Do not teach your daughters to be ‘pretty.’
Do not entomb her in a pretty pink tower
and insist that only the degree of her physical appeal
may set her free.
Teach her to fight her way out,
to consume books and spit knowledge
to lesser boys who insist she is just beautiful
and nothing more.
Teach her to love her body
not to manipulate and put a price tag on herself
as a defined worth
she shall be immeasurable
she shall be more than this.
Do not let her break herself down
when the boy in kindergarden hits her
because he likes her.
What are you really teaching her?
Pain and love are not synonymous
neither are pretty and perfection.
Teach her to be kind
to be harsh
to be demure
to be wild
to be sensitive
to be thick-skinned
But good god,
Do not teach your daughters to be ‘pretty.’"
Faces of school shooters
Look at all the white faces without the label of terrorist under their pictures!
Where are the derogatory slurs that make the crimes a result of their race/culture?
Where are the think pieces that make their “strange/foreign” religion a key factor in their decision?
This reminds me of something I saw recently that really, really bothered me. The Cracked columnists have said some insightful things before, and the two guys who wrote this column about guns are smart dudes. But here’s a line from it, about how we can’t profile school shooters (other than they’re probably male teenagers):
"So here’s the bizarre, horrifying truth: There is no "typical" school shooter profile."
Uh… no. There’s a profile. He’s male, yes, and also white. There have been one or two who were non-white (the Virginia Tech shooter, for instance), but they’re overwhelmingly white. This is an example of how people see male, particularly white and male, as the “default setting” in society. If every school shooter had been a young woman, that would be a commonly accepted profile for all school shooters. If every school shooter had been Middle Eastern or Black or any other non-white male, that would be a profile. But white and male? We just can’t know! There is no profile!
Look at those faces up there. That is the “typical” school shooter: a young, disgruntled white man. The next time someone tells you that they think it’s OK for the NYPD to stop and frisk Black and brown men, or that it’s “just logic” to search Muslim people at the airport, ask them if they think all white boys should have to go through a metal detector before going to school in the morning. Or whether there should be a law against white men owning guns. Fair’s fair, right?