. 

When shall I start?