An Open Letter to Anti-Feminists

Equality; that’s all we ask for–equality. How can you, as a human being, deny the human race the opportunity to embrace equality? How can you allow women to earn only 80 cents to a man’s dollar in this year, 2015? How can you let women in foreign countries be persecuted and killed for having a boyfriend, for loving another woman, for having an affair outside of marriage when their husband has multiple wives to the acceptance of their community, family, and church?

Why is it when boys get tattoos no one cares, but when I got mine, people assumed I got a tramp stamp? Hell, why am I afraid to tell my family members about my tattoo out of fear of judgement when plenty of my male cousins have them? Why is it when teen boys joke or talk about sex they’re either dismissed or praised by peers, but when I comfortably talk about sex, I’m called a slut and rumors are spread about me masturbating in the back of my school classrooms? Why is it that “boys will be boys” but girls, well, girls…are polite and polished, mannerly and humble, soft spoken and modest. Why am I suddenly less of a woman for being loud, comfortable with my body, and having a dirty mouth?

It’s not about the men–it’s not about the f*cking men. It’s about the equality minorities of this world deserve. It’s the women who are inappropriately approached on the streets. It’s the blacks who are called niggers. It’s about the Muslims being spit on and called terrorists. It’s the Mexican immigrants being violently assaulted for “taking our jobs.” It’s about the people who don’t get what they deserve because they’re not represented in our majority.

Feminism isn’t about hating men, it’s about the equality that we need. Sure, we have our radicals or extremists, but doesn’t every political or cultural group? You can’t judge us off our extremists just like you can’t judge Christians off the Ku Klux Klan or Muslims off of Al Quedia. Knowing this, how can you still be anti-feminist–anti-equality–with all the injustice happening to those across the world? Are you just going to turn your head? Are you just going to allow the brutality to continue? Or are you just going to blame feminists? If you want someone to blame, blame society that teaches us that women are pure, men are strong, blacks are gangsters, Mexicans are liars, Asians are brilliant, gays are perverts, Muslims are terrorists, and feminists are a problem.

Why I Chose Not to Go to My Senior Prom

Whenever I mention the fact that I’m not attending my senior year prom, most of my received responses are, “You’re not going to your senior prom?” or, “Why wouldn’t you want to go to prom?” and, “You’ll regret not going to your senior prom.” Given this is the second prom I’ve missed for a total of zero proms attended for my high school career, I don’t feel like I’m missing much.

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Sex Education: What Kids Don’t Know (Part 2)

“Sexuality is about much more than just sex. It includes your body, your biological sex, your gender, your gender identity, your sexual orientation, your desires and thoughts, your values and ideals about life and love, and your sexual behaviors.” -Planned Parenthood

Sex (def.) “When a bird has sex with a bee.” -Urban Dictionary

Okay, so maybe the last snippet was a little out there, but I hope you giggled a bit. Whoever posted that definition on Urban Dictionary back in 2006 probably had their reasons. Anyway, we’re talking about sex today. What I had meant to be one big ‘ole…blog post has turned into a two-part blog so that I don’t run you all dry with my ranting. If you haven’t ready my first post, please go ahead and do so here. If you’re up-to-date, feel free to continue on with part two…

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Sex Education: What Kids Don’t Know (Part 1)

“Sexuality is about much more than just sex. It includes your body, your biological sex, your gender, your gender identity, your sexual orientation, your desires and thoughts, your values and ideals about life and love, and your sexual behaviors.” -Planned Parenthood

Sex (def.) “When a bird has sex with a bee.” -Urban Dictionary

Okay, so maybe the last snippet was a little out there, but I hope you giggled a bit. Whoever posted that definition on Urban Dictionary back in 2006 probably had their reasons. Anyway, we’re talking about sex today. What I had meant to be one big ‘ole…blog post has turned into a two-part blog so that I don’t run you all dry with my ranting. Today we’re talking about sex ed in general for kids and teens, including when they should receive it and what they should learn. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll understand why I included the Urban Dictionary definition.

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My 2015 Planner Setup

All my life I’ve loved to plan things. Some of my earliest memories were playing school and developing lesson plans, or creating schedules for my week spent with my grandmother over the summer. In the past few years, I have found that keeping an agenda–not just for school–has given me many benefits, and I finally decided to invest in a Filofax-style planner for my school and personal needs. Though I’m still setting it up, I wanted to share with you how I have organized my planner for this year!

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Being Transgender

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Something was brought to my attention the other day that had that little light bulb in my large head *ding* with excitement: the social controversy of being transgender.

Many people think they know what it means to be transgender, but do they? With the help of two transgender individuals, we present to you: “Being Transgender” with a hope to educate the world.

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