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I don’t like this expression “First World problems.” It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.

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hermgur i love when Tumblr makes me think! One of the things people say, where you are pretty sure it is condescending and politically incorrect…but you don’t bother thinking about why…

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But fundamentally this is about someone who took what was created intentionally as satire and applied the cold, hard perspective of killjoy.

Seriously, this person should lighten up. “First World Problems, like all memes, should be taken with a grain of salt and should be laughed at. It’s not something to get angry over. If it’s not your brand of humour, fine, that’s cool. But if we can’t laugh at ourselves what can we do? People in first world countries created it as a self-satire, so what’s the problem?

Political correctness doesn’t need to be applied everywhere. Some jokes are tasteless, offensive, sexist, etc etc and those are the things that we should try and phase out by coming down hard on them. Satire is a wonderful branch of humour that should stay away from the killjoy nazis and be expressed freely.

If anything, the meme allows us to remind ourselves that we ARE overpriviledged compared to some other parts of the city, country or world, depending on the context. The meme in itself is a stark reminder of the luxuries we take for granted. I don’t find it condescending at all, it’s all about how you look at things.

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Oh so sexism we should be worried about, but nothing else? It isn’t about not using it or being a killjoy, it is about talking about WHY we use it and how accurate/inaccurate it is…It is also about the naivete of developed countries if you read the entire thing above. Getting defensive that you use the phrase is WAY beyond the point, it is about a discussion that keeps society informed and aware. This is what is important here. If you are going to do the satirical talk, you have to know what it means from every perspective. After all, satire is a respected outlet  to express oneself…but the only way it became intelligent is by intellectual discussion and thought. Not the very fruitless topic of “I WANNA SAY IT AND DON’T REIGN ON MY PARADE WITH YOUR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND WAH WAH WAH MOMMY TELL THEM I’M RIGHT”.

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The point made here is a very good one, by saying small problems are first world problems it can be seen to make those in less developed countries seem like ‘other’ with different problems, and ultimately less relatable. While it is true the joke can also be looked at from the point I view of reminding us how privileged we are and trivial our problems can be, however I don’t think this is very effective. It is extremely difficult to seperate oneself from their own issues and problems because they seem big to us, and I don’t think jokes often warrant the time and depth of thought really required to seperate ourselves from biases of that strength. This type of discussion has a much better chance of doing that.

Every time I read an article about conservatives being “pro- life” I am reminded of my brother who died of ALS at the age of 47. He spent the last 6 years of his life in nursing homes where the care, supervision and meals were abysmal. One of his former roommates was smoking a cigarette, fell asleep and burned to death because his diaper caught fire. Another roommate went home for the weekend to visit his mother and committed suicide in the garage of her home so that he wouldn’t have to return to the nursing home. I have to say that in all the years my brother was there I never once saw a group of conservatives out in front of the building shouting slogans about the sanctity of life and how all lives – no matter what age – are meaningful. I never once saw a group of evangelicals visiting with patients, pushing wheelchairs, or feeding the elderly residents. There were no Rick Santorums advocating on behalf of my brother who several years before had been a pro golfer and was still the father of two adorable young boys. When conservatives and evangelicals understand that ALL life really is sacred, including that of the elderly, the permanently disabled, the terminally ill, and the women and children who accidentally get bombed in the course of a war, then maybe I’ll listen to their opinions on contraceptives and/or abortion. For now, however, this is really just a politically heated argument about women’s reproductive rights and who gets to control those rights.

The ‘Safe, Legal, Rare’ Illusion – NYTimes.com


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Might be a rerun on my blog, and if it is, it’s worth repeating.

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Holy SHIT, this is a good point.  Why aren’t those pro-life people reading this?!

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“sluts, slut, slutty”


I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO sick of hearing this word. What a woman chooses to do is her choice. Why are people so bent on how other people spend their time? Are we really to the point of blaming one’s hair colour on their level of ability to make what is CONSIDERED the “right” choice? Apparently if one aspect of your life is revealing clothing and promiscuity than that is what DEFINES you. Yes, many women lead a questionable lifestyle, but it is only questionable when they are doing something mentally and emotionally unhealthy that contributes to an emotional/mental instability – an instability probably at the fault of someone else, like parents or exposure to abuse or sexual exploitation when they were younger. Why must we insist on singling them out? 

I don’t remember ever judging someone about sleeping around, unless I knew it wasn’t something they really wanted and they were my friend. Did I judge a girl for just dating this guy from my high school for a week, JUST for sex? No, I laughed it off, because he wanted to sleep with a blonde and she simply enjoys sex. WHO THE HELL AM I TO JUDGE? They both got what they wanted and everyone heard about it, because they CHOSE to have friends who are blabbermouths. So what….I have heard worse things. I am not going to spend my afternoon analyzing it just so…


because that’s all it really is about. And I hope the people that judge get the satisfaction they need. If not, start justifying your lifestyle for yourself, and find something better to do with your time…

I was just thinking I’d write something along these lines if I didn’t have finals. The way girls talk about one another and themselves is one of the most surprising things I’ve encountered at university. Mostly it just makes me a bit sad that so many perfectly lovely people are conditioned to think that if a girl sleeps with multiple people that decreases her worth. Even more surprising, that girls feel like they have to explain behaviour such as having more than one boyfriend over a period as long as a year, or having lots of friends that are guys, or being in some way romantically or sexual involved with a guy who isn’t there ‘boyfriend.’ None of these behaviours are even remotely ‘slutty’ and yet are often referred to as if they are. There is an overwhelming pressure on girls to only engage in monogamous long term relationships from a young age, which is just ridiculous. It’s okay to be unsure, to try out different relationships, to just have fun. I’m not denying that there are girls who are more comfortable in a devoted and exclusive relationship. There are boys who prefer that as well, and that’s fantastic and lovely and all the rest, but it doesn’t and shouldn’t dis-value other more casual relationships.

In the case that someone is acting in a way you think is unhealthy or is hurting them, the best way to show your concern would be to talk to them about it, in an open and honest way. Throwing accusations around simply isn’t helpful.

I guess the last thing I would like to add is something that’s been on my mind a lot as of late. There is not one way to live, or one set of perfect goals that you should go out seeking to achieve. There are literally billions of ways to live your life, and many of them are beautiful and meaningful and worthwhile. So why not focus on your priorities in stead of judging other people on theirs. After all, if you disagree or are upset or disappointed by what others choose to do why focus on that, when you could be spending time on things that do matter to you and empower you. If their actions are not hurting you, the only other reason I really see for getting involved is if you feel concern for them, in which case refer to the previous paragraph.