Equality vs Equity
A main concern with a lot of feminist arguments I have seen is the lack of knowledge of what ‘equality’ actually means. If women (and men) were seeking equality in the sexes then that would suggest that they were fighting for absolute parity between men and women, that they want to be treated exactly the same as men. Equality is ensuring individuals or groups of individuals are treated fairly and no less favourably over others, but usually non-specific to their needs.
For example, a disabled person shouldn’t be treated equally to everyone else because they have specialist needs that mean that this treatment won’t necessarily be fair, such as if people in wheelchairs were forced to sit in the same seats as people who weren’t physically disabled on buses then arguably they are being treated equally, but it isn’t fair or desirable.
Another example which is less distinct is that of different races or religions. It might appear that ethnic minorities want to be treated identically to the majority but in reality different races wish their culture and history to be acknowledged and also different religions might want different clothing specifications or a chance to pray at the workplace but at the same time do not wish to be discriminated against because of their religious beliefs.
Similarly women and men don’t have the same needs, therefore they can’t be treated equally. In reality what the feminist movement aims for is equity. This means that women should be treated fairly and neutrally, but at the same time in respect to their differences. Women are not as strong as men and often have different goals in life - it isn’t sexist to say that women are more likely to be looking after children than pursuing a full time career, for it is in their biology to operate in a different way to men. Basically what I’m saying here is that feminists should be striving for equity over equality and accept that there are differences between men and women that mean it is necessary to treat them differently.
Sexism has been present since the beginning of humanity if you look at it as you do now. Obviously there is a lot of sexism towards women, as well as men, that is not acceptable or just. However you would complain if women were treated the same as men, positive discrimination is vital in society. We shouldn’t be judged on our race or gender or background but be supported so that everyone has a fair chance in the world.
I just know that something good is gonna happen.
And I don’t know when,
But just saying it could even make it happen.
Everyone is everyone else’s critic
It is very easy to criticise anything that is something different from you and we all do it automatically without thinking about what we are saying all of the time. It is impossible not to be sexist or racist or whatever else you can think of. Most of us try our best not to be, whilst still expressing our own opinions but you can do it unintentionally and then get lots of anger directed back at you, which is often much worse than the thing you said originally; especially because you are now the one feeling the negativity
It’s also really impossible to understand someone else. So you can never quite know what will offend somebody. We often turn things like sexism and racism into jokes, but many people find it as a personal attack. Maybe it is a way to mock the system in a way, that these differences cause so many problems purely because of history, but mostly people find it hilarious to provoke others and be controversial. As a human race we are so divided and want to form groups against each other at every possibility. If people are scared to tell their thoughts on these matters then they will never disappear. If they are treated as untouchable topics then no change will happen.
It is quite odd when people make you out to be this horrible person - usually down to a misunderstanding - whilst doing horrible things themselves. I think this is occurs more now since the internet gives a platform to anyone who is offended to go to a keyboard and say things they wouldn’t usually say. If someone gives them a thumbs up, (clearly talking about Facebook now), they maybe understandably think themselves the messiah and its even worse. “I am moral” they think. So it seems to go that someone has an opinion = someone else offended.
They will invariably preach free speech but as soon as you have some form of opposing view they will attack you viciously, and try to deny any attempt of speaking against them. Often I find that it is a case of holding a mirror to them. When they inevitably hate what they see, they then try to attack you for it “NO I AM NOT THIS PERSON. YOU ARE THE CUNT HERE.” And so the arguments continue with them not taking in a word of what you are saying.
It is important to remember that the Internet is just as good as it is bad. It is not a heaven of objectivity. Someone will always be offended by someone else. It is clearly difficult being yourself in such a quickly negative and often judgemental world where things are mostly said before they are thought about. I think that people should focus on finding happiness within themselves as that is where it comes from.
Dead Can Dance - A Passage In Time
Take your time
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone
But it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
No one I think is in my tree
I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t, you know, tune in
But it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad
I’m getting bored of people accusing me of things that aren’t true so I must post this to be clear on my view.
Obviously there are so many reasons to have an abortion. And it is probably not right to say that under no circumstance should a woman have an abortion, even if you are ‘pro-life’. Although, I think often people who say that they are pro-life are really pro-birth or pro-foetus because of their decisions afterwards, such as being anti-food stamps, anti-welfare, etc. i.e. they are for the birth of the child but not necessary for that child living an objectively good life, which is of course quite significant. However, although things like rape are incredibly unfortunate and without excuse, (I would not deny that there are struggles), you can’t put aside that another life is involved with what you are doing and you should be making the right decision for them, and maybe not necessarily for yourself - as difficult as this can obviously be.
I understand the arguments for abortion but I also find it something very upsetting how often the issue for the pro-choice side is done without any consideration for this child and often for the father too. The language and psychology used treats the child as nothing more than a mistake - it isn’t human - I struggle with this. It might seem like such a sexist thing to say, and I understand that it’s the woman’s body and she wants to be in control of what goes on with it and has or should should have that right. However we shouldn’t approach it in such a simple way. Surely if at all possible the baby’s life should be protected. It is not a matter of a woman solely making a decision for herself or for her body. It is a decision between letting a child live or die just as much as it is a choice between letting a mother be happy or unhappy and this creates something very difficult.
Of course it is very difficult for me to understand this issue completely because I am a male and I can only empathise. It is difficult to make decisions on matters as emotive as this because no matter what decision made somebody will be left unhappy and I fully expect someone to disagree with me and probably in an aggressive way. Although, maybe the only thing left to consider is whether there is a place in the world for this child to live where it will be loved - who’s choice is that?
Planes often don’t take what appears to be a straight route to a destination because the shortest distance is actually on the “great circle”, a circumference going through the centre of the earth. Looking at a 2D map it looks like a longer distance, as you’d expect the shortest journey to be a straight line between two places. However the Earth is a sphere (well technically a spheroid) so there are no straight lines - the great circle is the quickest route as it follows the curvature of the Earth in the shortest distance. Great circles always bisect a sphere, as shown below.
I am now twenty years old, which is a terrifying realisation. When I was young all I wanted was to be older, and have everything that came with it (or what I thought did anyway), and now I just want the exact opposite.
Weightlessness occurs when you are in a resultant field of zero. There will be a point between the Earth and Moon where their gravitational fields cancel out with each other and therefore no forces would be acting. This is one of the few places you would actually have no weight.
However there is also a thing called apparent weightlessness. This happens in any situation where acceleration is equal to g (gravitational field strength/acceleration. For example if you were in a lift accelerating at 9.81m/s2 then you would feel weightless because there would be no reaction from the ground. Apparent weightlessness occurs in one other instant and that is if you were in an orbit. In these instances, there are no contact forces, but there is still the gravitational force and though this cannot be felt, it still exists and so you are not truly weightless.
The Sims (2000)
The original The Sims was one of the first games I remember playing. I happened to find the disk in a random box in my Mother’s room and after installing it found myself unable to stop playing it.
I still play the game today, as do many other people, which I think says a lot about it. I really fell in love with the aesthetics, and especially the sounds.
The Sims makes use of a combination of 3D and 2D graphics techniques; whilst the Sims themselves are rendered as 3D objects, the house, and all its objects, are pre-rendered, and displayed dimetrically.
As the player you can make decisions about time spent in skill development, such as exercise, reading, creativity, and logic, by adding activities to the daily agenda of the Sims. It is strange that it is such a rewarding experience to play out such every-day scenarios, but I like the amount of freedom you have to do anything. There are no storylines, no goals, you just play out your sims’ lives however you wish - and this is probably where the magic lives.
I have been working on a beautiful house currently, and might upload pictures of it but I imagine that like everything else on here - it’s pretty uninteresting