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2/26/13- Hand Washing


I haven’t really challenged myself to do a Ten Minute Musing in awhile, but I kind of felt like it today. Why not?

2/26/2013- 10 minutes

I woke up feeling icky, which seems to be a theme lately, but I had said I’d be in the office today so I couldn’t call out. I woke up a bit late (aka hit snooze too many times), and by the time I had motivated myself to roll out of bed I had to rush to get ready. Luckily I had packed my bag last night so I just had to worry about making myself presentable and catching the bus so I could get to work in time.

Last semester I parked illegally all semester long. I never received a parking ticket until the day before Winter Break. The Parking Authority, which is notorious where I go to school/live/work, caught on that I was using an expired faculty pass and they only gave me a $25 ticket by some miracle. (The fine could have been $300. Eeps!) I received another parking ticket while I was at a training for work on MLK Jr. Day. Since then, I’ve used mass transit to get to work. These tickets add up!

As I rode the bus this morning, like most days on my way to work or class, I thought about how disgusting mass transit can be. Yesterday, the bus was packed. A girl in front of me ate an entire Italian dinner (chicken, pasta, sauce) on the ten minute bus ride. I wanted to vomit. I’ve had a sensitive sense of smell lately, and tomato sauce has always grossed me out. A boy who had just left the gym sat next to me, which added to my nausea. By the time I got to work yesterday I was dying for fresh air.

Today was no different. I felt sick to begin with, and being surrounded by college students with poor B.O., colds, and smelling of weed really made me feel revolted. I tried reading a book to distract myself from the germs and scents engulfing the air around me, but no matter how hard I tried, the smells remained. By the time the bus reached my stop I was very close to getting sick.

I also had a strange desire to wash my hands.

Now, I’m not a germ-a-phobe. I don’t usually wash my hands after riding public transit, especially if I haven’t touched anything but my own belongings, but as soon as the bus came to a screeching halt, I bolted towards the office my building is in and ran straight to the ladies room. I scrubbed and scrubbed my hands like there was no tomorrow, and an odd sense of peace came over me.

I guess everyone copes with grimy college students and mass transit differently.


This is how I pictured the germs on my hands dying as I washed them. Sorry, buddy.

It is NOT okay.

2/25/2013– The Onion has issued an apology. You can read it here.

I could go off on a tangent about how much the Oscars sucked this year, how Seth MacFarlane is a disgusting pig, or how stupid it was this year, but instead I’ll focus on what is sure to be the main topic in feminist (and news) sites all over in the next few hours:

How Seth MacFarlane’s asshole words led to the sexualization of 9 year old Quvenzhané Wallis, the 9-year-old best actress nominess for “Beasts of the Southern Wild. MacFarlane cracked a joke about how she would be too old to date George Clooney in 16 years*. This moment of sexualization of a nine year old girl led to The Onion to anger the Twitterverse.

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I’m not linking to the actual tweet because a) it’ll probably get pulled by the morning and b) it disgusts me.

There is nothing– NOTHING– that gives The Onion the right to call a nine year old girl a cunt. First, that word is vile. Second, she is nine. For God’s sake, outside of her film, the girl is known for her puppy purse collection. Third, what the freak is wrong with you?! She is nine years old. She is the epitome of innocence. She has made history by being nominated for an Oscar. THERE IS NO REASON TO CALL A NINE YEAR OLD GIRL SUCH VILE WORDS.

I am disgusted and appalled by the fact that The Onion tweeted this. I am also appalled that I have used The Onion in my classroom to teach satire. Twitter is pissed off at them, and many Twitter users are encouraging others to contact them to voice your concerns about the tweet.

While I suspect they will delete the tweet, claim to have been hacked, and call it a day, I’m going to sit here, let my anger boil, and encourage you all to not let them get away with this. Quvenzhané is a child. She is someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s friend. Would you let someone publicly call your loved one a cunt? Especially if your loved one was a child?

I don’t think so.

So let The Onion know how disgusted you are by them. Unfollow them on Twitter. Fill their inboxes. Behavior like this is unacceptable, and it’s time for us to stop whatever it is in our society that makes hundreds of people favorite and retweet these vile words, thinking they’re okay.

Quvenzhané, congratulations on your nomination. You are a phenomenal young lady, and you are on your way to growing up to be a strong, incredible individual. Keep up the great work! <3

*Edit, 2/25– I misquoted the original Seth MacFarlane joke. He said,  “To give you an idea of how young she is, it’ll be about 16 years before she’s too old for Clooney.”