Ralph Jones Jr., a brilliant 16-year-old who had his pick of colleges and chose Florida A&M University, chatted with The Root about why he went with a historically black school over an Ivy League, and the negative attention he’s getting for his decision.
This warms my heart. Shoutout to all the current students and alum of HBCU’s everywhere!
Good for him! Stick with where you will receive a quality education and get the support that you need!
Controversy whatever, he realized he’d have a better college experience and therefore get a better education.
Alright, folks. I need your help. There is an 18-year-old woman who needs help funding her abortion. We’ve only got a couple of days to raise the money, so signal boost this if you can.
"I was approached today by my friend whose 18 year old sister is 4.5 months pregnant and in need of an abortion. The cost of the abortion is $3,200 and she needs to raise $2,200 for the abortion alone. Her abortion is this Thursday. So this is an emergency drive. She will have to drive 250 miles one way in order to get the abortion, so the figure of $2,200 does not cover gas or housing. Abortion access is under attack throughout the United States, and expecially in Texas. Help this person be able to access what should be a basic human right. Anything helps!"
This post is in celebration of Womxn’s Herstory Month! It is by no means a complete list, but here are 5 Pinay scholars who are interrogating, challenging, and decolonizing the world with their groundbreaking research and activism.
"um starfire’s powers are fueled by the sun that’s why she has to wear skimpy clothes" hey u know who else’s powers are fueled by the sun? superman. come on clark time for that toothfloss speedo chop chop
ever since getting off BC my sex drive has been roaring through the roof and it’s like my uterus is all “yaaayyyy off birth control make a baby make a baby makeababymakebabymakeababymakeitmakeitmakeit” and i can FEEL the RENOVATIONS going on down there
“So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ ‘wonder woman,’ and a ‘modern miracle.’ But when it comes to a discussion of poverty, and I maintain that it is the result of wrong economics—that the industrial system under which we live is at the root of much of the physical deafness and blindness in the world—that is a different matter! It is laudable to give aid to the handicapped. Superficial charities make smooth the way of the prosperous; but to advocate that all human beings should have leisure and comfort, the decencies and refinements of life, is a Utopian dream, and one who seriously contemplates its realization indeed must be deaf, dumb, and blind.”—
“I will have an undergraduate class, let’s say a young white male student, politically-correct, who will say: “I am only a bourgeois white male, I can’t speak.” … I say to them: “Why not develop a certain degree of rage against the history that has written such an abject script for you that you are silenced?” Then you begin to investigate what it is that silences you, rather than take this very determinist position-since my skin colour is this, since my sex is this, I cannot speak… From this position, then, I say you will of course not speak in the same way about the Third World material, but if you make it your task not only to learn what is going on there through language, through specific programmes of study, but also at the same time through a historical critique of your position as the investigating person, then you will have earned the right to criticize, you be heard. When you take the position of not doing your homework- “I will not criticize because of my accident of birth, the historical accident” - that is the much more pernicious position.”—
when ~antiracist allies~ say this shit it always includes this sort of faux-self-deprecating element
and intentionally or not, there’s the implication that we white people in general are being ~silenced~ by the ~cruel~ person of color, and that ~oh no we’ve been taught to hate ourselves for our whiteness and believe all these self-deprecating things~ which of course is EXACTLY the white guilt script that more blatantly racist whites looking at this will want to see as more ‘justification’ to dismiss analysis of racism.
and it’s inevitably framing people of color as mean or angry or ~reverse racist~ and ourselves as beleaguered; it’s inevitably fishing for compliments, for coddling, for having the conversation recentered around us and derailing the actual conversation taking place.
I want to get back to this, because I feel it’s tricky using phrases like ‘silenced’ etc. It seems TOO easy to fall into the victimization mindset those who want to KEEP the status quo would hold on to. And way too easy for others who want cookies and pats on the back to NOT listen and SPEAK over others - “I took classes in this, I EARNED the right to speak.” I think there’s a valid reason there’s so much ‘shut up, listen, learn’. And ‘your voice is ALREADY heard’.
I think it makes more sense to say; “learn so you know why and when NOT TO SPEAK when PoC and other Marginal Cultural People are speaking. But learn the history TOO speak, TO YOUR OWN KIND / YOUR OWN FOLK. And then DO that. “
I don’t think that quote is clear enough on the fact that progressivism isn’t lackadaisical. It’s not enough to SAY: “I’m not racist or sexist or queerphobic.” And it’s not enough to just step back, and watch others speak AND take all the flack. The point is TO NOT BE ISMIST. To actively not BE it. To risk discomfort.
In a sense, not risking discomfort is holding on to a different kind of status quo.
*white guy shoots up jewish community center* *kills 3 men* *member of the kkk* *yells ‘heil hitler’ before being apprehended by police* "were still unclear on a motive for the suspect"
Dude spent 20 years in the Army, was a Green Beret for 13 of them BEFORE they finally kicked him out for Klan ties. Had numerous run ins with the law, was subject to a manhunt previously and found in a trailer with HAND GRENADES.
I’m a end up with that tag - cause it’s too true: white affirmative action DOES look like this.
White Affirmative Action, is why the US Intelligence and Defense Institutions, have and do keep dropping the ball on monitoring and preventing DOMESTIC TERRORISM. Cause every white domestic terrorist is a lone misunderstoof wolf in an isolated incident. There are no trends. There is no spoon.
It being worse to be a shy boy than a shy girl. A shy girl was normal (i.e. nobody worried or did anything about it); there was something wrong with a shy boy.
Being told, several times, that I wasn’t 斯文 enough. I got this question throughout high school and even at A-Levels.
The joker in class was always, always a boy. Girls couldn’t be class clowns the same way that boys were.
I was talking about the previous point with my roommate the other day. We think this may be the reason that girls tend to outperform boys in school: because we know we can’t get attention as easily as the boys do, we compensate by working really hard. [This was true for me, anyhow.]
Debate being a very male-dominated activity. I have stats here for WUDC Chennai only but I don’t doubt that the results will be much different for Malaysia. Srsly those competitions were sausage fests.
Interestingly, from a friend in public speaking circles, apparently the gender parity was more equal in competitive public speaking, where as many girls as boys participated and won. Probably to do with the less confrontational nature of public speaking as compared to debate.
MUN in Malaysia - I do believe that more girls participated, but fewer won awards, especially the coveted Best Speaker award.
What I wish I could remember/knew more about:
Did teachers necessarily call on the boys more?
Was there a difference in gender performance in classrooms between vernacular and national schools?
I’m from the SPM class of 2009.
I went to a predominantly Chinese school with a Chinese-speaking community
In one of the most affluent areas in Malaysia.
The context I’m thinking about is extremely limited and likely doesn’t apply to the rest of Malaysia. But I wanted to see what the gender gap in Malaysia is like even among the most privileged and most educated communities, a space largely thought to be “progressive”.
I think even at a certain socioeconomic level, girls are still conditioned to be shy and apologetic for their presence in a space more than boys are. That translates into poorer performances in the public sphere (more girls had public speaking fears than boys - I had trouble speaking up in classrooms even in high school). Girls make it to the top easily in certain arenas (public speaking), less so in others (debate).
Basically, I don’t think this gap (in the 2nd half of the infograph) is going to be ironed out anytime soon, which makes me very sad -
**Disclaimer: I’m no gender studies major. My only credentials are 2 GWS classes and copious amounts of tumblr. And again, this post is largely compiled from anecdotal information. I’m not an authority on anything.
This post isn’t meant to be an authority on anything, just an attempt to walk through thoughts on things that I consider important. I want to be able to talk about gender issues in my own context. That’s really not done often enough because most of the chatter here is American-focused. And if there’s one takeaway I’ve gotten from 3 years of tumblr SJ, it’s that context always matters.
I wonder if year and region influences the rates. I graduated in 2001 from SMK Subang Jaya, which, when I was a wee one in 1997, had been reportedfly in the top 7 for schools with gangsterism problems in Selangor (which was mitigated by the opening of the USJ schools and we basically shipped off all our problem students there—and they were predominantly boys). We are, however, less urban than we are suburban. (Subang Jaya has visions of being a township or a city but really we’re a collection of housing estates with some really awesome shopping centers.)
When I graduated, most of the top students were girls, I’d say skewing 3:2 girl:boy ratio. We had several tomboy figures as well, although definitely the policing of femininity was a thing (though not so pronounced as when I got to college). I was also friends with guys who were on the “soft” side i.e. feminine, although not necessarily gay dudes. I don’t seem to recall them being treated any worse, but the one openly queer dude definitely got picked on quite a bit. But my friends were Chinese, while the queer dude was Malay, so that probably was a huge factor; it felt to me that the Malays gender-policed more than the Chinese did.
The class clowns were guys, but the teachers’ pet (or at least the students trying to be teachers’ pet) tended to be girls. I ended up being teachers’ pet in Form 3 onwards but that was due to hyper-competence.
Our debate teams were fairly evenly skewed, and a couple of our strongest debate members were girls. This held even in college where I would watch debate teams from international students, often slightly younger than me—mostly girls. Public speaking was also fairly gender-equal. HOWEVER! I would like to note that debate requires a certain amount of aggressiveness, while our best members, male and female, definitely had. It was more expected that girls would be self-effacing, but that wasn’t necessarily a self-fulfilling prophecy in my cohort—we def had a good range of aggro girls as we did aggro guys. They were also mostly Chinese.
Our guru disiplin have been male and female, and throughout my years in SMSJ, the principal was a woman.
I do wonder if it happens in waves, because when I was Form 1, my brother was Form 5, and the top tier people, whether prefect or gangster, were dudes. My brother’s year had a lot of overachieving girls, for sure, but I don’t think they had the same social clout as the dudes, which was not my experience when I hit Form 5.
Also, when I visited my alma mater in the late 2000s, a male student actually cat-called me. From class. With the (female) teacher standing there. If I wasn’t in such a rush to go somewhere I would have had a stern sit-down with him. If he’s going to call me “Auntie” I might as well have had an Auntie talk with him.
My father’s food tech lab at Givaudan in 2004-2005 was mostly women, in management and administration. Uh. Well, to be honest I can’t remember a single dude in that office, now that I think about it. But I’ve had conversations with my dad before about gender parity and sexual harassment at work and he mentioned that women often don’t take management position at factories where they would have to deal with a lot of male working-class subordinates (of course he didn’t think it was a problem; it was a matter of “if you cannot tahan then you’re not right for the job”).
On a trip in 2000 to London with my dad’s high-school mates, he mentioned that most of the men on the bus sitting at the back chatting were also those likely to sit at the back of class chatting. Interestingly, they were also in food science with him for the first couple of years, but most dropped out to do something business-related like accountancy and the like.
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And thank goodness for Mary Anne Mohanraj’s The Stars Change. And here’s to more awesome space operas like it.
So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?