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Being Different…

I’m like you all, my classmates, but, not exactly, I have a mom, who’s from a foreign world as opposed to the one I’m currently “staying in”…

When I first entered into class, I spoke the mainstream languages with a perfect tone, absolutely NO weird accents, but, the other kids, they’d still, made fun of me.

not my drawing.

I tried to fit in, tried to engage myself into their discussions, but, every time they saw me approaching, they’d all just, scattered and dissipate, as if, they’re avoiding me, like I’m the plague or something!  And, it’d, hurt.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being different, but, the feedbacks from my external environment seemed to prove otherwise.  I keep on, getting the signals, that I should be thankful, being different from everybody else, and yet, in my day-to-day interactions, that “theory”, it just, can’t seem to work out that well at all!

not my picture.

And now, after being casted away, singled out by my cohort, I’m starting to feel ashamed of my difference, and eventually, I’d become, so scared of being different, that I’d do anything, to blend in with the rest of the crowd………

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Unending questions of a girl child

Gender Discrimination, Happening, in the Unnoticed Places…

The First Assertion

As I walk towards my house, I see her tottering behind her mother. She is completely oblivious of her surroundings. Her mother is holding her younger brother in her hand. At times she tries to keep up with the fast pace of her mother and at times of her aunt who is also walking along with them. Although the baby is secure in his mother’s arms, no one is bothered if the girl child is indeed trailing them. Maybe she also knows it. Her speed becomes even more. The poor child deprived of nutrition seems weak. She is making every effort to silently grab the attention of the ladies clattering in front of her.
As we reach a fork road, the family turns towards left and I turn towards right, I am bound to think. Maybe I am making things up. But it is evident in everything everywhere that the…

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A Reflection of Inequality

The world right now, it’d shown, a reflection of inequality, as all those police shootings of colored persons get “broadcasted”, causing riots all over the places, what, did we learn, from just standing by, and watching those events, as mere observers?

A reflection of inequality, this, is what the world has entail for us, and, because there are so many varied shades of skin colors, we forget, that we’re all related, sharing this GOD DAMN (and your point being???) planet, and we get caught up, on the differences that we have of one another, and failed to remember, that we’re actually, the SAME.

A reflection of inequality, it’s EVERYWHERE, don’t tell me you don’t see, and, as the next generations of children are born, into this FUCKED (and your point being???) UP world, can we be certain, that, we’re providing them, with a SAFER environment that they will be able to, live in, grow up, be carefree in?

Behind the reflection of inequality, there’s an even MORE pressing issue at hand: why, can’t we tolerate people with a difference of opinion than we?  Why can’t we STOP trying to FIT one another, into those small BOXES of EXPECTATION?  And, don’t ALL of you out there realize, that expectations will only lead to DISAPPOINTMENTS, as I’d already learned, the HARD way already?  And, I’m merely telling you this because?  Oh yeah, I’d wasted TOO much time on figuring things out, and, IF you could take less time, to figure things out for yourselves, wouldn’t you WANT the help too?  I know I would!

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When Voices are Seen, and Not Heard

Well, that’s odd, isn’t it, because aren’t voices supposed to be HEARD, and not seen?  Unless, you have an unknown sort of sensory disorder there…

When voices are seen, and not heard, that just means, that someone has a really unique way of experiencing the world, different from you and I, and, there’s NOTHING wrong with that, because everyone IS unique, and, we should all be allowed to have our differences from one another, isn’t that right?

When voices are seen, not heard, that, would be really bizarre, because that, is not in the ordinary realm of things, because we’d been taught to hear voices, instead of seeing them, and, whoever it is out there that sees voices are just, abnormal!  When voices are seen, not heard, so what, you have an alternative way of receiving certain type of stimuli you encounter that’s quite different from the rest of the general population, that still doesn’t mean that you are abnormal, weird, or whatever, does it?

But here comes the problem: we are used to, seeing, experiencing things certain ways, that we’d often forget, that, not everybody experiences the world the same way as we do, and, it’s simply, easier to SLAP a label on those who are different compared to us all………

 

 

 

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The Female Officers Shouldn’t Have Their Hair Tied Up in a Ponytail, Instead, It Should be in a Bun, on Gender Discrimination

If THIS is NOT sexism, I don’t know WHAT would be, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The Kaohsiung city’s police department awhile ago, mandated that if the female officers have long hair, then, they MUST braid their hair up in buns, instead of wearing their hair in ponytails, and this caused the entry level officers’ displeasures; the Kaohsiung City Police Department told, that this, is the rule set up by the police department headquarters, that the city was merely, “enforcing the rules”.  Based off of understanding though, other cities elsewhere doesn’t forcefully make the female officers tie their hair up into buns, it’s quite prevalent, that female officers wear their hair in ponytails.

On the Facebook Fan’s page, “Police Suck”, there were female entry level officers who’d disclosed, that the manager’s office of Kaohsiung Police Department, on the 2nd of this month, issued an “most urgent” notice, stated how the rules of appearances for the police department from twelve years ago had already stated, “Female officers should NOT wear their hair braided, when they’re in uniform, their hair shall NOT exceed shoulder length; and when the hair exceeded shoulder length, the officers MUST wear it up into a bun, and must use black bands to tie up the hair.”, the article also mentioned, that recently, there were female officers who went on calls in their ponytails, and were asked to wear their hair differently.

The female officer who’d disclosed this had said, “saving the hair, losing the head, saving the head, losing the hair”, the rule of having the female officers braid their hair up into buns will cause them a TON of time to get ready, “When you’re out on the field, it’s the speediness that counts, NOT how good you looked.”  “Are we all going to become like those ladies from Tzu-Chih?”; plus, when they rode out on their motorcycles, “how the hell are we supposed to put our helmets on?”

The head inspector from the Kaohsiung police department, Lee said, because there had been sightings of female officers’ ponytail passing shoulder-length, and there were, quite a number of them, that the office was merely, “showing concerns” for the entry level employees, and will take the opinions of the workers into considerations, and report it up to the upper levels, and, to discuss it further.

Lee explained, that when the female officers are out on calls, if there were physical altercations with the bad guys, then, they may get their hair pulled, that there are safety concerns on the issues, but for now, they’re not going to reprimand the female officers who don’t follow the rules of tying their hair up in a bun when they come to work.

Recently, there had been multiple subprecincts that had received “warnings” from the inspector’s offices, and there were uniformed female officers who’d voiced their concerns on the matter, and, all they got was the replies of “it’s the rules!”

The entry level female officer told, that it’s easier, to tie their hair up in ponytails, it’s swift, that she’d never compromised her own safety, or the safety of others, wearing her hair in a ponytail, as she went on calls, “It’s too far-fetched, tying the problems of safety with our ponytails”, plus, wearing the hair in a bun, it takes too much time, and you must use a pin to keep it in place, the hair would mess up easily.  There were angry female officers who’d stated, that does that mean that ALL female officers who wear their hair in ponytails would get subdued by the bad guys?  That this, is thinking using the masculine mindsets to judge the female officers’ way of working.

The entry level female officers believed, that when they went out on calls, and wear their hair up in a bun, it would be uncomfortable, having to put their helmets on; and if the police department decided to enforce the rules, they will all, trim their hair short.

The female officer who’d told about this said, that she hoped, that in not affecting the way that the officers appeared, do give the female officers, the same amount to respect, and the right to decide, “This, is a good time, to remind those higher up officials, our superiors, to think hard, about keeping up with the looks!”

So, if this is NOT sexist, then, I don’t know what is!  I mean, hello, just because the ladies wear their long hair in ponytail, that still doesn’t make their work less efficient, and, I’m sure, that it would matter LESS, if a female officer in a bun manages to catch a bad guy, or if it was, a lady officer in a ponytail, who’d caught a bad guy, and this rule for the police precincts is still jut SEXIST and BULLSHIT if you ask me, but hey, who asked Y-O-U!!!

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A Tightening Noose

An ongoing discrimination…

A WORRIED STUDENT

It would be a lie to say that the past week has been an easy one. It would be a lie to say that international events have not affected me. The only reason I have not posted about the issue is because at times I have an urge to pen a post and then at times I give up in despair.

I am of course referring to the events in France which I am sure you are aware of. When I read the news these days and in the aftermath of the terrible event, most of it is the same. Sometimes I find something which gives me hope, an article which does blame an entire religion for the actions of a few. At the bottom of these articles, I may find comments from ordinary people who make me smile. They allow me to hope that there are still people out…

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A World Fueled by Intolerances, Indifferences, and Hate

This, is currently WHAT, is going on in this world…

A world fueled by intolerances, indifference, and hate, because we do NOT even want to take the time to know other people, we just let our preconceived notions of certain groups keep the members of those groups inside those little boxes.

This, is problematic, because, what CAN we do, when we are dissatisfied with one another?  Oh, I know, we’ll just BOMB the SHIT out of one another, and, guess how that’ll end?  The world is already in ENOUGH chaos here, and yet, there are those, with revenge on their minds, that just wanted to get even, without first, taking a look at themselves, and EXAMINE if they’d done something wrong, that’s caused others to react to them that way, hello, hello, hello???  That’s still what???  Newton’s LAW of MOTION: for every action, there’s an equal/lesser/greater (don’t know which one!) RE-action”???

A world fueled by intolerances, indifferneces, and hate, this is still passed down, from father to son, mother to daughter, one generation to the next, and this vicious cycle will just keep on, gaining momentum, until this “snowball” finally ROLLED OFF of the edge of the planet, oh wait a minute, isn’t the planet ROUND?  So yeah, this “snowball” will just keep on going ‘round and ‘round, and ‘round and ‘round…………until maybe, one day, the earth disappeared into a SONIC BOOM!

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