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.
Q: How many male novelists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: He lit a cigarette. His glass of whiskey lit a cigarette too. “I can only truly love my best friend,” he said, “but not in a gay way. Women wouldn’t understand it. They’re too gay.” Both of the cigarettes agreed.
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NEVER OVER “The terrible sex had made him feel deeply interesting, like a murder victim.”
You cannot say that you like Pocahontas. The genocide of my people is turned into a cartoon musical with a singing raccoon? I mean, think about it, dawg, the real story of Pocahontas is about a bunch of white boys who come to my land, bribe the corrupt indian chief, kill off all the warriors and fuck the indian princess silly.
“There’s a form of mental torture called “gaslighting,” its name taken from a play in which a man convinces his wife that the gas lights in their home she sees brightening and dimming are, in fact, maintaining a steady glow. His ultimate goal is to drive her…
Video on msnbc.com: History teacher Jesse Hagopian from Seattle talks during Education Nation’s Teacher Town Hall about standardized tests and “reframing the purpose of education.”
Jesse Hagopian, a Seattle high school teacher, has been getting national attention for his message that standardized testing is hurting our students and our future. I’ve been watching Jesse work up to this for years - he’s a brilliant speaker and a tireless activist and just generally a great guy to hang out with.
Check out this video of him totally killing it on NBC’s “Education Nation”, and if you’re interested in teaching or the future of education or what it’s going to take to raise a world of kids that are going to save the world, check out his blog, I Am An Educator: http://iamaneducator.com/ .
A tough Wyoming cowboy who just happens to like blouses
Sissy Goodwin isn’t gay; he’s been married for 45 years and has two adult children. As a young man, he was a rodeo cowboy who rode bulls bareback, a free spirit who never shied away from a fistfight. The former aircraft mechanic loves to drink beer, play golf, throw steaks on the grill.
What sets him apart, he says, is what he calls gender independence: He just likes to do most things in a dress.
A resilient guy living it out in Wyoming, a state he refers to as “the Mississippi of the West” for its disposition toward him, Goodwin has been beaten, arrested and glared at for years - but he continues his defiant dressing habits to this day.
Photos: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
This weekend, do you.
and never stop.
Fucking amazing. This is the shit that really gets me, beyond non-normative gender associations due to sexual preference or gender identification. This guy makes it even more clear that aesthetics have NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDER OR SEXUALITY. If you’re a man who likes single-piece clothing with no legs, or if you like yellow, or lace, it doesn’t mean you’re gay or you want to be a woman. It just means you have an aesthetic preference. Now, of course, it may be part of being gay or transgendered, but it doesn’t have to be.