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IN YOUR FACE Rantings From My Timeline Book By The Pollitikat

This is political and social commentary and just my opinions; a compilation of Status Updates as broadcasted on Facebook from my personal page “Pollitikat Comments”. A documentation of current events, a critique on American Politics and Society and my version of Art. Some might call them brain farts but these are deep thoughts — Yes, I consider myself an analyst, philosopher and artist. This is an urban review from a concerned immigrant who has adopted the United States as home. A really fun book, not overly serious and should be consider light comedy. Hopefully there is something in it that will make you laugh, make you think, you might find pain, some misunderstanding, even get angry — and maybe there is one thing in here you will agree with. The purpose is to share these dynamic posts with a new audience, folks who have never been on Facebook or have never seen a comment from Pollitikat – as well as offering another viewpoint on some of the critical issues facing America. For those who follow me online — it’s your favorite posts in book form so you can share with your friends and family, and for everyone it is an opportunity to start discussions of your own.
“Do I think I am smart, yes—do I think I know it all? I know that no matter how much I think I know I only know one thing and that is–I know nothing.” — Pollitikat Comments

YOU ARE NOT CHAINED TO SOCIAL SECURITY

LISTEN:  I’m not teaching my child to plan for a social security check.  I don’t care how long she works or how much she makes in her lifetime— She knows that social security and Medicare is taken from her check but it is not something she is entitled to when she reaches a certain age(thank goodness to Obama for paving the way to universal healthcare- which I think everyone IS entitled to).   I am teaching her that social security is for those in need and not an inheritance or piggy bank for those who contributed.  My goal is for  her  is to not need social security—but to learn as much as possible, work hard and plan for her own financial security.  I feel however, should she or anyone ever need it—it should be there.  I am not upset that President Obama is cutting social security or anything else…he can cut, because the system needs to be reformed and the people hired him to make changes.  There is too much WASTE in government, he is putting programs on the table because there are things about them he wants to reform.  I don’t want people who still work and make above a certain amount collecting—maybe a certain percentage of the median income of the country is fair, plus you will still get Medicare so health insurance is covered.  I don’t think you should have a primary home and a vacation home and collect social security.  Maybe chained CPI is something he puts on the table so he can gauge the republicans.  With all the talk republicans make about reforming entitlement, I personally don’t think they want real reform like means testing—Obama has been trying to shove chained CPI down their throat and they haven’t bitten?  So there is no reason to believe they are going to say yes to any reform other than making it private.  Republicans aren’t going to do anything without at least feeling like they screwed the little guy–I think when they say yes to chain cpi, we can get means testing—which I would like to see.

Raper Blood

I was listening to a Jamaican radio program the other day and they were talking about how rape was formerly part of the Jamaican culture.  There were two male hosts and although I had no doubt they were serious there was playfulness about the way they approached the subject, and being a Jamaican it made me sit up and listen but I did feel awkward.  They laughed as they talked about when girls said no in Jamaica it meant nothing because men took it to mean yes and would basically force themselves onto the woman. Mostly men called in and one mentioned that when he came to America his mother made sure to tell him “no” meant no in America, and not the yes it implied in Jamaica.  I gathered from listening that the point of the topic was to say that was then and this is now, back then men would forced themselves and now they respect when the woman says no, but there was something that just didn’t feel right about the conversation.

Just then a particular party came to mind, last fall I had the pleasure of being in Negril Jamaica and I attended a local party on Negril beach where they played a song by a local DJ whose lyrics referred to having “raper blood”, you got it “rape-r blood”, raper blood was aggression towards women in a sexual way, yes it was a song about forcing yourself on a woman, in essence raping her.  When that song came on the crowd went wild screaming and cheering, male and female.  They even had party dancers who simulated intercourse in the most violent way, sometimes the male dancer jumped from on top of a table or shelf on to a female dancer being held by two other male dancers.  This routine was common and the highlight of the night, people came to the party and waited around to see the “rape” stunts.

There were people of all ages, younger and older men and women and the majority of them cheered as the song played and the dancers danced.  Simulated sex broke out all around the dance; I was very disturbed by it, mostly because I felt I could be raped at any minute.  I was so disturbed I left the party.  I couldn’t help but wonder how many girls would be raped that night because of this culture that painted rape as “manly”/macho.   Needless to say the next day I brought it up to some fellow Jamaicans and asked them if they knew about this “raper blood” song. “Yea mon’” they all answered “a so dem dance” one added.  Raper blood was something innocent and a just a dance thing they tried to convince me.  It was the sure way to get the girl, the logic being “after you sex her then she will say yes,” a male fan explained to me, and even though the song said “raper blood” they insisted it really wasn’t rape(in America it would be called date-rape).  Many of the men stated they liked the girl, plus look how they danced or how they were dressed, to the men— this was proof that they (the girls) wanted it and (the men) were just giving the women what they wanted.

Later as I sat on the beach I saw one of my female teenage Jamaican friends(16 yrs), I couldn’t wait to ask her if she knew the raper song.  “Yes”, told me as she laughed at the face I was making.  I asked her how she felt about it, she shook her head and said “ah it a lick ya now” (meaning it was the current hit song at local parties).  They were very cavalier but I was still traumatized and I wanted someone else to be outraged the way I was but no one else was, just me.  

It was great to hear these men on the radio talk about the “rape culture” as if they were disgusted by it and I was glad they saw it as a thing of the past, but they talked as if it was only past if you lived in America  and I don’t think for a minute that the hosts having the discussion understood that was the impression they were giving, “they will call da police pon you now-a-days,” said the one with the deepest voice, the emphasis being on the fact the woman will call the police and not that the act of forcing oneself onto a woman was wrong.  The awkwardness I felt as I listened was that the hosts seemed to say it was off limits in America but still ok in Jamaica and if the song “Raper Blood” is any indication the culture is far from being in the past.

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