don’t send me snapchats from something i wasn’t invited to you rude ass bitch
one thing I despise most about this society is that we have mechanisms for appraising intelligence, as if such an arbitrary and multifaceted concept could even be measured. we should go through our lives maintaining a balance between ego and humility, understanding silently that we are supremely capable and ingenious creatures but simultaneously knowing that we are not more significant than every other creature in the world. we are taught to look for intelligence and stupidity from an early age and we never really stop. from pinpointing the ‘nerdy kids’ to bully to later envying them as they gain entry into Ivy League colleges to investigating who gets hired where and how much money they make, we are constantly making correlations between academic success and brain capabilities. In this system, we drive towards inevitable failure. Our standards are too stringent for an appropriate balance of ‘stupid’ and ‘smart’. Instead, we associate quick-thinking and complex reasoning skills with humans who are more receptive to math and chemistry formulas than another human. we associate deepness and poeticism and imaginativeness with philosophy majors, literary aficionados, etc. the problem with this system is that there will always be someone excluded, when in reality we are all equally capable of developing an affinity for any subject matter, nurture vs. nature argument duly noted. what should be an exploration into the arts of which we are capable, the history with which we move forward, the sciences of which we are products, and the math that encompasses our world has turned into a competition with few winners.
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”"