Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (via esaedders)
I get the point of this. Romanticizing poverty does a grave disservice to those who suffer behind the society forces of inequality, and only serves to assuage the conscience of those who do it. But still, this quote is untrue. At least it is only true for some, perhaps. I won’t argue Sherman Alexie or anyone else on their own experience. But here’s mine:
Poverty forces ingenuity. To use twine, or a bent over credit card to keep something functioning when it breaks and you cannot replace it. To place pennies on the needle to stop it from skipping rather than buy a new record. To learn the idiosyncrasies of the broken item and find a way to work through them, rather than replacing it. If you want to keep living, you learn to think through the problem. Money enables us to think no further than “gotta buy a new one” or “gotta pay for a repair.” With enough money, we never need consult those many alternate routes that those who do without make a regular part of their day. (Not saying having money disables the ability to consider alternate routes, but that’s kind of its main purpose! To provide a powerful, reliable, alternate route to a reality without cash.)
As I wrote in a paint-smattered pad during some very thin years about 20 years ago, If Necessity is the mother of Invention, than Poverty is surely the mother of Necessity.(via nezua)
Seriously tho. Why *should* she be asked to smile?
Asking a woman to smile is to make her more approachable. It’s to make you feel more comfortable - not her. I, personally, have zero fucks to give about being approachable to strange men on the street. Women are not here to entertain and please random folks.
Asking me to smile is akin to asking me to jump. Um. For what?
There’s this weird responsibility placed on women to be happy and lady-like and pleasant all of the time. It rids us of being able to express our own range of human emotions.
No one is asking for men and women to not interact with each other. That’s silly. This project is asking for women to be interacted with as if they have agency over their own bodies.
Creator of the Stop Telling Women To Smile project responded to a person who thinks women not smiling on demand is proof of the end of the world and division among men and women. (Seriously? WTF.)
Funny…I told my best friend about that person’s comment and she said it is the end of the world and division…for that person. A world shaped by the status quo is a world being shaken by the resistance to this status quo. The amount of hatred and bile I’ve faced since I started speaking out about street harassment has been interesting in that some men genuinely process harming women as necessary to their masculinity and thereby their identity. They think critique and rejection of street harassment is an attack on their identity, which is frightening…
"Asking me to smile is akin to asking me to jump. Um. For what?"
Russell T Davies to Verity Lambert on the conception of Doctor Who
Warrick Hussain was gay?
How come this is literally the first time this has been mentioned?
Yep, it’s one of those things that people keep neglecting to mention about DW.
From now on I am posting DAILY reminders that Doctor Who was made by a gay Indian man and a 26-year-old woman.
Don’t you dare erase this.
Yep. Your favourite show? Made by a gay Indian man and a young Jewish woman. Suck it up.