A fairly simple blog with no real direction or point to it whatsoever. Just random things, stuff that amuses me, stuff that bugs me, stuff that I'm happy about, and so on.
Q: How many MRAs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Who's there?
Q: No, uh, I'm not telling a knock-knock joke.
A: Yeah, but, did you know that knock-knock jokes also happen sometimes?
[pt 2] Also I would politely ask all who read this to stop for a moment and think before you send my friends abusive messages. Read what you are writing and think about how it would make you feel. Hiding behind an anon option to save your hide as well… To the blog owner, thank you for your time! If we ever speak again I hope it is on more pleasant terms :)
As long as I’ve been running this blog, I’ve always said going and harassing the featured people isn’t the solution. It’s not my style. But I cannot blame people for getting mad and expressing their anger.
But with this, “Read what you are writing and think about how it would make you feel.” You’ve GOT to see the irony in saying that while admitting you made that rape joke, right? Come on.
I really don’t think people that make those kind of jokes CAN see the irony in that statement because they, flat out, don’t realize the harm of making jokes about sexual assault (I’m from Canada). It’s especially clear with the bit: “Read what you are writing and think about how it would make you feel.” It’s exhausting because you basically have to start from square one in pointing out how it’s not “just a joke.”
Keep it up though. You’re doing awesome work :)
I don’t know why I put myself through these videos, same thing (more or less) every year. A thought did cross my mind as I scrolled through the equally typical “…just after appreciating what we have…” lines and the people making that comment (author, random folks, me included in the past), about the class differences in our society. Sure there are many moderately well of people there, clamoring for some random thing that they may or may not actually need, suckered in by brutally clever marketing and capitalistic overlords (I picture these people pulling a C. Montgomery Burns “Excellent” as they watch people trample each other for the opportunity to PAY for something). But there have to be a significant portion of people hoping to get some Christmas shopping done for their families with a budget that would shock most of us.
A lot of these sales push objects that most couldn’t otherwise afford into the range where they can now buy them for loved ones, family members, friends, what have you. Like it or not, we live in a world where material possessions matter and for some families they go long periods of time where they cannot keep up with the technological curve. I can’t imagine how a parent would feel trying to explain to their child that they can’t be like the other kids because that money has to go to budget and no name brand food, just so the family can keep living. But now, this one moment in the year, a parent has an opportunity to get their hands on something that will bring some semblance of normalcy to their child’s life; we’ve all felt the fuzzies from online videos of happy children on Christmas morning.
Yes materialism run amuck hurts us all. Yes big corporations prey upon the low-middle and poor classes. Yes some rich, white guy is getting richer by the minute. Yes it’s sickening to watch people, again, trample and fight each other for the opportunity to pay for an object. But we need to recognize our privilege here before we go looking down our nose and making judgements at how hypocritical these people are clamoring for material objects one day after Thanksgiving (I won’t even touch on the racial and historical injustices that Thanksgiving represents, but I’m sure someone else in the interwebs has done better justice than I ever could). Put that distain and disgust where it belongs: on the social systems and corporations that set up and maintain the financial classism of today’s society.