…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
"…Not ready to let go
Cause then I’d never know
What I could be missing
But I’m missing way too much
So when do I give up what I’ve been wishing for.
I shot for the sky
I’m stuck on the ground
So why do I try,
I know I’m gonna fall down
I thought I could fly, so why did I drown?…”
This is an important event in history, especially Canadian and feminist history. So I’m going to tell you more about it.
1) The shooter had been rejected from Ecole Polytechnique prior to the shooting. He blamed this on these female students, claiming that they were feminists who ruined his life.
2) In the first classroom he entered, he demanded the men leave before shooting at the women. No man attempted to stop him as they left. Take that as you will. (Later on, several men did get injured trying to stop him in the hallways.)
3) In his suicide letter, he believed that feminists were attempting to be more powerful than men, and were trying to take men’s rights away.
4) Feminists were actually blamed by some for the massacre. The line of logic was “if feminists didn’t make women’s rights an issue, Levine wouldn’t have wanted to kill feminists!” Victim blaming at its finest.
5) The mainstream news media often did not publicize the outrage from women’s groups, and often preferred those who took a calm approach. Ironic, that.
6) Despite him literally having a hit list of feminist icons in his final letter, several newscasters questioned whether or not the shooting was a sexist act, some even denying the idea outright.
8) Many memorials for the victims have been created, and rightly so; however, some prominent ones were erected in poor neighbourhoods where many Native women were killed every day in the same time period as the shooting (see: Marker of Change, Vancouver) (see: Missing Women, Vancouver). Basically, white feminism happened.
The entire event was nothing short of a tragedy, and I recommend that everyone read up on it and the resulting aftermath. It’s… interesting to see how the media tried to turn it into a random act of psychopathy instead of what it was (we know better now, luckily). The reactions (memorials, etc) to the deaths of these 14 White, middle class women as compared to the deaths of 60+ Native, lower class women are also “interesting” to compare. (By interesting, I mean infuriating.)
Most-Requested Chocolate Cake
Prep Time: 25 min. | Total Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Makes: 18 servings
What You Need
2-1/2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Unsweetened Chocolate (10 oz.), divided
1-1/2 cups MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
2-1/2 tsp. vanilla, divided
2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup milk
HEAT oven to 350°F.
MELT 6 oz. chocolate as directed on package; cool. Meanwhile, beat dressing, brown sugar and 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Beat in eggs and melted chocolate. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to chocolate mixture alternately with water, mixing well after each addition.
POUR into 2 parchment paper-lined 9-inch round pans sprayed with cooking spray.
BAKE 30 to 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 10 min.; remove from pans. Immediately remove parchment paper. Cool cakes completely on wire racks.
MEANWHILE, microwave remaining chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until butter is completely melted, stirring every 30 sec. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool.
ADD powdered sugar, milk and remaining vanilla to butter mixture; beat until blended. Use to fill and frost cake layers.
i will definitely be making this SOON! With some minor modifications though: I have to substitute that butter out for something else, and change the flour to something gluten-free so my mom can have some.. chocolate cake this weekend, anyone? :)
No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.
Medicine, law, business, engineering: these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love - these are what we stay alive for.
- John Keating - Dead Poets Society.
this scene in Dead Poets Society…. I love it. Hopefully I can find this movie on netflix this weekend!! :) tis the life of a boring grad student lol