Do you ever think about the fact that the US has created and legitimized a system of institutionalized inequality by funding schools through property taxes? That basically a child’s education is only as good as the value of the property in their neighborhood. Funny how education is so often viewed as an equalizing factor when there is nothing equal about it.
A very good definition of privilege.
I want to stress this again: In many, many parts of the country right now, if you want to go to see a movie in the theater and see a current movie about a woman — any story about any woman that isn’t a documentary or a cartoon — you can’t. You cannot. There are not any. You cannot take yourself to one, take your friend to one, take your daughter to one.
There are not any.
By far your best shot, numbers-wise, at finding one that’s at least even-handedly featuring a man and a woman is Before Midnight (on 891 screens) so I hope you like it. Because it’s pretty much that or a solid, impenetrable wall of movies about dudes.
Dudes in capes, dudes in cars, dudes in space, dudes drinking, dudes smoking, dudes doing magic tricks, dudes being funny, dudes being dramatic, dudes flying through the air, dudes blowing up, dudes getting killed, dudes saving and kissing women and children, and dudes glowering at each other.
Somebody asked me this morning what “the women” are going to do about this. I don’t know. I honestly am at the point where I have no idea what to do about it. Stop going to the movies? Boycott everything?
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.” —
The whole article is fantastic, as is pretty much everything Linda Holmes writes.
The scale of the problem is hard to comprehend. A range of measures is needed, including urgent attempts to reduce food wastage. Even if we reduce waste, however, global food production also needs to be increased by about 30%-80% to meet rising demand.
This represents not only a huge humanitarian challenge, but also a security one. When food shortages occur, as in 2007-08, price spikes often result, which can have a devastating effect, especially on those developing countries that rely heavily on food imports, including parts of South America, North Africa and the Middle East. The 2007-08 spike in food prices drove about 100-million people into poverty. This helped encourage civil unrest in about 28 countries. And, going forward, it is estimated that the price of key staples may double in the next 20 years, threatening disastrous consequences for poor people in particular.
So, how can we spur more production of food and reduce malnutrition in an innovative and cost effective way? The two main continents with significant capacity for producing additional food are South America and Africa. The reason they are producing below capacity is because of erratic weather (in Africa’s case) and the challenge posted by rain forests and biodiversity issues in South America, which limit the amount of land to grow on.
We believe it is best to prioritise Africa, and, recognising the problems of the continent’s erratic weather, are pioneering a technological breakthrough solution — the Trans-African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory. This will develop a network of hydro-meteorological measuring stations to provide better maps of water and weather in Africa.
This scheme is genuinely “game-changing” because the present African meteorological observation network is limited. As a result, national governments and regional planners do not have the data to make proper decisions regarding investments in water-resources infrastructure. Also the success of several adaptation measures, such as micro-insurance for crops, hinges on the availability of local weather data. This is a challenge if Africa’s food-growing potential is to be optimised. Harvest predictions and food production would profit from improved understanding of water availability over space and time and an improved ability to predict shifting weather patterns.” —Africa holds key to tackling global food crisis (via dynamicafrica)
How fucked is it that you can’t even buy the food you need to live without being complicit in violence. What the fuck have we done.
does not need your tears
your hands ever so lovingly placed
on her buttocks.
your mouth at her breasts.
she wants you to stop pissing in her face
calling it water.
she wants you to leave.
she is the cradle of civilization
you hate that.
you will reap
you have sown.” —why i will never acknowledge a white person as african/ missionary trips are evil, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
because, you know, i’m just making shit up. and allergic to facts… apparently.
u kno a serbian d00d 5000 years ago had a tattoooooo????
Hmm bacteria keeps you healthy, without bacteria u could not digest foooood
i cant believe that bacteria would just intrude into my body without my permission. that makes me sick..
It does make you sick. Literally.
wow ha ha ur right i shouldve made this into a joke!!