"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
"With a set of chopsticks in her hands and a Tibetan prayer spilling from her lips, Gelazomo, a 32-year-old yak herder, hunched over the rocky banks of the river that cuts through this city and hunted for the quarry that she hoped would bring salvation.
Every few minutes, she would tease out a tiny river shrimp that had become stranded in the mud, and then dropping it into a bucket of water. Beside her, dozens of other Tibetans toiled in the noonday sun, among them small children and old people who, from afar, appeared to be panning for gold.
'Buddha has taught us that treating others with love and compassion is the right thing to do, no matter how tiny that life is,' she explained, as the newly revived crustaceans darted through the water of her bucket.”
For more, see Andrew Jacobs, “In Scarred Tibetan City, Devotion to the Sanctity of Life,” New York Times (25 July 2014)
Image: Gilles Sabrie for the New York Times
This Actually (Should Have) Happened
- (Actual behind-the-scenes from LUCY.)
- MORGAN FREEMAN: It has been estimated that human beings only use 100% of their brains.
- LUC BESSON: CUT! Mister Freeman, it says 10%.
- MORGAN FREEMAN: But... that's ridiculous. Nobody still believes that.
- LUC BESSON: The script says 10%.
- MORGAN FREEMAN: I'm not sure I can sell that line. I rather doubt anyone can sell that line. Perhaps 90%, but ten?
- LUC BESSON: How's this? Your pay goes up by 10% for every 10% below 100% you're able to sell me.
- MORGAN FREEMAN: ...
- LUC BESSON: I'm serious.
- MORGAN FREEMAN: It has been estimated, and subsequently proven through rigorous experimentation, that human beings use NEGATIVE ONE THOUSAND PERCENT of their brains...
- (Taken from Howard Taylor's Schlock Mercenary <http: //www.schlockmercenary.com/blog/lucy-spoof-behind-the-sces> )