10 Songs To Listen To If You're Having A Tough Time With The Election

10 Songs To Listen To If You're Having A Tough Time With The Election

They have helped me, so maybe they can help you too.

So, if you are like me or some folks really close to me, you are not too happy about the results of the election. Personally, I have found solace in music. Here are 10 songs that I have listened to that have helped me through these tough times.

1. Born This Way / Lady Gaga

Even when people may be in power that want to change something about you that you can not change, remember that you are still beautiful and wonderful and fabulous, because you are you. Also, it does help that she was seen outside of Trump Tower with a protest sign, as pictured below.

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2. Just the Way You Are/ Bruno Mars featuring B.O.B.

Many women in particular are feeling the effect of the election because of the hateful rhetoric that Trump used in his campaign when referring to women. Also, with "locker room talk" about sexual assault not being enough to stop a candidate, many women are afraid of what could happen to them. If you/something about you has come up in this election, please listen to this and remember that you are beautiful because you are you, and you do not need a man's approval to feel beautiful.

3. Fight Song/ Rachel Platten

Yes, this was Secretary Clinton's rallying song/anthem during the election. However, this is not why I chose it. This election broke many records, such as the first Latina senator, the first disabled woman elected to the House, the first Somali-American legislator, and more. These women proved that, even when the odds are not in their favor, they came through to set records. Even though Clinton did not win the presidency, these women prove that the glass ceiling is ever closer to being broken. Don't give up, because none of these women, nor Secretary Clinton herself did.

4. Confident/ Demi Lovato

Throughout her campaign, Secretary Clinton found herself bearing the brunt of numerous vomments about her looks and her outfits. This is not new. Female politicians have faced this for years, as have first ladies. It did not sway her, and it did not sway the women who have been/ have rose to political power. It can not stop anyone now. If you are a minority, a woman, disabled, or any combination of things that Trump attacked with his rhetoric, do not let it stop you. Own it. Confidence is key. Plus, the catchy beat of the song will have you bobbing your head before you know it.

5. Brave/ Sara Bareilles

For minorities and for women, interesting times are ahead. We (I say as an LGBT woman) can not back down. Look at the protests that have swept the country since the election, including on my own campus. When you stand up, you, as I did, will find support in all of the right places.


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6. What Doesn't Kill You (Makes You Stronger)/ Kelly Clarkson

This could be my morbid humor here, but this song is pretty dang true. Even though he won, things did not erupt as badly as they could have. Personally, until something happens, these results have only strengthened my resolve to be the voice for the voiceless.

7. Rise/Katy Perry

I do not have anything to say about why this song is important except for the first two lines: I won't just survive, oh you will see me thrive.


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8. Firework/ Katy Perry

Even though things aren't the way some of us wanted, that should not stop you. So go ahead, "let your colors burst".

9. F***** Perfect/ P!nk

If you are like me, you may feel isolated by the results of the election. However, take a chance, and reach out. I promise it will not disappoint. The day after the election, I had people hug me, and thank me, even though I had never met them, for speaking out, and speaking up. You are perfect in your own way to the people in your life, I guarantee it. If that is not enough, know that I think you are perfect in your own way.

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10. Imagine/ John Lennon

When the world gets to be too much, I always listen to this song and escape into a reality that I create. It reminds me that, if I try, like many women, many minorities before me, I can change the world. Even if the glass ceiling of a female president has yet to be broken, our generation, or the generation of the future can break it, but only if we bind together, stand up, and prove that love trumps hate.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Supporting Late-Term Abortion Is Actually The Opposite Of Feminism

Feminism is about gender equality and women supporting women- so shouldn't we support the unborn women of tomorrow?


Before you read this, if you are someone who feels strongly that abortions are the "right" choice and that supporting late-term abortions is a step for woman anywhere, I do not suggest you read this article. However, I do want to write that I support conditional abortions- situations where the birth can kill the mother or where conception occurred because of rape. If someone rapes you, that is not okay by any means, and a baby conceived of rape can be terminated by the mother to avoid PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and any other mental health diagnoses. Of course, if a woman can bring a baby into the world to keep or give up for adoption, even if it was the product of rape, she should seek life for the innocent child rather than death. And what a rape victim chooses to do is neither here nor there- and it damn well is not anyone else's business.

So why should it be my business (or anyone's) if women have late-term abortions? Agreeing to murder out of convenience should not be societally accepted as okay. When the law passed in New York for late-term abortions, I did not picture 39-week pregnant women rushing to Planned Parenthood to abort their child because they got cold feet. I highly doubt that is the exact scenario for which the law went into effect for, and that was more so intended for women who did not realize they were pregnant and missed the time period to get a legal abortion.

Not that I support early-term abortion, because all abortion is the same regardless of when it happens during the pregnancy. Killing someone sooner rather than later does not make it less worse.

Excuses about how women are not ready to be mothers, do not have the financial means, would ruin their futures, they would get kicked out, lose their bodies, etc. are just that- excuses. Carrying a child for nine months might be an inconvenience, but killing someone will be on your conscience forever. If murders pleaded their motives to police as a way to justify what they did (excluding self-defense), what difference is it if a woman kills her unborn child?

Planned Parenthood might be taboo and have a stigma attached to it, but it does so much more than kill babies. Planned Parenthood is a place where girls can go to see OB/GYNO, get birth control, and learn about safe sex, protection, STDs, etc. Instead of stigmatizing it, young women should be encouraged to go to this institution for woman and feminism. Let high school health classes plan field trips there so that everyone becomes more educated on female health (boys included!). Female health education is very limited, especially in school, and many women feel that an abortion is their only way out, however, it's not. By becoming more educated, the rate of teen pregnancies can go down, as well as the need for abortions. Women educating other women should be the goal of Planned Parenthood, and abortions should be reserved for those who got raped or whose pregnancy cause death, health complications, etc.

Abortion might be giving women a choice- but who is giving the unborn babies a choice?

And of course the only way to 100% prevent pregnancy is abstinence, and if that is your choice then good for you, and if you choose to have sexual intercourse, good for you too. Be safe. No slut shaming here. Women need to continue supporting other women, regardless of their sex life. Women who have abortions are not "whores" and should not be labeled as such- they are just people whose biology reacted to another person's biology.

If you truly do not want to have a baby, please please please give it up for adoption and do not kill it. It did nothing wrong, and yeah, it might be a little inconvenient to be pregnant, especially if you are in school, but there are hundreds of thousands of people that would love nothing more than to raise your baby. Be a woman supporting other woman and give the gift of motherhood.

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