sorry, but i call bullshit (at least to the notion that michelle obama is the single source of this culinary hellscape). that crusty fried chicken sandwich in the top picture? i got served that shit in high school fifteen years ago, when michelle obama was an illinois senator’s wife. that ugly mess of ground “beef” and corn and mashed potatoes, with a single sad white roll? that shit’s so familiar i might as well be high-fiving it at a family reunion. our school lunches have been garbage for decades, ever since we let corporations enter the business of feeding schoolchildren on contract, when school lunches stopped being cooked at school and started being cooked in factories and freezer-bagged and microwaved on site. this shitty situation can’t be dropped entirely in michelle obama’s lap: she didn’t start sysco or aramark or maramont or any of the giant food conglomerates that serve up deep fried frozen faux food by the truckload into america’s schools, at a profit. why don’t we hold accountable giant corporations and industry lobbyists- like, i shit you not, the national potato council- who have fought against improving school lunch standards for decades?
michelle obama’s fighting an uphill battle because let’s face it, school districts across the nation are suffering and hemorrhaging money, and school lunches have always been a target of cutbacks. rather than spending money on healthy foods to cut calories and maximize nutrients- re the obama guidelines- schools just cut corners and serve less. their shitty substandard implementation of the guidelines does not mean that the concept of bringing healthier food into public schools is a failed one.
and if you want to change school lunches, instead of complaining to michelle obama on twitter, you can support the local efforts of students, parents and teachers to improve their lunches, like the campaign going on in philadelphia right now. these schoolkids have organized to try and end the contract with their shitty corporate meal provider, and gather support for meals cooked in-school with better ingredients. i guarantee there are fights like this going on in more places than philly, and they could use your help.
13 years ago I remember we were literally served a single piece of cheese between two pieces of white bread and an apple with milk or juice. This was lunch we could purchase, the ONLY things we could purchase that day. Why? Because the lunch servers, monitors, and principal decided to punish the entire student body for a food fight that the popular kids did. When we told them who did so, they didn’t believe us (and by us I’m talking the nerd groups, the goth groups, the fringe and ‘troubled’ groups basically) . This isn’t Michelle Obama but local people of power like principals or whomever is control of food services for varying reasons.
Remember when Jamie Oliver went in there and was like ‘guys you need to fix this, a serving of fried chips is not a serving of vegetables’ and he literally gave up crying because the companies had such a stranglehold on the school canteens that they had ‘nutritionist experts’ (Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist by the way, it’s not a protected term like Dietician, which requires qualifications) coming in and telling him that what he was trying to serve (i.e. actual food) was not going to help the kids and was too much of a strain on everyone’s hip pocket.
So yeah, don’t blame Michelle obama when the companies decide that they want to ignore the nutrition improvement area and go with the ‘portion sizes are too big lets cut those and save buttonnes of money for our executive bonuses’ crap.
Hey look, a white person holding up the uncredited words of an anishinaabe woman who was pointing the blame squarely AT white people. fml. White people need to either start crediting alanis obomsawin or stop using this quote altogether
White people take your freedom, then they take your words about them taking your freedom.
I’ve said this before and I’ll point it out again -
Menstruation is caused by change in hormonal levels to stop the creation of a uterine lining and encourage the body to flush the lining out. The body does this by lowering estrogen levels and raising testosterone.
Or, to put it more plainly “That time of the month” is when female hormones most closely resemble male hormones. So if (cis) women aren’t suited to office at “That time of the month” then (cis) men are NEVER suited to office.
If you are a dude and don’t dig the ladies around you at their time of the month, just think! That is you all of the time.
And, on a final note, post-menopausal (cis) women are the most hormonally stable of all human demographics. They have fewer hormonal fluctuations of anyone, meaning older women like Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren would theoretically be among the least likely candidates to make an irrational decision due to hormonal fluctuations, and if we were basing our leadership decisions on hormone levels, then only women over fifty should ever be allowed to hold office.
Reblogging hard for that last comment.
I WANTED TO SAY THIS BUT THEN SOMEONE ELSE DID and I’m damn proud.