Dear Shark Week, Your official motto is “Be careful what you fish for.” That is some witty wordplay! Were you aware that over 30 percent of shark species are endangered due to overfishing? Not as c…
Opinion snap… science for the win!
hooray for doing grown up things
spent about 4 1/2 hours today on the back of a motorcycle
and 2 1/2 hours in a canoe
Got my cousin’s kids with me today. Austin wanted to watch Sharknado on Netflix, but I was hesitant so I made us watch an old (1995), 40 min documentary first. Tried to make the suggested shark documentaries sound appealing after that but no, he still wanted to watch Sharknado.
That’s what I’m doing right now. It’s just after 11am on a Wednesday and I am watching Sharknado.
If you feel that you have so far lived your life unaffected by even the mildest form of sexism – anything from feeling uncomfortable when a man catcalls you in the street, to feeling scared walking home alone at night in a secluded area – and are treated with love and respect by every man in your life, then to you I say: I’m glad for you. If you don’t think you need feminism, then that is a victory for the movement. You have fulfilled all those dreams that every suffragette being force-fed in prison and every ‘witch’ burnt at the stake dreamed you would one day.
But perhaps take a second to consider the life of the Pakistani woman who was beaten to death by her own family for marrying a man of her choosing. Or the life of the Indian woman who was raped, beaten, and murdered on a bus by a gang of men. Or the life of the little girl in Niger who was sold to a man more than twice her own age and forced to carry a baby that may kill her to deliver. Do they still need feminism?
And perhaps take a second to consider this too: Even in our liberal, Western world, why do women still only fill 24% of senior management jobs? Why are more women than men domestically abused or even killed every week at the hands of their male partner or ex-partner? Why is there still a pay gap (in the UK specifically) of 15% for women doing the same jobs and working the same hours as men…..
Vampire Squid from E/V Nautilus in the Gulf of Mexico
"Here’s video of the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) encountered by Nautilus Live on June 27, 2014, in the Gulf of Mexico. This deep-sea cephalopod gets its name because of its deep color and red eyes, not because it feeds on blood.”
Juno and her Birds, Walter Crane
So I’m flipping channels and I come across this interview with an anti-feminist blogger, Janet Bloomfield, on HLN. She is spouting the most ridiculous shit I have ever heard, like what the fuck. According to Bloomfield, women have power now! And all feminism does is to say women are weak and are victims. (Uhh, no, that would be our patriarchal society.)
She stated that men are demonized by feminists; when asked how so, she responded that in saying ‘teach men not to rape’, feminists are purporting that all men are rapists.
Men are also apparently lacking a few very important rights, she said. For example, the right to choose to be a parent. Women have three choices when faced with pregnancy, she said; men have zero, she said.
When asked about the response she gets from feminists, she said she gets abuse; words that cannot be said on TV. Which, no doubt, is probably true, and undeserved (nobody deserves to be threatened or verbally abused for their views, no matter how ass-backwards they are.) What bugs me is that this lady got any TV time at all. I’m trying to think of a time when I saw a feminist get interviewed about feminism on TV but nothing comes to mind. I saw Jessica Valenti on Anderson Cooper’s talk show back when that was a thing, discussing purity balls with a guy who runs them or something. Does that count?