Thursday, March 26, 2009

heartbeats

I'm guessing the song Heartbeats by The Knife is referring to a one night stand that lasted longer than expected. An affair between 2 people that should end but there's too much chemistry to stop it. It reminds me of a personal situation, the song is totally hot.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

women

I was going over the 3 waves of the Women's Movement in class the other night and became pretty frustrated. These are the types of situations which really test my ability as an anthropologist. It's hard to step back and understand that everyone has a different point of view and we all grow up in different situations even if we share a culture.
The students in class come from all over, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the middle east... So it tries my patience when I go over these subjects with a checkered audience like this.
I tend to lean to the left when I'm teaching, (politically, not physically), so I slip in facts like how women still make 3/4 of what men do who perform the same job.
This is still not good enough, it's still not viable proof. I then bring up the NBA & WNBA comparison.
"How many of you watch the WNBA?"
One student answers, "I watched it by accident the other day."
Of course the class explodes with laughter, even I feel the urge to chuckle a little.
This, to me, is proof enough of just how ingrained sex discrimination is in this culture.

We say things like "he cried like a little bitch" "quit being a pussy" and most people don't think twice about what this means. We grow up learning exactly where we belong and we are expected to stay within this parameter. As women we need to step over these boundaries, that's why I can appreciate "controversial" figures like Madonna. Because despite being a "bitch" and being "ugly" and "old" now, she has never apologized for being who she is, a woman who doesn't listen when people tell her to be quiet.

This jumped to a lot of random subjects, but you get the picture. Women have come a long way and have a long way to go.

Friday, March 20, 2009

witnesses to hunger

This project really amazes me.
40 impoverished women in inner-city Philadelphia are given cameras to document their lives. They put a face to hunger and struggle. They personify neglect and despair and cast a light on a piece of society that many people have been too fortunate to see (including myself).
I hope this project finds itself in cities across the country in the next decade.

www.witnessestohunger.org

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's sort of terrifying to think of just how much there is to learn about out there. While I teach I often find that even the subjects I think I know really well I barely know at all.
I wonder how long it would take to truly be an expert at something. And at that point since you're an expert, was it even worth it? I mean now you know all there ever is to know about sunflower seeds but you don't know shit about ice wedging.
I think I'm happy following in the path I'm in, knowing a tidbit of useless information about a variety of subjects. I'll be a professional surface skimmer for as long as I can.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

hmmm

so does it make me a douchebag that i'm blogging now?
like people give a shit about what i think.
i feel like it does for some reason, but i'll get over that...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

good news

All staff meeting today with Bill & Debbie Shore.

I've been slightly nervous, wasn't sure what to expect. However they will not be doing any layoffs at Share Our Strength and I am thrilled. In fact, we've actually been able to grant out more money than usual due to an overwhelming amount of individual donations!

So even though sponsorship is not as high as it could be and companies are reluctant to join right now, at least the generosity of individuals is keeping us in the clear and helping thousands of kids get the food they need.

And on the (even) bright(er)side Anheuser Busch will be partnering up with SOS for Taste of the Nation. So let's all grab a pack of Hoegaarden and get completely obliterated all in the name of ending childhood hunger!

http://taste.strength.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TOTN_homepage

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

some more bitching

Okay another point for tonight.
This has nothing to do with feminism.
I am getting a new computer soon. And I'm thinking to myself this is such bullshit that we have to constantly buy new shit. Why not have something we can keep for 20-30 years? Cars. Computers. iPods.
I realize that Apple and the car companies need to continue to generate business. Ha! Especially the car companies. But... Christ I don't know where I'm going with this. I don't have a solution of any sort I'm just bitching. There has to be a better way, we're just too set in our cultural dog-eat-dog, next-best-thing mentality. Don't expect me to make any suggestions though, I'm just another whiny douchebag to add to the list of complaining ne're-do-wells. :P

computers and self beating

This is my 2nd fucking attempt at posting a blog today. Thanks to my computer, the one from earlier is lost forever.
God, I'm getting ready to apologize for bad-mouthing an inanimate object. I actually feel guilty for calling my computer the piece that it is. That just goes to show how much of a woman I truly am. We would not be women if we weren't loaded down with the inherent guilt of generations.
So I'm sorry computer. I'm sorry that you will never know just how sorry I am and how much I love you in spite of whatever I say. If I were a man I may have already beaten your screen in.
Ew that felt wrong to say, this has taken a frightening turn, I'm done for tonight.