TELL ME THAT SCHOOL ISN’T HARD
I KNOW YOU’RE GROWN UP
I KNOW YOU ARE MY PARENT
I KNOW YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN THROUGH THIS PART OF LIFE
BUT SCHOOL HAS GOTTEN HARDER
AND TEACHERS ARE UNFAIR TO ME AND ASSIGN TOO MUCH
AND THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN I AM TIRED
I CANNOT DO WORK
I CANNOT SUCCEED ON A TEST
I CANNOT FUNCTION
But, even if you’re not fat, if you’re a woman, you’re probably still so caught up with your toxic weight shit that you can’t even see straight. During my working life I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been part of these ridiculous workplace group diets. Almost all of the participants have been women. Sometimes they even try to bribe one another with money. They all put in ten dollars on the first week and whoever loses the most wins the pool at the end of 4 months, or whatever it is. Look, I’m like you. I’ve done it too. And at a perfectly normal, healthy weight I’ve done it. All because of a sick, shitful, ugly little voice in the back of my head that tells me I ought to be smaller.
And that’s the rub, right there. Exactly why do we want to be smaller? What exactly is the appeal of being smaller? How does it benefit us? Does it make us better mothers? Better students? Better lovers? Better artists? Scientists? Friends? Does it make us more badass badasses?
No, no, no, no, no. You must see that it doesn’t. It doesn’t do anything but make us smaller.
Babies and puppies are small. So are dimes and Skittles. You’re a fucking woman. A woman! You are entitled to occupy as much fucking space as you like with your awesomeness, and you better be suspicious as fuck of anybody who tells you differently.
Why, ladies? Why must we continue to whittle ourselves down? Who is it for? What is it for? You can walk through a certain aisle at the pharmacy or at the grocery store and see the language of diminishment all over the packaging for weight loss aids of all kinds. “Shrink your waist.” “Lose inches off your thighs.” “Slim down.” “Get skinny.”
How about “Grow your mind.” “Increase your confidence and productivity.” “Beef up your knowledge.” “Enlarge your scope of asskicking.”
That’s a valid message for women and girls: grow, expand, branch out, open up, get bigger, wider, faster, stronger, better, smarter. Go up not down. Get strong, not skinny.
You are not here to get smaller. You are not here to have a thin waist and thighs. You are not here to disappear. You’re here to change the world! Change the fucking world, then! Forget about “losing a few pounds.” Think about what you could be gaining instead.
I’m sorry, tumblr user alexislynn10, but to say that “Don’t let society dictate who you date” is the “only smart remark from South Park” is a pretty big statement given that it’s a television series that has run since 1997 and has 16 seasons and 237 episodes.
I am outraged by the fact that you would insinuate that South Park is such an unintelligent show, that its brightest line was “Don’t let society dictate who you date.”
Allow me to list for you some other excellent moments in South Park, since you seem to be unaware:
In the episode Death (Season 1) the four boys’ parents leave the children unattended while they protest the boys’ favorite television show, which they find inappropriate for their children. At the end of the episode Kyle Broflovski remarks, "I think that parents only get so offended by television because they rely on it as a babysitter and the sole educator of their kids."
In the episode Conjoined Fetus Lady (Season 2) all the adults in the town of South Park decide to create an awareness week for the school’s nurse who has a (fictional) disorder, called Conjoined Twin Myslexia. Despite the Nurse’s disorder being fictional, her feelings towards being singled out are very realistic: at the end of the episode she angrily tells the residents “I just wanted to do my job and live my life like any normal person, but instead you’ve made everybody focus on my handicap all week long…I don’t want to be treated different. I don’t want to be treated special or treated gingerly. I just want to be ridiculed, shouted at, and made fun of like all the rest of you do to each other.”
In Chef Aid (Season 2) Mr. Twig tells Mr. Garrison, “Love isn’t a decision, it’s a feeling. If we could decide who we love, it would be much simpler, but much less magical.”
In the episode Raisins (Season 7) Butters says to Stan, “I’m sad, but at the same time I’m really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It’s like, it makes me feel alive, you know? It makes me feel human. And the only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt something really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good, so I guess what I’m feeling is like a, beautiful sadness.”
In the episode Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset (Season 8) Paris Hilton sells her brand of toys to the girls of South Park who idolize her for being rich and spoiled. Wendy remarks to her father, “It seems that lewdness and shallowness are being exalted, while intellectualism is looked down upon. I think young women are being marketed to by corrupt, moral-less corporations.”
In the episode Cartman Sucks (Season 11) Butters’ parents believe that Butters is bisexual, and send him the a camp where they “pray the gay away.” Fed up with other people telling him about his own sexuality, Butters exclaims, “I’m not gonna be confused anymore just because you say I should be! My name is Butters, I’m eight years old, I’m blood type O, and I’m bicurious! And even that’s okay! Because if I’m bicurious, and I’m somehow made from God, then I think your God must be a little bicurious himself!”
The episode Eat. Pray, Queef (Season 13) uses the comedic approach, comparing farts to queefs, to explore the double standards that still exist between men and women.
There are so many other good examples of how brilliant the show South Park is; these are just a few.
I know I singled out tumblr user alexislynn10 for just one comment, but I’ve heard so many comments discrediting South Park, when in fact it’s a really great show full of satire and social commentary.
did anyone else have trouble waterbending last night?
Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on April 14th 15th 2014
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