Was just wondering this today.
You’ll use it all your life, they told me. It is the script of the civilized, they told me. You’re going to need it for everything, they told me.
Print your answers, my high school teachers tell me.
I forget how to write in cursive, my father tells me.
(TL;DR - it also upholds kyriarchy!)
I LOVE writing in cursive but there really is no point in teaching it (except to someone who wants to learn it).
Lately I’ve seen people explaining this simply as “it’s a more inclusive term” and leaving it at that. But there’s a reason it’s seen as more inclusive: the asterisk. And that asterisk makes an important change to the meaning.
An asterisk is a wildcard character in computing….
How many people by now have no idea that eating more fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and drinking plenty of (unpolluted) water is better for you than processed food?
I know it. Everyone knows it.
What these arrogant shits who keep aiming to “teach low income people” is not something we…
The gendered implications behind dismissive attitudes about pet-lovers run very, very deep, and are sometimes missed, even by people who are normally attuned and sensitive to these issues. While some people use ‘crazy cat lady’ self-referentially and in a joking way, as an identification that pokes fun at stereotypes, this is about more than just saying that only women are ‘weak’ enough to be attached to animals. It’s also about pathologising relationships, suggesting that a deep attachment to a pet is evidence of mental illness because of course only crazy people value connections with non-human animals, or think that they can be rich and deep and perhaps even equivalent to those with other humans.
“Some people love their pets deeply and wholly as themselves… A love for animals is not evidence of anything other than a love for animals, a desire to treat other living beings with compassion.
Perhaps it means someone is ‘soft,’ but I fail to see how that is a bad thing. Someone willing to share a home with an animal is soft in a way that I think is very good indeed, and it is hardly a character flaw, or an indicator of that person’s gender, mental health status, or anything else.”