Ever noticed these days how people have stopped saying 'I'm sorry'; instead shortening the words to' Sorry'? It's only a one word difference, but that one word could mean a lot. By putting the 'I' before the 'Sorry', the person is essentially taking credit for the misdemeanor, allowing their name to be associated with the fault. Ditching the 'I' allows us to live in denial; other forces around us are causing the problems, right? All we're doing is apologizing to make people feel better. Perhaps that's why people turn to drugs and alcohol - they're able to forget the issues around them. This inability to face consequences could come from the idea that humans must be perfect to be the best and in result, mistakes and misdemeanors taint that. The truth is, as well-known as it is, it's okay to make mistakes - in the end, the lessons learnt from them will really shape your character and personality. Therefore, instead of trying to escape the repercussions, let's all take credit for our faults, not secretly think we're #SorryNotSorry.
Right on? Completely off? Let me know in the comments below!
*** DISCLAIMER *** Rachel Garrett wrote a way more in depth article on this same topic under Music Reviews a day before I posted this. This was unintentional. Oops.
If you're reading this then you have access to the internet, and if you have access to the internet there's a good chance you've heard about British pop-star Lily Allen's newest music video, Hard Out Here (and more specifically the controversy that has come along with it). Hard Out Here hit over 2 million views on YouTube in 2 days and since it is Lily's first single since 2009, her devoted fans were elated to hear about its release. Adversely, many critics certainly took it with a grain (or seven) of salt.
The video begins with Allen on an operating table undergoing liposuction while her agent and surgeons discuss how many women "let themselves go" after having children. The lyrics comment on body image; "You're not a size six, and you're not good looking/Well, you better be rich, or be real good at cooking/You should probably lose some weight/'Cause we can't see your bones" and also how society glorifies men who have many sexual partners, but shuns women with the exact same levels of promiscuity. The lyrics and video even mirror those of the notoriously degrading song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. While the video is supposed to be a satirical look at the music industry from a feminist perspective, it instead provoked a plethora of accusations saying that the video was undeniably racist and (ironically) sexist. The background dancers in the video can be seen 'twerking' in scantily-clad attire, dousing their bodies with bottles of champagne, and draping themselves over fancy cars. While this was intended to be a remark on the objectification of women in music videos and in the entertainment industry as a whole, it conversely was interpreted as racist as a majority of the dancers were of African-American descent and the dancers and choreography would not look completely out of place in a stereotypical rap music video. While this interpretation is not far-fetched, Lily was not afraid to respond bluntly and honestly to the criticism, tweeting: "If anyone thinks for a second that I requested specific ethnicities for the video, they're wrong... If anyone thinks that after asking the girls to audition, I was going to send any of them away because of their skin colour, they're wrong... The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification women within modern pop-culture. It has nothing to do with race, at all." The lyrics even read; "If you can't detect the sarcasm, you've misunderstood."
No matter what your take on it is, one thing Lily Allen undoubtedly succeeded in was provoking thought and conversation. I challenge you to try and find something that has done the same thing that hasn't come with a steaming side of controversy.
Although this is a school newspaper and I can't condone the profane language, I encourage you to check out the video. Love it or hate it, at least it gets those feminist wheels turning.
The other day before class I caught myself contemplating whether or not I should even show up because I didn't understand the assignment and I was too scared to show my teacher. Although this is something I deal with frequently and so do many of my peers, it finally struck me how alarming it is that having feelings of stress and anxiety towards school has become the norm. This made me ask myself some serious questions like; when did school go from being a safe place where kids came to learn and teachers came to teach to a place where students are riddled with anxiety just thinking about going to class? When did teachers stop aspiring to instil passion and drive into their students and instead start instilling fear? But more importantly; what is up with our education system!? With a curriculum where instead of learning how to manage our finances or pay off student loans, were learning quadratic functions and how to solve an ambiguous triangle. Instead of learning about current events that are shaping our society, we're memorizing countless dates from the 1800's that we've already forgotten 2 seconds after we've filled in the bubble on our Scantron. Sex education is shamefully neglected, receiving "satisfactory" on a report card has become a negative, and time and time again we're conditioned to believe that higher education is the only option and that MONEY is the ultimate goal.
Don't get me wrong, I (as we all should be), am eternally grateful to not be included in the 121 million children worldwide that don't have access to education and I believe that the desire to be ever-learning--in any field--is vital, but we can't just sit here and pretend that our education system today is like an episode of Timothy Goes to School;