Popular author J.K. Rowling is under fire this week for anti-trans tweets she's posted, and it turns out that this isn't even new behavior for the Harry Potter creator. Search and it's easy to find multiple incidences where Rowling has demonstrated similar anti-trans values that are heartbreaking for her community, to say the least.
Everyone freaking out over Lizzo twerking during a Lakers game needs to take Taylor Swift's advice and calm down. You saw her butt cheeks? Wow, we've been seeing cheerleader butt cheeks for years and years. You think it's terrible for the children? I sure hope you also think that violence in video games, violence in the NFL and our racist, xenophobic president are also terrible for the children. Do you complain about those things as well? Or is this just because Lizzo is
For a little while, it felt like we heard about a new predator every day during the beginnings of the #metoo movement, but we all know that none of this was new. Just as everything from xenophobia to racism has become easier to see by the light of social media, so too has sexism and violence against women. We also know that none of these cases exist within a void, and that somewhere along the line someone helped cover up happenings to protect not only celebrities but themselves--and in many cases, many someones.
If you haven't heard about Pia Klemp, the German ship captain who made the news recently for rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, you may be awed by this vegan freedom fighting Sea Watch International and Sea Shepherd member. She may be my new hero, but she doesn't want to be.
It's beginning to feel as if the news is so terrible and disheartening on a daily basis that there's just nothing we can do anymore but watch the world burn.
Lapis Lazuli, it turns out, used to be super valuable in Afghanistan--it was like gold and used in a similar fashion.
It seems weird that comedians should be awarded Grammy Awards in the first place. Maybe they should have their own comedian awards rather than being awarded just because they had an album made of their jokes and talking. I LOVE comedy, I love some comedians very much, but Grammys are supposed to be for music, right? If not, could anyone who read an audiobook or any politician who made a speech that was recorded also get a Grammy?
While popular scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has finally addressed the accusations of sexual harrasment and assault against him publicly after being accused years ago and, more recently, accused by multiple women, and many people find his accounts moving and refreshing since he's apologized for some of his behavior in a less condescending way than other men have, others are finding his remarks quite problematic.
Malawi tribal chief Theresa Kachindamoto is an incredible inspiration. The woman, fed up with all of the child marriages ruining so many lives of the local girls in Central Malawi, took a stand and just opened up communication with the girls' parents in order to protect them from child marriage. She explained to them what better chances their daughters could have in live if, instead of marrying so young, they were given the opportunity to finish school and use their education for a good job. She's saved at least 850 girls through her tireless efforts.
The #metoo campaign has been doing some great things for the national conversation about sex abuse and in the case of Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor who was just convicted on multiple accounts of sexual abuse, it's also helped achieve justice where its due, which also helps prevent predators from hurting more people. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina had no reservations sentencing him "to his death" in jail for up to 175 years for his crimes.