I Just Don’t Get It

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It seems like this country is simply going crazy.  There is more hatred being verbalized (and people being brutalized) all over.  I’m sure we’ve all seen the rants posted on social media of people verbally abusing others.  Where in the world is this hate coming from?  I simply cannot imagine anyone having the time in their lives to worry about the following:  where another person is from; what religion they choose to follow; what color someone else is; what gender they are; or what sexuality they practice.

Really, I’d like to know what is going on (or not going on) in the lives of these haters.  Seriously, how can they find the time to get involved in other people’s lives like this?  Don’t they have their own lives to worry about?  Don’t they also have to go to work, raise their children, worry about their loved ones?  How in the world do they have the time to worry about what other people are doing in their own private lives?

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And, the most important question of all – what the he** business is it of theirs anyway?  Really, is a medical doctor from India taking their job away?  Is a migrant worker who earns a living picking produce taking their job away?  Is the very fact that someone worships another “god” making their “god” smaller?  Does a different skin tone change their skin tone?  Does the love that someone has for another person change the love they have for their loved ones?  What difference does it make?  I just don’t get it.

I’ve heard all the “arguments” that people try to use to defend their hatred, and seriously they are simply and completely flawed.  Not to mention illogical.  I simply cannot imagine ever having the time or the inclination to stick my nose into something that is just not my business.  If you understand this, please explain it to me.

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What’s Wrong with being a Social Justice Warrior?

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I have to admit that I’m extremely confused here.  A few months ago, I started to see strange memes on Instagram which were all very anti-social justice warriors.  Since A, I had no clue as to what this is, and B, it looked like typical back-lash to me, I decided to finally look up the whole thing.  This is what I found:

“‘Social justice warrior’ (commonly abbreviated SJW) is a pejorative term for an individual promoting socially progressive views,[1] including feminism,[1][2] civil rights,[1] multiculturalism,[1] and identity politics.[3] The accusation of being an SJW carries implications of pursuing personal validation rather than any deep-seated conviction,[4] and being engaged in disingenuous social justice arguments or activism to raise personal reputation, also known as virtue signalling.[5]

The phrase originated in the late 20th century as a neutral or positive term for people engaged in social justice activism.[1] In 2011 when the term first appeared on Twitter it changed from a primarily positive term to an overwhelmingly negative one.[1] During the Gamergate controversy, the negative connotation gained increased use, and was particularly aimed at those espousing views adhering to social liberalism, cultural inclusiveness, or feminism, as well as views deemed to be politically correct.[1][2]

The term has entered popular culture, including a parody role-playing video game released in 2014 titled Social Justice Warriors.[6][7][8]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice_warrior

WOW!  So, other people presume they know what these individuals think and feel, and ridicule them for supposedly trying to improve their own social standing through fighting for the rights of minorities.  Cool.  Apparently working for others isn’t really a thing anymore.  I mean, seriously, if you believe this, then all the people who work at places like:  soup kitchens, food pantries, for United Services, NAFI, Habitat for Humanity and the like, are really only volunteering in order to make themselves “look good”.  Of course, oftentimes others go to help out in the aftermath of a hurricane or tornado.  So, these people also are only working in such a way to make themselves look good.

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This, of course, is an attack on human and civil rights.  In this way of thinking, no one really believes in helping others, they only do it to make themselves look better.  Apparently, we’re just a collection of individuals who couldn’t care less about each other and only want to inflate our own egos.  According to this logic, the following individuals really didn’t want to change anything, their motivation was to “look good”:  Jane Adams (better housing for the poor, founding member of NAACP); Louis Brandeis (defended labor laws, etc.); Florence Kelley (fought against child labor); John Dewey (founder of NAACP, fought for freedom of ideas, etc.); Eleanor Roosevelt (advocated for worker’s and civil rights, etc.).  I could go on and on, however, I’ll stop here.  Many of the individuals who have worked for social justice have done so at their own peril.  As it is, many people are arrested every day advocating for social justice.  Yet, the logic of those who denigrate social justice warriors is that they only do so for their own social advancement.  This is said in order to negate any good that comes out of working for the poor, downtrodden, and ignored in society.  After all, if you’ve got yours, why bother helping others?

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So, my take-away from this whole thing?  I feel sorry for those with this kind of belief system.  To spend your life making fun of others whose purpose is to make life better for everyone is just sad.  Too sad.

 

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/10/07/why-social-justice-warrior-a-gamergate-insult-is-now-a-dictionary-entry/?utm_term=.3ebc48e08622

 

The War on Women Part 4B – The Pink Tax in Social Issues Sereies

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I actually wanted to start out this part with a personal story.  When I was seven years old I was given three paper routes by our paperboy.  These routes included one morning paper and two afternoon papers.  I’m sure that this story would raise some eyebrows since I was only seven, however I was the scrappiest seven year old tomboy you’ve ever seen.  I fought with the boys, ran faster and longer than the boys and could climb a tree faster than any of them.  I basically was a boy.  Since I had these paper routes my parents decided that I would have to buy my own clothes.  The first time I went shopping I gravitated to the boys section because they had much more colorful and exciting underpants.  I wanted the Spider-man and Superman undies.  When my Mother brought me over the girl’s underwear, I looked at the prices, (I was a burgeoning tight-wad) and discovered that the boy’s underwear was much cheaper.  I was sold!  From then on, until I was in college (and beyond) I wore boy’s undies, pants and shirts.  The prices were less, they fit fine and no one could tell – or if they could I didn’t care.  I worked hard for my money and I wasn’t going to pay more just because I was a girl.  This, at age seven was my introduction to the “pink tax”.  Prices are higher simply because I’m female.

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I know that some people claim there is no “pink tax” and that the idea of one is “all in our heads” (this is simply a perpetration of all the other things that are “all in our heads”), however one only has to do a little research and it is revealed to be a real thing!

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In studies comparing the price of women’s products compared to the exact same product marketed to men, there was a price difference with the women’s products selling for a higher price (razors, deodorant, shaving cream and clothing).  Women also pay tax on staples of necessities such as menstruation products (hardly a “luxury”) and some over the counter drugs that are marketed to women.  Other products such as diapers are also taxed.

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The insidious problem of the “pink tax” is the fact that not only do women pay more for products, but they also get paid less.  This of course leaves us with even less money at the end of the day.

What are your thoughts on this subject?  Do you have a story regarding the “pink tax” that you’d like to share with the rest of us?  How has this affected your bottom line (so to speak)?

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2016-02-17/the-pink-tax-why-womens-products-often-cost-more

http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/03/news/female-male-products-pricing-boots/

http://money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/pf/taxes/tampon-tax/index.html?iid=EL