Back on Monday the BBC released a fantastic vocal recreation of the Morse code messages sent between the wireless operators of the RMS Titanic and other ships within radio range, described as like ‘an early version of Twitter’. There are a lot of things about not only the audio recreation (which is just amazing) but the accompanying story of the wireless operators that really struck me. Despite being the first to know that no one could possibly reach them before the Titanic sank, Jack Phillips, the senior wireless operator, stayed in the radio room as long as possible in order to continue communications with the potential rescue ships. His last message was sent minutes before the ship went down. Ultimately he was lost and likely went down with the ship.
Anyway, it was enough to get me to finally start learning Morse code. And because the internet provides, I found an excellent Morse code training site. So far I only know about 10 letters reliably, but I really like the way the lessons are set up. About time I learned something so cool.
If nothing else, you should listen to the audio. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve heard in a while.
One of the things that a LOT of progressives have a problem with is classism. “DON’T SHOP AT WALMART! Buy local and organic!” etc. and they totally fail at realizing some people can’t afford other options, if they have options at all. Our struggles are different. Do what you can when you can. Raise awareness. But stop assuming everyone has the same opportunities and abilities.
Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’
The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’
Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”
I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.