#NotAllMen Are Dangerous, But #YesAllWomen Live With That Fear

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Care because she’s a person, not just because she’s someone’s anything.

“Women should not have the right to choose who to mate and breed with. That decision should be made for them by rational men of intelligence. If women continue to have rights, they will only hinder the advancement of the human race…There is no creature more evil and depraved than the human female […] The first strike against women will be to put all of them in concentration camps like the plague they are. At these camps, the vast majority of the female population will be deliberately starved to death […] A few of them would be spared, however, for the sake of reproduction. These women would be kept and bred in secret labs.” -Elliot Rodger

It wasn’t just an issue of perspective, a chip on the shoulder or a bad experience or two in life that drove 22-year-old, Elliot Rodger, to go on a rampage through Isla Vista, the UCSB college community in Santa Barbara, on Friday, May23. Rodger had killed several students before taking his own life because he believed in something that is actually quite prevalent in today’s society. It was the evil blind hatred of women that fueled Rodger’s rage, and this isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Continue reading “#NotAllMen Are Dangerous, But #YesAllWomen Live With That Fear”

Year of Action and Fair Wages in SOTU

Photo by ktgeek via Flickr
Photo by ktgeek via Flickr

According to President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address which took place Tuesday, this is the “year of action.” The president reiterated some of his past legislative priorities by promising to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and to reform unemployment insurance, but he also spoke about developing regulations to limit carbon emissions at the nation’s power plants, MyRA, a new savings bond which would encourage citizens to save for retirement and, most notably, to increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25. Continue reading “Year of Action and Fair Wages in SOTU”

“U” is for Uplift

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It’s happening all over. Feminists criticizing other feminists for not being their version of what feminism means. I read an article on The Week about Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus and their public responses to each other’s approach on touching the subject of feminism through their very different music videos. However, it wasn’t until I reached the bottom of the article that it stated part of what I wanted to say about the situation. Continue reading ““U” is for Uplift”

Flying Over The Atlantic

Why We Still Need Strong Female Role Models

As Published by Miss Millennia Magazine

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“I am sure he said to himself, ‘Watch me make them scamper,’” she said. She stood her ground as the aircraft came close. “I did not understand it at the time, but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by.” –Amelia Earhart

Eighty-six years ago on a May 20-21 1927 a young pilot made the first solo transatlantic and first non-stop fixed-wing aircraft flight between America and mainland Europe. The Ryan monoplane aircraft named, Spirit of St. Louis, carried Charles A. Lindbergh 3,600 nautical miles from Roosevelt Field, New York to Paris–Le Bourget Airport, in 33 and a half hours. Five years later on May 20, 1932 another pilot made a solo transatlantic flight that spanned from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland to a pasture at Culmore, north of Derry, Northern Ireland, that lasted 14 hours and 56 minutes. Continue reading “Flying Over The Atlantic”

I’m A Feminist, But I Don’t Burn My Bra

burningbraThe common misconception about modern-day feminists is this outdated visual of a female middle-class flower-child with unruly long hair and no shoes setting fire to her bra on the street in protest. Society also pictures the angry radical feminist with Doc Martins and pink punk hair harassing other women about their “non-traditionally feminist” life choices, but today I want to set the record straight. Yes, there are some crazy feminists out there that are on one end of a well-developed spectrum of women and gender studies, and I do respect the fact that it did take hard work and a bit of push to get the rights and liberties that we do have today, but those viewpoints are not the only theory in the feminist thought bubble. Continue reading “I’m A Feminist, But I Don’t Burn My Bra”

Women Through the Eyes of Religion

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As Published in Miss Millennia Magazine

There are many questions in our universe that are left unanswered, and there are images tucked away in the cosmos still yet to be seen. Humans live their lives only knowing some of the ways of the world, and at other times they may not even know their own selves. According to some estimates, there are roughly 4,200 religions in the world each offering a solution to the great mysteries of the world. They do their best to set aside a collection of world views and belief and cultural systems that may act as a moral compass. The meaning of life and the origin of the universe can be explained away for now with dogma, but when you look at the roles given by women in the majority of the world’s more popular religions, one begins to wonder if women are seen as equals to men in a spiritual sense. Continue reading “Women Through the Eyes of Religion”

Women and Politics

“I didn’t run to make history, I ran to make a difference,” said Wisconsin’s newly elected female and first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, but it’s probably safe to say that she is on her way to make history while accomplishing her goal to make a difference.

Senator Baldwin has not only carved her place in history by being first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate, but she was also a part of a group of powerful women senators-elect who won seats held by men.

Democrat, and U.S. Rep., Tammy Baldwin took an open Senate seat over Republican Tommy Thompson who had served 14 years as the state’s governor and was former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush. Republican Deb Fischer defeated Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former two-term senator from the state, for an open seat in Nebraska during 2012 election. Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard University professor whose attacks on Wall Street fueled her campaign, won her race against the Republican incumbent, Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts and was the first woman to represent her state in the U.S. Senate. Continue reading “Women and Politics”

Women Banned From Universities In Iran

Republished from PhillyD(dot)TV

Not being able to play football with the boys just sucks, but not being able to grow up and go off to a university is just plain sex-discrimination. That’s exactly what Iran has been up when it decided to officially approve of female students being barred from more than 70 university degree courses according to the Telegraph.

This obviously goes beyond not fair which is why Iran’s most celebrated human rights campaigner, Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, demanding a UN investigation of Iran’s plan to have 36 universities make 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year “single gender” and exclusive to men. Continue reading “Women Banned From Universities In Iran”

Why You Should Vote Obama If You Have a Uterus

I’ve talked a little before about how a lot of the Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election were very confused about where they stood on the issues.

During his 2002 campaign for governor, Romney supported abortion rights saying “I will preserve and protect a women’s right to choose,” during a debate against his Democratic opponent Shannon O’Brien. Then during his term as governor, Romney vetoed a bill in 2005 that would expand access to emergency contraception. In an op-ed explaining his veto he wrote that he was “pro-life” and also wrote that while he didn’t favor abortion, that he would not change the state’s abortion laws. Then six years later, Romney made clear is current anti-abortion stance, writing in a National Journal op-ed, that he supports overturning Roe v. Wade and defunding Planned Parenthood, “If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.”

Romney recently flip-flopped on an amendment that would define life as beginning at conception which would outlaw most forms of birth control and throw women back into the dark ages. Continue reading “Why You Should Vote Obama If You Have a Uterus”

The Misogynistic PETA

Why PETA? Why do you always do this to the veg*n community.

For all of you non vegetarians and vegans out there, veg*n is a term used to describe both vegetarian and vegan people when you’re addressing them at the same time.

But besides all that, have you seen what the organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has done lately? These dimwits have done it again with another controversial ad that has done nothing but thrown women under the bus again.

I could half tolerate the raunchy sex ads that could kinda sort of be portrayed as a generalized sexual empowerment of vegetarians, but this—this—cannot fit in that category.

The girl is limping around in a damn neck brace.

I’ve been discussing with a lot of people lately about the mistreatment of women and the fact that women are still not treated as equal to their male counterparts. We don’t get paid the same amount as men, we don’t get treated the same as men, people always blame the female victim and let the male women-basher free to do whatever he pleases after he nearly beats a girl to death in a God damn car that she was trying to escape.

There is already a deeply rooted social stigma that brainwashes everyone into thinking that women are just some sex object that they can just use and the beat the crap out of like a used tissue when they are through.

I think it’s worse that an organization that I used to support way back then changed its goals from trying to fight for the rights of animals to being some trashy news spectacle out for controversial attention that just drags women further down the f#cking ladder.

Jesus PETA. I already have enough to worry about as a Black female, but any gain we made as veg*ns today are always getting pushed aside because of PETA. This “organization” has done more harm than good for both women and vegetarians and I wish they would just screw over some other group of individuals and leave us out of it. I don’t want to be associated with things like this PETA—so knock it off and go back to the way you were in the beginning when it was about the animals.