Earlier this week, dozens of Twitter users began tweeting absurd rules of conduct for their significant others with the hashtag #MyGirlfriendNotAllowedTo. Within hours, it became the #1 trending topic worldwide and resulted in nearly 400,000 mentions on Tuesday. It has not come without controversy, however: several Twitter users have already co-opted the hashtag to illustrate gender role inequalities when it comes to dos and dont’s in dating or to call out on misogyny driving some of the less humorous tweets.
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.