Education and Knowledge

GENDER DISPARITIES AND THE POWER OF WORDS AND LANGUAGE

Objective critical thinking should be taught as a compulsory subject from the age of 5 right through to our college years in order to enable us to step back and objectively view, and thus question, what is fed to us daily. Mass media, being a particular problem in its dehumanizing of minorities, devaluing women, and applauding the 1%, inaccurately reflects the real society we live in. If everyone thought objectively we could dismantle the mass media, and and other systematic processes of oppression, such as the patriarchy, an outdated system we have lived under to service the dinosaurs and oppress the true majority: women. I’ve been reading one particular book recently entitled Critical Applied Linguistics by Alastair Pennycook. I have found it fascinating, frustrating and important....

THE GIRL WHO IS FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE ADDICTION OF SELF INJURY

  Self-harm is a very taboo subject. I’m sure if you have ever come across someone who has self-harmed in the past or continues to, the first question that enters your mind is ‘why’. The answer to this question is coming from someone who used to use self-harming methods as a way of coping & dealing with my emotional pain. It seems so strange almost to so many people, why would you want to inflict deliberate pain on yourself? It’s all about the mind and the endorphins that the body produces when it gets an injury of some kind. When I was growing up, I did mild self-harm, when I was anxious or upset I’d deliberately cause carpet burns on parts of my body (face, arms, knuckles). I would also deliberately claw my cheeks with my fingernails in anger and upset. Since I’ve become an adul...

ECHO CHAMBERS

Until very recently, if you had used the term “echo chamber” I would have thought you were talking about some vast, dark space that nightmares are made of, or that constant, repetitive voice in my head that nightmares are also made of. But after the recent political events, it became very clear to me that I was living in an actual echo chamber. One that is a truly vast and dark space filled with me and all my liberal friends panicking at the same pitch. A tiny light has been lit in the middle now, so I can almost see where I am. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I have not found a way out. In all gospel truth, I may be digging myself deeper into the hole. The more I try to justify the voices it seems the further away I am from the light. And if I try to drown out the voices, I go nowh...

STAY SAFE ON SNOW DAYS

Snow Day. Two words that often mean freedom and fun in the dead of winter, with an agenda that includes building a snowman, sledding on neighborhood hills and playing outside with friends. Nine-year-old Zachary Allen went to a friend’s house to play on a snow day. Zachary and his two friends were sledding in the backyard and walked onto a retention pond near their homes in a Powell neighborhood. Despite previous conversations with his parents about not going near the pond, Zachary’s curiosity got them best of him and he followed the other children onto the ice where it appeared frozen. Tragically, he fell into the frigid water. Zachary was able tread water while he determined the best route out of the water and swim to the side of the pond. He also had the endurance and strength to swim 20...

MARCHING FOR LOVE

Why I marched? There was a lot of name calling in 2016. Deplorables, Nasty Woman, Elitists – the list goes on. No group owns hate, in the same way no group owns love. I find this hopeful. Anyone can embrace love. I embrace love over anger and hate (and it isn’t always easy). I feel better approaching people with love. I learn more approaching people with love. Instead of calling someone a name, I ask questions, “What is most important to you? What most influenced your decision to vote for this person?” For many, family and children are the most important thing. People are making what they believe to be the best decision for their family and children. Maybe I made a different decision, but doesn’t make me right and them wrong. It means we are Americans who have different points of vie...

WHAT THE KROC

X: “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean” The Loud House is a Nickelodeon animated television series. One of the hallmarks of the series is it’s the first ever portrayal of a same-sex couple in a Nick show. Harold and Howard McBride have received praise for representing a same-sex couple in a casual way. There is no bold print screaming: THEY ARE GAY!! There are no asterisks denoting *depiction of same-sex couple. Breaking with tradition in this way is considered pretty monumental. The show follows primarily Lincoln Loud, the middle child of the eleven child Loud family. In my first viewing of The Loud House, Lincoln receives his very first job. It’s a job which requires janitorial work-sweeping, wiping, washing etc. The manager of the establishment catches the novice wor...

ETHICAL DESIGN?

2 months ago I was contacted by a renowned design consultancy looking to recruit designers for their new London offices. I was flattered and thrilled by the new opportunity and couldn’t wait to become a part of a company that declares that ‘We focus on three major themes that define our future: Future Citizens, Smarter Living, and Healthier Lives’. Reading this statement I was positive that the design work they were producing would be responsible and ethical. Claiming to ‘shape our future through design’, I was surprised to find out that the agency’s main clients were financial institutions and an oil company. I wondered whether the design agency actually believed that banks and energy companies should be those who shape our future and if so — what kind of future would that be?! Taking a s...

SKIPPING MY COLLEGE GOLDEN YEARS

Somehow, I didn’t receive the message that binge drinking is the only way to become an adult.  I didn’t think my preference for reading a book cozy in bed over blacking out made me boring, but I can’t help but feel like I’m missing something. Somehow, my glory days are wasted by not having wild party stories to tell, but instead being able to relate back my “fun and exciting night” of writing, doing homework, or editing my photography. I know I’m not the only one that prefers to stay in, but some nights that’s what it feels like when no one will answer my texts or spend a night in with me.  I don’t even bother asking someone to spend a night exploring Boston with me because I know what the answer will always be: a no followed by a lame excuse, and then pictures from a party they atte...

PLEASE JUST GIVE US A BREAK

Fueled by intense, passionate feminine hormones, I’m totally embracing the fire that is being created within me and putting my fingers straight onto the keyboard. You know what really annoys me, is the lack of respect for the Winter/Spring part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The lack of respect for the whole menstrual cycle in general irritates me. The lack of respect and care from the people in your life especially from people like; your father, brother, boyfriend. Maybe even your girlfriend, mother or sister, as there are still so many woman who do not fully understand or respect their own beautiful cycles, especially the overwhelming Winter & Spring phases. So instead of ranting about how a lot of people (which sadly, includes many women) still don’t understand and ...

BE THE CHANGE

Being a preschool teacher and having to entertain seventeen 4 to 5 year olds every day can be exhausting. However, in the beginning and the end of each day, I remind myself how much of a difference I am actually making in the lives of these children. YOU are their first impression of being in school and away from their parents for a full day. YOU are the one teaching them at a young age that learning can be fun. YOU are the one holding their hand from the first day of school and teaching them how to be independent little individuals. Since the beginning, I have received many hugs and thank you’s from parents telling me how much of an impact I have made on their kids in such a short amount of time.  In just a matter of my first 2 months of ever teaching, I have had a student bring me flower...

FREE WORDS POST ELECTION

FREE WORDS POST ELECTION We are eleven days into this country having President-elect Trump hold his title. When my roommates and I watched as each state fell red, I couldn’t help but wonder how my life would be affected by that moment, by those few seconds of Rachel Madow losing her shit on live television. The world isn’t in flames and he hasn’t declared war on the rest of the world, but I can say that my relationship to this country has changed. I didn’t notice it right away, but as time ticks and the day’s slip by, I begin to find myself disassociated from current events. The country looked to the Millennials as the defining generation for this election, and somehow we failed. We failed in defining the futures of our daughters, of immigrants, of the LGBTQ community. Looking for solace i...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT                   I’ve never written a blog, but I’ve always been an avid reader.  One topic I’ve always been compelled to talk about or discuss is food… that’s right, FOOD.  I’m not sure about anyone else but here recently I’ve been making some big dietary changes and trying to educate myself on what goes into my body—so I thought I’d share my experiences and hopefully pass along some useful thoughts to all the wonderful people of Harness. Lets make a long story short, I’ve never had any food allergies or problems of any sort until recently I was having the most insane stomach pain. Stomach pain turned to bloating, and not like normal girl bloated because we were all so blessed with menstrual cramps and what not, I mea...

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