Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

1. This makes me want to burn shit down. If your reaction to this is boys will be boys or some scoffing and superior everyone is offended so easily these days or everyone is so uptight or no one can take a joke, they didn't mean anything bullshit, email me. Let's get together and talk. Let's talk about rape culture and fear and stupidity and ignorance. One in five students are sexually assaulted in college, but that number is skewed and is likely more like three in five. Sexual assaults go largely unreported because people think shit like the signs on the house at Old Dominion are funny or not a big deal and consequently victims don't think they'll find any support if they do report it so why bother. That is part of rape culture. Get your heads out of your asses. This is not funny. Yesterday was the 95th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. We have not come far enough in that time.We need to do work so little girl children today are not treated as objects when they go to college in 18 years.
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2. Girl power part two: the facebook post that went viral about doing better by our daughters in regards to Anna Duggar in the wake of the Josh Duggar fall out. The post is long but worth a read, but if you don't feel like it, my favorite parts are: Parents, WE MUST DO BETTER BY OUR DAUGHTERS. Boys, men, are born with power. Girls have to command it for themselves. They aren't given it. They assume it and take it. But you have to teach them to do it, that they can do it. And, of course, her ending...As for my girls, I'll raise them to think they breathe fire. 

3. Geege is shedding like a maniac. MFD calls the hair coming out of him crab meat. I can see it. The jumbo lump variety, of course.
4. On Tuesday, the Born to Run album turned 40. One of my all-time favorites from beginning to end. I celebrated by driving around my neighborhood instead of going home so I could hear Tenth Avenue Freeze Out live at the Tower Theater here in Philly from 1975.

5. I've been watching The Hotwives of Las Vegas and Orlando on Hulu. LOLOL for days. It's a parody of the Housewives series and it's ridiculous and hilarious.
6. This week's give Tuesday a purpose program - I used my monthly massage for a nice 7 p.m. appointment. The massage was awesome and I went home, ate a meal I did not cook, showered, and read in bed while I ignored the house mess around me. Ommm.

7. Readers and writers, check out Hellbent Magazine on Twitter & Instagram and follow along as they approach launch. From its site: hellbent showcases bold, innovative work from diverse voices: literature and art that makes you question what you think you already know, and emphasizes stories about people, places, and things you may know nothing about. Accepting submissions. Cheers & best of luck to Alyssa of Alyssa Goes Bang and Yve of Experimental Optimist, working on this endeavor together.

8. Angela V was the winner of the $50 charity giveaway! She chose the charity Teals the Deal Foundation to receive her donation. The Teals the Deal Foundation raises awareness about gynecological cancers and their symptoms, provides education about symptoms and treatment options, and supports those fighting for their lives as well as the doctors, researchers, and foundations that are fighting this disease.
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10. Ecard of the week. This made me laugh like a 10 year old boy who knows that fart is the magic sure to get a laugh word:


Your Thursday Thoughts? Call 'em out.
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45 comments:

  1. Girl power part three is that you're donating to a cause for female cancers. That Old Dominion picture. That's one of those stories that gets Australians asking me all sorts of questions about American culture that I don't like admitting is true. Another one...I've been asked several times each week the last two or three weeks if Americans are REALLY serious about supporting Donald Trump. He's pretty much viewed as a dumb ass buffoon here.

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  2. hell yes to raising strong daughters who will think and defend themselves and won't take shit from anyone, male or female. it's how i am raising kayla. even now at 7, she faces all kinds of bullshit (at school) and i can see it in her attitude and personality that kayla doesn't take shit either. although sometimes hard to do, i'll let her make her own decisions, even those bad decisions where i've already warned her of a bad ending, but she must make mistakes in order to learn from them (of course, these mistakes/decisions are age-appropriate). giving kids choices, opportunities to learn all they can and letting them make mistakes/learn from them are all part of raising a strong child. also, muay thai LOL she does it (and loves it) so she knows how to kick ass if any wanker tries to pull shit on her (later in life).

    and those assholes in your first pic? spoiled brats who were raised with zero boundaries and never reprimanded by their parents. i have come across these shitheads many times and it's the same story - parents are too busy to teach proper social behavior/how to be a decent human being or want to be their friend/want to be the cool parent and let their kids run wild. these are the same fuckers who wreak havoc on the playground, take things, bully other kids and think they're the king because their parents were too much of a pussy to properly parent. oh, these parents are also the same people who, if called into the office because their kid(s) were bullying others, will blame the other kid and refuse to believe hat their child is the hellion that everyone hates. and those parents are/were the same way so assholery perpetuates assholery. yeah, i said it.

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  3. You mean I don't actually breathe fire?! dang. I couldn't even formulate a rational thought after seeing that picture. In light of everything that has happened in the last year (publicly), the idea that these boys felt comfortable posting these stupid signs is TERRIFYING. How have we decided that THIS IS OKAY?! Who thought, I've got a GREAT IDEA for a poster... AND HOW MANY ASSHATS AGREED?! Not one could stand up and say, "guys... NO." Really? That makes me so sad.

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  4. I just read a book where a 50 year old woman had a dinner date at a man's home. They had some drinks. He must have drugged hers. He raped her. She felt she couldn't report the rape because she willing went to his house and had drinks. This book was fiction...how much fiction comes from truth? I want to hear the cry of we will teach our sons to respect, women, drunk isn't a yes instead and rape victims will not be on trial.

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  5. The whole Duggar thing makes me sad...that Facebook post is spot on. Poor Geege and his fur...I need to watch this Orlando housewives parody!

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  6. I actually bookmarked the Anna Duggar article on my phone because I was like THAT HAS TO BE SHARED. I do not think the Duggar parents are bad people, but I never bought into the hype because of this, exactly this. It infuriates me that all these girls aren't even given a chance to build themselves up.

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  7. Poor Geege! He's probably making way for his "winter coat" ;-)

    And don't even get me started on the whole Josh and Anna Duggar mess, she needs to run as fast as she can away from that monster and I'm pretty sure she won't. Everything she "knew" and "loved" about him is gone, and she will stay and make it seem as if it's ok to be disrespected like that. Ugh I could go on and on :(

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  8. Crab meet... lol... poor Geege! Hims needs Rogaine.
    I love your charity giveaways! They're the only giveaways I don't get jealous of not winning! lol :)

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  9. Why do I not have Hulu?! That first pic makes me ragey and I saw some powerful stuff on FB about the Duggar thing and women. Poor Geege, he's ready for Fall too.

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  10. We know how I feel about the Duggars and I have some more opinions planned in tomorrow's post, mostly related to Anna.

    The fraternity. Sigh. They've been suspended by the school and their national so hopefully others will learn that rape jokes aren't funny and there are consequences for making them. At this point, though, I think that's just wishful thinking.

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  11. I just last night had the talk with K about what she does if someone hurts her in anyway after I saw a jerk kid push another kid down in karate while the teacher did not much of anything. A) it's a good damn thing it wasn't my kid or someone would have damn sure seen a girl breathing fire B) I told her to defend herself even if it means she has to hurt them in return. I told her to use all her karate punches and kicks if necessary. She wasn't so sure so I the talks will continue.

    I hate the big ass clumps of shedding dog hair, Seven sheds like that. UGH

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  12. Look at me, reading blogs from an actual computer (read: not my phone) so I can comment. I try to make this happen about once a week. I admit I did not see the story about the signs hung up at the frat house. There are no words. Anyone who says "boys will be boys" are just as disgusting as the boys who thought these signs were funny. What the fuck happened to teaching respect? Not one guy in that entire house thought to say fuck no to those signs?

    Oh.... the Duggars. I read that post the other day...and... SO MUCH YES. I think the worst part was reading articles in which the blame was pointed at her. Yes, this is her fault. Duh! Clearly, she wasn't willing enough to submit to his every single need. Perhaps she was too busy raising his 4 fucking children. The thoughts in my brain are too jumbled to write anything that remotely makes sense, just know I'm with you.

    My poor Geege!!! And poor you for having to vaccuum that shit up!

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  13. I love this whole blog! Appalled at those boys!!!! More appalled that someone mentored that behavior. It's gross and the cause of so much strife ! Those duggars never should have been given media attention. Gratitude about summer- awesome! This blog is awesome. #bestbloggerever #Really.
    With love and pride, your Momma

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  14. Great post and thoughts, lady! We need to empower our women and teach them their worth 100%!

    A massage can work wonders right?

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  15. Such a powerful facebook post. Well said. I also feel for Anna's kids because they'll grow up thinking that behavior is okay.

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  16. Please tell me that show is free & not on Hulu Plus.... that looks right up my ally.

    My dog is shedding so bad - we have rolling tumbleweeds of dog hair in my living room. Grooming appt is Saturday! Thank goodness!

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  17. 1. Those signs suck. NOT funny.
    2. I read that post yesterday... I pray my granddaughters learn to breathe fire! (I suspect they will)
    3. We call the hair 'tumbleweeds'.
    4. We also celebrate the 'Born to Add' album from Sesame Street - a perfect take-off. My boys had it.
    Gratitude: my insane boys, their beautiful wives and daughters, my dog

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  18. LOL at the jumbo lump crab meat.
    Those signs are disgusting, I would have burned that house to the ground.
    Loved the breathe fire blog post, that was fantastic. I really do feel for Anna Duggar.

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  19. I saw image #1. It was really irritating. How is something like that funny? I also saw #2 on Facebook earlier this week and read the entire thing. It was so amazing. Kudos to her for writing that!

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  20. Those signs give me so much rage. I just can't understand what's going on with the world in general that these things are still happening. We can send spaceships to Pluto but we can't make people learn basic respect? And that Anna Duggar thing just made me so, so sad. And ref Erin's point about Donald Trump - ditto. I honestly thought it was spoof article when I read he was running. Honestly I still don't believe it. I just had to google it to make sure I hadn't dreamed it. Sadly not...

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  21. that makes me want to throw up. GROSS. no. boys will not be boys. they need to grow up and learn to not be pieces of ignorant shit.

    why have i not heard of the hot wives. that looks awesome.

    now i'd like a massage.

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  22. We were just talking about those signs at work yesterday and could not believe it had been posted, and allowed for that matter. I've never heard of those hotwives, I may need to check it out!

    Stopping by from the link up :)

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  23. Sending that ecard to my lil sister who just had her first fart in front of her new bf :) :) :)

    #1-2 YAS. PREACH STEPH.

    #5 is on my list! I have to finish True Blood and then I plan to watch the housewives in between eps of Difficult People!

    CRAB MEAT. I died. That is spot on and also disgusting.

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  24. Those signs were just ridiculous. Not sure who thought that would be smart or funny. Just sad.
    Love that ecard!
    Trish - tales from trish

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  25. Hahahaha that ecard!!! This is the first I am hearing about #1 so I am going to have to go check in to that. What is wrong with people???? And I haven't read that viral article yet either so I am going to go be learned. Happy Thursday!

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  26. Boys will be boys when they pick their noses and grab their croches, Not by posting signs like those. As a mother of two little boys, they will grow up knowing now to treat girls. And if they dont, I will personally kick their asses.

    As for Anna Dugger, she needs to open her eyes and take advantage of help she can get from friends and normal family members; that aren't brain washed by their religion. She needs to get her kids away from the p.o.s.

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  27. Boys will be boys when they pick their noses and grab their croches, Not by posting signs like those. As a mother of two little boys, they will grow up knowing now to treat girls. And if they dont, I will personally kick their asses.

    As for Anna Dugger, she needs to open her eyes and take advantage of help she can get from friends and normal family members; that aren't brain washed by their religion. She needs to get her kids away from the p.o.s.

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  28. that facebook article - fabulous. thank you for sharing. i hope if i have girls one day that they are raised to think they breathe fire.. and i hope if i have boys, they don't act like those assholes.
    I am so checking out that Hotwives show!

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  29. Never heard of that Hot Wives show but sounds hilarious although I don't have Hulu. bummer..

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  30. Amen to 1 & 2. I have nothing further to add, you summed it up.

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  31. I completely agree with your number 1&2 (especially how you're raising your daughter!) Gives me hope for humanity. - Svetlana @Life with a Side of Wine

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  32. #1 makes me want to throw up. I can't say anything you haven't already about that and #2, but I so appreciate how I can always come here and know there are strong and amazing women out there who think like me and are willing to speak up and speak truthfully. Thank you for always saying it so well.
    And thank you, thank you SO much for the shoutout. My breath caught in my throat when I saw that, I wasn't expecting it whatsoever. I really appreciate it and can't wait to share the first issue next week!

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  33. My Dad's dog has the same hair issue. That show looks hilarious and I love that Angela from the Office is in it. The Duggars are such hypocritical assholes I am so glad he is getting his comeuppance.

    For those boys there is a sauna in hell from them, rape is never funny and it should never be turned into a joke or victim will be even less likely to come forward than they already are.

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  34. i'm lucky charlie doesn't shed--i swear my eyes water just hearing someone has a pet that sheds. i shed enough to make up for it.
    loved that fb viral post--it saddens me of the whole situation but this post gives me hope. everyone needs to read it and follow the advice. so many good quotes out of it.

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  35. Totally agree with point #1, enough! And in related news, THIS makes me want to take to the streets.........http://www.texasmonthly.com/article/silence-at-baylor/

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    1. Holy crap. Are you kidding me? I hadn't heard about that.

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    2. So sad. The victim, another student athlete, had her scholarship decreased after the incident. I'm not using the word alleged, b/c the football player was convicted of rape last week. WTF?

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    3. This is a freaking disgrace and a nightmare.

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  36. That first photo is DISGUSTING. The local chapter was suspended? That's it? Those students should have been suspended from school and got a good a** whoopin'. If I were moving in my daughter and saw those signs, mama bear would have been up in their pieholes giving them a piece of my mind and maybe also my fist. Then, I would have called the President and demanded those d-bags removed from campus.

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  37. That first picture you posted disgusted me. Those boys should be penalized for something like that...I don't see anything funny about that picture and you're right some people will just excuse it as boys being boys, but the reality is that they are basically promoting rape. What society needs is to start raising men who respect women! Sometimes they forget that a woman gave birth to them. That alone should teach them that women are sacred. In addition I think we need to be teaching our daughters how to love and respect themselves so they never fall in the hand of pigs like those boys.

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    1. Sing it sister! I totally agree with you on all points.

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  38. I love so much about this post, especially all the girl power messages at the beginning! I wrote a post a long time ago (before I really had any readers) sharing a personal experience with the whole "boys will be boys so we can say and do whatever the fuck we want" thing back in college, and I got enraged all over again just looking at those signs.

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  39. Ugh. That frat and all the issues around it. You know my feelings. I love Hotwives! I've only seen Orlando though. I think I'm going to subscribe to Hulu again and watch it this weekend.

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  40. I remember when I went to college and we were doing sorority rush the frat guys with Colette numbers ranking us 1 to 10. I thought it was disgusting then I think it's disgusting now I cannot handle it. Also you're completely right about our daughters! It's constant struggle is a woman to be perceived as both serious and capable! It's a constant battle and we need to pave the way for our daughter so that they can take up there mantle a strong women! I will totally teach Kyra that she is able to breathe fire!

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