Take issue with the negative connotations behind the label of “attention-seeking.” What many dismiss as a frivolous phase is a potential indicator of victimization. Don’t trample on the people who lay their problems and experiences out for all to see. Don’t look at them as fake because they do not internalize, repress, suppress the symptoms of their trauma.
oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, yes.
Further, though, the TOMS campaign — like the million shirts — misses the fundamental point that not having a pair of shoes (or a shirt, christmas toy, etc.) is not a problem about not having shoes. It’s a problem of poverty. Shoelessness, such as it is, is a symptom of a much bigger and more complex problem. And while donating a pair of shoes helps shoelessness, it does not help poverty.
Things like jobs help poverty. Jobs making things like shoes, for example. But TOMS doesn’t make its shoes in Africa, it makes them in China where it’s presumably cheaper to make two pairs of shoes and give one away than it is to get people in a needier community to make one pair of shoes.
The result of this setup, as Zizek explains most succinctly, is that on a big-picture level, TOMS (and other buy-my-product-and-donate companies) are busy building the exploitative global structure that produces economic inequality, while on the other hand pretending that supporting them actually does something to fix it.
It doesn’t. It just gives people shoes.
Title: La veillÃ©e
Artist: Yann Tiersen
BE NICE TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!! Because it is hard to be a person!!!!!!!!! It is hard to be a person and have feelings and do things!!!!!!!!!!!! It is so hard sometimes!!!!!!!! So just be nice!!!!!!!!!
Oh hey guys, NO BIG DEAL, but my fantastic friend Lacey Micallef did the animation in this page. Lacey is a brilliant artist/animator/designer and one of the funniest people I know on this planet. Go fall in love with her work RIGHT NOW!
7 contemporary women artists with their work
Yayoi Kusama, Linnea Strid, Inka Essenhigh, Michelle Doll, Terry Strickland, Helene Knoop, and Alison van Pelt