My mom was once beautiful, and academically talented. Now, years of chain cigarrette smoking,coke guzzling, bouts of mental illness,unemployment and trauma have caught up to her. When visiting her I clean her house, and then we walk to the convienence store to buy her some more coke. When we get to the counter my mom asks for ciggarettes and the storekeeper asks me if I work for my mom. I am her daughter I reply, and the storekeeper is surprised at the contrast between me and my moms, now disheveled appearance. …
You put into words (not specific to Ruth Bader Ginsberg) alot of my feelings in terms of 'neoliberal feminism', which I would not know how to express so poignantly. So thank you for this. I would consider myself idealistically a socialist, but also a pragmatist. When we speak and write about eliminating the current, capitalistic system that expoits the poor and marginalized people what system would we use to 'replace' the old system per se? And at what rate? what policies or systems would you think would be put into place that would eradicate the exploitation of the vulnerable?
Turning 25, like many of my friends in this age range, had made me question all my life choices up to this point. Not only that but I came to the slow realization, that most ‘adults’ do not have it all figured out — we are all just floating on a big rock making the best out of whatever god given talents (or lack thereof), and situation we were dealt with, and that’s okay.
Being Mediocre is Normal and it is Enough
The very definition of mediocre is encompassing of what most people are. The world would not function as…
When I was 21 I moved abroad for love, 4 years later I was left for the girl he told me ‘not to worry about’.
I could sit here and say it is a cautionary tale to warn your daughters about. In some ways it is.
Yet, in hindsight, if I were to turn back time, I’d do it again.
I grew up poor, and white in a subsidized housing unit. Most of my childhood friends who grew up in the same housing complex, and my first crushes were black. As a young adolescent I felt normal enough, since everyone around me grew up in the same circumstances and there was a strong bond between friends and a tie to the community, that I have not experienced in the same way while climbing up the ‘class ladder’.
I enjoyed my childhood despite not having a lot, and if anything felt quite alienated, when I first moved to a middle-class town…
Capitalism as we know it — is dead
At the beginning of the pandemic in Europe last Febuary, I disheartendly espoused the sentiment;
‘if you can’t beat em, join em’.
Through my knowledge of the Typhus pandemic, I knew that pandemics hit the poor the hardest. And that history generally repeats itself.
And it did — the Corona pandemic hit the working class and poor the hardest pushing them further into debt, while the 1% who owns 44% of the worlds wealth, and billionaires became richer.
I continued my short capitalistic stint, by listening to the Rich Dad Poor Dad…
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is an illness among many that the body may succumb to, and to which all bodies are vulnerable. Notwithstanding the fact that few are immune to it, it is distinctive in that it prevails among marginalized groups that time and again who lack political clout.
Given this, there are inequities that exist as to how HIV and AID’S gets represented and by whom it is represented. Such inequities sanction a misrepresentation that affects who gets included and excluded in terms of social and medical supports (Sturken).
This is present in many contexts whether it be at…
Viruses are extremely strange! They lack a nucleus (‘control center of the cell’), and are not considered to be alive. They still have genetic material, however, they lack the ribosomes required to synthesize proteins so they cannot reproduce on their own. So viruses are parasites, who need a host cell in order to replicate, and they ‘hijack’ a host cells, own machinery to do so!
“Asking a corporation to be socially responsible makes no more sense than asking a building to be” -Milton Friedman
Billionaires in recent history have increasingly have become involved in philanthropy. The worlds largest philanthropy the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has an emphasis primarily on the global health sector. The buisness-like approach of which philanthropies like the Bill and Melinda gates foundation garner their funds (usually through stocks, network of rich people and celebrity status) provides them with the power capacity and resources to exert influence. …
“Be sure to do the Health and Safety Awareness training before your next shift”, Laura my manager says over the phone. I sit in my bed and obligingly listen to horror stories of employees dying from misuse of machines on the job, I am working in shoe store retail, not construction I think to myself. Though the tools used to stretch, create holes and shape shoes look like the modern-day equivalent of tools used in a lobotomy, they are basically harmless. I go to work then; I sign a contract about how to use a ladder.
A few steps into…
I am an Epidemiologist/Sustainable Development specialist, sub-elite runner, and this is my creative outlet hope it is enjoyable/interesting to some people :D !