Oct. 7th, 2010

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This has nothing to do with this post. But just remember, you're probably not going to have as bad a day as the guy who caused that much damage to a golf cart.

I haven’t always been a stay at home mom. For the first two or so years of the Oldest Kidlet’s life, I worked in advertising. My job was not nearly as interesting as Mad Men. There were those who drank too much, clients who asked for one thing and detested it when we delivered… but you know, everything’s more interesting when the women wear pearls and men wear three piece suits.

The Oldest Kidlet went to daycare for about a year of that time. While he was pretty darn healthy, I was sick more that year than I’d ever been. Now that he’s in preschool, it’s the same story. He had a cold, which he gave to his brother. They’re both over it (though I think the Oldest one is getting sick again), but both TheBoy and I are fighting off something. Fun times.

It’s supposed to be a warmer day than yesterday. The skies are blue and there isn’t a gray cloud in sight. However, it’s freezing in this house. I will say this- if the house cools overnight, it keeps it cool until the afternoon. Which is great during the summer and on those odd hot days we get the rest of the year- but right now I just want to wear a parka and snuggle up with the little guy.

A couple quick things- there’s another meme going around Facebook where women were urged to that they “like it on” and then put where they like to keep their purse in order to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Honestly, I’m all for more layers of awareness, even if they’re somewhat passive. Plus, I’m a sucker for innuendo. So sorry people, I don’t like doing THAT on the dining room table- it’s just where I keep my purse.

Anyways, breast cancer awareness. The meme doesn’t really raise much awareness- though I’ve been happy to see women who’ve added reminders to get mammograms to the message, and one woman who shared a whole list of products that contribute to breast cancer research. So apparently, it’s enough to get some people thinking- which is great.

So women, get mammograms and do your monthly checks. MEN. Become better educated. One of the cancers with a high mortality rate among men is breast cancer- which, while rare, is something that men don’t think to check for. So when it’s caught, it can sometimes be too late.

Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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The internet has changed the way we do everything. We have fancy phones that let us stay connected with the world- even beyond how connected text messaging made us.

Right now there is an epidemic of teen suicides because of bullying. In very recent times, 4 teenagers killed themselves because they were bullied about being gay. But there have been plenty of high profile teen suicides that were linked to bullying in general. Remember the girl who killed herself after a woman created a fake MySpace profile to torture the girl with? While the woman was arrested, there wasn’t really anything that she could be charged with that actually fit the crime.

Once upon a time, if someone was bullied, they had an escape. Odds were pretty good that they could count their home as a safe haven, so that no matter how bad things were at school, they could distance themselves. Not only that, since the bullying likely took place on school grounds, school administrations were able to get involved.

But now, bullying takes place through the internet and texting as well as on campus. Even if school administrators get the bullying to stop on campus, there’s no way to stop it on the internet. Which means that nowhere is safe for the victim- they could be bullied right in their home.

I’m enjoying the It Gets Better project, which is geared towards GLBTQ teens who are bullied. But realistically, as a society we need to recognize that things have changed about our world. We need to educate little kids about bullying and teach them to protect each other, and that it’s good to report it if you see someone being bullied- even if it’s on the internet. We need to figure out how to deal with online bullying, so that somehow people are held accountable.

Children learn from watching us. You might not realize the things you say, but it makes an impression on them. The harder that some fight to make gay Americans legally second class citizens- saying they’re unfit to serve in the military and that they shouldn’t be able to marry… kids will wonder if gay people are actually bad people. If we let them say that something is “gay” when they mean that it’s lame, we’re reaffirming that gay = bad. If we don’t teach them that fag is just as bad as a racial epithet… they’re not going to understand why they hurt someone when they use it.

With as divided as the nation is getting, this has to have an effect on our kids. They might start wondering if being a Republican or a Democrat makes you better than another political party, if the color of your skin really does determine whether or not you’re a threat, or if something like your sexual preference makes you less of a person.

Two showtunes that are worth a listen. “Carefully Taught” from South Pacific and “Children Will Listen” from Into the Woods. Both excellent reminders that hate is taught, and that children watch and listen.

Originally published at American Whitney. You can comment here or there.

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