For your consideration…

In a time of transgender bathroom battles, 31 identity options (according to the state of NY), and the ever-growing alphabet of LGBTQIAetc, isn’t it a tiny bit ironic that GENDER REVEAL PARTIES are so trendy? Using only *gasp* two choices: pink and blue!

Do you find it counterproductive that we raise our babies with constant vehicular entertainment then freak out when they text and drive?! Think about it, in addition to the tech YOU provided to keep them occupied, entertained, and quiet–cell phones, game players, iPads, etc–DVD players now come standard in many “family” cars. They’ve NEVER not been electronically engaged while in an automobile, is it any wonder they’re checking their phones from the driver’s seat?

Riddle me this, dear readers, how is it possibly to have two completely opposite reactions to bullying and name-calling? If a teenager attacks a peer through messaging, Twitter, or Facebook, it’s cyberbullying. If a Hollywood darling does it, it’s hilarious and retweeted, oftentimes earning it’s own #hashtag. Regardless of context, if an average middle-aged white man uses a derogatory term, we hate him, that racist so-and-so, but if a late night talk show host does it, ratings skyrocket. One such host was sued for defamation due to “ruthless character assassination”. Say what? Those words may literally be listed in the job description of half a dozen of the most aggressive (and popular) “reality news” show hosts. Bullying is bad, right? Yet we’re all tuning into an insult-rapping show.

I’m confused.

Feel free to add your own observations in the comments.
I’m sure there are PLENTY of ironies I’ve left off this brief list for your consideration.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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