There are several problems with the ice bucket challenge.
- It’s a gimmick. If a gimmick works, it works, so this fact doesn’t make it inherently bad, but the fact that we have to make a fun or silly activity go viral to get donations or awareness for something is disturbing.
- The Ice Bucket Challenge involves dumping clean water on yourself (bless Matt Damon for using toilet water).
- There is no evidence to suggest that more people are aware of ALS. More people have now heard the acronym “ALS” and know that there is an ALS Association, but that’s not necessarily what we need when talking about saving or lengthening lives effected by ALS. An effective way to raise awareness for ALS would be to make people aware of early warning signs of ALS, as a lot of people don’t notice them or think they’re something else.
- Knowing what ALS is would also make people more likely to donate (considering it causes a horrifically slow and painful death), which brings me to another point. A lot of people are ignoring the fact that one is supposed to donate money. Of course, not everyone can donate money, and that’s fine. But, a lot of people are just completely unaware that donation is supposed to happen and just want to post a video of themselves being ~*brave*~ and ~*quirky.*~
- Donating to ALS loses money for other charities. This is because of a concept called moral self-licensing, which refers to the fact that people who do one “good deed” are less to do another any time soon. People who have done the ice bucket challenge, even those who donated no money, are very likely to not donate anything to anywhere else for quite a while. This is a problem because, while ALS is a serious disease and foundations for rare conditions sometimes need the most help…
- ALS is not considered a threat to the general population. Everyone has every right to donate to whatever they want, no matter how threatening it is, but this jump in donations toward “ALS research” (I’ll get into why I used quotes later) takes money away from foundations dedicated to more threatening conditions (because of moral self-licensing). Here is an infographic from I Fucking Love Science that shows how threatening diseases are to the general population vs. where money is usually donated
- Now, to explain the quotes around “research.” Only 27% of ALS Association funding goes to research. Yes, people need to get paid and all, but people do need to be aware that not even the majority of what they donate is going toward valuable research of a currently incurable terminal illness.
- Because the Ice Bucket Challenge is a popular gimmick, people, like me, who criticize it are completely torn apart on social media. Someone says “hey I think the Ice Bucket Challenge has some flaws and tells us some things about ourselves in the West,” and someone else, who really only cares about the challenge, will google ALS (y’know, because they probably don’t even know what it is), and then explain how serious of a condition it is, causing others to jump in and tell the original person how awful they are.
Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge doesn’t make someone a bad person. People are just following the status quo and doing what is fun and hip. ALS is also a serious condition that, at this point, is incurable and extensive research could change that. However, people are hungry, there are far more common terminal illnesses, and genocides are happening, and dumping cold water over your head and posting a video of it does not give you a free pass to just put up your feet and forget all of that.
"real men don’t rape" then who does? storefront mannequins? humanoid robots? i’m not understanding bc i was under the impression that real life living men do in fact rape women
sketched some sailor scouts
Remember when Disney had a cute, disabled, poc mermaid?
When i was younger, one of my best friends was a deaf guyanese girl, and her fave princess was Ariel, mainly bc she related to her living without a voice (and her love of swimming)
When this episode aired, she cried and squawked and made sounds that were almost understandable… She saw herself as a mermaid, on tv, with her favourite character of all time
Representation matters, always, no matter what
I loved this episode
Oh my god yes I remember this! I think Disney still airs the series but at like 4-5 AM on weekdays
• they’re fucking women
please don’t die
Raiden’s cyborg booty ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Every time I enter a room
I didn’t know this was part of the drill…(W/ SirSnicker, Kyle Tapley, & taylor shrum) by Thomas Sanders
THIS ONE WAS SO MUCH FUN
i love pigtail hazel shes cute
I’m a sucker for Latina girls😍
Shorter than me, have a nice Carmel skin, nice lips, eyebrows thin, yeah they got sort of a round head but not really, and above all they got that attitude that makes you think they a bitch but in reality she’s a sweetheart❤️ I’m a for those girls. If she looks like a bitch & she is one 🙅 gtfo.
OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.
On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.
Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.
After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.
Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.
And now you know Robert Smalls.
ROBERT SMALLS IS THE MAN.