Slurs and Ignorance

http://idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=92610

Indiana University columnist wrote this and it rang true in my ears. I watched the people on the corner of campus asking for donations for organizations far from IU. While it shows that people care, I also agree with her. People only seem to care about the things that they can’t see. There is a homeless man who sits on the sidewalk on Kirkwood with his dog everyday. He sits there, selling artwork he’s made from people’s scraps. It’s amazing to me that people won’t even give him a single glance, just walking on by. These slurs that people yell at each other are the same way, I just don’t understand why they even do it, why this seems to be okay for them. I pray that it’s just ignorance that drives them to do this because that can be fixed if they’ll listen. I can’t help but see, though, the point Allison makes. People just seem to not even care. They don’t care that it hurts someone else’s feelings or makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable. In broad daylight, I got cat-called while riding my bike home today. Nobody stopped the group of boys in the car. Instead, I just got off my bike, shaking and near tears as I simply tried to make it home without them realizing where I lived. Why is that an okay world to live in? Why does no one step up to the plate and tell them to knock it off?

Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality

I can’t believe that this day is finally here. Although it’s only one step in our long drive for equality, it’s still something. I sit on the couch following the live feed as it pops up next to my fiancee. My fiancee who I can’t marry in my own state. It may be high hopes, but I hope that the US is doing something right. I stand for gay marriage, the repeal of prop 8, and the rejection of DOMA.

Rape Culture

Rape Culture

I really like this article, but I also think it needs to be said that fathers, older siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles need to show the same thing. The mother’s are not the only ones responsible for teaching their children. But it’s not just the family that raises a child either, I think our communities need to embrace it. We don’t get all our ideas and beliefs from our family, we get them from friends, significant others, teachers, bosses, coworkers. We all need to do it. We all need to show kindness and compassion. Show that it’s better to care for one another and not point out faults and victim blame. We should quit objectifying women and step back from applauding just the athletic men. Our culture is that of a rape culture. Currently, we actually encourage rape by saying that men should be strong, athletic, independent, and showing authority; the mothers even encourage this in the article. We also accuse the women. How many times have we heard: Oh, she’s wh###, look at what’s she wearing. She’s just a sl&t, she’s part of a sorority and parties all the time. I can’t claim innocence; I’ve said it, too. That’s why we all need to be part of the change. Everybody can contribute something.