Everybody should watch this video because, it caught JeriorLiz and I by surprise. This is the most beautiful and tear-inducing video I have seen in a long time. The video shows so many women, all women, every woman which makes this video a dedication towards all women. Many people were represented in a way that is hardly found in the mainstream media.
Many people discuss this video by stating it shows “real” women, but I really think it shows everyday women. Women of different physical and mental abilities, skin tones, age, health status, genders and sexual orientation. As the video progressed, it just got better.
Transitionally, throughout the part of the video that got me was the intensity of the emotions and the various different situations that every person was going through. Especially, with the queer representation of all ages.
Both Unknownshadeof and I completely lost it when the video portrayed an elderly woman taking off her bra revealing her mastectomy. This is emotionally heavy because, you don’t get to see women with medical/physical scars or anything close to showing any bodily ‘imperfections’ in the media.
John Legend has always been the romantic crooner who can steal a few hearts, but now he has socially stolen the stage, calling out quietly for a wider representation of the perception of ‘women’.
P.S. BROADEN YOUR PERCEPTION OF WOMEN. -unknownshadeof
This is the sound Jupiter emits via electromagnetic waves. Its so incredibly cool (10:00)
But when you’ve got a class full of disengaged, anti-authority noisemakers?
When you’re having to decide minute-to-minute whether your top priority is the the twenty students avoiding work or the five students tearing the room apart, and writing a directed example on the board would take the spare five minutes that you haven’t had since January?
That’s when all of your pretty plans fly out the window.
I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture.
So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.
Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome.
So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.
Staff employed on the Nauru Immigration Detention Centre have detailed allegations of multiple violations of human rights in a submission to the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.
The submission is among the more than 200 submitted to the inquiry, launched by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The 53-page document lodged by Save the Children Australia employees details multiple reports of sexual assault involving asylum seeker children, stating that no “working with children” check system exists in Nauru.
“There have been several employees accused of physical, verbal and the sexual assault of children,” it reads.
“The employees that work in the Nauru offshore processing centre… have unrestricted access to children and their families.
“Children have been the victim of sexual, physical and verbal assaults by employees.”
One child allegedly reported being sexually abused by an employee at the centre, while another reported overhearing a number of men making plans to sexually assault her.
One report alleged that multiple children were subjected to an “attempted assault” by an employee who was driving them back from school.
The document also details the alleged “dehumanisation of the children”, who are referred to by boat numbers instead of their names.
It alleges that service providers identify children by boat numbers, prompting comments from children that they feel like “we are animals and not people”.
It also detailed conditions such as those imposed on a 13-year-old girl who only had two pairs of underwear, and only one which she could use while on her period.
“She felt shame because she was an adolescent girl and each day she had to wash her underwear and hang them to dry in front of her father, which was not culturally appropriate,” it read.
“She went for months without additional underwear despite multiple written requests.”
Another instance detailed an asylum seeker being denied a new pair of shorts, despite one pair being torn so badly his genitals were exposed. He was not provided with underwear.
The document also alleges cramped living quarters, with 12 to 15 families forced into one tent - despite average temperatures of 31 degrees.
“The size of the room is extremely cramped and people are allotted one square metre of living space per person,” it reads.
“The cramped quarters have no air conditioning or walls. They are merely separated from their neighbours by a partition of fabric.”
Children have collapsed numerous times due to heat exhaustion, while lessons are held amid constant construction noise.
Hygiene was also highlighted, alleging blocked toilets spilling faeces onto floors and the provision of only two toilets for approximately 200 children.
“There are outbreaks of lice, gastroenteritis and school sores,” it read.
“Furthermore, children are subject to toilets lacking in basic sanitation.”
This is a really big deal. It’s horrific. And it needs to not be ignored.
In case you’re sad here are some buns.