Some academics insist that it’s not their job to write for the general public. They suggest that doing so would mean they’re “abandoning their mission as intellectuals”. They don’t want to feel like they’re “dumbing down” complex thinking and arguments.
The counter argument is that academics can’t operate in isolation from the world’s very real problems.
This essay on why Japanese women largely reject hormonal birth control is a good example of how important it is to remember that nobody’s reality is the same and perspective can change what seems good or bad.
In the west, reproductive choice is considered specifically a women’s issue and its absence is taken to indicate women’s oppression. Therefore, Western women tend to see Japanese women as passive and submissive. However, Japanese women see Western women as submitting to patriarchal standards of contraception being the woman’s responsibility. In a non-Western sense, women command bodily autonomy “free from artificial intervention.” To Japanese women, the preference of condoms is an expression of trust between partners that reproductive control is to be located in the relationship and not just in the body of the female.
You might have already heard of the website Does the Dog Die? which can inform viewers of animal harm (and a growing number of other things) in visual media. Did you know there’s the same thing for sexual violence?
THIS POEM, written by a third-grade girl who I hope has a supportive family and will Go Places. Transcription with original line breaks:
The true feminine
I am not sugar and
spice and everything nice.
I am music, I am art.
I am a story. I am a
church bell, gonging out wrongs
and rights and normal nights.
I was baby. I am child. I will
be mother. I don’t mind being
considered beautiful, I do not
allow that to be my
definition. I am a rich
pie strong with knowledge. I
will not be eaten.
And music I came across on Tumblr recently: