This behavior is the product of growing up in a misogynist world. Where you have to remove yourself as much as you can from being a less desired group, from being a woman, in a desperate hope to be treated like an equal, to be treated with the same respect every human deserves.
While people who act like this may seem annoying, they are actually suffering from something they might not even realize. And are usually met with hostility or are met with approval due to the fact they are embracing “masculine” ideals. Ideals that are considered the only worthwhile ones.
It’s sad because even when a girl or woman wants to fit in with a world of men, she is rejected or mocked. It’s sad because she feels the need to put down other women to try to show people that she is worth more than the average woman.
It’s sad because there are still so many little girls growing up believing that being a woman is inherently negative.
It’s sad because our world constantly tries to convince them that it’s true.
“Fat people in America are reduced to nothing but fatness. A fat person has a health problem of any kind? It’s because they’re fat. A fat person is single? Well, duh. Fat. They deserve it. A fat person is poor? That’s not surprising-obviously they have bad judgment and no impulse control! Because why would a smart person choose to be fat? If a fat person goes to a restaurant and sits on a broken chair and the chair collapses under them, it’s because they’re fat. But if a thin person sits on the same broken chair and the chair collapses under them, it’s because they sat on a broken chair.”—
According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops willfully massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70′s and five children ages five and under.
McClatchy is reporting that the soldiers then called in an air strike on the house to cover up evidence of the killings.
This account differs sharply from an official version of the 2006 incident, which indicated that coalition forces captured an al Qaeda in Iraq operative in the house, which was destroyed in a firefight. The WikiLeaks cable, however, corroborates accounts by Ishaqi townspeople and includes questions about the incident by Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
The cable is dated twelve days after the incident, which took place March 15, 2006. In it, Alston says that autopsies performed in Tikrit on bodies pulled from the wreckage of the farmhouse indicated that all of the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head.
If true, this action, although not as egregious as the My Lai massacre of March 16, 1968, wherein 347-504 unarmed civilians were shot to death by U.S. forces during the Vietnam conflict, still speaks volumes about war and the atrocities committed for war’s sake.
ACTUALLY YOU KNOW WHAT, WHILE I’M HERE, HAVE ANOTHER INTERESTING FACT.
As some of you may or may not know, pronouns in Japanese work very differently from pronouns in English.
Before he makes the bet, Seishirou refers to Subaru using ‘kimi.’ After the bet he switches to using ‘anata,’ which continues right the way through X until his very final words which are ‘Boku wa… kimi wo…’ where he obviously switches back to ‘kimi’ one last time.
It’s one of those things that doesn’t really translate at all, given that there isn’t really any way to communicate that in English but yeah. You could interpret the symbolism there a couple of ways, but I’ll leave that up to you guys.