We’ve got to catch up with the times. Our laws do more harm than good because they’re stuck decades behind us. I am so sick of hearing about how overcrowded prisons and jails are when I know that the majority of people housed in them are causalities from “the war on drugs”. People that had some weed on them, or coke serving five years.
There are no laws for cyber bullying, the way the current law is written a clever lawyer can manipulate it to get someone who bullies a kid into killing themselves off scott-free. Recently, a girl was charged with statutory rape. She was in a consensual relationship with another girl—with a two year age difference. They started when they were 17 and 15—the 15 year-old has homophobic parents and did not want her to be dating a girl so the moment that her girlfriend turned 18 they pressed charges. Now, this 18 year-old, whose only crime was loving someone, is facing 15 years in prison and having to register as a sex offender. The law needs to catch up. This world needs to catch up.
Then I read about a transgender woman who still has her penis, but for all other intents and purposes is female was arrested. That’s fine, if she was doing something wrong arrest her—but this woman was housed with men. This woman with breasts, and full lips, and platinum hair was forced to be housed with men. Safety issue, much?
This world—this world is full of different people and different experiences and one blanket law protects no one. This world needs to catch the hell up.
So, earlier this week, I watched a video of a little girl, maybe five or six years old, who was extremely irritated with toy companies, and she flat out called them on their BS while standing in the toy aisle at a store. This is a quote from Riley, the star of the aforementioned video, “Companies try to trick girls into buying the pink stuff instead of stuff that boys want to buy.” Riley was logical and couldn’t understand why it is assumed that girls only want pink stuff, while boys only want blue. In another quote from this insightful little, Riley says, “Some girls like superheroes, some girls like princesses! Some boys like superheroes, some boys like princesses! So why do all the girls have to buy pink stuff and all the boys have to buy different color stuff?” What an excellent question, little Riley!
I was a tomboy growing up. I would use my father’s collectable army statues as my G.I Joes because I didn’t think it was okay for me to ask for real G.I Joes. Granted, my parents would have bought me all the G.I Joes and action figures I wanted, but I thought if I asked for it they would think I was strange, as girls like and ask for the pink stuff. My nephew, Jakob, however, is the exact opposite and is quite fond of all things pink and purple. Unfortunately for him, that’s only girly things. But why can’t a car, a sword, or an action figure be pink and purple? Or why should he be picked on for having a Pink Panther backpack anyway?
Kids have an unfair gender identity pushed on them. I read an article, and also …
Tragic incidents and the often-horrifying accompanying details were once covered daily through newspapers, the morning and evening news, and AM radio (which I’m not sure even exists anymore). News updates occur via the internet far more rapidly nowadays; however, there seems to be a certain trade-off that has passed in terms of quality, whether it be accuracy, scope, or spin.
The frequency of news updates can really engage a reader, can personalize a tragedy … but there is a dark underbelly sometimes, when things aren’t exactly what they seem.
Take the recent death of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer, a single mother from Maine.
On a Saturday night in April, Dittmeyer’s car was found abandoned, flashers on, in the parking lot of a ski resort. Her 14-month-old daughter, Aliyah, was unharmed in her carseat, but there …