Good luck affording a place to live. Forget being able to fucking eat “healthy” like you’re “supposed to” (aka, morally obligated to).
Do you really believe that anyone DESERVES to be in this sitution? Do you still think they’re “lazy”? 15 Now is just the beginning.
what you think won’t.
what you don’t think will.
Today in labor history, August 13, 1936: 35 journalists at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer walk off the job to protest the firing of two colleagues for joining the American Newspaper Guild. The P-I was forced to suspend publication and the striking employees began publishing their own newspaper, The Guild Daily, which reached a circulation of 60,000 copies a day. The strike was one of the first significant and successful strikes by white collar workers in the U.S. ended in a victory in late November when the newspaper settled with the Guild.
Q:Wow, what a shitty blog. Not only do you upload pictures of men without their permission (which, while legal, is more disrespectful than spreading your legs a bit on a train could ever be) but you also prove that third-wave feminism is undoubtably a joke with it. Out of all the problems in the world that this blog could have been about, it became a catalog of dudes spreading their legs while sitting. Wow, fuck patriarchy! These poor oppressed women that have to feel a knee against them!
Wow, what a shitty blog [not a bad start]. Not only do you upload pictures of men without their permission (which [a not-only-but-also construction unfolding a parenthetical subordinate clause—looks like we have a pro on our hands], while legal [this is an interesting bid for credibility], is more disrespectful than spreading your legs a bit [an understatement that’s more convincing because it’s enfolded] on a train could ever be) but you also prove that third-wave [almost no one can correctly hyphenate a compound modifier—props for this] feminism [this is a bit elliptical, no? are you saying I should pursue a fourth wave or, like, refocus on universal suffrage?] is undoubtably [spelling] a joke with it [man, almost, but a prepositional phrase that repeats the subject at the end of the sentence definitely makes it looks like the structure you chose was a little much for you]. Out of all the problems in the world that this blog could have been about [“a blog” would have been a bit stronger here, since if it were focused on a different problem it wouldn’t be “this” blog], it became [in what sense did it “become”? I think you’re writing from an idea that bloggers start by opening the Tumblr template page then asking themselves what the main problem in the world is] a catalog of dudes spreading their legs while sitting [your prose is fine but its edge is a little dull, and in combination with your bitterness leaves me with a portrait of a person with intelligence who is unable to create—am I right?]. Wow, fuck patriarchy [I totally am right—you’re the one with a blog of gifs and nature photos, whose tagline says “this website is fucking retarded lol bye,” a statement I think you believe, ironized a little by your participation in “bye”—are you okay?]! These poor oppressed women that have to feel a knee against them! [I’ve never seen a .vu address like yours before—apparently that’s from Vanatu, huh, interesting]
SLOW CLAP WIN.
Low Wage Workers React To Fast Food Strike
Posting some screenshots of these brilliant retweets by chrisjoonior (@chrisjoonior on Twitter).
Context: Apparently some fast food workers are striking for the $15 minimum wage that Seattle has recently sort of agreed to trying to achieve over a few years.
Assessment: It blows my mind how deep the Individualist American Protestant Ethic shit goes, even to the point of people holding clearly contradictory perspectives.
The general response to the idea of lower wage workers getting paid more is entirely disturbing. Most people seem to immediately focus on whether or not this group of people as a whole DESERVES to be paid more. How it will affect the economy, the pay of other workers, or their live is a moot point here (and an ongoing debate I’m not about to touch right now). What bothers me is that the first reaction is disdain. The assumption that “these people” don’t DESERVE to be paid more.
People who respond this way are operating on a few shitty beliefs:
- That lower wage workers earn less because they are less intelligent and less hard-working.
- That lower wage workers are less intelligent and less hard working as a choice.
- That anyone who is not hard working is undeserving of basic survival.
Truth is, the circumstances that determine one’s job and thus their income are many and complex. Factors like institutionalize racism, mental and physical health, community and family, and of course being born into poverty are all factors that most people cannot simply will themselves out of.
The sentiment that we are not all in this together and that we should instead point fingers at those who are getting “more than they deserve” like it’s some kind of witch hunt is entirely fucked up.
Everyone is working hard. Anyone who is not is likely under severe mental or physical stress and could use some help. Everyone deserves to survive without struggle. EVERYONE.
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Btw, as usual, I’m not trying to shame anyone here. I’m not saying these guys are hypocritical idiots and deserve ridicule. Simply doing what Chris Jr. was doing when he retweeted these - pointing out some potentially contradictory and certainly concerning beliefs that many people have. It’s unfortunate, and I hope we can all learn to work to raise ourselves up TOGETHER.