Posts tagged ‘news’

October 1, 2012

Monday Inspiration

One of the rare stories that I find on my Facebook newsfeed that I feel compelled to share. What an inspirational story about an amazing woman and some of the amazing (and surprising) responses the story has generated. While the story made me feel somewhat ashamed of my vanity, more importantly it was a reminder that true beauty comes from within and through your actions.

I’ll re-post the story here, but you can also read it at Jezebel.

 

 

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Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman, Get Righteously Schooled

 Lindy West

A Reddit user going by the handle “european_douchebag” posted a surreptitious photo of a Sikh woman with the caption “i’m not sure what to conclude from this.” The user’s apparent confusion stems from the fact that the woman—bound by her religion not to cut her hair or alter her body—has an abundance of dark, untrimmed facial hair. The mind of european_douchebag was SO INCREDIBLY BLOWN by the fact that women have hair on their bodies—and, yes, faces—and that some women are bold, self-assured, and pious enough not to cave to western beauty standards (and gender expectations), there was nothing for him to do but post her photo online and wait for the abuse to flood in.

But then something totally lovely and unexpected happened. The woman in the photo responded:

Hey, guys. This is Balpreet Kaur, the girl from the picture. I actually didn’t know about this until one of my friends told on facebook. If the OP wanted a picture, they could have just asked and I could have smiled 🙂 However, I’m not embarrased or even humiliated by the attention [negative and positve] that this picture is getting because, it’s who I am. Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair. Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will. Just as a child doesn’t reject the gift of his/her parents, Sikhs do not reject the body that has been given to us. By crying ‘mine, mine’ and changing this body-tool, we are essentially living in ego and creating a seperateness between ourselves and the divinity within us. By transcending societal views of beauty, I believe that I can focus more on my actions. My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it? When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can. So, to me, my face isn’t important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face are. 🙂 So, if anyone sees me at OSU, please come up and say hello. I appreciate all of the comments here, both positive and less positive because I’ve gotten a better understanding of myself and others from this. Also, the yoga pants are quite comfortable and the Better Together tshirt is actually from Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that focuses on storytelling and engagement between different faiths. 🙂 I hope this explains everything a bit more, and I apologize for causing such confusion and uttering anything that hurt anyone.

And then, THEN, something even more miraculous happened—the original poster apologized:

I know that this post ISN’T a funny post but I felt the need to apologize to the Sikhs, Balpreet, and anyone else I offended when I posted that picture. Put simply it was stupid. Making fun of people is funny to some but incredibly degrading to the people you’re making fun of. It was an incredibly rude, judgmental, and ignorant thing to post.

/r/Funny wasn’t the proper place to post this. Maybe /r/racism or /r/douchebagsofreddit or /r/intolerance would have been more appropriate. Reddit shouldn’t be about putting people down, but a group of people sending cool, interesting, or funny things. Reddit’s been in the news alot lately about a lot of cool things we’ve done, like a freaking AMA by the president. I’m sorry for being the part of reddit that is intolerant and douchebaggy. This isn’t 4chan, or 9gag, or some other stupid website where people post things like I did. It’s fucking reddit. Where some pretty amazing stuff has happened.

I’ve read more about the Sikh faith and it was actually really interesting. It makes a whole lot of sense to work on having a legacy and not worrying about what you look like. I made that post for stupid internet points and I was ignorant.

So reddit I’m sorry for being an asshole and for giving you negative publicity.
Balpreet, I’m sorry for being a closed minded individual. You are a much better person than I am
Sikhs, I’m sorry for insulting your culture and way of life.
Balpreet’s faith in what she believes is astounding.

Holy shit, internet, I don’t even know you anymore! I never thought something would come out of the seeping necrotic abscess that is Reddit that would actually make my day better, but wow. MY HEART GREW THREE SIZES THIS DAY.

 

So did mine.

 

September 11, 2012

The New Yorker: September 24, 2001

Posted last year today, on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

 

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“Ten years ago, my husband, the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, our daughter, and I stood four blocks away from the second tower as we watched it collapse in excruciatingly slow motion. Later, back in my office, I felt that images were suddenly powerless to help us understand what had happened. The only appropriate solution seemed to be to publish no cover image at all—an all-black cover. Then Art suggested adding the outlines of the two towers, black on black. So from no cover came a perfect image, which conveyed something about the unbearable loss of life, the sudden absence in our skyline, the abrupt tear in the fabric of reality.”

– Art Editor Françoise Mouly on “9/11/2001,” the first New Yorker cover following 9/11.

 

{via newyorker.tumblr}

 

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September 6, 2012

The Marmots & Me

This is such a sweet story I just had to share!

 

The marmots and me: The schoolboy, 8, who has struck up a remarkable friendship with a colony of alpine animals.

They are notoriously shy around humans […] But when [they] see Matteo Walch, they scuttle to his side and show him nothing by affection. […] Matteo’s mother Michaela said: ‘Their friendship has lasted for more than four year now.’


Read the full article here.

 

Nose to nose: A marmot greets eight-year-old Matteo on the slopes of the Austrian Alps

 

 

Jealous: One marmot is so keen to get his attention that it has climbed up into Matteo’s lap for a cuddle

 

{Images via Daily Mail}

 

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May 7, 2012

LMFAO @ Staples

 

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Awwww, yea! LMFAO is gonna be in LA and guess who got tickets? The girls and I are gonna check out the Sorry for Party Rocking Tour next month and we’re soooo excited! Next step, gotta get our party rockin’ outfits together, which I think will call for a funkalicious Forever21 trip.

Lammie already picked up this shirt.

 

Hot tip: You can search online coupons for the T-Shirt Exchange. I found a couple for free shipping and 10% off.

 

It’s going to be an epic night.

 

WHAT:  LMFAO Sorry for Party Rocking Tour
WHEN:  Tuesday, June 5, 2012 @ 7pm
WHERE:  Staples Center

 

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April 20, 2012

BOO Love

Apparently I’m late to the Boo party train, but I’m DYING over the cuteness of this dog, people. I’m not usually a Pom fan, but this dog… That head. Those paws. Unreal. I want to squeeze him!

Happy Friday, y’all!

 

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