As this year comes to end, there is much to reflect on. A lot of good happened this year, and yet there was a lot of strange backward things that happened too. Today I’m going to focus on the the strange, sad and truly disappointing things that happened in 2013.
- Watered down chemo drugs given to 1,200 Cancer patients…in Canada. Devastating that’s what that is.
- Fukushima. Jeeze louise is that scary. Have you seen the radiation pictures? Tuna is my favourite fish, and I’m worried about it swimming about in that water.
- If you Google ‘women of 2013’, the results that come up are more than disappointing. Things like ‘hottest women of 2013,’ and ‘sexiest,’ ‘most desirable’ are the majority of the results. On the first page of Google’s results there’s only one that is respectable, and it’s the ‘most powerful women.’ How are we still rated firstly on our looks? Why isn’t it our achievements, intelligence and strength?
- We still have to categorize ourselves as feminists. Personally, I hate the word feminist. Having the ‘ist’ at the end makes it such a negative. And, if I’m any ‘ist’, I’m a humanist because I believe in equal rights for all. For. All. Anyway, why do women still need to fight for equal pay, recognition and respect? Why are powerful women labelled ‘bitches’ and men are labelled ‘good leaders?’ Why do we still have to be feminists at all? Why can’t we just be women, and have equal rights automatically without having to ask or fight for them. We should just have them.
- The factory that collapsed in Bangladesh. The fact that people were working in those conditions is appalling. In my idealistic opinion, every country should only practice free trade with countries that have ethical human rights practices. Just saying, that should be obvious. At least this travesty caused Joe Fresh and other manufacturers to sign a Safety Pact. Too bad it took a tragedy to do so.
- The Boston Marathon bombing. Seriously, what is wrong with people in this world?
- Chemical weapons used on the general public, and worst of all, children in Syria. No words.
- Constant and continuous wars over religion. Here’s a thought, believe what you will, and when you die you’ll find out if you were right or wrong. No sense in fighting over it now. Obviously wars over religion have gotten us no where, so maybe we should learn from thousands of years of being idiots and just let people be.
- Privatized jails…have quotas. QUOTAS! What is that all about? Did you know that private prisons can sue the state they are located in if they are not 97% full? What is that? Shouldn’t we be encouraging prisons to be empty because that means that crime has been reduced? I can’t even deal with this.
- That global healthcare isn’t a thing. If we are capable of helping people, why don’t we do it? Why does their have to be a profit associated with it? If I were in charge of the world, I would instate that everyone in the world would have access to free health care. Simple as that.
- The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and many other companies are anti-gay. How is that even still a thing? Grow up and open your mind for “God’s” sake.
- More school shootings. Shameful. Absolutely shameful.
- The fact that a woman’s right to an abortion is still on shaky grounds. WHAT CENTURY IS THIS? God dammit. I can’t believe this is even a topic anymore. The fact that the courageous Wendy Davis had to go all ‘filibuster’ for abortion rights in Texas is heroic, and also completely devastating. We have the right to do with our bodies what we please. A woman should not be forced to have a child. Having a baby is a great responsibility, and if someone is not ready or doesn’t want a child, then she should always have the right to choose what her best option is. A child deserves to be brought into the world to a family that wants them, not that has to have them. So please, stop telling us what’s best for our bodies. Stop telling us that it’s wrong. If you’re going to take the Christian route with this and say that it’s a slight against God, then if you were truly Christian, you’d know that only God and Jesus can pass judgement. That’s why he died for us remember? For our sins. Take your judgement and shove it.
Actually, wait…there’s a 14th thing that absolutely disappointed me this year; Russia and India’s stance on homosexuality. Why are these countries going backwards? This is just insane. Actually, it’s more than insane, it’s scary.
Anyway, I’m sure that I missed somethings that were much more disappointing that what I’ve listed above, but for now, this is my list. What disappointed you this year? What do you want to change in 2014?