"With all the good it’s brought, technology is destroying our communication skills— especially the ability to listen. The older generation can still listen, but many of the youngsters can’t even look you in the eye while you speak. If they aren’t looking at their mobiles, they’re looking over your shoulder or glancing around the room."
"Why is verbal communication more important than communication through a device?"
"Because there’s only so much you can learn from your Facebook friends."
Q:why are you a feminist???
because people are still asking that question
because women are payed less than men in approximately 99% of professions
because chris brown can still have a career after assaulting rihanna but miley cyrus takes her clothes off and there’s a huge scandal
because of this:
because currently it is estimated ten million more girls are out of education than boys (x)
because we’re expected to be mature but hairless like a child, in control but not bossy, sexy but not slutty and definitely not a prude, intelligent but not opinionated, independent but reliant on men, natural but look like the girl in the magazine etc etc
because being called a girl, a pussy or a bitch is an insult
because when i told my mum i refused to get anything less than a’s in my exams she told me it wasn’t ladylike to be so cocky
because my brother and 90% of my male friends think girls who wear revealing clothing are asking for rape
because every person who identifies as female should be allowed to choose if they want to get married, have kids, have a career, go to uni etc etc without expectations
because tampons and sanitary pads are stupidly expensive
because some people reading this will have flinched at the fact i just said ‘tampon’
because there are men out there whose job it is to make young girls feel like absolute shit about themselves just so they can sell the next best beauty product
because female masturbation isn’t considered normal whilst men can talk about their own penises for hours on end
because feminists are still seen as crazy lesbians who dont shave and some still feel like they have to defend themselves by claiming theyre not any of those things when in fact if i want to be a passionate lady who likes other ladies and cant be bothered to shave my legs every twenty minutes then thats my choice and if i want to be someone who wears make up and shaves and goes out partying then thats my choice and if i want to be a combination of the two or anything in between then thats. my. choice.
because i believe anyone who identifies as female is fucking badass and deserves the same rights as every privileged stuck up old white man sitting around and making laws about our bodies
because how can you not be
This video made me want to cry tears of linguistic joy.
This public school in Los Angeles is teaching kids to essentially become bilingual—learning the “mainstream” form of American English without devaluing the AAVE they speak at home. Absolutely incredible.
Here’s another video from the same series (the documentary “Do you speak American?”), talking to some of the now-adult children and parents who were part of the landmark 1979 court case (MLK Jr. Elementary school kids vs. Ann Arbor MI school board), finding that the black children in the school were being discriminated against based on their language.
It’s long been shown that it’s more effective to teach children to codeswitch between multiple dialects or languages than to force them to abandon what they speak at home and use only the dominant one, both in terms of children’s skills with the dominant language (how do you learn to sound out words when the sounds you’re using don’t correspond to your teacher’s?) and in terms of children’s emotional development (unsurprisingly, people don’t like school much when they’re constantly told that their community is wrong). Barriers for teaching children to codeswitch are for political and social reasons, not linguistic ones.
This was so funny. I ran into this Mexican couple on a trail in Central Park, and they were lugging around all these balloons. I asked what the balloons were for, and the guy told me that he’d brought them all the way from Mexico. He said he’d concocted this elaborate plan, where he’d given balloons to different people around the city (starting with the hotel concierge), and sent the girl on a scavenger hunt to find them.
"Just because?" I asked.
"Just because," he said.
When I got home, I had an email. It said:
I couldn’t tell you, but I was about to ask her to marry me.
She said yes!
I love this!
Finn, Lena and I made an igloo together today.
Heliotrope by Rolf Disch
The first building worldwide to create more energy than it uses.