“I’m a children’s librarian.” “Do you like books, working with children, or both?” “Definitely both. I’ve always been a heavy reader. I’m interested in education, and I’ve always wanted to work with young people. Libraries are really vibrant community places. They are also among the few spaces left in the world that are truly free. And I think children’s libraries are some of the most exciting places in any decent city.” “Do you think that today’s young people read less than previous generations because of all the technology in our lives, as we often hear?” “People say that, but when you look at the statistics, it is 100 percent untrue. Young people read just as much, and often more, than young people in the past did. The same is true of adults. Reading has stayed the same or, in fact, gone up. Library use has increased enormously since the recession.”
Yet the Cool Girl’s cool is ephemeral. We’ve been anticipating the J.Law backlash for months, but if and when it comes, it’ll have less to do with Lawrence and more to do with the need for a new articulation of the Cool Girl to keep the myth alive. This is an anxiety that needs constant soothing, and one star can provide only so much reassurance. One minute you’re cool, perfectly balancing the progressive and the regressive, but when that balance falters, you’re too much, too sexual, too loud, too performative, and the cultural backlash sweeps you under.
Jennifer Lawrence And The History Of Cool Girls
Employers who illegally fire workers for being pregnant often attempt to skirt discrimination laws by smearing the employees as tardy, poor performers, or by chalking up their termination to company restructuring—even in cases where worse-performing employees, who were not pregnant, were allowed to remain on staff, and “company restructuring” turned out to be code for replacing pregnant workers.
Pregnant? Your Boss May Have It In For You | Mother Jones
You’d think that the nationwide exposure and denunciation of intellectually dishonest, fundamentally flawed, agenda-driven scholarship that’s used to repeatedly smack children and parents in LGBT families would at least quiet the perpetrator for a bit. Instead, Regnerus is out giving talks and testifying in a deepening effort to ward off gay rights. (Recently he told an audience that gay equality would infect the “American imagination” with porn, promiscuity, and anal sex.
Gender & Sexuality Law Blog » Blog Archive » The Shamelessness of Professor Mark Regnerus
Poverty isn’t a money problem for poor people; poverty (in the richest country in the world) is a problem with our distribution of resources. Poverty is the problem of inequality. Poverty is a problem because the rich hoard their resources. Poverty is a problem because corporations hoard cash while Americans remain unemployed. Poverty is a problem because of corporate welfare. Poverty is a problem because of unethical job creators. The problem isn’t because poor people are poor; the problem is because the rich never think they are rich enough.
Poverty isn’t a Money Problem (via sociolab)