Halloween costumes: PC versus thoughtfulness

I recently saw a meme on Facebook showing a series of childrens costumes, each labeled with a different criticism of why its bad or unacceptable as a costume. The costumes were : a police woman for being “objectifying” (it was a little girls costume) , a Native American (“racist”) , an Army soldier (“violent”) ,  Superman (“ableist”), pirate (“Promotes rape culture”) & princess (“sexist”).

While I fully support being thoughtful and considerate in costume choices, I Think we as a society are paralyzing ourselves with political correctness.

I’m sorry. I’m all for a world where bias & prejudice doesn’t exist, but I’m not sure this is the right publicity campaign for it….we’re edging towards a society where everyone is an “ist” & “ism” of some kind. I’ll give an “ok I get that” to the native American costume but  points if it doesnt promote stereotypes (I really dont know, and what if the kid wearing it is native American? We have no way of knowing, maybe they just want to take pride in their culture) …but in general cultural appropriation of another race is kinda off limits…

The cop outfit is only objectifying because adults put adult meaning on it. The kid could wear it w/o dangling the handcuffs. The military same thing, Those are both respectable careers & should be a respectable costumes.
Superman, sorry not buying it. By that standard, any costume can be “ableist.” There are lots of characters in the superhero world with disabilities like blindness (daredevil), in wheelchairs (batgirl, lex luthor) (just examples). Not to mention all these costumes can be modified in multiple ways to fit whatever needs a person has or wants. If the little girl wants to be a princess w/ pants, get her some pants. Also toy guns arent allowed in a lot of Halloween parties/events nowadays anyways. Good gawsh. I think we live in a world where too many people want to be catered to instead of making an effort (though I do agree there are offensive costumes, most of these are not them in my opinion ) That is all.

Thoughts on Donald Trump

first I will put out thoughts from someone else while I Collect my own but I did not want this to go unacknowledged



“Bill Clinton cheats on his wife. Impeach him. Trump proudly brags about sexual assault (and has cheated on his wives). Elect him. Hillary oversaw the department of state while 4 people died in an embassy attack. Put her in jail. 2 Republicans were in office while over 200 people died in embassy attacks. No problem. Immigrants don’t pay taxes. Round them up and kick them out. Trump doesn’t pay taxes. He’s a business genius. Hillary’s foundation only spent 87% of their donations helping people. She’s a crook. Trumps foundation paid off his debts, bought sculptures of him, and made political donations to avoid investigations while using less than 5% of funds for charity (and he got shut down by NY State). So savvy… Put him in the white house. Trump made 4 billion dollars in 40 years, when an index fund started at the same time with the same “small loans” he received would be worth $12 billion today… without a trail of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits and burned small business owners. He’s a real business whiz. Hillary took a loss of $700k. She’s a criminal. Trump is the first candidate in the modern era not to release his tax returns, and took a billion dollar loss in 1 year. Genius. Hillary takes responsibility for private email servers and apologizes. Not credible. Trump denies saying things (on the record) he actually said (on the record), he’s just telling it like it is.

Your arguments are thin. Your ignorance of reality is shocking. Your double-standards are offensive, and your willingness to blindly support him and recycle the rhetoric is absurd. Your opinion is not fact. Your memes are not news articles. And your hypocrisy is not a platform.

Alex Schiller”

Goodbye to IAmCait thank gawsh

So today in news, Caitlyn Jenners “reality” show has been canceled. I didnt watch & I dont care to honestly I find Caitlyn pretty insufferable & annoying as the rest of the Jenner-Kardsahian-West people
She’s a hypocrite. she supports some obvious pro-lbgtq+ policies, but she ignores the fact that her support of the RNC directly hurts the very trans people she calls herself an ambassador for. Plus I think someone that lived as a white man with all the privilege associated w/ that , she seems incredibly out of touch w/ any womens issues or LGBTQ issues…I mean…Trump is no friend of the trans community, good gawsh. Of course shes not relatable
Her saying “Conservatives care for the lbgtq community” says it all…especially when we’re facing the most hateful GOP platform in history. If only all the Kardashians could get off the media thatd be great



parents fight for transgender child’s access to bathrooms…or is that the issue?

Before anyone jumps on me, I support transgender rights & equality, I also have a degree in both gender studies as well as sociology so I often think in terms of societal impact as well as gender issues. I do believe children can know if they’re LGBTQ at young ages however I am concerned about the trend I see of parents who in their zest to be supportive, to be allies, or to just show how “alternative” they are, they may also be pushing children into boxes in which they do not belong.. Children develop in stages & they are pretty fluid at young ages. Off course children should be supported as they explore their identities in all ways. In this instance though I am bit concerned…This mother says her child “acted feminine, flamboyant and dramatic at 2.”
Children are gender neutral until they’re around 3 or 4 – at two a child doesn’t identify one way or another with self and gender. If you put a two year old boy in a dress, he’s not going to freak out because he doesn’t know that its not a boy’s article of clothing, yet. He trusts his mother. Mom and Dad are their first role models. Maybe to her he wasn’t acting like she expected a boy to act, and tried to reshape him. Children should be allowed to be themselves, not forced into a gender box simply because the mother thinks they act too “feminine.” I’ve known little boys who wanted their Mom’s to put makeup on them when she was putting it on – I’ve known little boys who walked around in their mother’s high heels for fun – but to them, it wasn’t identified with gender – it was just something adults did and they wanted to try it. Those little boys are masculine, heterosexual men today. It wasn’t a precursor to a future identity change. I was a tomboy when I was a kid. That didn’t mean I wanted to be a boy. I would have hated my parents later in life if they forced me to be someone I wasn’t. As if I wasn’t good enough as me. We’re all made who we are, give children the freedom to make those critical, life-changing decisions. Additionally sexuality is pretty fluid throughout child development and not everyone knows who they are or accepts themselves as they are until adult years. The choice of ones identity & sexuality should be one that the individual makes, not the parents.
Here is the article this blog is a response to

thoughts on Jill Stein

In the interest of fairness ;0 This is from an internet comment on Jill Steins page, valid point! (I am actually voting for HRC, sorry)

“In all sincerity and with all due respect, Dr. Stein, what is your plan if Donald Trump is elected president? You have qualms about Hillary Clinton – Some may be valid, others may not – but at this point it will be her or Trump sitting in the chair come January 20th and everything you are doing is actively aiding Trump in his ambition of winning. I admire much of what you stand for, but do you honestly believe the country will be better off with Trump in the White House than Clinton? Do you believe yourself and the Green Party will be able to accomplish MORE in the next 4 years working with a President Trump than a President Clinton? Until I hear a realistic plan about how you intend to actually make Americans lives better under a Trump Presidency I can not view your campaign or any information you disseminate as anything but aiding and abetting the singularly greatest threat to this country in a century if not ever.”

farewell Bernie

“By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.” – Bernie Sanders

I think people saying “but he hasnt conceded!” after this statement are seriously deluded. Theres no secret coded language here folks & if Bernie was just giving lip service thatd be a very bad statement to make on his part. Hes not that dumb. While I’m REALLY disappointed, I think looking for some secret plot twist thats not there is childs thinking.(and believe me Id love to see a roll call vote end w/ him win or Hillary forced to drop out — but nothing is showing us that is whats going to happen). (maybe we as people could demand it though. Have YOU called the DNC yet? I have) .
The RNC may not all like Trump but they’re united behind him. Lets be active intelligent voters at least. I’m not saying vote for HRC per se, but I dont think there’s time to drum up the same fervor for Jill Stein & a vote for her would be more of a statement vote than an expectation she will win, my opinion. Either way whomever you vote for vote smart. If Hillary loses it’ll only be her own fault. She probably would have gotten the nomination WITHOUT dirty politics, which is another sad truth.

Ive seen some other comments like “they must have had something on him.” Something…worse than what they have on….Hillary? I doubt that. I think they certainly used dirty politics & dishonesty. I also think he took the opportunity to still enact change from within the party to influence the platform & still get to be there.Unfortunately right now the only thing an investigation would affect is the Democrat side of this election. I think an investigation needs to happen sure but I think election Hillary & making the next 4 yrs very uncomfortable for her could also be fun. OR more fun would be her getting elected & then investigated & impeached in disgrace but I”m getting ahead of myself. Sure I want Bernie as President. But Bernie had to want that too.