Someone at my school made these in response to my principal announcing a dress code that, as usual, only applied to girls, and I’m kind of proud
Master Cpl. Gary Tabor of the Wilmington, Delaware police department had been in plenty of homes during his time in the major crimes unit and he realized there was at least one common denominator - the lack of books in the home. Then he heard about the correlation between books in the home and higher graduation rates from high school and the light went on and “The Book ‘Em Cops and Kids Literacy Initiative” was born.
Since the program began almost 6,000 books have been distributed for free and for many of the kids it is the first book they ever owned!
Proactive policing at its finest and really good to see. The program which started with Tabor now includes 20 officers. The books are donated by the community including 1,000 of which were recently collected in a book drive by a local elementary school. Story, with video, at delaware online
Photos by SUCHAT PEDERSON/THE NEWS JOURNAL
How to shoot down every antifeminist argument
- Argument: Feminists can't even agree on what feminism is!! Weh weh I bet you can't even define it, can you?
- Response: Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. While different feminists have different schools of thought, that does not lessen the overall mission. For example, there are many schools of thought within Buddhism but that does not mean its beliefs are any less valuable.
- Argument: Okay but if it's about equality, why is it called FEMINism hmm???
- Response: Because women are currently not being treated equally to men, and improving things for one group of people doesn't make things worse for another group of people. For example, if I donate money to the children in Uganda, that does not mean I am making things worse for the children in Ukraine. It probably just so happens that the kids in Uganda need it more urgently. Your concern about the word feminism is in fact shock at the fact that women could have the audacity to name a word after themselves.
- Argument: Okay but men have problems too!!
- Response: Yes, they do, just like every group of people. And while sexism towards men is not institutionalized like misogyny is, feminists usually do more for men's rights than antifeminists do. Feminists acknowledge the gender roles that hurt both men and women (the demonizing of femininity and condemnation of men to a narrow image of masculinity).
- Argument: But women are treated equally to men now! That is so outdated! Tell me one right men have that women don't.
- Response: Your belief that women are treated equally to men is incredibly myopic and focused on the Western society. In most countries around the world, baby girls are being killed because their parents want males, women are being jailed and sometimes executed for being raped, others are forced to marry their rapist, domestic abuse towards women is seen as "educating" them, little girls are being shot in the head for seeking a real education, and I could go on forever. But since you clearly only care about the Western society, here's a list of things that happens to women in it: they are shamed for being open about their sexualities, they are objectified on a mass scale in the media to the extent that even women view themselves as sex objects, old white men are constantly trying to take away their reproductive rights, there is a rape culture that women live in with terror, they are blamed for their own rape, their bodies are viewed as liabilities that they must hide despite their will for self-expression, and so on.
21 People On What They Would Tell Their 19-Year-Old Selves
- Jonathan, 55: There is no such thing as “the only one”. You will meet lots of “the ones”. Only commit when the timing is right for the both of you – that can take years for some, and that’s okay.
- Miranda, 24: Drop pre-med.
- Isaac, 48: Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.
- Anya, 42: Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.
- Parker, 55: 60% of the things you think are important now won’t matter a whit to you by the time you reach 50. The trick is to figure out the important 40% and work it.
- Megan, 34: He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.
- Peter, 58: Don’t let anything stand in your way of taking part (or all) of your junior year abroad. You’ll never again have quite the same opportunity to experience a foreign land, for an extended period of time, in your youth. It is destined to be one of the most memorable aspects of your life.
- Eleanor, 67: Talk less. Listen more.
- Donald, 27: There’s a huge difference between who you want to be and who everyone around you wants you to be. Figure out which is which.
- Camille, 56: Always remember: when falling off a horse, pull your tongue in.
- Jackson, 57: No one knows anything for sure. They’re all just doing the best they can with what they have, just like you.
- Vicki, 47: You’ll never have all the answers, so make every question count.
- Donald, 38: You don’t have to grow up to be the dad you never had.
- Katelyn, 30: Make the most out of college. You will never again be at a place where your only goal is to learn. Learn a lot, learn often, and learn with reckless abandon.
- Joshua, 55: Women love to laugh.
- Annabelle, 38: Drugs are not beautiful, glamorous or opulent. They are not a remedy, a solution, a cure-all, or a cure-anything.
- Colin, 50: You miss so much life when you sleep until 3 PM. Wake up to see sunrises; they are the most stunning of nature’s masterpieces.
- Eleanor, 26: Eating two pints of ice cream won’t make you happy. Neither will sprinting 10 miles. Be nice to yourself.
- Aaron, 52: Don’t forget to ask that girl in the Oberlin library what kind of perfume she’s wearing. You’ll buy it for her in 20 years.
- Scarlett, 54: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Those that get you will love you, those that don’t, well, their loss. Just remember: Wherever you are, it’s a party.
- Zack, 9: I hope you’re awesome. And be nice to girls.
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