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Alright. For whatever reason, many people have been expecting me to post about the newly signed bill about Health Care Reform (I’ve already written one, here: A Response. This past Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed a revolutionary health care bill into law. This bill would increase coverage to several million people and would force health care providers to adhere to various regulations as set by the 50 different markets that will be developed by this health care reform. Why we are walking backwards into a country that is no longer united, I do not know. Perhaps it is because the federal government is too terrified to make a solid decision on abortion (the Democratic party is united… united so long as no controversial topics come up). Perhaps it is because America is incapable of learning from past mistakes.

Other noteworthy comments about the bill:

  • No Republican voted for the bill (in either House or Congress)
  • The bill passed by 7 votes.
  • People who refuse Health Care or take health care that is not accepted will be fined.
  • Of all the bills that have been introduced to reform health care, this is the hardest one for me to find online. It took me 2 hours to simply find it. What the hell. The name (the actual name of the bill) has changed enough times that keeping track of it is nearly pointless.
  • Hopefully people who have been following the bill(s) now understands how a bill is passed. Perhaps the one good thing about this bill is that it encouraged people to understand how bills are passed into law (although I’m more convinced that people just gave up).

But what I really wanted to talk about was not the health care bill. Today, I want to talk about this ridiculous obsession about the health care reform bill. There are other bills out there that the Houses have to vote on and there is other news out there. Instead, we spent all our time concentrating on this one bill, which well all knew was going to pass whether we liked it or not because the Democrats have an obscene majority in the House and the Senate. Democrats who are touting it off as a new revolutionary bill that is the equivalent to the Social Security Act clearly have not seen how Social Security has been driving our financial standing into the ground and also clearly haven’t taken a serious look at the cost of the bill. (Either that, or they just simply believe every word that the Democratic Party says.) It’s also pretty ridiculous to claim that there have been immediate economic consequences (negative or positive) since it was signed into law on TUESDAY. Any change is simply a result of people’s reactions to the bill, not the bill itself.
Republicans who are too pigheaded to see that we need health care reform are equally ignorant. At least the Democratic party is making efforts to improve our health care situation. The Democratic Party at least made several attempts to include things that the Republican party wanted, while the Republican party has done nothing to try and create reform. The non-bipartisanship of this law is not the whole fault of the Democrats, who have made continual attempts to appease the Republicans.

And it’s this drama that keeps the Health Care Reform bill/law in the news. Rather than concentrating on things we can change and things that are equally important, we default back into Health Care Reform.

Below is a list of bills and laws that are equally important and are greatly ignored by mainstream America.

  • S.773 – Cybersecurity Act of 2009 – Creates a Cybersecurity Advisory Panel and allows the Department of Commerce to act as a Clearinghouse. There also a mention of a scholarship in there for students who are interested in going into cyber security, and ideas for competitions that students can enter.
  • H.R.2847 – Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE) – Signed into law on March 18, 2010. Reallocates money into House of Commerce and Transportation agencies. Also creates new incentives for hiring unemployed workers.
  • H.R.4213 – American Workers, State, and Business Relief Act of 2010 – Passed both the House and amended by the Senate (must be re-passed with the new changes by the House). It extends the current deadline to file for certain unemployment benefits. In total, the bill will cost $140 billion dollars, with NO plan to make up the money in any other way (at least the Health Care Bill[s] had various plans, although weak, to make up the lost revenue over a long period of time). [Credits to jmflora for catching my mistake]
  • H.R.3221 – Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 – Reallocates money from the Stafford loans and from programs that allow for government subsidies to support private company loans to put into the Pell Grant program. Increases money to advertising science, math and technology fields to Hispanics and Blacks (aka: more scholarship money for them).
  • S.1733 – Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (what is it with candidates for President who lost putting out bills on energy reform?) – Introduced by Senator John Kerry. Creates a nation-wide cap-and-trade program that would promote decreased greenhouse gas emissions.
  • H.R.1207 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 – Introduced by Ron Paul (the only Republican who supports this bill, mind you). Overhauls the current relationship between the Federal Reserve and the US Congress/US Treasury. Gives control to the Comptroller General, who will audit the Federal Reserve
  • H.R.226 – Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009 – Stops the FCC from reintroducing the Fairness Doctrine, which required news broadcasters to present opposing views on controversial issues (the Fairness Doctrine was abolished in 1987).
  • H.R.231 – The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 – Creates new labels warning parents about the dangers of certain video games. The warning would read such (for games with a rating of above T): “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior”
  • H.R.414 – Camera Phone Predator Alert Act – Requires that all phones with a camera make a sound (like a click-click camera sound) when taking a picture
  • .

I’m not asking for society to follow all the bills being passed in the US Government. Just please be aware that Health Care Reform is not the only be all end all of topics. It is certainly not the only one that is up for debate in the Houses.

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I know! I haven’t posted in a very long time. Things have been very busy for me. I ended up in the hospital about two weeks ago due to severe dehydration, mostly because I forgot that water is an essential part of the body! But, I do have a lot of things I want to talk about, and one of my meetings (Hall Council) was canceled, so I’ve suddenly found the time to rant a bit. I do have a lot of things I want to talk about, so hopefully I’ll be posting more, so I don’t keep forgetting to.

A week ago, my friend Bill and I decided to go to Wendy’s to pick up some baconators (yes, I can finish a baconator, but only if its a single). While we were there, we got into talking about American privileges, most of which are defined within our Bill of Rights (but we talked about other things, like American passports and such). I stated that most Americans generally undervalue their rights, while immigrants tend to cling onto them more because they may not have had them in their country of origin.

In any case, the conversation moved into several other topics (such as Final Fantasy). But, as we were talking about something totally different, the woman who sat across from us decided to stand up and face me. After overhearing our conversation, this is what she had to say (I wrote it down right after she left):

“I’m proud to be an American. I know my rights. You foreigners think they can just come in here and get all the privileges we Americans have.”

She then proceeded to say something about foreigners not understanding America and then proceeded to leave. Her husband (who didn’t say anything) hung around a little, went to the bathroom and left.

The statement itself was rather shocking, but highlights how ignorant people can be (and I’m not talking about her use of “you” and “them” in the same sentence) about their culture, privileges and political structure.

For one, she automatically assumed I was a foreigner. She did not make any contact with my friend, who was a white male, but proceeded to complain to me directly, because I was a foreigner who clearly did not understand America. For all she knows, I could have been a fifth generation Asian-American with a father who worked in county politics (which I’m not). But all of this would have been inconsequential, because I looked like a foreigner. This was more of a racial-generalization problem that I found personally aggravating because I happen not consider myself a foreigner.

My two major gripes with her statement were that:

1) She argues that foreigners take away American rights, because foreigners inherently need to be separated from the true Americans (perhaps she should look into being part of the Aryan brotherhood). Therefore, foreigners are inherently separated from the American culture and adding more foreigners takes away from the “true” American, as if there were people who were “truly American.” It makes me curious to see what she thinks about African-Americans. Are they “foreigners” or are they Americans? What about Hispanics? Or is she picking on Asians because we have small eyes?

Going further than that, it makes me wonder what she feels foreigners do deserve. Does she want to ship us all back and make America a 100% white, protestant country? What do “Americans” deserve? What does it mean to be “American” and does it have to do with race? If she wants to be really technical and go back to outdated times, many of our founding fathers wouldn’t have considered her an American, because she was a woman.

2) She clearly didn’t understand what American privileges I was talking about, because you can’t quite split up “Freedom of Speech” and other things. If another person enters a country, American does not take away another person’s freedom of speech and hand it to the new immigrant. In a monetary sense, then I suppose adding more people takes government money away from others, but she doesn’t have much of a right to talk, since I’m pretty sure she takes social security checks (and, judging from her age, Medicare) and probably gets more money from the government than a Fresh Off the Boat (FOB) 30 year old Asian man.

I wanted to ask her how much she really knew about American privileges. Does she know that 5 adults pay for every person on Social Security? Is she aware of how Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were developed? Does she know how our welfare state is organized?

Her comment really drove home the idea that Americans undervalue and disregard our privileges as, well, privileges. Because it is so ingrained that these “privileges” are human necessities, she and others like her forget that there are countries such as China, where free speech is just about non-existent, and France, where the burka may be banned because it poses a threat to their secular state. We often take for granted our freedom to speak out against the government and practice our religion. Often, we even take for granted our freedom to work hard so we can rise in economic status (because, yes, that is a freedom that some other states do not give to their citizens). Even I know that, in many situations, I undervalue the privileges I would not have in many other countries.

While I decided not to verbally fight against her, what she said to me was both hilarious and depressing in its sheer ignorance. Although I would like to think that there are not many others like her, it’s this lack of intelligence and humility that drove me to make my comment in the first place.

I wonder if she would have thought differently had she known I was a political science major.

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Hello everyone. I am on vacation, which is a rare chance for me. Currently, I am typing away from Florida, after an amazing visit to Disney World. If you have enough money and time on your hands, I encourage you to go. It was really quite amazing. But bring good shoes. I don’t think my feet will ever be the same again.

I also had a really spectacular New Years. It’s pretty funny, I left NYC for Orlando, and I spent my New Years Day watching the ball drop from NYC. Way to shove it in my face that NYC is great during the winter season.

Currently Reading: Out of My Mind by Andy Rooney
Currently Eating: Nothing
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew (MTN DEW)
Currently Listening To: A Girl Worth Fighting For (Mulan, Disney)
Currently Located: Florida
Current Mood: Childlike, giddy, relaxed, happy 😀

This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Orlando, Florida. And, as a result, I had the equally distinct pleasure of GOING TO DISNEY WORLD FOR THREE DAYS. It was particularly interesting because my last visit to Disney World was a family vacation. Disney world, as a theme park, is an especially popular place to take children on vacation, and it is rather interesting to see how parents interacted with their children. Everyone thinks of Disney World as the “happiest place on Earth.” After all, the park encourages you to smile till your face falls off. And yet, my memories of Disney World (and many other family vacations in areas that encourage family vacationing) are filled with bad memories.

The problem with most family vacations is that, although the parents intend on making it a vacation, parents also want to make the most out of their time by making sure their children sees everything! This results in a lot of running from sight to sight, rushing through food, complaining at someone when things go wrong, and getting into fights with other parents who are doing the same thing. Instead of taking the time as an actual vacation (you know, to relax), parents feel rushed to finish everything and make sure their children get to “do what their kids want to do,” even though their kids don’t know what they want to ride on, or see. As a result, the parents just try to do everything. And while we don’t know what kids want to do, we know what they don’t want to do: rush around and bump into things while their parents fight over what to do next.

Another problem with family vacations (and parenting as a while) is that parents like to use their children as a way to “extend” their dreams. Rather than the child living as an individual, the parent lives vicariously through their offspring (I’m sure plenty of you guys know THAT feeling). On a larger, lifestyle scale, this is when a parent forces a child to pick up an occupation that “I’ve always wanted to do as a child and never got to,” or when the parent makes the child attend a college of the parent’s choosing. On a smaller, theme park scale, this is when a parent drags a child to a ride because the parent really wants to go on it, or makes the child take pictures with characters that the child might not want to take pictures with (this was especially popular with my family, who forced both my brother and I to take pictures with every character that came within vision). The child gets really frustrated, because s/he doesn’t want to do all these crazy (and possibly scary) things, and the parents get frustrated because they thought that’s what the kid wanted to do (“because that’s what I always wanted to do as a kid”) and the action resulted in more stress and more crazy/upset children.

This leaves the family with a rather unpleasant vacation, full of dragging, screaming, crying and unhappy memories. Another family vacation, ruined.

In hindsight, I realize that a lot of this stuff could have been avoided by taking me on vacation to places at a slightly older age, and to places that actually had stuff to do. Families that brought their children when they were older (and not between the ages of 2 and 6) avoided the hassle of using strollers (there was a ton of “stroller parking lots” in Disney World) and encouraged a family-vacation atmosphere by allowing their kids to choose what they wanted to do (because kids were able to make decisions on their own by that point). Children were able to vocalize when they were doing things too fast, or when they didn’t want to go on a particularly scary ride (this doesn’t actually mean that the parents listened…. another major problem with family vacations). Children were also able to better appreciate areas like Epcot that were geared towards a slightly older audience, and they had a slightly better patience for long lines.

The nice part about Disney World is that some parts are geared towards a younger audience. Even in a park such as MGM Hollywood Studios (where there were increased thrill rides and older-movie references), there were places that were specifically geared towards the younger audience. In other family vacationing spots, such as a city like San Fransisco or Washington DC, there is a lot more stress with regards to planning to do everything and a lot more of those “things” are adult-oriented. I wonder what family vacations are like in New York City, with parents dragging their kids to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the tons of museums, all the while having to deal with their kids whining about the walk and trying to understand the rather confusing subway system (I don’t think it’s really that confusing, but I’m sure that’s just because I’ve lived there the majority of my life). The worst tourists to deal with in the city are the family vacationers, since the parents are in a continual state of stress and anxiety, and the kids are always complaining and screaming.

With all the stress that comes with “I need my kid to see the world,” it’s no wonder that every child always wants to go on vacation with their friends, rather than with their crazy parents.

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Hello everyone,

I hope you all are having a splendid and wonderful winter season. There hasn’t been a lot of snow up here, but it has been rather windy (and chilly as all fuck), so we get all the crummy cold weather without the actual fun snow stuff.

I’ve been working hard in actually doing well for my classes. Finals are coming up (which also means winter break is coming up, hurray), so I’ve been stressing about upcoming exams, presentations and papers. Next week will be my “finals week,” so apologies in advanced if I do not come up with some magical post. As much as I love writing here (and I assure you, I do), I’d really like to pass my classes. That’d really be awesome.

Other than that, things have been kinda slow. It’s sort of “the calm before the storm” so I’ve been taking advantage of the time by… cramming for exams. So much for calm before the storm.

Currently Reading: An assortment of books on Kabuki Theatre
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew
Currently Watching: Mononoke (subbed)
Current Mood: Tired. I can’t wait for winter break. I really can’t wait for winter break.

A couple days ago, I started (and finished) watching an anime called Toshokan Sensō (English Translation: Library Wars). The anime is situation in an alternate-universe Japan where a law called “The Media Betterment Act” allows censorship of various books to protect the Japanese public from “harmful media.” Through the Media Betterment Act (MBA), the government is allowed to use force (sometimes excessive) to censor media that is deemed harmful and to suppress the freedom of media/speech/expression. During the same year, however, the government developed the “Freedom of Libraries Law” (a far less known law) that protects libraries from prosecution from the MBA and allows for limited freedom of expression (through media). Out of this law, The Library Defense Force is created to protect the freedom of media by backing up copies of limited books, opening public libraries (that are free from MBA control) and aiding in the protection of books by preventing book burnings and helping transfer books from one library to another. Their jurisdiction, however, is limited only to libraries, and they are not government funded like Media Betterment Troops.

But this post is not supposed to be a review of the anime (which, by the way is very good; I highly suggest it to anyone who has a couple hours to kill). A lot of the anime has to do with allowing us the freedom to express ourselves and making sure the audience realizes that we shouldn’t take things like that for granted. Because we live in a society that expects the freedom of speech and press, we tend to take it for granted. Having the freedom to say, do, write and act as you want (so long as it isn’t detrimental to yourself or others), is a powerful resource. By taking it for granted, the American public has allowed the integrity of expression to fall to the wayside. Instead of using it as a tool to propel progressive thinking and new ideas, the freedom to express one’s beliefs has become a defense mechanism to protect disorganized thoughts and biased opinions, as if they were fact.

And it is because we take the freedom of expression for granted that we are unable to see the importance in our words and actions, especially with regards to expressing our beliefs. We don’t see the importance in our words, because we are free to say what we want. But we should realize that, by being able to say what we want, we are opening ourselves to a community that has as much right as we do to respond and counter-argue. It also means that we should own up and take responsibility for our words and expressions, and we should put more thought into what we’re actually expressing, saying or writing.

But the opposite has happened. Instead, we use the freedom to express as an excuse to say and do as we want. The freedom to express doesn’t mean that any moron can blabber their head off to the rest of society, and it certainly does not mean he (or she) is right, and it has never (and should never) be used as a tool for poorly written ideas and work. It ruins the integrity of innovative fields, fills the world with poorly written ideas and works and destroys the meaning of “Freedom of Expression.”

Is it so much to ask for people to think before they project their opinions, thoughts and comments to the rest of society? It is so much for people to consider their actions, or put a little effort into properly expressing themselves? Apparently so, because I’m sure there would be a barrage of people who will complain that they have every right to say that people can say what they want because they have the freedom of expression on their side.

Yes, the freedom of expression allows you to say what you want, but realizing that you CAN say what you want should encourage you to put some work into thinking about what you’re saying. Consider doing some research on your topic, take other opinions into account, WORK to really make use of the freedom of expression.

The poor and biased writing and expression of today’s society makes me wonder if the American public even deserves the Freedom of Expression. For every gem that comes out of free expression, tons of shit comes out. And no, this does not make the gem look any brighter. In fact, it simply just covers the gem up in shit, so that no one can find it. Not many people are willing to wad through a sea of disease-infested crap to find the one diamond, no matter how wonderful it (the diamond) may be.

Not only do we need to take advantage of the gift of free speech, but we must understand as US citizens and residents that the freedom of expression comes with the responsibility of self-education and a little common sense. Perhaps it just proves that we, as a society, are incapable of using this freedom in a responsible and mature way,

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I just really wanted to apologize for not posting in a timely manner. Things have been rather hectic on my side (my play just opened [and closed], finals are slowly dawning upon us, and various personal matters have sprung up… I am a student, I don’t get paid to write… yet) and I promise you’ll get to hear more of my needless banter eventually!

I’ve also been working on a new costume. For my final project in Asian Theater, I’ve chosen to make a Kabuki costume. It’s been taking a lot of my energy and will continue to take much of my energy for the following few days.

But, never fear! I will post tomorrow (promise). If I don’t feel free to curse my name to the heavens.

Besides that, I just wanted to mention that I’m not a bitter old spinster, and I’m not some depressed jaded soul. But what would this blog be for if not for bitching and complaining?

And with that in mind, I’d just like to post some things that have been on my mind and are rather tiny, but warrant comments (too short for twitter, too long for wordpress).

  1. Twilight and its accompanying books act as a reflection of our poor reading and writing skills because it proves that we are incapable of liking complex character and must resort to consistently liking empty characters that we can fill with our own personalities.
  2. It’s funny to think that Democrats (and liberals) consider themselves the oppressed ones when they’re currently they hold the larger of two political parties, and the majority of both the Senate and the House (and if you’ve forgotten, our president is a Democrat).
  3. That being said, it’s equally funny to claim that Democrats will “drive this country to the ground with their liberal ideals.” Few people actually understand the platform differences between Democrats and Republicans. You’d be surprised to find out which party believed (or is supposed to believe) in what.
  4. People should read classics, not because they’re classics, but because they’re damn good stories. Romance, lying, cheating, backstabbing, toilet humor and deep human insight can all be found in a good Charles Dickens (maybe) or Jane Austen (definitely) book, and they do a much better job at it than JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyers.
  5. It is not cool for people who do not understand geek culture to suddenly call themselves geeks. It’s not something you can magically become just because your friend handed you a Linux Ubuntu disc or because (OMG) you bought your first hard drive (or because you like LOLcats).
  6. I don’t care how much of a rebel against “the man” you’re supposed to be. Everyone needs a nice set of clothing. No more pit stained dress shirts or mismatched slacks. This goes double for ladies.
  7. People should really do their research before they make a speech on it. This goes double if you’re taking about free speech, net neutrality, separation of church and state (and no, that is not clearly defined in The Constitution) and the Creative Commons License.
  8. It’s much easier to let knowledge go in one ear and out the other, unless you were taught to stick a sponge up your brain. We should all encourage sponge stuffing into American babies everywhere.
  9. The freedom to speak, write and think as you please comes with the responsibility of being able to logically think and analyze. Without that ability, the freedom of choice becomes a dangerous tool used by the ignorant masses who are simply too lazy to think, and too stupid to understand the importance of it.

Special thanks to Phil, Heather, Christian, Bill, Vince and Brian for coming to watch my play at some point in time, even if it was sad and even if I got raped and died in the end.

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I is smart.

Sorry for 2x the non-existent posting. I’ve been filled with work, Thanksgiving break is coming up, rehearsals for my play have been stressful, CKI work is through the roof, exams are on their way, and my throat is sore.

Blah!

The following post is more of a bitter ranting than a thought-out and through post (I guess that’s okay because the subtitle of this blog is “Rants of a Little Asian Girl”). Recently, I’ve become very bitter about having to settle for either depressingly mediocre “intellectual conversation.” The few who I actually talk to consistently remind me that people who are capable of good political, psychological, philosophical and social discussions are far and few. I like to think optimistically about the students in my college, or the people I meet, but when I run into a situation where an op-ed in my school newspaper claims our health care plan is only 100 billion dollars (it’s been months since the estimated price was that low), I cry for how lazy the students and so-called intellects of today are.

That is not to say intelligent people don’t exist.

Currently Reading: As always, nothing.
Currently Eating: Cheez-its (mmm…)
Currently Drinking: Mountain Dew (double mmm…)

While I was in my American Politics class this week, the professor had us read over some essays (take home exams) that were due in class. The essay concentrated on the relationship between economic and social policy within the United States, something which I have taken a particular interest to. And, being that we either don’t have class, or have a boring lecture that is usually irrelevant to the topic at hand, I was initially excited about hearing something different.

Instead, I was treated (sarcastic) to an array of poorly written essays that did not answer the question. These essays failed to acknowledge the relationship between the two types of policies and were more textbook summaries of key phrases than anything else. This technique (if one could ever call it thus) was most clearly seen when students wrote about economic policy, a subject that few students understood, let alone analyzed.

It is times like these where I cry for the American education system, a system that promotes factual regurgitation and encouraged memorization over analysis. What’s the point in receiving an education if a child is incapable of applying it or fully “understanding” it? It’s like eating food and spitting it out rather than swallowing it. Yes, the food may taste great, but it fails in its purpose of providing nutrients to the body. Similarly, the education system can be easily standardized and replicated with this regurgitation learning technique, but few students actually develop an understanding of the subject. Instead, students just take in the information, throw it back up in the form of a paper or a multiple choice examination, and then forget about it.

I admit, even I have fell into the “I’ll just memorize this and not fully understand it and just throw it back out at the exam because I’m not required to actually analyze anything” system. My hard science classes were predominantly “chew and spit” exams where we had to memorize facts, formulas and calculations, and I dreaded whenever I had to attend a science class. This extended to college, where my worst grades are in my mandatory physical/natural science classes. And, yes, while I am at fault for my poor grades — for if I fully understood physics rather than memorized things for the purpose of passing an exam, I’m sure I would have done better — much of the interest for these subjects must be created by teachers and the curriculum. It is the teacher that introduces many of these subjects for the first time to students all over America.
How can a student become interested in a subject (any subject) if the teacher and the curriculum doesn’t encourage general understanding? And how can a child be interested and curious in a subject if they can not understand it, let alone analyze it?

Yes, the system may be easy, but the cost of choosing such an inefficient teaching system is a poor education system. It hardly encourages learning, and results in a botched generation of students (if you can even call them that) who go to college simply to get better jobs who are incapable of analysis, higher level thinking or intellectual conversation.

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Hello blogosphere!

I have been having a very busy week (and yet I still find time to write, how blessed you all must be؟) so I am going to preemptively apologize for the poor quality of this post. If anyone has been following the news, there has been a lot of interesting events that are occurring. For one, geocities is closing down, which is pretty spectacular. The internet, and its members, have been celebrating geocities’ demise (xkcd has been particularly awesome about this).

Senator Harry Reid has also announced a change in a health care reform bill to include an “opt out plan.” How this will work, it doesn’t say, but it certainly will be interesting to see some of the extreme left Democrats chew him out.

I also went out and cosplayed as Yuna for Geneseo Anime Club’s annual Costume Bash, which was interesting. Maybe there will be pictures (but I highly doubt it).

This Halloween, instead of going out cosplaying, attending an anime convention, trick o’ treating or partying out with friends, I will be leading workshops at a conference in the middle of Lake George. Oh great joy (fml)؟

Also, Paul Krugman disappointed me today in his NY Times column. To use the Mass. Health Care Reform as an adequate comparison to a national health care reform plan is disgraceful. It reminds (reminded?) me of Sarah Palin’s energy rebate plan. It may work in a small area (Mass or Alaska) but would hardly work in a nation.

Currently Listening To: The Magic Flute Prelude (Mozart)
Currently Drinking: Arizona Ice Tea
Currently Eating: Invisible Magic Beans (which turned out to be nothing at all)
Current Mood: Bah. If anyone has a car and feels like driving me to Syracuse this coming Friday night (I pay for gas and crap, obviously)… I’d greatly appreciate it if you could. I really would. Please. Help. Please! I mean it!

The term Feminism can be used to describe an academic discourse, or to describe a political, cultural or economic movement aimed at establishing more rights and legal protection for women.

Since its introduction in the early 1900s, feminism has stood for the improvement (betterment?) of women’ rights (civil rights, social rights, ect). While its first was was for women’s sufferage (the dead generation of President Harding would probably say with certainty that women should no longer vote), feminism has since spread to other parts of socio-economic and political reform, including wage equity, abortion/birth control reform and wartime drafting. However, its concept is the same: improving and empowering women and giving them more rights.

This is not sex based equality.

Let me repeat. Egalitarianism (yes, this is a real word. Google it, spell check it, it exists) is different from feminism. That is why there are two different words and two different schools of thoughts. There isn’t even a mention of “equality” anymore when it comes to feminism. And yet, there is a clear association with feminism and sexual equality, that feminist believe in female equivalence, not female empowerment. There needs to be a clear distinction, because while egalitarianism believes in social reform for social equality (and that means both male and female rights), feminism has little to no regard for “leveling the playing field.” While many of their opinions overlap (women should get the same wages and salaries as their male counterparts), there are many planks that oppose each other (egalitarianism believes in equal maternal and paternal leave, while feminism will rarely even look at fathers) and the motives behind their actions greatly differ.

Let me give you an example. Egalitarianism would encourage women to join science fields because there should be sexual equality and because egalitarians would believe that women can work as well as men. Feminism, on the other hand, encourages women to join science fields because women need to prove that they are as good at men. Egalitarianism already believes what feminism FORCES upon others.

Why am I making such a big stint on the difference between egalitarianism and feminism? Besides the fact that I was reading my last post on it and feeling pretty shitty about how poorly it was written? Because, while I support an idea of gender equality (and while I do feel that women have a disadvantage comparatively to men in many, but not all, fields), I don’t support the idea of female empowerment. Plus, I’m not big on the “we’ve been persecuted against our whole lives, and now we’re lashing back on all things masculine because you are guys and we are girls to prove that women are as good as, if not better than, men.”

Yes, I am also equally aware that there are two branches of modern feminism. There is equity feminists, who are (in my mind) gender-concentrated egalitarians who like to still call themselves feminists (Betty Friedan). These are not who I am talking about (and many of these have realized the light and moved on to egalitarianism anyway), so don’t get your panties in a bunch. I am talking about gender feminists, the majority of feminists that roam the streets today. Gender feminism is not gender equality but rather, a movement for female dominance or empowerment (Girl Power!), This is especially seen in marriage and family court cases, where gender feminists like to insist the child HAS TO stay with the mother, or that the wife should get the majority of the goods. In other words, it is a new bastardization of sexism that puts on a mask called “Feminism,” giving it the connotation of equality (since the rest of the world seems to think feminism means equal gender rights).

It is because of these feminists that an ERA (Equal Rights Act/Amendment) has yet to pass. Yes, I am aware that there is supposed repetition with the 14th amendment, but the 14th amendment speaks to protection rather than creation of laws (a major difference). Plus, everyone in politics and law seems to use the 14th amendment for the due process clause anyway.

But I am getting off topic. By fighting against an ERA, feminists are able to prevent women from being drafted, and are able to prevent a level playing field in child custody cases (where it is near certain that the mother gets the child). And yet, these are the same feminists who claim that women always have the disadvantage. If they want to create equality, equality must be created in all faucets of life, not in select choice places that give women an edge.

Feminism may have stood for equal sufferage and equal rights in the early 1900’s, but that definition is long dead. There is no equality in feminism. Don’t be fooled by the misuse of a long dead explanation about the struggle of females all over the world. Feminism now, in 2009, is simply a polite term for sexist behavior.

(And that’s how Sue [C] sees it).

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