I know! I had a hard time not choking up when I saw this.
You are never too old, too successful, or too busy to help someone without expecting anything in return.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the defunding of NASA.
Its so true though
I was at a party at a friend’s house when the topic of education came up among six of us while on the lanai. I listened to to conversation and after awhile it turned to tenure. As the only educator in the group I listened as the misinformation about tenure being job security for…
So last night on Twitter, an administrator I used to work with posted something negative about teacher tenure, and I asked what his problem with it was since, as a teacher, I worry about attempts to strip away my due process should i lose my job. During our Twitter conversation, he said that…
50 Shades of Grey was originally fanfiction based on the Twilight series, which was then published as a novel (along with 2 subsequent books). It sold over 100 million copies around the world and topped best-seller lists everywhere. It’s about to be adapted into a film, set to come out early next year.
It follows a college student named Ana Steele, who enters a relationship with a man named Christian Grey and is then introduced to a bastardised and abusive parody of BDSM culture.
While the book is paraded as erotica, the relationship between Ana and Christian is far from healthy. The core mantra of the BDSM community is “safe, sane and consensual”, and 50 Shades is anything but. None of the rules of BDSM practices (which are put in place to protect those involved) are actually upheld. Christian is controlling, manipulative, abusive, takes complete advantage of Ana, ignores safe-words, ignores consent, keeps her uneducated about the sexual practices they’re taking part in, and a multitude of other terrible things. Their relationship is completely sickening and unhealthy.
Basically, “the book is a glaring glamorisation of violence against women,” as Amy Bonomi so perfectly put it.
It’s terrible enough that a book like this has been absorbed by people worldwide. Now, we have a film that is expected to be a huge box-office success, and will likely convince countless more young women that it’s okay not to have any autonomy in a relationship, that a man is allowed to control them entirely. It will also show many young men that women are theirs to play with and dominate, thus contributing to antiquated patriarchal values and rape culture.
This is a very tactful, succinct summary of the problems with 50 Shades.
Have you seen this meme going around Facebook? It is quite popular and has a gizillion “Likes.” I saw it on a few of my friends feeds, and it got me wondering if indeed the sentiment was true. Let’s think about it for a second:
The quote is: “In 100 years we have gone from teaching Latin and…
Okay, so same administrator has posted this twice today (addressed to “fellow educators” and “teachers” separately : “We’re in [an] industry that hasn’t changed in past 50 years, we need to do for us what Uber did for [the] Taxis industry!”
And I’m just like:
I’ve only taught for six years…