There isn't any. Let me break it down for you. When I was a kid, and when my parents were kids, we used the word "race" to describe where our families are from. Growing up, I had five races - Italian, Irish, Nigerian, French, and German. Nowadays, people use the word "ethnicity" in place of … Continue reading The Difference Between Race and Ethnicity
There are many myths, misconceptions and downright bizarre attitudes and behaviors that many people have about martial arts. The purpose of this blog entry, is to dispel that nonsense and at the same time, be educational. Let's start with the weird behaviors: Don't laugh. While people who study martial arts typically enjoy it, we also … Continue reading What You Should Know About Martial Arts
I began my journey into reptile-land back in late 2008. It all began when my mother's boyfriend at the time suggested getting a couple of aquatic turtles from a flea-market. I told him very firmly that I liked the idea of having turtles, but I wanted to do some research about a proper setup, diet, … Continue reading Thinking of Getting a Turtle? Read this first 🙂
I won't sit here and say that geisha were not, at times, exploited, because women have been exploited in every corner of the globe. But I won't sit here and act like geisha are somehow worse-off than American women, or any other woman in any other part of the world. It's been my experience that if a cultural behavior is different than what we've grown up with, we label it as wrong. Well it's not wrong for a woman to be a geisha, who lives, eats, breathes and performs art. By your logic, the starving artist down the street would also be a prostitute because he sells his paintings. If you think selling your body and selling your paintings are not the same thing, there are thousands of artists lines up around the block to tell you otherwise. Art is, and always will be, an extension of the human form.
Several years ago while I was on the city bus, I witnessed a woman start groping the thigh of a man who was another woman's boyfriend. He was visibly uncomfortable and seemed to have very little idea of what to do. His girlfriend stepped in, and these two women had a violent argument. The bus … Continue reading How Men Can Prevent Themselves From Being Sexually Assaulted and Harassed
There are a specific handful of arguments that parents like to make to explain why they do not vaccinate their children: 1. It's my right to choose whether or not my child is given a vaccine. 2. Vaccines cause autism. 3. Vaccines cause allergic reactions. 4. Diseases can be prevented with healthy food and good hygiene. … Continue reading You Do Not Have the Right to Choose
No one, man or woman, deserves to be harassed. Today I was reading an article about street harassment and I started thinking to myself, this doesn't happen to me very often, why is that? I am in downtown New Haven constantly. I walk around town constantly. What makes me less of a target than these … Continue reading How Women Can Prevent Sexual Harassment and Assault
The Huffington Post had a very bizarre "social experiment" on their site today, regarding how a woman received compliments, and the reactions men had to what that woman said. The woman was given compliments by random men she chose to speak to. She responded to these compliments with "I know", occasionally a "thank you", but … Continue reading I like myself. I like compliments, too.
I'm sure there are many dog lovers who are going to jump up and down in disagreement about this blog post. I'm sure many cat lovers will also being jumping up and down in triumph. But I firmly believe that certain animals do not make 'good' pets, and aside from still enjoying the company of … Continue reading Dogs Don’t Make ‘Good’ Pets
If you are a Connecticut resident, you've probably heard about 17 year old Cassandra, who is being forced by the CT Supreme Court to undergo chemotherapy to treat Hogkin's Lymphoma. The decision was reached after a trial to determine whether or not Cassandra was a competent minor who could refuse chemotherapy. The result of that … Continue reading The Alternative Treatment is No Alternative