“Sobbing into my hoodie in her couch in Denver I said, “I hate my body. And my body hates me. My body is my biggest enemy.” With her usual kind-hearted patience Carolyn said, “I think I have the opposite experience. When I feel really sick, I feel extremely aware of how hard my body is working, how hard it is fighting to keep me alive. On my worst days I feel so much love and gratitude for each and every cell of my body working to pull me through.” I’m not sure I’ve ever had the experience of having my perspective changed so quickly. In that instant, I started seeing my body as my ally, and I started nurturing a new belief that i could trust my body to tell me the truth. Pain, after all, is the body talking. Panic is the body talking. More times than not the message is simply, “There is more to heal.””—
“You got young enlisted guys, 18-to-22 years old — they’ve suddenly been thrust into a situation with extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records,” Snowden said. “Now, in the course of their daily work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense, for example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation, but they’re extremely attractive.
So what do they do, they turn around in their chair and show their coworker. And their coworker says, “Oh, hey, that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.” And then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom. Sooner or later, this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people. It’s never reported, nobody ever knows about it because the auditing of these systems is very weak. The fact that your private images, records of your private lives, records of your intimate moments have been taken from your private communications stream, from the intended recipient, and given to the government without any specific authorization, without any specific need, is in itself a violation of your rights? Why is that in a government database?”—Edward Snowden on what the NSA is doing when it finds nude photos (via micdotcom)
Do Not Link allows skeptics to ethically link to content we wish to criticize, without unintentionally promoting it.
So you know how when you criticise an article on a horrible site like the Daily Mail and link so people can see the original page, search engines see that as “someone is interested in this page,” and activity by people criticising the page looks just like activity by people liking it? So the horrible site goes up the Google search results? And the horrible site goes “whooo, lots of hits and links, guess that article was popular” and decides to create more horrible articles like it?
When you’re linking to horrible sites, use DNL: from the user end it works like tinyurl or bit.ly, but it doesn’t give the website attention.
“A woman not ready to have a baby making it work is not a happy ending to me. It’s a personal nightmare.”—Jenny Slate, on “The Obvious Child“‘s happy ending and the failure of other attempts to portray abortion honestly in film or on television (via carry-onbaggage)
A black male could not offer his hand (to shake hands) with a white male because it implied being socially equal. Obviously, a black male could not offer his hand or any other part of his body to a white woman, because he risked being accused of rape.
Blacks and whites were not supposed to eat together. If they did eat together, whites were to be served first, and some sort of partition was to be placed between them.
Under no circumstance was a black male to offer to light the cigarette of a white female — that gesture implied intimacy.
Blacks were not allowed to show public affection toward one another in public, especially kissing, because it offended whites.
Jim Crow etiquette prescribed that blacks were introduced to whites, never whites to blacks. For example: “Mr. Peters (the white person), this is Charlie (the black person), that I spoke to you about.”
Whites did not use courtesy titles of respect when referring to blacks, for example, Mr., Mrs., Miss., Sir, or Ma’am. Instead, blacks were called by their first names. Blacks had to use courtesy titles when referring to whites, and were not allowed to call them by their first names.
If a black person rode in a car driven by a white person, the black person sat in the back seat, or the back of a truck.
White motorists had the right-of-way at all intersections.
My suburban white friends were so confused that my parents introduced themselves as Mr. and Mrs. and that I always addressed adults that way. They just don’t know. And I don’t know how popular of a trend this was, but some Black folks gave their children honorifics as first names so white people would have no choice but to call them ‘Mister’ or ‘Sir’. Like, I know tangentially of a woman who’s first name is Doctor.
“Blacks were not allowed to show public affection toward one another in public, especially kissing, because it offended whites.”
Can we look at this one right here real close?
POC in intimate relationships showing each other affection *was considered offensive*. I am kinda wondering, given the absence of intra poc relationships in mass media, if it still is considered as such.
That one about public affection is so true because in most media I have seen, the Black people are not with another Black person for love. Peep how Tiana’s husband was not a Black man. It is implicit as fuck.
IF YOU GENUINELY THINK THAT PEOPLE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE LIVE IN REALLY NICE APARTMENTS AND CAN AFFORD IPHONES AND NAME BRAND CLOTHES AND DESIGNER SHOES & PURSES AND EAT FULL STEAK DINNERS ROUTINELY AND PAY FOR THAT ALL WITH FOOD STAMPS WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU IN COLLEGE. WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU WORKING. QUIT YOUR JOB AND DROP OUT AND GO LIVE THE LIFE YOU’RE SO JEALOUS OF. WHY WON’T YOU DO THAT? IS IT PERHAPS BECAUSE YOU KNOW AS WELL AS I DO THAT YOU’RE FULL OF SHIT?
Do you have a classroom yourself? If so, I'm about to be a teacher next year and would LOVE any advice you can give me about encouraging reading inside and outside of the classroom? What sparked your love of literacy?
congrats! you’re going to LOVE your work, for sure. :)
i don’t have a classroom anymore. since i’m a reading specialist/coach, i work with teachers rather than small groups of students. (i love my job.) my passion for literacy began when i was little. my parents used to take me to the library all. the. time. i just fell in love with the written word and its ability to transport me to different places.
to encourage reading inside and outside of the classroom, i’d suggest:
create a diverse and well-stocked classroom library, spanning all genres (including comics and magazines); you don’t have to spend a tone of money…scholastic reading club is great for building class libraries cheaply, as are trips to local book sales and garage sales.
make your children read every night for their reading homework. i don’t know the grade you’ll be teaching, but i’d say 5 minutes for K-1, 10 minutes for 2nd grade, 15 minutes for 3rd, and 20 minutes for 4th-8th grades. find a reading log online or create your own requiring a parent/guardian to sign off on the reading homework. let them read whatever they choose for homework. also, read alouds by parents/guardians count toward the time, too. allow kids to pick books from your class library to take home. (you’ll need a checkout system that works for you.)
require students to keep a (separate) log of booksread in a notebook or on a blog page. it’ll be great for students to recognize patterns in their reading choices and feel that they are accomplishing something.
book talks or book trailers are awesome (i’m a huge fan of the latter). once a week, show students a trailer or book talk (lots are online). bonus points if the book is already in your library. display the book in a prominent spot and let kids check it out.
READ A LOT yourself! read books that are age appropriate for your students. talk about what you’re reading. tell them how much you loved book X and then display it for students to check out.
give them opportunities to talk about the books they’re reading at home. maybe you make it part of a Fun Friday or have kids draw a picture/poster/movie trailer of a book they love once a month.
allow them to abandon books, if they choose. (this applies more for 2-8th graders) just monitor their book logs to make sure that they are not making it an avoidance technique. guide them toward books they may enjoy, if needed.
hope that helps! good luck and give me an update next year as to how it all works out. :)