Back problems can occur when the backbone discs become damaged from stresses placed on them from improper lifting. The discs are composed of a jelly-like core with a strong fibrous ring. Through repeated unsafe lifting, the fibrous ring will become weak and brittle. A sudden heavy load can rupture the disc. Fortunately, we can reduce the risk of back injury by following some simple safety precautions.

Make sure your balance is good. Keep your feet shoulder width apart, bend at the knees and keep your back straight while lifting. Securely grasp the object with the palms of your hand and your fingers. Keeping your chin tucked in will help you to keep your back straight while lifting. Lift by pushing up with your legs; don’t stoop over and use your back muscles to lift with. Keep your arms and elbows close to your body while lifting. Keep the load close to your body when carrying it. Don’t twist your body while carrying the load. Turn your entire body when you
have to change direction. When you set an object down, keep it close to your body, keep your feet apart, bend at the knees and lower it down gradually.

Amy Poehler, then new to “Saturday Night Live,” was engaging in some loud and unladylike vulgarity in the writers’ room when the show’s then-star Jimmy Fallon jokingly told her to cut it out, saying, “It’s not cute! I don’t like it!” In Fey’s retelling, Poehler “went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him,” forcefully informing him: “I don’t fucking care if you like it.”

Black people are dying and it’s not your personal fault that black people are dying because you’re white but if you don’t make a purposeful choice to become a white ally and actively work to dismantle the racist system running America for the benefit of white people then it becomes your shame because you are white and black lives matter. And if you live your whole life and then die without making a purposeful choice to become a white ally then American racism becomes your legacy.

“These songs, which presume to assure women that they are attractive (and, by extension, worthwhile),” Rebolini writes, “assume that the singer’s relationship to our bodies overrules our relationship with them.”

Arianna Rebolini doesn’t care if you like it. “Don’t tell us we don’t know we’re beautiful,” she concludes. “And certainly don’t tell us that our ignorance to this fact is our best quality. We’re good.”

The resonant, the orotund, the rounding of
The round full phrases sounding like far sighs,
As if an ancient hill has found a motion
Long remembered, never brought to action …

Theodore Roethke, from “Words for Young Writers,” On Poetry & Craft (Copper Canyon Press, 2001)

Reflexively apologizing is a habit women develop because we live in a misogynistic society that penalizes us if we’re perceived as too assertive. We live in a world that is constantly, often mindlessly but sometimes maliciously, reminding us to get back in our place. Women who over-apologize don’t do it because we feel that our bodies and ideas and emotions are unworthy of the space they’re taking up, but because we have subconsciously absorbed the reality that other people do, and will treat us worse if we refuse to play along. It’s not an intentional attempt to undermine ourselves. It’s a flinch back from the fire…

I’ve taken to calling this kind of rhetoric “stop-hitting-yourself feminism.” It presumes that all the oppression women face is perpetuated solely by ourselves, and that if every woman (individually, not collectively) just decided to be confident and powerful, patriarchy and its effects would vanish overnight. In this worldview, the only reason any woman experiences sexism is that she simply hasn’t made the choice to shake it off…Every time a marginalized person stands up for herself, the world paints a target on her back. And I’d be cruel to blame any woman who tries to avoid that kind of abuse for collaborating in her own oppression.

Lindsay King-Miller, Apologia (via The Hairpin)