When I was in high school, we never learned much about working people and the middle class. What we DID learn was that “these rich white guys did this” and “these rich white guys did that.” Turns out, us common folk made a ton of history all on our own.
The Gay Women’s Channel recorded a couple of youngsters talking about marriage and then lip-synched the whole conversation. It’s amazing how kids, unencumbered by cultural norms, will make more sense than most adults. At 2:00, they get to the point you hopefully already knew and accepted.
I am not sure who exactly learned what in this baffling exercise. Apparently, these children volunteered to be part of some sort of experiment, they just didn’t know exactly what it would be.
There have been several incidents just this year of factory fires and building collapses in countries where almost all clothing is made for companies like Gap and Walmart. The big secret? These companies don’t want to sign an agreement — one that has already been signed by many other companies like them — to establish basics on fire and safety standards.
Sometimes cute little kids understand things more clearly than us not-so-cute adults do.
At about 4:40, a girl who, at first, doesn’t seem totally keen on same-sex marriage says something that gives me hope. At 5:21, an adorable little boy tries to make sense of what “gay” even means. At 9:40, one young lady nails it with how she’d handle it if a gay friend had a crush on her.
Ah, if only Richard Feynman could have lived forever and taught everywhere. Seriously, I love his perspective on the uncertainty of the universe. Give this a watch if you’ve ever lain awake in bed pondering the meaning of this roller coaster we call “existence.”
Yes, wedding gifts can be a great way to help young’uns start grown-up households together. But as the average marriage age rises and registries become luxury-item wishlists (because adults already have their own toasters), could we get away from status symbols and commercialism … and back to the traditional roots of marriage?
Never thought I’d utter those last few words. Here’s how some people are making it happen.
And it’s not just for weddings, either!
Here’s a pitch for the website that’s trying to make these registries as easy to use as Crate & Barrel’s:
“Love at first sight is always spoken in the past tense. The scene is perfectly adapted to this temporal phenomenon: distinct, abrupt, framed, it is already a memory …” — Roland Barthes
In April 2009, after a court ruling, gay marriage became legal in the state of Iowa. On Jan. 11, 2011, a young man named Zach Wahls went before the Iowa Legislature to speak on behalf of his two moms after the legislature took up a bill to ban gay marriage. Over 18 million people watched and shared it. At 2:50, he nails what family really means.
After getting national news exposure from this video and with work from families on the ground, the ban never passed. Rational heads prevailed, marriage equality has been in Iowa ever since, and it has brought over $5 million a year to the Iowa economy.
Currently, 28 states still have bans on gay marriage. They are falling state by state as the courts get ahold of them. It would be great if more people who are scared of these repeals could see what family really means. If you shared this, it could help with that. And if you want to learn more about Zach, who has since led the charge to fix the Boy Scouts and is currently interning at the White House, you could Like him on Facebook. He’s good people. Which makes sense after hearing about his moms.
Maybe if I’d gotten involved in something like this at a young age, I would be creating life-saving robots and not, you know, posting videos on the Internet all day.
To donate to STEM’s Kickstarter, go ahead and click here by April 10, 2014. And you can share this awesome project by clicking one of those beautiful and large Facebook and Twitter buttons below.