It’s coming up on a year now since I got my current job as a pizza delivery girl, and I thought this would be a good time to delve into the little ever-expanding “WTFPIZZA” note I keep on my cell that helps me remember some of my more, uh - interesting deliveries.
[TW: rape culture] An 8-year-old girl camper began swimming near the edge of the pool by me. She was a tiny girl with a bubbly personality, and she was very attached to me. Upon seeing us talking, the boy swam over and started chasing her around the water. It was clear from the way she was trying to get away from him and her screeching that she wanted to be left alone — her body language and tense demeanor should have showed that she was uncomfortable — but if that wasn’t enough of a clue, the “stop” she yelled in protest should have been enough for him to go away.
That’s when it really hit me how serious the situation was. I could immediately picture it escalating. I didn’t see an 8-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy anymore; I saw the two of them as fully grown and matured adults. The girl was still small and skinny, and the boy was large enough to overpower her with little effort. I could see her running away from him, trying to push off his advances in a more sexual situation, but him refusing to believe that she really wanted him to stop. I saw him ignoring her physical protests right along with the verbal ones, convinced she wanted him there. It horrified me.
I reprimanded him immediately, insisting that when someone asks you to stop, it’s important to listen. Almost seconds later, a male counselor standing by the same section of the pool told him not to listen to me and to continue his pursuit of this little girl, despite her obvious protests. Here were two boys, roughly 10 years apart in age, but with the same views on women: that consent doesn’t matter. It’s not a generational thing: this mindset has clearly been ingrained into the public psyche from an early age. How often are we told not to take no for an answer? How often do we see children pestering their parents about getting a new toy until they eventually give in? How often do we hear about a woman’s whims coming with her menstrual cycle? How often do we see on television shows and in movies a woman “changing her mind” about a man who is persistent enough or who just proves himself worthy? The idea that a woman will change her mind is so ingrained that we can’t always recognize it at first.
This. Is. Rape. Culture.
What to say when you don’t have any insight into technology…
You have done much good for the Internet and the world as a whole, also some bad, but in the greater scheme of things the good far out weighs the bad. Your blocking of content from mobile makes no sense, having it the as the default upload option is just asinine, what ever logic you use to justify it with is flawed. If your reason is it compels people to pay for whatever they are trying to watch, that’s false, I’ve never bought anything that was denied to me from the mobile version of YouTube. I either find it elsewhere or just find something else, so not only do you lose out on me watching any ads on your site, but so does the content creators. Just fix your shit, thanks, everyone.
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Like, I knew shepherding was a boring job
but these guys really had nothing better to do
Oh my god
this is the BEST THING
I HAVE SEEN
Could not hit reblog fast enough.
you are SHITTING ME
I am so into this.
THIS IS STRAIGHT UP INCREDIBLE
I don’t know how most people use twitter, but I personally use it to keep up on the news, technology, and possibly meet new people. Anyone I follow, I usually read what you tweet, I consider my timeline, something that I read in its entirety, one at a time. People who follow more than 100 accounts on twitter either follow low volume tweeters, have tons of free time to keep up with it, or don’t read all of the tweets in their timeline. I can usually do a decent job of keeping up with it as long as its under 400-500 per day. If it excedes that I start unfollowing or muting any bullshit that I don’t care about.
If its bullshit RTs from someone I would never interact with anyways, I’ll Block them, if its sports or something I can easily mute with a keyword, I’ll do that. If you’re a tech blogger and you start tweeting about sports, I couldn’t care less, either make another account or use a hashtag.
Wheatley (left) and Fact Core (right) from Portal 2
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.