Many in law enforcement recognize that poverty, unemployment, and the drugs and violence that accompany them are social problems that cannot be solved by arresting people. But the police and the courts are not equipped with social solutions. They are equipped with handcuffs and jail time.

Living in the UK right now is frustrating because I’m so angry but cant do anything about it because no-one over here is paying attention. No-one over here knew until the recent media attention. Everyone is suddenly asking ‘who’s Mike Brown?’ And ‘if the police shot him they must have had reason to believe he was dangerous’. No-one knows the full story. No-one realises the in-justice.

The media attention is good. But the media portrayal is not. It’s portraying the protestors as the crazy ones. As the ones in the wrong.

Let me ask you something. How does the media portray katniss in the hunger games? As crazy? As in the wrong? No. They see katniss as a hero. Because standing up for and fighting for what you believe in, against what is wrong, what is not okay, is only acceptable when its fictional. When this becomes a reality, the elite in society become the capital. It’s no coincidence our system is called capitalism.

We’ve been conditioned through socialisation since children to stay silent and accept the distorted norms and values of those who are in control in society. Conditioned not to react to in-justice and merely accept it rather than speak up against it.

Maybe ferguson is what we need. Maybe the elite in society should feel scared. Because the older generation of obedient, controlled and silent civilians with traditional, historic values imposed by parents and grandparents are dying out and are being replaced with a younger generation with reformed norms and values, that are no longer scared to make a stand for what is right.

We will not be silenced. We will not stand by and watch. We will not be controlled.

We will stand against in-justice.

Factories and fields, school, churches, shopping centers and parks, roads and railways litter a landscape that has been indelibly and irreversibly carved out according to the dictates of capitalism. Again, this physical transformation has not progressed evenly. Vast concentrations of productive power here contrast with sprawling far-flung development in another. All of this adds up to what we call the “uneven geographical development” of capitalism.
—  David Harvey - 'The Limits of Capital' (1882)
The I Can Do It Martini

One of my oldest* friends is celebrating her 30th next week. Which means that my birthday is hovering closer and closer…

I mean, I can’t wait to be done with my 20’s but the current stats and data about my generation, millennials/Generation Y’ers, makes aging especially depressing and scary because there’s a lot of shit going on. Here’s a short summary of stuff people are saying about Millennials:

But seriously, sarcasm and cynicism aside, I know this is all very confusing and I apologize for scaring anyone. It doesn’t help that other generations tend to write about the Millennials with so much vitriol. Give us a break, will you? Talk about Gen X instead. Geez.

Yes, I’ve been kind of a Debbie Downer this week and it’s only Tuesday! Aging used to not scare me but now it is. Just a little. It doesn’t help that the general mood around me has been gloomy too.

We have to do something.

I’m motivated to do something.

Let’s do something about it.

Yeah!

Let’s do something!

Let’s…

Have a cocktail.

(Yes, I am quite aware that the last three recipe posts have been cocktails.)

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Sociology was actually good today, it’s good to see people advocating race to be constructed by social structures and not something biological as many believe it to be. I totally agreed with the lecturer when he said racism creates races and not the other way around because that’s basically the root of the problem.

While homophobia in relationship to hegemonic masculinity has been well studied, the mechanisms of women’s homophobia have not been. Hamilton shows that in a collegiate context, heterosexual women’s homophobia may take the form of subtle social distancing, in contrast to men’s more aggressive, publicly visible homophobic behavior (Hamilton 2007: 149). In this study, same-sex sexual behavior was often performed for the erotic attention of men: “Active partiers frequently engaged in same-sex sexual behaviors in the party scene. Their ability to do so without social stigma depended on maintaining social distance from those who identified as lesbians” (Hamilton 2007: 164). In Hamilton’s analysis, heterosexual women’s gender strategies give status to women who attract and please men, which bars lesbians from inclusion: “homophobia among women renders lesbians socially invisible” (Hamilton 2007: 167). This invisible process of social exclusion makes women’s homophobia particularly difficult to study. Since network analysis has the power to expose patterns in social structure, it may be useful in rendering female homophobia more visible.
—  me, my thesis (!!!)