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Feminists keep fighting for the right to walk around with little clothing or naked without being sexualized. Yet if there were men fighting for the same thing, feminists would be all like "NO! Men can't do that, it promotes rape culture!!"
Can you imagine men fighting for the right to walk around half naked? Can anyone?
Yes I agree. It WOULD be silly for men to fight for the right to walk around half naked. Because they already have that right….
In 1935 it was equally illegally for men to expose their chest in the US as it was for women. Men protested by marching topless. By 1936 it was no longer a crime and actually considered normal.
So yeah, men did fight for the right to walk around half naked, and they got it as soon as they asked.
Hahahaha I hate everything.
[ x ] Look at those old dudes strutting ~
next time you go to accuse a teenage girl of overreacting remember that when a bunch of elderly white men couldn’t agree on something, they shut down the government
When people look down on modern literature in favor of the classics, they forget the classics were once modern literature that was looked down upon by people like them.
The Harper government has so effectively eliminated the word citizen that it only seems to be used in the context of denying citizenship rights to people like child soldier Omar Khadr, stripping citizenship rights from others, or using it as bait among ethnic voters.
Keeping an eye on debt and deficits is important. But governing means more than just balancing budgets, as citizenship implies much more than just being a taxpayer.
To be a citizen means to belong, to have responsibilities, rights and shared values. It means having a stake in the future and, in democracies, a voice in determining what that future might look like.
In Canada, it means having the guarantee that laws will be applied fairly to every person and every institution (including governments), as well as the right to an education and health care.
That is why we pay taxes. It’s the cost and the duty of belonging.
As the terminology has shifted from citizen to taxpayer over the past three decades, maybe it is only coincidental that the gap between rich and poor has widened.
Perhaps it’s also only coincidence that voter turnout has spiralled downward as the poor and the young (too many of whom are unemployed or under-employed and often burdened by huge debts from post-secondary education fees that have nearly tripled in the last two decades) decide not to bother exercising their franchise.
A growing body of economic research confirms that wealth isn’t the best predictor or guarantor of happy or healthy societies.
What matters more is feeling connected, belonging and having a say. In other words, being a full citizen.
So, as the teachers’ strike drags on and as we head into November municipal elections and a federal one in 2015, let’s reinstate “citizen” and all that it implies.
Let’s insist on it, if only as a reminder that we aren’t just taxpayers, and politicians ought to be more than just bookkeepers."
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