Weekly Favourites

Realizing it is already 9 o’clock and I haven’t blessed my four readers with my list of favourites made me feel a little antsy to finish my work and hop to it! So this week’s is probably going to be a bit mangled as my life is hectic with school and such I will try and make it as fun as ever!

DIY Gift: Terrarium Kit

Yes, I am giving my own playlist for two reasons 1. I like all the songs, 2. it is amazing and I don’t care that i already posted about it
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#7 though… http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/if-its-snowing-im-not-going
To go along with the theme of my eating this past weekend, cookie dough ice cream sandwiches!
This was the best 8 minutes of my life:
And finally not ready for this:

A Letter to a Small-Minded, Masculinist

First and most importantly feminism is not the study of hatred of men. Here, I’ll let google tell you so I don’t mess it up:

noun: feminism
The advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.

**all quotes from here on out are actual points of argument from the oppositional side
I have not been raped, nor am I personally the victim of being underpaid, but in the same way you generalize all of “us” as playing the victim is what I am removing myself from now. Yes. As an educated 20 year old white women, I classify myself as a feminist. This does not mean that I believe that women are better then men, it means I believe in the equality of the sexes, the races, I believe in an equal playing field if you will. Because how is it fair that in the game of life there are people who have more privilege then others, this shouldn’t be some game of wrestling where the winner is already decided but a game of chance where every one has a chance at success and it shouldn’t matter your skin colour or your body parts. Yes, the necessity for feminism has changed and the issues are different, but they are still relevant. Because the person who decided that women were of a lower status was not women themselves, but an oppressor.
In Canadian universities alone, twenty years ago it was primarily male undergraduates, then male graduates then male business men and men who rule the country. This isn’t the same now, now especially at my own school the male to female ratio is high! I am glad I grew up when I did, that I have been given the opportunity to learn and have power and experience life in the same way that men are. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/81-004-x/2008001/article/10561-eng.htm
University graduates, by sex, statscan:
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My attempt in this is to show the other side of an argument you failed to acknowledge, because if you are going to create a debate you must expect that someone will argue back, it should not matter who it is on the other end, but what they have to say, and as a part of that argument you should listen to their side. ARGUING ONE SIDE OF A DEBATE IS NOT ATTACKING, and if that is how you feel that you probably shouldn’t have delved into something as controversial as feminism, especially when your argument is solely backed up by yahoo answers and Wikipedia pages. Here’s what you do not seem to understand, calling your self pro-man and then adding that you believe in equality is total horse crap.

“I’m not an anti-feminist, like I said I support equality. Why is it that a masculist is anti-feminism, but a feminist is some sort of hero? I have a hard Time figuring out if you want woman to move forward, or just men to move backwards.”

To answer your question, to me, being a feminist is to believe in equality, obviously with anything there are different layers of intensity and yes there are going to be people who are anti-men, but to tell a whole group that believing in the liberation of their people is to be anti-men is plain wrong, because rather than that it is to believe in the liberation of humans, and how is that a bad thing?
This argument has been created by a link to double standards as seen by a community of masculinists and their ideas of feminism. Here’s the link: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090722202017AAmwNXT

“You don’t have to blame the male gender solely for your inability to succeeds, and this way of teaching is going to lead to generations of young women to think they’re entitled to whatever they want and the only reason they can’t have it is that men are being given these things undeservingly”

I am not one to place blame but in a world with two genders whose fault is it then that women are still being paid less then men? And is it an inability to succeed when the opportunity for education and work wasn’t there until recently, and even still, statistics show that there is a large wage gap. The gender wage gap is the difference between wages earned by men and wages earned by women. The gap can be measured in various ways, but the most common method is to look at full–time, full year wages. It is also possible to measure the gender wage gap on the basis of hourly wages. The most recent Statistics Canada data (2011) shows that the gender wage gap in Ontario is 26% for full–time, full–year workers. This means that for every $1.00 earned by a male worker, a female worker earns 74 cents. In 1987, when the Pay Equity Act was passed, the gender wage gap was 36%. The gender wage gap has been narrowing slowly over time.
The gender wage gap is caused by many factors, such as:
• women choosing or needing to leave and re-enter the workforce in order to meet family care-giving responsibilities, resulting in a loss of seniority, advancement opportunities and wages
• occupational segregation in historically undervalued and low-paying jobs, such as childcare and clerical work
• traditionally lower levels of education (although this is becoming less of a factor as more and more women graduate from all levels of education)
• less unionization amongst female workers
• discrimination in hiring, promotion and compensation practices in the workplace
Statistically 20% of women will be raped, that doesn’t mean that 20% of men are sexual predators. That Simply means that there are certain men who will attack multiple women and that happens to account to 1 in 5 women. Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police. And this is where gender comes in, regardless of one’s gender you are a potential victim. Barely any assaults are reported, and that should be a concern whether it is men or women! Rather than believeing in women’s rights I believe that believing in eqaulity is simply human rights, and that attacking women who have been assualted by someone and calling people who study womens studies brainwashed is the exact bullshit that the world should be avoiding. Why is it wrong for someone to be hurt and scared when they are assualted whether it is rape or “forced kissing” as both are sexual assault, it is any form of non-consensual sexual activity.
You are free to feel empowered however you can and I know posting this probably will not change your views but empowering yourself by putting down women is wrong and as a strong women I will not sit on the sidelines and not voice my opinion, I have an opinion, I have educated myself and I will voice my opinion, because that’s what the feminists you called “brainwashed” allowed me to do.

P.S. http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/feminism-is-poison/ …no one is arguing with you that t he ethnics behind using children to sell clothes is wrong, but just because some people who are involved with this are feminists does not mean that all feminists agree with its message.

Straight Up Bitch

Whenever anyone has called me a bitch, I have taken it as a compliment. To me, a bitch is assertive, unapologetic, demanding, intimidating, intelligent, fiercely protective, in control—all very positive attributes. But it’s not supposed to be a compliment, because there’s that old and stupid double standard: When men are aggressive and dominant, they are admired, but when a woman possesses those same qualities, she is dismissed and called a bitch. These days, I strive to be a bitch, because not being one sucks. Not being a bitch means not having your voice heard. Not being a bitch means you agree with all the bullshit. Not being a bitch means you don’t appreciate all the other bitches that have come before you. . . that’s why I just love “bitch.” It is essential for the modern woman. It never insults my intelligence or my compassion. I am proud to be a bitch. Being a bitch means I can be safe. Being a bitch means I can take care of myself. And, most importantly, being a bitch has set me free. – Margaret Cho

Definitive List of Christmas Songs

Well, its here! Pull up your knit socks and slip into your comfiest ugly sweater because CHRISTMAS. If you are not yet in the Christmas spirit here is a picture of a cute dog wearing antlers, and if that doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit then WHAT KIND OF SICK ANIMAL ARE YOU what does?
Together with my trusty side-kick, otherwise known as my roommate Kelly, we have come up with our list of the best Christmas songs:
1. Mariah Carey- All I Want for Christmas: This song is my favourite Christmas song, it wins every race, it is singable, danceable and all around fabulous (Mariah Carey, Duh.)
2. Michael Buble- Jingle Bells: This comes in first for Kelly and a barely-second-should-be-first-but-Mariah from me. He is amazing, and his Christmas cd has been on repeat for days in my house.
3. Beach Boys: Little Saint Nick: A classic, perfect for group harmonies, or in the case of my friends, a out of tune, no actual words version because we only know the chorus.
4. Chipmunks: Santa Don’t Be Late: this was a childhood favourite, sang it to my parents with my cutest “please don’t give me coal” face.
5. Michael Buble- White Christmas ft. Shania Twain: good ol’ Canadian Christmas duet, eh?
6. Brenda Lee- Rocking around the Christmas tree: another classic, it is a good jam. And when given the choice of various pop artists covers of this song, I chose this one always.
7. Jose Feliciano- Feliz Navidad: perfect Christmas dance party song, I admit that me and my grandma do our best dance moves to this while preparing Christmas dinner.
8. Bruce Springsteen- Santa Claus is coming to town: get our classic rock Christmas jam on with this one.
9. Frank Sinatra- Let It Snow: If Michael Buble wasn’t the giveaway, I am a huge crooner fan, and Frank does Christmas right.
10. You’re a Mean One Mister Grinch: Not in the list of traditional Christmas songs but this one is great. His heart grows 3 sizes, 3 SIZES!
11. Christmas Vacation- Marvis Staples: Favourite Christmas movie, good theme song.

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Weekly Favourites

Not that I believe that anyone reads these posts to get a glimpse of my week but yet here I am, another Sunday posting about my week and giving you links. You’re welcome by the way. This week went a little like this: project, netflix, more netflix, mario kart, and maybe a bit more netflix. It seems that my life has become quite uninteresting but I still seem to make it sound pretty alright. Here is the stuff that spiced up my week ever so slightly:
Playlist: There are two this week for a very simple reason, i have decided that it is acceptable to start listening to Christmas music. Here’s why: in the states they say you have to wait until after Thanksgiving, well Canada’s thanksgiving is mid-October so Christmas music is a go-go!
Here’s one for if you arn’t into the whole christmas-in-november thing:
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[8tracks width=”300″ height=”250″ playops=”” url=”http://8tracks.com/mixes/2803732″] Funny:

Food: So I have effectively made myself three of these brownies since I found this recipe…and by “found” I mean google searched.
Life: “Life” … I don’t even know. Basically everything that I want to make, I am a very crafty person.
And this:

I'm Going Abroad!

So here’s a little known fact about my family, my mother plays the pipes -no, not an organ, that is way to mainstream for her- she plays the bagpipes. What a beautiful instrument to listen to at 9 am on a Saturday (sarcasm). But you didn’t click on the post because you were hoping I would write about bagpipes, did you? Probably not, you probably clicked on this because it contained the words “travel” and “Europe” so why don’t I just get to the point, amiright? So once a year my mother travels with her pipe band to a town called Markelo in the Netherlands for Liberation Day and commemorates Canada’s contribution to this town’s liberation. Anyhoo through this I was asked to join on a Freedom Tour as a representative on the Canadian cyclist group.*cough* invited by the towns mayor *cough* With a group of 50 people from both Canada and the Netherlands we will bike from Auschwitz and Birkenau, Poland through Theresienstadt, Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany ending in Markelo. It is a tour of WW2 with the help of a veteran to lead our way. What better way to travel through Europe than through cities and war sites. *Side note: the long parts we travel by bus
But I can’t forget to mention the fact that to go on this trip requires me to train by riding my bike 50 km a week for November to get up to 100km by April *sigh*. But the training is worth it for the amazing trip ahead. I have now been training for a month and a half, but felt I should wait till I had a bit of work under my belt before I started posting all over the web.

I’ll be posting stuff here: http://www.pinterest.com/bmelton56/cyclying/

And stuff here: http://8tracks.com/britfitmeltfelt