According to the Pew Economic Mobility Project, children raised in high-income families who do not earn a college degree are 2.5 times more likely to end up wealthy than low-income students who actually do graduate from college.
LOL WOULDJA LOOK AT THAT? THE BOOTSTRAPS MYTH: GONE WITH THE WIND.
Shall We Do A Rundown Of Everything And Everyone Who Is Probably Fucked By This Election Result?
- poor people
- Indigenous Australians
- asylum seekers
- old growth forests
- art in general
- fast internet
- LGBT people
- women seeking abortions
I reblog this every time it comes up on my dashboard, not because it is a “rule” but because every time I see it the love and sincerity on her face hit me all over again and I think everyone deserves to see that.
And THIS is why I adore Catherine Tate. She’s loud and brash but in quieter moments… her soul comes shining through and it makes everything about her so much more beautiful.
things i have learned today:
1. the rental property market in Australia is every bit as awful as they say it is. and i live in fucking Tasmania.
2. it really is much easier to get through the day when you know that there’s someone who loves you ready to give you a hug when you come home.
3. the ‘foreign foods’ section of Woolworths is full of endless, magical goodness.
Julie Andrews photographed by Cecil Beaton, 1960’s.
"Can we talk about how the three best-selling YA series in the past few decades—Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games—were all written by women, but John Green is the one that ‘saved the genre?’"
What a student voting for LNP in 2013 means…
This rant is brought to you by my frustration at every friend who doesn’t care about voting. The formatting turned out awful but oh well.
1. Decreasing foreign aid growth by 4.5 billion dollars (http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/coalition-slashes-foreign-aid-as-part-of-9b-savings-measures-20130905-2t786.html)
3. Tax-free threshold reduced back from $18,200 to 6,000 (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/coalition-to-dump-tripling-of-tax-free-threshold/story-e6freuy9-1226358184972)
4. An NBN plan which borders on ridiculous (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/it-business/coalitions-nbn-on-demand-offer-could-see-users-hit-for-4000/story-e6frganx-1226704552716)
5. Refusing a conscience vote on gay marriage, despite the fact that 65% support and only 28% oppose (http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/gay-marriage-support-up-but-it-wont-change-poll-20130824-2si1q.html). But it makes sense, he’s threatened by gay people (LIZ HAYES: Homosexuality? How do you feel about that? TONY ABBOTT: I’d probably I feel a bit threatened. (http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1020354)
6. STOP THE JOURNALISTS (having access to boats) (http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/special-features/coalition-to-impose-blackout-on-asylum-boats/story-fnho52jp-1226709828599).
7. Oh yeah, seeking asylum isn’t illegal (http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/nothing-illegal-about-those-seeking-asylum-20130407-2heqf.html), but Jesus chooses who comes to Australia http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s2859473.htm
9. The complete lack of respect to women. (“Vote for me because my daughters are hot” http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/tony-abbott-cements-lead-as-australia8217s-daggiest-dad-on-big-brother-video/story-fnho52ip-1226710412827, “Ditch the witch” http://thehoopla.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ditch-the-witch.jpg, “Abortion is the easy way out” http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/16/1079199224910.html, “What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing” http://www.smh.com.au/national/abbott-accused-of-being-incredibly-oldfashioned-as-he-lets-off-steam-20100209-nnqr.hmtl, “"While I think men and women are equal, they are also different, say, more women doing things like physiotherapy and an enormous number of women simply doing housework" http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/rudd-hands-pm-a-crucial-lifeline/story-e6frfhqf-1225902277655, Julia Gillard won’t “let down and die” http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/gillard-wont-lie-down-and-die-says-abbott-20120529-1zfxj.html.
11. Lets not forget our school curriculum is left-wing, maybe Rupert needs to run it. http://www.news.com.au/national-news/federal-election/coalition-government-to-review-unions-and-alp-presence-in-history-curriculum/story-fnho52ip-1226709301143
Kevin Rudd is incredibly far from perfect. But Abbott’s Australia is a ridiculously awful prospect.
Full Disclosure: This is inappropriate for under 18 year olds, and NSFW (Robin Thicke’s version was as well). But otherwise this is so fantastic.
Robin Thicke - “Defined Lines”
A few students from my university created a Feminist critique of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines through a pretty damn hilarious parody of the video. Hope you all enjoy :-)
"I don’t want you to come on my face" hahaha perfect!
Suppose an evil king decides to do a twisted moral experiment on you. He tells you to kick a small child really hard, right in the face. If you do, he will end the experiment with no further damage. If you refuse, he will kick the child himself, and then execute that child plus a hundred innocent people.
The best solution is to somehow overthrow the king or escape the experiment. Assuming you can’t, what do you do?
There are certain moral philosophers who would tell you to refuse. Sure, the child would get hurt and lots of innocent people would die, but it wouldn’t, technically, be your fault. But if you kicked the child, well, that would be your fault, and then you’d have to feel bad about it.
But this excessive concern about whether something is your fault or not is a form of selfishness. If you sided with those philosophers, it wouldn’t be out of a concern for the child’s welfare - the child’s getting kicked anyway, not to mention executed - it would be out of concern with whether you might feel bad about it later. The desire involved is the desire to avoid guilt, not the desire to help others.
We tend to identify guilt as a sign that we’ve done something morally wrong, and often it is. But guilt is a faulty signal; the course of action which minimizes our guilt is not always the course of action that is morally right. A desire to minimize guilt is no more noble than any other desire to make one’s self feel good at the expense of others, and so a morality that follows the principle of according value to other people must worry about more than just feeling guilty."
i don’t know whether i want to eat or cry or neither or both or maybe i just need to sleep forever
i don’t know
i just hate myself so much that it actually made me cry while i was at work and i don’t know how/why that happened
"We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures."
Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via caustica)
"If you think pubic hair on a woman is unnatural or weird, you aren’t mature enough to be touching them."
Tangentially related historical note: John Ruskin, the 19th century british painter, had never seen a woman naked before he married, only classical nude statues, so he assumed real women were just as smooth and hairless as the statues showed. He refused to touch his wife when she disrobed on their wedding night, saying she was revolting. She was understandably like ‘wtf is wrong with you brb filing for annulment’ and went on to marry his (former) bff and have a long happy marriage with 8 kids. Ruskin died alone and probably still never having gotten over the whole ‘women have hAIR’ thing.
THE MORAL HERE is that you shouldn’t be like John Ruskin b/c he was a tool and also that media has been delivering unrealistic images of female body hair for a depressingly long time. And that Stoya is absolutely right.
so today is a good day because this morning i bought tickets to see The National play in Melbourne for my boyfriend and i and it just so happens that it is on the exact day of our one-year anniversary so that’s fucking cute and also I GET TO SEE THE NATIONAL and i’ll be hanging out in Melbourne for a bit and it’s nice to be able to look forward to something :)
and also my boyfriend comes home from his dumb med student camp tomorrow and i can’t wait to hug him