*headdesk* I have to keep reminding myself that people are often really f*cking stupid. I really don’t understand the mentality that leads people to attack others because of a percieved “difference”.
I think that some people have a great deal of difficulty in understanding that we are not a single homogenous mass. That we are individuals with our own quirks and foibles. Trying to force people into “the right way of doing things” or making fun/abusing people because they have different opinions is something we should have grown out of by the time we leave school.
Manners. Civility. Politeness. They cost nothing. They are so easy to use and they do so much more than people realise. And they are NOT a sign of weakness or passivity. It is possible to use all three and still be assertive and forthright. It is possible to disagree vehemently with someone and still remain polite. You can use all the names you like in your head but what comes out of your mouth – or fingers – demonstrates your level of control & ability to work – or not – with others.
As a group we are so much stronger. All of our experiences, all of our abilities, all of our passion, mingled, honed, controlled and aimed should be like switching on the Death Star. But we can’t do anything if we can’t control ourselves first.
“…in this very short period of time several of those willing to do the backroom work have been bullied and verbally assaulted by the same people who purport to believe in campaigning and challenging for our rights. So much so, that a number of the individuals willing to use their spare energy have said they can no longer continue; I simply do not understand this!”
“Jill Meagher‘s family criticise Catholic priest over ‘disgusting’ claim
Priest reportedly told students at a Melbourne primary school that if Meagher had been more ‘faith filled’ she would have been home and ‘not walking down Sydney Road at 3am’”
There are no words to describe how angry this makes me. The Catholic Church has apparently apologised. The priest has not apologised for his comments but the Church says that he has “acknowledged” to them that it was inappropriate & apologised for “the offence and upset it has caused” (the standard weasel-words apology that is not an apology) – no apology from the priest to the family or an admission that he was wrong to tell pre-pubescent children that rape is the victim’s fault.
“There was a time when policies to send sick or disabled claimants on workfare, or sanction the benefits of lone parents, would have been met with horror by the electorate. There have always been grumblings about the social security system, as with any other institution, but unemployment was once seen as a personal tragedy caused by wider economic failings, not a personal failing caused by laziness or the wrong attitude.”
Originally published May 2013, this is still a very relevent.
“By portraying housing benefit as a payment for “the shirkers”, not “the strivers”, Cameron and Osborne aim to convince the public that their draconian, unprecedented welfare “reforms” are justified. 60 percent of people visiting food banks last year were in work. But unemployment benefits are just 13 percent of the national average earnings. What Cameron’s Government have done is created extreme hardship for many of those in work, and further severe hardship for those who are unemployed.”
Tax avoidance is robbery, regardless of what any silver-tongued outrider of the corporate world tells you. Companies depend on the labour of their wealth-creating workers: a workforce expensively trained up by a state education system, kept healthy by state healthcare, and whose low pay is subsidised by the state.
The private sector depends on a bailed-out financial system, state-funded infrastructure, state support for research and development, and a law and order system to protect them and their property.
A tax on banks that would give billions to tackle poverty and climate change, here and abroad.
This tax on the financial sector has the power to raise hundreds of billions every year globally. It could give a vital boost to the NHS, our schools, and the fight against child poverty in the UK – as well as tackling poverty and climate change around the world.
Michael Gove has written: “For some of us Victorian costume dramas are not merely agreeable ways to while away Sunday evening but enactments of our inner fantasies … I don’t think there has been a better time in our history” in “Alas, I was born far too late for my inner era”.
A better time for what, precisely? Child labour, desperation? Prostitution? Low life expectancy, disease, illiteracy, workhouses? Or was it the deferential protestant work ethic reserved only for the poor, the pre-destiny of the aristocracy, and “the rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate”?
A clue is in the name: The word “Tory” derives from the Middle Irish word tóraidhe, which means outlaw, robber or brigand, from the Irish word tóir, meaning “pursuit”, since outlaws were “pursued men”. It was originally used to refer to an Irish outlaw and later applied to Confederates or Royalists in arms. The term was thus originally a term of abuse. The Tories live by plunder. They steal your taxes, your public services, your state provision and your labour, in order to raise more money for the rich.
Every woman should take the attacks on other women personally. Because the attacks are not aimed at the particular person, they are aimed at women. Women who “don’t know their place!”
Watson is not the only one being told to “get back” by misogynists who wield sexual terror as a weapon. She is in the company of many other women, all over the world, who have made the decision to participate in public life and suffered the consequences. Writers on feminist issues, deluged with rape threats: get back. Activists from Syria, to Sudan, to the Congo, raped in prison: get back. South African lesbians, raped to “correct” their sexuality: get back.