In an opinion published by National Geographic, Melinda Gates shared her view on the importance of providing women with contraceptives, and information about her her global partnership, Family Planning 2020, which has pledged to get 120 million women access to contraceptives by the year 2020. Gates’s plan is a truly selfless, philanthropic endeavor which serves no purpose other than to provide needy women with access to contraceptives to improve their lives. This is what plans about access to contraceptives should look like. Private individuals advocating for a cause they believe in, not taxation and government programs.
Yesterday, Netflix revealed the first trailer, and date announcement, for their new original series ‘Dear White People’. The video, which currently sits at around half a million views, and a more than 95% dislike to like ratio, has sparked controversy among viewers who claim the trailer is promoting racism against whites. The TV adaptation of the 2014 Justin Simien film will chronicle the story of Samatha White, host of the radio show ‘Dear White People’ at the fictional Winchester University. The trailer features White on her radio show telling white students what they can and cannot be for Halloween this year. Specifically that they cannot be her, a black person.
Protests at nearly every major airport have erupted in the last several days in response to President Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim majority countries. Protestors call the 90 day suspension of travel from individuals from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Libya a human rights violation that does not represent American values. Some have likened it as a first step toward policies like the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II. I only have one question for these protestors; Why weren’t you protesting when President Obama was bombing these nations, the reason why their residents are refugees in the first place?
This past weekend, in the wake of Trump’s inauguration, around half of a million people, mostly women, marched on the capital to protest Trump’s presidency as well as stand up for Women’s rights. Yes, these women liken themselves to Susan B. Anthony and other famous feminist icons who struggled in the fight for Women’s suffrage. Adorned in pink pussy hats, toting signs that say “pussy grabs back” and other meaningless slogans, these women marched on the capital to deliver the clear message that… hmm, this one is a bit of a mystery.
Facebook recently updated its gender settings on profiles, allowing users to pick between 56 different genders that range from Agender, Pangender, Two-Spirit, other, and a whole a variety of other options that I cannot tell the difference between. Now, I have absolutely no problem with someone choosing to identify with one of these 56 concoctions. If you want to be a Pangender, go for it. If you aren’t quite Pangender, and you’re more of a gender fluid person, awesome. You’re a Cisgender male, previously Cisgender man? Fine by me. My issue arises when someone expects me to know the difference between all of them.
As children, our parents decide nearly everything for us; what we eat, where we go to school, where we live, etc. This is rather necessary as children are, usually, incapable of making responsible decisions for themselves. Children do not get to pick what to eat because they will eat candy three meals a day. Children don’t decide where they go to school because they would probably opt for nowhere. Children don’t decide where they live because they don’t possess the resources or knowledge to choose a place to live. Yes, as children we need our parents to make these important decisions for us because we cannot.
In feudal Europe roughly 90% of the population belonged to the peasant class, and the vast majority of peasants were farmers. Without modern farming equipment it was a very labor intense, painstaking process to farm land, requiring large numbers of people. Then the ox drawn plow came along, and cut the number of people needed to farm land in half. More technology came into play and today in developed countries like the United States, the percentage of the population working in agriculture is 1.6%.