Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - the delayed gratification edition

Hey. I haven't been writing these on any predictable schedule, and it's not even Tuesday anymore. Whatever. I'm getting it done.

Poor as Folk wrote a TTPMOT post this week, and you need to go read it right now if you haven't already. 

It's been a crazy week around here, with hand, foot and mouth running through the house. YAY VIRUSES.


Enough about that, let's go get angry.

Religious Freedom
Ahhhhhhhhhh. I watched VICE last night, and I should know better than to do that at this point. If you aren't watching it, you should be. There are so many things in this world that the media just doesn't bother reporting about, things that are hugely important, things that we all should know about. Just go. I'll wait.

Anyhow, one of the stories they covered this week revolved around the religious freedom issue. We live in a time when religious freedom no longer seems to mean the right to worship whatever you want, to attend services without interruption, to believe whatever you want. Nope. These days, people are claiming that religion can absolutely be used as a justification to discriminate against other people. Because Jesus.

That's not how this works. 

That's not how any of this works.

Your freedom of religion doesn't confer the right to impose those beliefs on anyone else. They don't give you the power to harm other people using religion as a justification. It's not some divinely sanctioned right to discriminate.

While we're at it, let's talk about abortion
It seems like every week, some state is passing some law aimed at making abortion access virtually impossible. The last few weeks have seen some particularly ridiculous laws go into effect, including one that requires women to pay for cremation of not just aborted fetuses, but of miscarried ones as well.

WAIT WHAT.

Yes, this is actually a thing now. Well, for now it is. There is simply no way that a law like this can stand up to a constitutional challenge, but for now, we know that women are merely vessels of fetuses, nothing more in the eyes of the law.

Forgetting that famous people are human
In the last week, a singer attempted suicide and an actor felt compelled to defend himself after both were mocked online.

Kehlani attempted suicide after being attacked over accusations that she cheated on her boyfriend. People are still acting like assholes after the attempt too. After Wentworth Miller was fat shamed for gaining weight, he responded by saying that he was working on his mental health at the time, coping with life in whatever way worked for him.

Our society seems to forget that celebrities are actual human beings. They aren't just items available for public consumption, devoid of emotion. They are living, breathing people with feelings. You might think that whatever obnoxious, hurtful things you say about them online is harmless because "they should be used to it" or "they asked for it" or "it comes with the territory", but no. It doesn't.

Standardized Testing
Ah, our education system. I sincerely hope that at some point in the near future people realize that this testing obsession we have has done more harm than good. I sincerely hope that we pull our collective head out of our collective ass before we destroy the confidence of an entire generation of kids. I sincerely hope that kids can somehow believe us when we tell them that the tests don't matter when all the adults seem to care about are the scores.

If something isn't working, the answer shouldn't be to try MORE of it.

Think about this.

Two of my kids will spend more time taking standardized tests this year than I spent in finals for college each year.

The boards for students in medical school to become doctors take less time.

To become doctors.

We're doing this wrong.

Prescription Drug Regulations
SO MANY THINGS.

I hate that the process to get regular, daily medication for ADHD requires me to call every month, request a printed prescription every month, pick up that prescription every month and drop it off in person with my ID every month. There is enough stigma associated with the treatment of this very common condition without treating people like they are drug abusers.

While we're at it, the new proposals to crack down on opioid abuse seem like a good idea until you realize how badly we manage legitimate pain in this country. Yes, there is an epidemic of abuse of these medications...but that is only one piece of a far more complicated issue.

Oh, and....it's harder to buy cold medicine in some states than it is to buy a gun.

Happy Wednesday.

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