My little secret.
My little secret.
By: Freda Koomson
I was recently privy to a conversation amongst African-American celebrity artists where some of their fears and concerns surrounding Ebola, it’s transmission, and it’s existence in the US, were candidly expressed. One artist even went so far as to gasp in fear “My cab driver on the way over here was African!” Understandably the world is at a standstill and it appears everyone from West Africa and specifically the 3 countries most heavily affected by Ebola are deemed unapproachable lepers in the face of this year’s growing Ebola epidemic.
American academic institutions are preemptively restricting travel to the region and memes aboundeth as to the lunacy of some of these attempts in light of the deadly risk-taking behavior many engage in daily. Amidst all of this hullabaloo, ignorance too abounds, and so do the myths surrounding Africa, Africans, and their approach to health and healthcare. The media has also not helped assuage fears surrounding the topic.
It is time the world stops stringently holding on to an image of Africa as land of the unhealthy, starving poor. Relatedly while colonialism has rendered the continent more vulnerable to certain factors which hinder accelerated improvement and developmental progress, Africans have been and are still poised as “health-conscious” and health embracing human beings despite what the media and sensationalist appeals to “help Africa” might lead one to believe. What has been lacking is a mixture of the right political will and focused funding efforts to solve the continent’s healthcare infrastructural woes.
It is time the world stops stringently holding on to an image of Africa as land of the unhealthy, starving poor.
Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness? via NYT Mag / Heather Havrilesky
There’s just so much good stuff on the Internet today.
Awesome little explanation of why fitness culture can be so harmful.
After threats against her life, Anita Sarkeesian canceled an upcoming talk at Utah State University. Gamergate trolls are celebrating on Twitter while simultaneously dismissing the threats as nothing. Does this read like nothing to you?“I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.”
The email’s author threatened to murder feminist women indiscriminately in a mass shooting. And because carrying guns on campus outweigh the right of students and guests to be safe, Anita Sarkeesian canceled her talk.
BUT WE SHOULDN’T FEEL THREATENED, RIGHT?
BECAUSE IT’S JUST THE INTERNET, RIGHT?
The bullies won this time. And if you think this shit isn’t dangerous, I’m fresh out of fucks to give and I’m not restocking any time soon. It’s goddamn wrong to to dismiss this by claiming the author isn’t serious. Elliot Rodger’s rantings were dismissed until it was too late.
This. Is. Not. OK.
guns… literally more important than the lives of women in the state of loveable mormons
From the article:
"In order to determine the degree of risk the letter posed, police ran the information they had through the FBI cyber terrorism task force and a number of other statewide database analysis information centers.
”They determined the threat seems to be consistent with ones (Sarkeesian) has received at other places around the nation,” he told the Standard-Examiner. “The threat we received is not out of the norm for (this woman).””
you have no idea how excited I am to see Toph.
I JUST REALIZED WE DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT DINOSAURS SOUND LIKE! THEY COULD’VE BEEN SPEAKING FLUENT GERMAN FOR ALL WE KNOW
it’s too early for this late night tumblr shit
GUTEN MORGEN HERR PTERODACTYL
WIE GEHTS FRAU MASTADON
Oh my god neither of those are dinosaurs and there’s 145 million years separating them both, this post is a palaeontological disaster.
Now, don’t you worry about my strength. I have plenty.
why is Ursula shunned from King Triton’s society? does it have something to do with being more powerful than him? why does King Triton have a magical trident, being otherwise a pretty regular merman? Ursula is a witch, if anyone should have a magical artifact it should be her, did King Triton steal it?
and finally, Ursula didn’t do Ariel much wrong
Ariel wanted some legs (and a vagina) and Ursula told her flat out that in the surface world you can have a vagina or a voice, not both
i’d watch the hell out of a movie about Ursula
“Ursula told her flat out that in the surface world you can have a vagina or a voice, not both”
ohhhh shit though, ursula was being too real about the world
although perhaps a bit too literal
Okay, these were all excellent points and I’ll never see The Little Mermaid the same way again.
I laughed at that caption at first then the reality actually hit me
you can have a vagina or a voice, not both”
Bruh… Little mermaid was deep.
I relate to this every day in materials