I’ll take a free drink when offered. I went through a phase where I watched every episode of Law and Order: SVU. I read all three of the Dragon Tattoo books. I listen to the Hip Hop/Pop station here. I really like the video for Eminem’s The Way You Lie.
This rant started around halloween. I had many friends talking about what they were going to be for halloween at 24 I have a lot of friends that were the classics: Sailors, Cops, Vampires. But throw the word sexy in front of all of those. Don’t get me wrong you have every right to wear how ever little you want on halloween but here’s my problem. My students are 11-13 and they want to be like you. They think I’m okay but they know that I don’t dress like that (sorry boys) so really they want to be like you. You in the fish net stockings and hooker pumps. I get that this nothing new so that’s that part.
I can’t always listen to NPR sometimes in the morning sometimes I need something more upbeat. So I listen to my local top 40 station. They are hosting a concert called the “triple ho show.” I’m sorry but every time they say it I cringe. My girl students have used that word and if you didn’t know it means prostitute. I don’t care if you have reclaimed the word and now it’s slang. It means hooker or whore. It is a dirty word and every time they say it makes me sad that no one cares. But it’s not like I’ve never used the word bitch before. So crap. Am I better? probably not.
I’ll take a free drink when offered. I don’t know why this is here but I feel like it’s in the same category.
Sam posted on twitter that he liked the Dragon Tattoo books. And so did I. But here is my question for all of you:
Have you become desensitized?
When you watch L&O are you grossed out? Sickened? I’m not really. Did Dragon Tattoo bug you? It did me but I read it greedily. Does the word bitch bug you? I use it often.
And I wonder why my girls are having self worth issues. F. I am doing something wrong but it’s so ingrained in our culture how do I fix it?
I know that things aren’t terrible for women. I just want better. I want to do better for my students.