The hilarious double standard “Mexicans are lazy, and too stupid/can’t be bothered to learn English” and “Mexicans are taking all our jobs”. So, you’re saying that you lost your job to a lazy person who doesn’t speak English, how bad at your job were you?
Today, Amazon announced the imminent launch of its newest endeavor, Kindle Worlds, a publishing platform for fanfiction. When I read the announcement, I was horrified, then angry, then sad. I want to take a moment to explain why this is such a tragedy.
I never got the sex talk. I never got the periods talk either. I learned everything I wanted to know from the 1980 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia. I used to just start with the first one and read cover to cover, then pick up the next, and fall asleep reading it. I learned way more than I ever wanted to know about pretty much everything.
No talk for me! I got “I hear your cousins told you a lot, so uh, if you have any questions…” Sex was honestly *never* talked about in our house. Mom and I were both too awkward about that kind of thing. And see, this is why sex ed is important in schools! Plenty of parents don’t tell you anything. Not helpful. Sex ed at school explained a lot.
I got books, but we were all happier for it.
When my parents were thinking about having another kid, they realized they were going to have to make sure I knew where babies come from, but they figured out the easiest way to handle it and just added a book on reproduction to my to-read pile.
Yup. Where Did I Come From? around age 6 or 7, and my parents called it a day. (It actually does a great job of covering the topic! I may do the same thing if I end up having kids/said kids read as voraciously as I did.)
Yep. At some point there was a copy of Where Did I Come From? hanging around my house, and then at some later point it was joined by a copy of What’s Happening to Me?. No sex talk from my parents that I can remember until I was older and it was of the “not that you should be be having sex, but if you did, you’d be careful and use protection, right? Okay good let’s stop talking about this” variety.
I got “The Care and Keeping of You” American Girl book. That took care of the period talk, and the sex talk… just never happened. Although, to be fair, I don’t really expect my parents to know enough about lesbian sex to teach me anything relevant.