Broadening early education is the single thing the U.S. could do that would make the most difference in addressing poverty and reducing inequality of opportunity, says Nicholas Kristof in his latest column, which looks at Oklahoma’s model of offering free access to a year of high-quality prekindergarten.“This isn’t a liberal issue,” said Skip Steele, a Republican member of the Tulsa City Council. “This is investing in our kids, in our future. It’s a no-brainer.”
Read more via The New York Times.
so i’m thinking about making a thing…
MAKE THE THING
I would buy the fuck out of those.
I would buy the thing
To me feminism is not simply a struggle to end male chauvinism or a movement to ensure that women will have equal rights with men; it is a commitment to eradicating the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels—sex, race, and class, to name a few-and a commitment to reorganizing U.S. society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over imperialism, economic expansion, and material desires. (Hooks 1981, 194)
Hill Collins, Patricia. 1990. “Defining Black Feminist Thought” from Black Feminist Thought:
Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Boston: Unwin Hyman. pp. 19-40.
African women are blazing a feminist trail â why don't we hear their voices?
Minna Salami: Rwanda’s parliament is now almost two-thirds female, while Malawi, Liberia and Senegal have women at the helm. Western feminists, take note.
Sociologists use the term “androcentrism” to refer to a new kind of sexism, one that replaces the favoring of men over women with the favoring of masculinity over femininity. According to the rules of androcentrism, men and women alike are rewarded, but only insofar as they are masculine (e.g., they play sports, drink whiskey, and are lawyers or surgeons w00t!). Meanwhile, men are punished for doing femininity and women… well, women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it.
I think the ‘women are required to do femininity and simultaneously punished for it’ bit sums up 90% of sexism in one sentence. (via shashirosa)
I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high.
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.
In Texas, the [new voter ID] law could require voters to travel as much as 250 miles to obtain an acceptable voter ID—and it allows a concealed-weapon permit, but not a student ID, as proof of identity for voting. Moreover, the law and the regulations to implement it, we are now learning, will create huge impediments for women who have married or divorced and have voter IDs and driver’s licenses that reflect maiden or married names that do not exactly match. It raises similar problems for Mexican-Americans who use combinations of mothers’ and fathers’ names.
as we begin No Shave November, I’d like to remind any women participating that if a man tells you you’re not fuckable/desirable/beautiful with body hair that he is a really silly jerk who should shush, that body hair is natural regardless of your gender, and that men don’t have to want to fuck you in order for you to be beautiful, awesome, valid, etc.. beauty is not defined by the male gaze. beauty can be hairy or hairless. beauty is whatever you are.