I’m in my mid-twenties now and I’m starting to see a lot of smitten couples around me get engaged. Naturally, in my own coming of age it’s gotten me wondering about whether marriage, or more specifically having one partner for life, is still a practical custom in the era of Generation Y.
Being the twenty-something going through a career change that I am, I’ve found myself working in a Mexican restaurant to scrape by for the time being. I’m in a regular state of desperately holding onto every penny I receive in cash tips at the end of each shift. Every coin and every dollar bill gets deposited into my bank account for safe keeping in hopes that one day I’ll have enough saved to live in an apartment where there isn’t a large clunky control panel over my bed and a hole in the kitchen ceiling.
David Daleiden, the 26-year-old founder of the Center for Medical Progress, has received a lot of press recently for his undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of “baby body parts,” as he puts it. The video sparked widespread pitchfork reactions amongst conservatives.
I’m just going to come out and say it: I will never understand people who actively try to resist social progression. Admittedly this may be in part because I’m a liberal-ass hippie born and raised in Seattle. Regardless of where I grew up, the idea of hating someone or a group of people simply because they associate themselves with a concept you don’t understand or aren’t comfortable with, which literally doesn’t affect you at all, is mind-boggling to me.
Freelee the Banana Girl isn’t exactly news at this point, but if you haven’t heard of her, she’s arguably YouTube’s most assertive face of the vegan lifestyle. The 35-year-old Australian aggressively pushes the Raw Til 4 diet, in which those partaking are encouraged to eat raw vegan foods until 4pm, and then high-carb cooked vegan foods for the remainder of the day.
It’s the year 2015 and I think (read: hope) that by now it is largely accepted that calling a woman a bitch is misogynistic. Even if not everyone abides by this assumed status quo, most have probably at least considered the thought (whether or not they care about it is a different topic).
Before I jump into the actual list, I’ll start out by giving the disclaimer that it is fairly unorthodox. I try to steer clear from the typical responses of “the Eiffel Tower” or “the Great Wall of China.” Now don’t get me wrong, both of those would be stunning to see in-person and hopefully one day I will make those trips, but they do not make my all-time bucket list of places I need to see in my lifetime. My interest is in the little-known of the world; places few are knowledgeable about. So without further ado:
I’ve been told countless times that I’m being “too sensitive” when I try to call out the casual sexism that I hear from time to time amongst my friends. Now to give a disclaimer, my male friends are all lovely people and I know they don’t mean any harm by these comments, but that is exactly the point I will address. Not meaning anything simply doesn’t mitigate the affects of harmful comments. The lack of understanding of the harm of these comments also proves that injustices are alive and well in our society.