This Is Important
This is the reality of wealth distribution in America. The fact is, most American’s have no idea just how unequal our society has become (and how the gap is even expanding). As shown in the video, the top 1% has 40% of the nations wealth. Going even further, the top 20% has 93% of the nations wealth. This leaves the rest of us—80% of the population, with the 7% that is left. A survey was taken asking how much they thought the top CEO’s of companies were making compared to the average worker. The median response to this was that they were making roughly 30x more. The majority of people assumed this. Reality? CEO’s make between 350-450x more than the average worker. This puts a spotlight on the inequality of America. We have this completely distorted perception of the concentration of wealth at the top of the list. You would think we would be outraged if we knew the extent of this, but the truth is, people aren’t aware of just how bad it is. Don’t get your idea of the wealthiest individuals confused with what we only see in the media. Athletes, celebrities, those in the music industry, etc. These are the exceptions, who make their lifestyle public. The highest paid actor in Hollywood (Robert Downey Jr.) made 75 million last year. That’s a lot, right? Well, the top 25 corporate elites made 1 billion, each. We call these kinds of people the “invisible rich,” because of how removed they are from ordinary people’s lives. We just don’t see what they have. What could one person possibly do with 1 billion dollars a year? Yes, America may own much of the worlds wealth, but we also lead the industrialized world in poverty. We are the most impoverished industrialized nation. Think about what that means. This video visually represents that. We spend a vast amount time and money going to school, and some of us do so only to be slightly better off than the rest. Maybe if we knew the facts about this, we’d confront the issue of extreme inequality, and start voting for people who actually advocate fairer pay, and a more logical wealth distrubtion. That’s just my thought. Take the time to watch this video, it’s an eye opener.
i don’t know what it is about the idea of your lips touching my lips but it’s driving me crazy and i want to feel your arms around me and i want to curl up with you on a cold winter night and share a cup of something warm and there are so many things i’d love to do with you except you’re over there and i’m just… here
Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.
In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:
“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”
In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.PBS: Language as Prejudice - Myth #6: Women Talk Too Much (via misandry-mermaid)