Stephanie Karlik

Category: Micro Global Affairs

China Ready?

I do feel that planting the Taiwanese flag at USC was a karmic act of balancing the scale after so much China readiness.

In Her Position

A woman in my position is expected to look pretty (wah! ni hao piaolong!), smile (smile, sweetheart), and stay quiet (it’s a board meeting), while the old boys’ network feeds their growing bodies and bank accounts (coffee, sir?).

This war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

A woman in her position is expected to bring forth life, self-sacrifice to nurture it into adulthood, only to see it blown to pieces (over your dispute brought forth by your greed and terror), and then grieve at its annihilation in quiet withdrawal. Where’s her purple heart? Do you not give her one because you know that such a symbol renders utterly meaningless in the reality of anguish and despair?

This war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

A woman in her position claws her way through life, backstabbing, screaming, cursing, and tantrumming because you taught her to do so. You established the culture and set the black tone that tells her it’s ok to do so. Why have you given her the green light for such egregiously bad behavior if not to justify your own?

This war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.

A woman in my position will reach a fork in the road, time and again, where she must decide whether to fight or concede (play ball, bitch?) when sometimes she’ll choose to fight (fuck this injustice) and sometimes she’ll choose to concede (knitting a sweater tonight).

Alas, this war you started was not supported by me nor by any other sentient, sane, or sensitive being.