Feminism is worthless without intersectionality and inclusion.
Russell Brand tackles FOX’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (via this week’s Trews).
"I analyze the news just in case it is a web of deceit and treachery designed to keep our consciousness limited within narrow parameters so we can’t ever ask any valuable questions or think outside this prescriptive view of reality."
…What? Blasphemy! Mainstream media lies??
There are still many people who think feminism is about hating men
That isn’t feminism
I don’t hate men
I hate the patriarchy
I hate the wage gap
I hate that as a 14 year old girl,
I am told its my fault when forty year older men stare at me
I hate that many girls feel the need to fight…
repeat after me:
- virginity is a social construct
- you don’t lose your virginity
- there’s nothing valuable or precious about virginity, it’s an imaginary concept
- virginity is inherently heterocentric
- your worth is not defined by whether or not you’ve had a dick inside you
- what you define as sex is up to you, you get to decide how many people you’ve had sex with
- the end
Anonymous said: I'm going to school in the fall and majoring in social work! Do you have any tips or advice about schoolwork/internships/volunteering? I struggled a lot in highschool and i'm afraid I wont do good :(
1. Go with an open mind. I am not going to assume how you identify racially, but many white people in social work get very surprised at the cultural competency training. There can be a lot of defensiveness. Be open to learning things you don’t know yet. You will understand a lot more that way.
2. Speak up in your classes. This will help the teachers remember who you are. This will help you build relationships with your professors and your classmates. You will learn more. Classes won’t be so boring if you are engaged. Don’t be scared to be wrong. You are in school because you don’t know everything, it’s ok to be corrected.
3. When you get accepted into your social work program, usually after your core classes are completed, start a group page on facebook for your cohort, the people who are on the same track to graduate with you. You can discuss assignments, solve problems, and build connections this way. You can even share notes when you guys are too busy to read everything. Split it up and share the notes of the chapters with each other.
4. Read the texts as often as possible. You will be better informed and understand the discussions better.
4. Be aware of current events. Watch the news. Be politically aware of what’s going on. This will help you in policy classes, as well as life.
5. My program let us decide on our own internship. Some programs place you how they want to. If you get to pick your own internship be picky. Know what you want to get out of the internship and ask questions during the interview.
6. Self-care. You will hear that a lot, and it’s important. You will hear and learn about some hard things emotionally. Find something that works for you to relieve the stress. Take mental health days if you have to.
7. Be prepared to analyze yourself, your upbringing, your family culture, everything.
8. Join social work organizations. Do social work things outside of the classroom. Volunteer somewhere if you don’t work in a social work type setting, because once you graduate EVERYONE wants experience, and it will make what is taught in the classrooms more understandable.
9. Group work sucks. Be prepared. There is no avoiding group papers and group projects in social work and it’s basically awful.
Honestly, social work teachers grade on a different kind of scale than other professors. Show that you are learning with your papers and your comments, that is more important than your grades. Almost everyone in my classes made As in their social work classes, no matter their academic levels. If you do the work and show you are trying you will be fine. If you are struggling, do not be afraid to take advantage of your professors office hours. More importantly do the work on yourself you need to do in order to grow.
You will do great. If you ever have any specific questions just inbox me and I’ll answer to the best of my ability. I had an amazing experience in my BSW, and my Grad school, despite the group work. I hope you have the same.
Great advice for aspiring social workers