Shelby Knox is the brazen 23 year-old who has been speaking out for comprehensive sex education since she was 15 and living in the ultra-conservative, deeply-religious town of Lubbock, TX. She is the star of the award-winning documentary “The Education of Shelby Knox,” and travels the country promoting sex education, women’s rights, and youth empowerment. In our podcast, Shelby and I talk about growing up in socially disparate American cities and speculate as to what makes a person a feminist.
I just had a long dream about my elementary school grad class and I. And in that dream, the feeling of limitlessness, of total “cool” and safety and uncertainty in a confident world, was recreated perfectly. And I can still remember all of it and feel it like it really happened. And see those 41 faces like it hasn’t been 8 years, and it’s making me so nostalgic. It sucks at the immense difference between us all now, the dangerous living that growing up introduces
but I love dreams like that. Like little tidbits of life you forgot to live.
Coming from an immigrant family who had to claim ref status to get in to the country although they were skilled workers with passports, were denied a work permit for 9 whole months and had to basically drain their life savings from the jobs they did in their prior dwelling countries…. watching other immigrants on that show say there is still a struggle that hasn’t gotten better…that a completely licensed medical doctor/physician who had been practicing for 15 years in his homecountry, took 9 years, 15 tries at one exam, and a shit load of money he had to earn from being a pizza delivery boy, a paper boy, a taxi driver, and a dishwasher..
makes my blood boil and the tears just pour.
He was denied a license once due to him having an accent! Racism doesn’t exist in canada, no siree.
I am so fucking lucky to have been born here and assimilated into the education system, my mouth and my mind seeming to mesh with the white majority whose generations upon generations have been here, the politicians who dictate how everyone lives regardless of their irrelevancy to our individual lives.
but I will never ever forget the struggles of my parents or other poc and immigrants like them no matter what. I will never forget that being a good person and doing an honest job is not what brings you success in this place. I will never forget that you cannot stop thinking and doing and fighting for your human right because it is an issue. I will never forget that no, just because you address a struggle, it doesn’t mean you’re creating one. It means you are aware.
I will never forget that after 25 years in this country my parents have worked every single day of their lives so that I can have all that I do and think all that I do and be all that I am, because of their struggle. I will never forget, whenever some ignorant financial aid worker says “well look at that, you don’t need osap because your parents are teachers” that they don’t know shit about my parents and our life and our everyday struggle, that just because it looks prim and proper and well off, that it is. I will never judge a book by its cover, I will never judge a person by their situation financially or emotionally. I will never put myself above my struggling brothers and sisters and persons and humans, I will never put myself at the mercy of this system. I will never forget that while I have reaped the benefits of education, it was not handed to me nor is it easy to be Educated.
I think I will do something about this when I finish paying off my 30,000 dollar school debt and I will never forget that.
I will never forget the roots that spread across this land and hunger for water and earth, as they get the system’s medication burned into them.
We can never become pacifists, we can never stop fighting.
“People hate her, they really do. Did you know that to Yoko someone is a verb in America? It is something that boys say if they’re hanging out with you too much and they’re going to school or they have a band. It’s almost a myth that’s used to suppress women. Y’know, ‘You’re gonna Yoko me. You’re gonna destroy me.’ And this woman put up with racial inequality from Fleet Street, she put up with being accused of breaking up the best band in the world, she put up with people’s idea that she castrated this man and then, worst of all, she had her best friend, her husband, the person she lived for, die in her arms in front of a fortress that she’d hidden herself in for 20 years. And I just feel that the world media should apologise to her because she handled it with so much dignity.”
agreed; no one can be dragged away from what they really want or who they really love, they can only gravitate and be pulled in by it. The fact that it was a woman winning over a world famous band, a massive superstar fandom, a world that wanted and wanted and wanted, shows her love is the force he had reckoned with, and it was immeasurable to everything everyone else thought he should uphold.
The world has always been threatened by women, this pegging people as “thieves” of their male idols is just another stupid manifestation of that.
It pains me to announce that this is the last week of manga reading on One Manga (!!). Manga publishers have recently changed their stance on manga scanlations and made it clear that they no longer approve of it. We have decided to abide by their wishes, and remove all manga content (regardless of licensing status) from the site. The removal of content will happen gradually (so you can at least finish some of the outstanding reading you have), but we expect all content to be gone by early next week (RIP OM July ‘10).
So what next? We’re not really sure at this point, but we have some ideas we would like to try out. Until then, the One Manga forums will remain active and we encourage all of you to continue using them. OMF has developed into a great community and it would be a shame to see that disappear.
Regardless of whether you stay with us or not, on behalf of the One Manga team, I would like to thank you all for your unwavering support over the years. Through the ups and downs you have stuck with us, and that is what kept us going.
As a certain Porky was fond of saying… That’s all folks!
Time for me to go lay down and let this all sink in.
…well, this really, really sucks.
I guess I really need to finish Monster now, huh? This sucks. ):
I’m pretty late to this. :( Will Mangafox still be running?
Did anybody in the U.S. even know this was going on?
A tiny excerpt, emphasis mine;
"The oil spill will pose a severe threat to marine animals, and water quality, and the sea birds," Huang Yong, deputy bureau chief for the city’s Maritime Safety Administration, told Dragon TV.
At least one person died during cleanup efforts. A 25-year-old firefighter, Zhang Liang, drowned Tuesday when a wave threw him from a vessel, Xinhua reported.
Officials, oil company workers and volunteers were turning out by the hundreds to clean blackened beaches.
“We don’t have proper oil cleanup materials, so our workers are wearing rubber gloves and using chopsticks,” an official with the Jinshitan Golden Beach Administration Committee told the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper, in apparent exasperation.”