They've explained that their town is too racist for a biracial child. So. Yeah.
There are so many huge issues at work here, but I’ll start small. Being a parent is hard, and many of the stresses that come from parenting really come from our own expectations of what our parenting experience will be like, what our children will be like, etc. When we’re pregnant, most of us find out “what we’re having” because it helps us (we think) “prepare” for the child, but in reality nothing can prepare you. Knowing a child’s sex, or thinking you know what the child will look like—none of that is helpful or relevant at 3AM. And—while it’s not the same as what this couple is “going through”—I know the feeling of mentally preparing for your child to look one way, and they come out looking like something else. My friends and I used to joke (and still do) that I definitely don’t have any black kids. One of them we lit’rally call “Spanish,” and I spent the first 6 months of his life waiting for him to darken up a bit. No. He’s still “Spanish.” So I get that babies can surprise you—hell, they can even disappoint you (but that’s only if you choose to go into parenting with certain expectations). And now that I’ve tried to identify with this couple—Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon—I’m going to go the eff off, because this story is infuriating. Click inside for more.
'I feel like there are fifty ways it’s my fault…'
I haven’t picked up Lena Dunham‘s memoir yet, but Not That Kind of Girl is already making headlines for some of its unique subject matter. One particular issue she’s tackling—through her own experiences—is rape, and how to define it. There are many people reading these excerpts, in which she describes a disturbing experience at college (which she comes to classify as rape, so I will too), and they don’t believe that it should be understood as rape. And others are saying it highlights an issue that we have—where if a woman does not expressly say “NO,” consent is assumed. Click inside for more.
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Aye or die! The morning after.
Last week, ahead of Scotland’s vote for independence, Groundskeeper Willie, from The Simpsons, came out in favor of the YES vote for independence. As you should know by now, Scotland voted NO and opted to stay a part of the United Kingdom. Today we get to see how Groundskeeper Willie took the vote outcome. Honestly, he took it much better than I thought he would. Bless his heart.
Posted under: 'The Simpsons'
Nessie votes Aye!
The cartoonist for The New Yorker responsible for the celebrity nude photos leak cartoon and the tribute to Joan Rivers cartoon has weighed in on the vote TODAY for Scottish independence. Right now, the people of Scotland are voting to decide whether they will remain a part of the United Kingdom or they will separate and become their own country. The clever cartoon below shows us how Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, has decided to vote on the matter. More »
"I would like to say a few things to those who are skeptical of Scottish independence"
On September 18, Scotland will vote to decide if they wish to remain a part of the United Kingdom or wish to break off and become an independent country of their own. And while the matter is a very serious one, I would like to share a humorous video that pokes a bit of fun at the ballot initiative. Groundskeeper Willie, one of the beloved minor characters on The Simpsons, has come out in support of voting for Scottish independence and he explains his reasons why in the video embedded above. I would never presume to suggest that I, personally, have an opinion on how the people of Scotland should vote but I can appreciate that it is a very serious matter. On September 18, the people of Scotland might decide that for the first time in over 300 years, they no longer want to be connected politically to rule by the United Kingdom. I’m very anxious to see which way the vote will go but I have every confidence that the Scottish people will make the right decision for them. Any Scots out there have an opinion on the matter that they would like to share?
Posted under: 'The Simpsons'
I’ve been trying to keep up with the ongoing reports about Ferguson, Missouri, and I’m actually pleased with this bit of news. I don’t how far this investigation will go, or what good it will ultimately do, but the feds have announced that they will launch an investigation into the Ferguson police department. I think one of the most sickening things I’ve seen since we learned that Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson cop was that video with different clips of the cops leaving Brown’s body from the middle of the street, only to eventually load it into a SUV. So yes, please do investigate the bejeezus out of this police department now. Click inside for more.
Posted under: #Ferguson
That Ish Cray Of-The-Day
Now this is interesting. The Mike Brown case is really brining to light some disturbing details about the way individual police forces in America are run. When I think of police brutality and the rampant shooting of unarmed men, the cities that come to my mind are the more obvious ones—New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. But I just learned that Albuquerque, New Mexico—despite being much smaller in population— has a police shooting rate that is higher than New York City’s. And—along with the National Rifle Association—they’ve decided to hold a police shooting competition this year. Protestors (many of whom have lost children at the hands of these officers) are obviously furious. Click inside for more.
'Hey politicians, the 1950s called....'
One of my favorite moments from the
Beyoncé show MTV Video Music Awards the other night, was the FEMINIST sign that flashed on stage behind her (which may or may not now be my Facebook cover photo). I am all about The Feminism, and I am all about celebrities who are not afraid to speak up and say Women Are Watching. I always knew I liked that Scarlett Johansson, and now that I’m hearing she’s teaming up with Planned Parenthood on some new T-shirt designs, I’m officially on Team ScarJo. The mom-to-be is not interested in a political climate that so strongly resembles the 1950s, for women. I’m with it. Click inside for more!