If u see a guy with long hair he’s either gorgeous or fucking weird and the answer lays in what type of shoe he’s wearing
Someone said - & i’ve heard this before - that a welfare state won’t work if people are going to “cheat the system”. That welfare might not help reduce poverty because it’s going to make people lazy, and reduce incentive to find work. Both these statements are very privileged. I rarely hear it (in fact I’ve never heard it) from someone who has been through or are going through poverty. I almost always hear it from the rich/comfortable middle-class.
When “cheating the system” is mentioned I always want to ask — what do you mean? Look at the world we have where people can be so poor. Someone’s already cheating the system. The question is, is it acceptable when the poor do it?
When the rich get tax breaks, tax holidays; that’s cheating the system. When the rich can get jobs and opportunities based on connections; that’s cheating the system too. Because if you follow the system you only get such opportunities through your portfolio. And when the rich can escape the law when they embezzle millions while a poor person who steals a far less amount of money languishes in prison; that is cheating the system.
And I’m not even beginning to talk here about the system itself. How flawed it is, how it privileges and maintains the wealth of the upper class at the expense of the poor. How it is almost inevitable that people would want to cheat such a system since this is a system that is determined to keep them poor, keep them hopeless, make them feel dehumanized. I could go on.
The truth is, someone is always going to be cheating the system. So are you going to wait until every single poor person is well-behaved before you believe that they deserve a systematic change/help? I mean, let’s just completely ignore the fact that their circumstances might have very well led them to make such poor choices, right?
The assumption that people will “cheat the system” or they’ll be “lazy” or “won’t work” when they’re under a welfare state; that’s a very unkind statement to make to me. Because it just exemplifies a complete lack of understanding for what poor people go through. How divorced you are from their reality because you just assume the worst of them. And you show how you don’t even begin to understand the hopelessness. The concern for only the immediate moment and getting food on the table. When healthcare insurance can’t even help you pay medical bills. When savings is non-existent. When studying is hard because your environment is not conducive. When you have to get jobs just to pay for your school books.
When I think about all of this, and just the everyday companion of despair when you’re poor, then to choose not to systematically at least try to alleviate that through implementing a welfare state for a reason like “people are going to cheat the system” is so incredibly trivial. It’s so trivial. And it shows how the priorities of the person saying that is not with helping the poor at all.
And poor people do want jobs. They’re not lazy. They will work. They need the money. Poor people work harder than you think. In fact I’m not surprised if they work harder than you. Just think about the kind of jobs some of them have. Labourers. Cleaners. What about poor single-parent families? Do you think you can work as hard as them? Welfare states are not perfect — just like any state, by the way — but they have been proven to reduce poverty. Their aim is to help the poor. So for the rich/comfortable middle-class who think of it as simply a discussion & go “it won’t work if people are going to cheat the system” - what do you care? As if you’re not where you are now because somewhere along the way you’ve cheated the system too.
Amy Poehler in the November 2014 issue of The Oprah Magazine (x)
10.17.14: Beyoncé arriving at Harry’s Bar in London
I’m supposed to be studying for a psychology exam and have instead wandered down an internet path that has resulted in me watching live led zeppelin performances and hating myself for not committing to playing the guitar when I was 11 (because I definitely would have been as good as jimmy page by now of course)
how did this happen
ITS OCTOBER TIME TO REBLOG THIS AGAIN
hi yeah this is your daily killjoy reminder that if ur an adult on tumblr u need to be very careful about maintaining boundaries between yourself and your minor followers/friends
yeah like if one of your younger followers tells you to unfollow because it’s making them uncomfortable, fucking do it
don’t get me started on how many actual fucking adults refuse to unfollow a minor on here
it’s goddamn creepy
Okay on the one hand yes this is important but on the other it’s also important to remember that for most adults, it’s actually not that hard to maintain boundaries between yourself and minors? I don’t know how to convey this 100% correctly but I guess I’m just uncomfortable with the implication that it’s common or easy to blur the lines with minors because I feel like that perpetuates the bullshit “oh it just happened, I couldn’t tell, they were so mature, whoopsie daisy!” response that so many predators rely on to normalize their predatory behavior. So just be aware if you’re a minor that adults can definitely tell the difference between the way you interact with them and the way they interact with other people their own age, and if they’re violating your boundaries or being inappropriate or telling you they’re lured/tricked/confused by your maturity or whatever they are definitely full of shit.
"She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful." (x)
This moment really resonated with me so much. So many people (especially other Black people) mocked this scene and Viola Davis’ worth, beauty, autonomy, experiences, and the representation her character embodies for Black women. And that ignorance reemphasized Viola Davis and many black women’s reality and actual struggle with feeling other-ed, being seen as one dimensional, and being seen as the bottom of the hierarchy of beauty standards. I hate that Viola was so empowered by getting this role and then hateful ignorant people exploited this moment on the show to belittle her with anti-Black jokes and referencing trope movie roles she specifically wanted to move away from (referencing: The Help, The Color Purple). Viola is a goddess and this moment on How to Get Away with Murder was revolutionary.
Scientist: *sees a spider with long legs*
Scientist: I think I’ll call it daddy…… Daddy long legs