Recently I’ve been perusing books specifically about peace, tolerance, the environment, and values I’d like to teach my daughter about at the library. It’s not that generic kids’ books aren’t “good” enough—we still check those, out, too; in fact, right now she will check out anything about dragons or chickens—it’s that I’m really interested in making these concepts a part of our lives early on. What better way to do it than though the books we love to read so much?
Recently, I had an epiphany that I should have had a long time ago. It really shouldn’t have surprised me; after all, we learn from an early age that money is the root of all evil, money makes the world go round, everything is about money…
And yet, I just now learned that everything is about money!
I don’t mean it the way we usually do—about politicians, businesses, etc. I mean it about normal, everyday people.
Make ‘em be civil and respectful and such!”
Until I’d read Alice Sebold’s memoir Lucky, I never realized what rape culture, blaming the victim, or any politics surrounding rape actually entailed. I’ve known people who experienced sexual violence; I experienced it myself as a child when I was attacked at a daycare center. That does not surprise me, though; statistically, 1 in 3 women will experience sexual violence within her lifetime.