Hey remember all those Pakistani children saying they were afraid to go to school because they feared being attacked by US drone strikes? no? you only know about Malala Yousafzai? because she was attacked by the Taliban instead of your taxes? oh, okay.
basically gay marriage should be legal but it’s basically the least pressing queer issue there is. coincidentally it’s the one that allies care most about. haha ok come back to me when you care about the rates of homelessness and violence and suicide among queer youth
I think back to this particular strip on an alarmingly regular basis.
I want to talk about this specifically.
Because we often forget that who decides what information is useful vs. useless is in fact a power structure. What’s actually more relevant to the life of your actual average 7-year-old: historical data about two particular dead white dudes who are singled out as face-men for manifest destiny (usually, at this age, neatly disregarding genocide and the impacts of colonialism) or fandom information that will give him cultural capital in his peer group thus allowing him to more readily engage others socially - a life skill that will have HUGE impact throughout his life?
This comic demonstrates the bullshit of ‘teaching to the test’ and mistaking knowledge for intelligence.
Never mind that an average seven-year-old generally cannot grok what Lewis and Clark did; that kind of incredibly complicated and painful history really ought to be saved for older kids who are capable of more abstract thinking (Like 10-12 maybe? About when US schools start teaching about WWII and the Holocaust?) Sure, they can memorize facts and parrot them back, but anything you teach them about history is going to necessarily be simplified and most usually sanitized beyond truthfulness because OMG CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE! (Just look what happens when one seven-year-old who does grok how awful history was tries to tell the others)
A seven-year-old’s time would be better utilized learning a few auxiliary languages because the juvenile plasticity of the mind makes them especially susceptible to them. Also music and mathematics.
This has been a rant about (some of) what is horribly wrong with the US education system.
& in many other country’s education system too.
Reasons why I love Calvin and Hobbes.
And I was a little kid, not yet desensitized to violence […] Jabba’s death scene freaked the hell out of me. It wasn’t a clean blaster shot to the chest or a slice from a lightsaber that sent sparks flying or made you turn invisible. There were struggles, and flailing, and twitching limbs. The shots are close-ups, and very dark—it’s vicious, and vengeful, and physical, and very very personal.
So for me, wearing that gold bikini does not mean Here I am, a sexy toy for your amusement and gratification.
To me, that gold bikini says, If you fuck with me, I will end you.
I WEAR THE GOLD BIKINI OF VENGEANCE.
is Wonder Woman.
Imagine you’re raised in this utopian, women only warrior society (this part isn’t fucked up) and you’re taught all about how outside of your society which is magically shielded by super-science/magic
there lies “man’s world.”
Man’s world is just horrible and fucked and violent place you hear stories about and the people who inhabit it and you reach a point growing up where you probably think “okay mom, it’s probably not that bad. Shit I bet men don’t even really exist you’re just fucking with me.”
And then a fucking man shows up on your island. He’s not at all like the ones that you’ve heard about. He’s not some violent monster who wants to ruin everything he touches. He’s a good dude. You decide you want to go see man’s world, you fight for the right to become your peoples champion and ambassador. It’s your job to share with man’s world the wonders of Amazonian society.
You get to man’s world and it’s fucking astounding. There are crazy tall buildings and cars and ice cream and all these different cultures and music and it’s just fucking mind blowing.
And there are lots of men. They’re walking down the street side by side with women. They aren’t murdering them, they aren’t reducing things to cinders. Obviously all the stories your mother told you were horse shit.
But then you start to pull back the curtain. You hear and see men disrespect women on the street. You go to the mall and wonder why all the mannequins are the same size if all the women clearly aren’t. You see all these magazines telling women what’s wrong with them, what they have to do to please men. That’s when you start wondering what’s up with this world.
You find out women are paid less then men, that no woman has ever been the leader of the United States, you see crime statistics, and you find out that this Steve Trevor, who you really thought was a good person, is an agent of a government that has declared the assaults on female soldiers “occupational hazards.”
Then you realize it’s not just the United States, it’s all over “man’s world.”
It hits you that this place is even worse than all the stories you heard.
And the worst part about it is: the gods that you’ve been raised to worship and fear, the gods that you know fucking exist, don’t want to do shit about it.
Imagine what that would do to you?
I wanna read about that Wonder Woman, the Year One Wonder Woman who’s like jesus in the temple flipping shit over. I wanna read about the Wonder Woman who’s so appalled by the conditions of man’s world she marches into the UN and tells everyone off. The Wonder Woman who meets a crying girl on a street corner, finds out that her boyfriend just laid hands on her and then goes and cuts off his hands.
Writers too often fall back on all that mythology shit as if Medusa and hydras and gorgons are the worst monsters that Diana can fight.
The monsters Wonder Woman should be fighting are the ones her mother told her about as a kid.
“In conclusion, The People’s Republic of China demands that America stop using their cry of human rights violations against other sovereign nations in order to declare war on them to steal their resources when America flagrantly violates the human rights of Afro-descendants and other minorities within its own country.”
this article just drops stat. after stat. on the racial inequalities in the U.S. good read.
When China calls out your shit about human rights. And has the numbers to back it up. Then you know you’ve fucked up.
Holy shit I have never seen an official statement from China be so on point.
Damn, China is on its game. Sure it’s from May of 2011 but that doesn’t mean it’s any less valid.
You go China
“I heard police or ambulancemen, standing in our house, say, “She must have provoked him,” or, “Mrs Stewart, it takes two to make a fight.” They had no idea. The truth is my mother did nothing to deserve the violence she endured. She did not provoke my father, and even if she had, violence is an unacceptable way of dealing with conflict. Violence is a choice a man makes and he alone is responsible for it.”-Patrick Stewart
You make me happy inside
This belongs here no matter what anyone says.
Deborah Rhode in Speaking of Sex: The Denial of Gender Inequality quoted by Andrea Dworkin in Scapegoat
I’ve met terrible amounts of ignorance in response to the Idle No More protests. Reddit user alice-in-canada-land provides important historical context to explain the importance of First Nations demands.
I am not native and no expert in these issues, but I’ll try to address your issues as best I can.
Please understand that early European settlers to this country would never have survived their first winters (or maybe even summers) without the aid and assistance of First Nations. The history of the European settlement of Canada is long and complicated and I won’t pretend to understand all of the details; but broadly speaking, in most parts of this country non-Natives were able to settle and prosper, not because the colonists had superior weapons or culture (as you may have learned in history class), but because Native people agreed to share the land. First Nations entered into Treaties with various entities (mostly the English crown). They agreed to share their wealth (the land and all its abundant resources) and the new-comers would share theirs (technologies new to this land, etc).
The problem is that while they have upheld their end of the bargain, the colonists weren’t so good at upholding theirs. The history of abuse meted out to Natives in this land is long and depressing, and includes the reserve system. Basically, as European settlers arrived in larger and larger numbers, or as resources were discovered that the colonists wished to exploit, Native peoples were pushed into ever smaller portions of the land they had agreed to share.
Did you know that South Africa modeled Apartheid on Canada’s reserve system? Did you know that for a long time Native peoples could only leave the Rez with permission of the “Indian agent” (a white bureaucrat), or that Native peoples were forbidden from hunting or fishing, but could hire themselves out to lead white men on hunting/fishing trips?
So no; the reserve system isn’t really economically sustainable, it was never meant to be. They are, however, the last remaining enclaves of Native-controlled land, and the concern is that the current government wants to remove Native control of even these areas.
Further complicating the issue is that much of Canada was never ceded in treaty to any government but was essentially taken over by the government as if it didn’t belong to anyone; it is my understanding that this is especially true of areas with low population density but rich in resources (eg. mining companies extracting minerals from the land under “license” from the federal gov’t, but without any benefit to the people whose traditional way of life is thus destroyed).
When you see Idle No More protests, marches, blockades, you will notice a lot of signs saying “Honour the Treaties”. Natives have long tried to get the Canadian (or provincial) government to finally start meeting the terms of the treaties signed long ago (or in some cases, not so long). The governments have largely ignored these attempts, or have agreed to “negotiate” - ie, draw out lengthy (I mean, decades long) legal discussions, with very little real outcome or progress. Meanwhile Native lands are exploited for their resources, destroying the land and failing to enrich Native communities. And all the while other Canadians point fingers of blame at Natives, suggesting they are poor by their own laziness and that they get enormous handouts. Sounds fun doesn’t it?
You raise the issue of “ancestral way of life”. I think this is a problem in the way many people view First Nations; as if they are an artifact of a old way of life. The past is past, all people alive today are, by definition, modern people. Native rights are not rooted in clinging to some way of life their ancestors maintained before the coming of the Europeans. Native peoples have the same rights we all have to self-determination. They have a right to their own governance, unfortunately the Canadian government has, more often than not, ridden roughshod over these rights.
What if the reserve system just won’t work in a 21st century world? What if it actually is economically unsustainable to have these communities?
Really, if reserves are economically viable as they are, I think the answer isn’t to dismantle them , but to make them viable by paying them rent for all the rest of this beautiful land.