I found this great tool for teachers and every day persons to check for some serious things which still manage to find their ways into children’s books! I would pretty much recommend this for all books, though.
COME ON TUMBLR.
WE CAN DO THIS.
can we get a link that actually directs to this survey?
It’s http://yahoo.com Scroll down
GO GO GO GO GO GO GO
the day tumblr stumbled upon people who aren’t tumblr
go fucking vote
There should be an option for “it’s a fantastic idea, but unfortunately we live in a society where at least one state has decided that life begins two weeks before conception, homosexuality (and everything but heterosexuality basically) is still largely deemed unnatural, and victims take the blame in rape cases so a gender-free society would be if not impossible for the foreseeable future then at least highly improbable.”
So I learned from my preggo friend that pregnancy IS counted 2 weeks before “conception” because it’s easier for doctors to count the weeks of pregnancy. I’m not explaining this very well.
That is not my real point. I think this poll is stupid for a lot of reasons. First that it’s on Yahoo!news, where the demographic is apparently barely literate (I mean, have you seen the comments on these articles?). The second reason is that girls and boys are different. Not in terms of intellect or in terms of capabilities but just in terms of being boys and girls.
It’s a nice idyllic idea, you know, that there is no such thing as gender but by trying to “get rid” of the idea of gender, which is an identity, btw, it’s like getting rid of individual ethnicities and race and having everyone be the same and that is not what “we” should be trying to do as humans!
As human beings we should be embracing our differences and learning about what makes us different but also learning that that’s ok, that it’s OK that I am a girl and my brother is a boy. I think what this poll should say is “Can children be raised in an equal society”—and the answer should be a resounding yes.
On a slightly separate note, I definitely think this poll is raised from a “Western” perspective; in different parts of the world different articles of clothing (for example) which could be girly here /are/ worn by men; in the same way, there are actions that just do not happen in western society that happen in other cultures—such as kissing people you greet on both cheeks by way of greeting in Middle Eastern culture.
This, I dunno, I just don’t think this is a good question.
Please just take a moment to watch this video.
This is my cousin Abigail, and she’s in remission now, but her story isn’t the only one. She was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma when she was either 3 or 4. Nothing was working. But then her parents decided to do an experimental trial treatment. They wanted to do everything they could to help Abigail’s body fight the cancer. And she did. She’s 9, I believe, and she’s had more friends pass away than I have, at 21. She can braid her hair, but some of her friends are still going through treatment. This is about awareness. This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. And it would mean so much to me to see this all over Tumblr. Abigail is a vibrant child, and there are many other kids just like her that do beat cancer. But just think of all those who lose their fight to cancer. Thanks so much!