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    • Jeaniy02

      Actually, I’m not sure if I ever told anyone this. During the Polar Vortex winter I ran to the gas station over my lunch hour because one of my tires had a slow leak that got worse when it was really cold. The sun was finally out and the snow had slightly melted into this horrible slushy, half-frozen mess, but it was still bitterly cold. There was an elderly man at the air pump struggling with the hose, so I helped him get it untangled. We got to talking a little and I offered to check and air up his tires for him so he wouldn’t have to get into the slush and fumble with the caps, etc. While I filled up his tires, a little old lady walked up and asked if she could watch how it’s done. Her husband, who had recently passed away, had always taken care of the cars, so she was at a bit of a loss on how to air up her obviously low tire. I finished up the man’s tires and had the lady pull up, checked all her tires and aired them up, narrating how to do it (while the guy gave advice of course, haha ^_^). One of the tires had a leak—I could hear it hissing and could see bubbles coming from the wet tire, so I let her know and told her how to get to the nearest tire store so they could fix/replace it. They both said that I was such a nice girl, and thanked me before going on their way.
      I was late getting back to work by the time I finally aired up my tire too, and my gloves and my feet were soaked, but it was worth it.

    • Jeaniy02

      Single dads aren’t really talked about much in the media, so it’s nice to see an article from the perspective of a young single dad who has totally different responsibilities than many of his peers. Single parents everywhere work hard to provide for their kids. We need to normalize the image of fathers—sitcoms and movies do men no favors by perpetuating the myth that fathers don’t know how to care for babies or would be totally lost if they had to care for their kids for a week while the mom is gone. I say this as a feminist (I see that there’s a lot of haters in other comments here)— Seeing these stories and examples are positive reinforcement for men out there who get these sexist messages saying that childcare is women’s work and that fathers can’t be/shouldn’t be the primary caretaker. My father-in-law cares for his grandchildren, will watch them for a weekend on his own, change diapers, etc. These are the examples that men and women need.

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      Did he mean to make a racist joke? No. But the words you say are important, even if you intended for them to have a different meaning. I have to imagine that for the fans at the concert it was like being sucker-punched to hear a poorly-worded joke that implied that black Australians are drunks. It doesn’t matter what he intended when he was making the joke—the words that he chose to use were poorly thought out and turned into an offensive joke. I don’t think he meant that to happen, but it did. He recognizes that he made a joke that can honestly, and without much of a stretch, be considered racist, and he made a sincere apology. I don’t think it’s ridiculous to say that he made the joke out of ignorance and even a place of privilege—it’s not a stereotype that he has to worry about on a day to day basis because he isn’t aboriginal or Australian. But your words are never divorced from context and the responsible thing to do for us all is to understand the biases and stereotypes out there and be aware of those so that we don’t even accidentally buy in to them.  No one is perfect and life is a learning experience, but when you do or say something wrong you admit it and move forward, which I think Rob Thomas is doing.

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      It’s a problem if characters of color or a certain heritage are constantly and consistently replaced by white actors/actresses in Hollywood instead of finding talented actors (who DO exist, you know) of that race/background. Especially if the source material is about a very specific time, place, or person.
      Dressing as a specific Asian character from a show/anime/comic when you’re black or white character when you’re Asian isn’t what’s offensive. There’s no problem in dressing up as your favorite character of another race, but it needs to be done respectfully and with the knowledge that 1. you should never ever ever put on black- or yellowface and 2. white people have co-opted other cultures for years as nothing more than costumes so yeah, there is a history there that bothers people when they see it perpetuated through Native American headdresses on party girls or college kids in blackface eating watermelon or a geisha costume from a bag.

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      I work as a staff member at a community college. I’d just like to point out that many of the complaints in this comment section can be directly tied to state funding. The price of keeping the doors open keeps going up and that cost will be passed along to students through tuition raises, and to faculty by reductions to FT faculty, reductions to adjuncts, or dropping FT instructors to adjunct (and staff reductions of course). States are slashing funding to all levels of education every year when we should be finding a way to invest in our future through education.