I’ve been taking a social media holiday over the past while, and it continues to be pretty much the best thing I’ve ever done. I still read the news on my phone when I wake up in the morning, but otherwise I am avoiding Twitter, Instagram, the source of all evil (Facebook)….I am probably missing out on stuff that is happening in the world, but that is okay. This has been the biggest takeaway from all of this – it’s okay if I don’t know every bloody thing that is transpiring around the globe. I’m not in charge, I don’t need to know all that is going on – sometimes ignorance truly can be bliss.
I have peeked a couple of times, though – a dear friend got engaged in Pittsburgh last week, so I had to go online to check out her pictures. Yaa her!! I love people who are happy in love – they give me hope. 🙂 (Fun Fact: Her now-fiancé took her on a four day long scavenger hunt that ended with him proposing in front of their family and friends at a party…how friggin’ gorgeous and romantic is that???! That dude LOOOOOVES her!!! I love it!) Otherwise, I have managed to avoid all of the tomfoolery and hijinks of the world, the celebrity rants that have been going on, all of it – which is great. However, let’s move on to my next issue: Can we PLEASE just quit talking about Kanye West? Every day there seems to be some crap in the media about him and who he’s feuding with now, and I can’t possibly understand why any of you in this world care about that fool and what he does. I don’t get it. PLEASE, please let’s all collectively agree to stop talking about him, and his wife (I’ve said it before, and I will say it again – thank god that she is pretty, for there’s not a lot going on upstairs, if you know what I mean). If you want to comment on his music (if you’re into that sort of thing), then by all means do remark that you like/love/hate/poop on his music…but do.no.talk.about.him. Stop. All we are doing is reinforcing his already very crap behavior – it’s time to stop the insanity. Please. He needs to learn that it is not okay to act the way he does, and he needs to suffer the repercussions of his crap behavior. Please. Let’s make this happen. Starts NOW.
I have been reading a fair bit of brouhaha in the news this week about Kesha and her lawsuit to get out of her contract with music producer Dr Luke – this is another issue that is making me sad. If she doesn’t want to work with him because he’s a drugging/raping/misogynistic piece of shit, then shame on those that are making her do so. As for him – if this stuff isn’t true and he has been wrongly accused (which I don’t believe for a minute, but…that’s not for me to say), then why would he want to work with her, either? It’s ridiculous. I’m not a huge fan of her music (although I will admit to shaking it to TikTok many, many times), but I am a supporter of people being treated well. The very fact that society frequently doubts the stories of women who have been sexually assaulted is one of the very worst things about humanity – I do not understand. However, what I do understand is that this does happen, and it happens all the time – women who have been victimized are forced to keep quiet lest they are doubted, and humiliated further. It is for this very reason that I have kept myself quiet about a number of unsavory episodes that have happened to me in my life – both as a young person and as a grown up badass in the work place. I want to be known for my ability to do magical things in my job – I do not want to be known as the one that blew the whistle on a colleague because he’s a piece of shit pig who can’t stop sexually harassing me. Everyone knows that the girl who does that is treated differently forever more – and I don’t want to be that girl. The same thing has happened to all of the women who accused Bill Cosby of raping/sexually assaulting them – they were doubted, they were called liars, constantly discredited, because he was seen as “America’s father”…until the number of accusers grew so high that people could no longer ignore his behavior (and what shitty behavior it is). Why weren’t the claims of the first woman taken seriously? How about the second? It’s disgusting – and such a massive problem with society. It is never okay that these things happen – and it is even less okay that victims are punished for simply speaking up and telling their story. They say the truth will set you free – if it doesn’t destroy your life and character first.
Grr….sorry, my rant for today is over. Apparently, I need a holiday – not just from social media, but from everything. Being a responsible adult and functioning member of society can be a little much sometimes.