Thoughts on the 2016 US Election

Whenever someone says “stop being so PC“, “they’re only words” or anything along those lines, it makes my blood boil. Apparently calling someone out on their behaviour is being “over-sensitive”?

If it was a single person ranting on Twitter I can simply block and ignore it, and even if I respond and they continue spreading hate their pool of influence is considerably smaller. The President of the United States carries considerable clout and influence, and can instigate violence/ ill-will (as we have seen throughout the campaign) with his inflammatory words even if he does not introduce any questionable policies.

Not only does dismissing this as “bloody ignorant brainwashed Liberal bullshit” spread the message that this type of speech is okay and acceptable, it tells kids that if they want to grow up to become the president, inflammatory speech is the way to go. People in positions of power and in the public eye are held to higher standards of morals than the general public*.

(*LOL I knew slaving over Media Law in first year would come to use someday, right to know and injunctions and all that jazz)

Even if he does not actually act on any of his claims that got him his presidency (and it seems to be looking that way), it has made some bigots think that being openly abusive to minorities is alright and justified, that the administration approves of it. Already seeing the rise of hate crime in the US because the 72% feel oppressed.

If you voted for DT and say “I’m not racist, I don’t support his type of speech or behaviour..” etc, I have some news for you- you already have indirectly supported that! “I’m not racist” or otherwise.

You just cared more about yourself and what you thought you would gain than the fallout along the way from your own fellow supporters who are willing to go to even more extreme lengths.Because hey- you can bet if DT doesn’t try to “get rid of immigrants” or “kill Muslims” or make people undergo conversion therapy… some of his supporters are pretty much ready to do it themselves. 👌🏼

P.s. Just like the defenders of unborn fetuses who wait in front of Planned Parenthood to shoot women (because if the fetus is gone, might as well kill the mother too eh? Never mind that some women killed were there to get counselling/ family planning advice etc).

P.p.s I doubt anyone I’m friends with actually supports him but y’know just go along with it I wanna rant. Can’t believe I have to put disclaimers bec inevitably someone will be like “WELL NOT EVERYONE” blah blah blah

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Ending off with this. I’m proud to be a “bloody Liberal”.

 

NUS Orientation, good or bad?

A really balanced and well-informed post that does not resort to blaming, pointing fingers, and very clearly lays out the issues surrounding the whole mess.

I probably have no right to comment on the situation, but seeing how my peers have been let down by the blanket ban, and how this topic has been dominating my timeline and my conversations for the whole week- I can’t help but feel oddly involved in it all.

I share the author’s sentiments when she says that she finds some of the more sexual/physical activities uncomfortable. I ended up going to a university overseas instead of a local one, but I know for certain that there will be a line I refuse to cross, whether people regard me as being “conservative” or not, and I will make sure to speak up if I am uncomfortable. Everyone has different limits, and strangely some of the students regard the “ponding” incident to be no big deal, even though they tell us cheerfully that they avoided that camp date so as to not get dirty. Huh. “Whatever floats your boat”, as my boyfriend keeps parroting (driving me to no end of annoyance, honestly).

The blanket ban is a harsh and unfair punishment, but I can guess why they clamped down so hard on it. With the public thirsting for blood and the matter brought to the attention of corporations and foreign news companies alike, it would have seemed too lenient. Every year, we get this sort of news, and every year, the outrage dies out pretty quick. Nothing has been solved, and I hope the “black sheep” that people keep decrying will learn after facing the wrath from their fellow students, and clean up their act next year if they still have the chance.

Though… more ill-will is felt towards the public and the school, rather than the people who went too far. Oh well.

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So recently, there was another huge hooha about how the orientation games in NUS are becoming increasingly sexualised. That article, followed by the one about the “strong disciplinary action” NUS will be taking, prompted me to post some of my thoughts on Facebook (scroll down for just the text alone):

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