The Kissing Sailor

On September 30, 2012 the Crates and Ribbons blog posted an excellent piece about “The kissing Sailor” and a follow up piece in response to all the comments the original post received. I highly recommend you read both blog posts as they offer something very important to ponder not only for American culture, but western culture and possibly even other cultures around the world that perpetuate ‘rape culture’ by making women secondary to men.

From The Kissing Sailor, Part 2:

“Our living in a rape culture doesn’t mean that everyone thinks rape is fantastic. What it does mean is a culture where rape and other forms of sexual violence are normalised, to be expected. It’s a culture where attitudes towards women’s bodies and attitudes towards perpetrators combine to tolerate and condone sexual violence, even while we pay lip service to the monstrosity of rape. It’s a culture where victims are criticised for their choice of clothing, their behaviour, and their sexual freedom, as though they are partly to blame for their fate. It’s a culture where women’s bodies are public property; they undergo scrutiny in the media, and weight gain in female celebrities like Christina Aguilera or Lady Gaga seems like a justification to hurl abuse at them. And the fact that Greta’s comments were given no attention in the news articles is certainly a manifestation of rape culture, contributing to and reflecting it.

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I’m sorry that the term ‘rape culture’ makes people uncomfortable. But perhaps it’s time we stopped being comfortable. After all, it is when we start to acknowledge that society isn’t as perfect as we thought it was, that progress can be made.”

 

The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture”

and the follow up piece from October 5, 2012:

The Kissing Sailor, Part 2 – Debunking Misconceptions

 

 

Lessons from a 90-year-old

Oh my!! I feel after reading this that I could change the whole plan of my blog, as if there truly is a plan and respond to each one of these little lessons. I just might to be honest with you, yet that might also take away from its ultimate truth. This is a brilliant list, hence why it has been re-blogged and has many “likes”. I think this is true no matter where you live or what you do (or don’t do). I found this by clicking through the blogging community, clicking through, discovering and reading others words and inspirations. Once again I find reason to love this place, the blogsphere. It has so much to share!!

Feeling inspired

Today, I would like to honor another blog I follow, among the many. This one is by Safa Sofia. She is an exchange instructor at Universität Trier and has been writing about her experience thus far. In her most recent post she is apologetic about not posting to her friends and family in a while, but claims that she has been living simply, trying to save money, be a genuine friend and partner and be an effective educator all while looking for a full-time position within Europe while navigating the cultural differences between the US and Germany. Continue reading

I often feel like this since I started blogging. This is a funny thing. When I started blogging, it was to have release and to find purpose, or rather to direct my purpose in a more focused way. For the past six months I have writing my blog and am constantly amazed and interested in what people respond to, frequently feeling similarly to ‘Sweetmother’ here! The more I write and the more I read both online and in books, the more I realize falls under the point of my blog. The more I read online, the more I want to write. The more I dive deeper into my adopted culture, the more I want to write. I love this new (to me) world, I love to see how it is evolving and how I evolve because of it too.

Sweet Mother

The below is a list of what happens in my brain for the next 31 minutes after I hit “publish” each and everyday.  Note:  I only have about 1 original thought per minute, the other thoughts within that minute are variations of the original-thesis thought for that correpsonding minute.

 

Min 1:  “Did my post suck today?  It’s been a minute and there is only one “like”.  Maybe it sucked.”

 

Min 2:  “It’s Sunday, people don’t read very many blogs on Sunday, that’s a low-views day according to my stats.”

 

Min 3:  “Oh, wait, it’s Monday.  Okay, that is also a low-views day – so is Tuesday and Wednesday and hold on…”

 

Min 4:  “I should’ve written about my Mom.  People like it when I write about my Mom or my Wifesy.”

 

Min 5:  “I don’t think I should’ve capitalized Mom in that last minute…

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