Reply to by !deleted14296

RedEmmaSpeaksA wrote

Obviously facing them head on will never work. Really all you can do is keep going and wait it out. Empires are inherently unstable and they will eventually overreach and collapse. Until then, do what you can to protect the people who need it.


RedEmmaSpeaksA wrote

I found an interesting Pin about that. Now I know Pinterest isn't what you would call a scholarly source and I wouldn't treat it as one, but again, I thought it was very interesting. It does seem to line up with my experiences. I went to public schools so I had both boys and girls in my classes, and I'm not sure how to describe it, but somehow without being explicitly ordered to, girls will invariably wind up playing the part of buffers, having to manage the boys while learning at the same time.

As a result, in Girls-only schools, scores go up, because female students can focus on their work without simultaneously having to help manage the classroom. But Boys-only schools have the opposite effect because without the girls to serve as a buffer/target, misbehavior increases significantly. It makes you wonder how much of school systems' structures are planned around this meme, having girls serve as additional teachers/disciplinarians to better manage the boys.

There are so many things to hate about school that we could list until the end of time, but the fact that a handful of jackasses could pretty much hijack a class and keep everyone from getting any work done, because the jackasses feel their need to be an asshole is so much more important, is definitely one of them.

And before you say anything about how the teacher should discipline them, one, I went to schools so overcrowded, it was a miracle if the teacher knew the name of every kid they were teaching. Two, they are pretty much stuck with a curriculum that they are mandated to get through and discipline, however necessary, keeps them from doing that and gives them bad marks with the administration. Of course, if you do discipline them, expect to get all kinds of angry phone calls from Mommy and Daddy insisting that Junior is nothing but the most precious angel on God's Green Earth and if you don't stop persecuting them, kiss your job goodbye.

And while in college, teacher can pretty much say some variation on "STFU or Leave!" to a disruptive student without facing too many consequences, in public schools, they are legally required to give you an education regardless of how futile and useless the effort may be. So you can't just kick someone out of the classroom, and you really have to go all out there to get expelled. Unless you are a PoC, LGBT, one of the weird kids, or not a jock, in which case, they can and will bring down the discipline hammer on your head for the slightest offenses.



Reply to by Dumai

RedEmmaSpeaksA wrote

The arguments surrounding Anarcho-Primitivism just seems a further reiteration of another toxic meme in our culture, where we're constantly told we can either have X or Y, and when you say, "How come we can't have both?" they look at you like you're crazy.

Anyway, peoples' kneejerk response regarding AnPrim is "OMG! You're saying we have to live like cavemen and can't have computers or antibiotics!" Meanwhile, AnPrims feel we have to throw out the baby with the bathwater and we can't utilize any tech that came into being after the industrial revolution.

The Either/Or mindset is really toxic and limiting. There's no reason why we can't hold onto what works and throw out what doesn't, like maybe we could utilize older techniques for farming that don't heavily depend on oil-laden fertilizers or pesticides, but marry these older techniques with some modern discoveries related to permaculture and find a happy medium. We can keep our cell phones and Internet, but rather than make more gadgets that just use up resources and fill up landfills, why don't we take the devices we already have, find a way to modify them with whatever new feature or program we want to run, and drive a stake through the heart of Planned Obsolescence.

It's one of the reasons I really dig the ethos behind the Solarpunk genre, because that's basically what Solarpunk is: finding a way to marry the old and the new, and thus create something even better. Create cities, but modify them so they are more efficient when it comes to power and hey, use some of those skyscrapers to grow massive gardens.


RedEmmaSpeaksA wrote

Rather than asking if cheap fashion can ever be ethical (probably no business in Capitalism can be completely ethical), how about we ask ourselves why we keep needing to make more and more clothes? We have probably produced enough clothing that nearly every person could wear a new outfit every day until they die and still have plenty unworn apparel leftover, yet despite this glut, despite the fact we don't really need any more clothes, we still have factories and sweatshops churning out more clothes that will pile up unworn. And that's ignoring the obvious environmental effects associated with materials. Cotton, in particular, really leeches nutrients out of the soil and requires a shitton of pesticides.