11 Fights You Can Only Have With Your Best Friend

11 Fights You Can Only Have With Your Best Friend

When I called you a b*tch I meant I love you.

We've all been there. You find yourself screaming at what you thought was your friend, your buddy, your partner-in-crime. Halfway through the argument you realize you hear more love in their scream and see more passion in their eyes than any other opponent you've faced. It's at this pivotal moment when you realize this is a fight only best friends could have.

1. The we've spent too much time together fight.

Why are they breathing like that!!!???

2. The not in the mood to talk sh** fight.

The second you want to talk sh** about your ex's new girl they become Mother Theresa. She's not "probably a really nice person."

3. The I'm not accepting that your in a bad mood fight.

When they just don't let you be miserable.

4. The your using all my sh** all the time fight.

I'm not like mad...I just wish you would have asked.

5. The why didn't you tell me about that fight.

6. The you're not allowed to have other best friends fight.

Do you like her more than me!?

7. The I called dibs fight.

Are you flirting with him? Like you know I like him!

8. The drunken I don't know why we're arguing fight.

Best time to bring up something that happened three months ago.

9. The you spend too much time with your boyfriend fight.

It's not that I hate him. I just don't know why you're with him and I don't want you to bring him up to me ever.

10. The he doesn't like you, why do you talk to him fight.

He's just not that into you.

11. The get your shit together fight.

At the end of the day, like ugh, you know I love you. I didn't even mean what I said. You're my best friend.

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I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

Stop judging me for it.

Like most people, I turned 18 years old during the course of my senior year of high school. I’ll never forget the months prior to my birthday, though, because I spent hours making a decision that would be with me forever, the decision of where I would go to get my first tattoo and where that tattoo would go, and of course I spent a lot of time deciding on the font, the colors, and all of the other aspects of the tattoo I wanted. Throughout this time, two things stood firm 1) the fact that I was going to get a tattoo, and 2) the six letter name that it would consist of.

Now, three years later, I’m 21 years old and I still get the occasional dirty look at church on Sunday or in line at Walmart, and more often than not this look is accompanied by the following words: “Why would you do that to your body when God says not to?” A few weeks ago at a new church, a woman came up to me and said, “How can you consider yourself a Christian when you have that blasphemous thing on your foot?”, I simply smiled at her and said: “God bless you, have a good week.” I let it roll off of my back, I’ve spent the past three years letting it “roll off of my back”… but I think it’s time that I speak up.

When I was 8 years old, I lost my sister. She passed away, after suffering from Childhood Cancer for a great deal of my childhood. Growing up, she had always been my best friend, and going through life after she passed was hard because I felt like even though I knew she was with me, I didn’t have something to visually tribute to her – a way to memorialize her. I, being a Christian and believing in Heaven, wanted to show my sister who was looking down on me that even though she was gone – she could still walk with me every day. I wanted it for me, for her. I wanted to have that connection, for her to always be a part of who I am on the outside – just as much as she is a part of who I am on the inside.

After getting my tattoo, I faced a lot of negativity. I would have Leviticus 19:28 thrown in my face more times than I cared to mention. I would be frowned on by various friends, and even some family. I was told a few times that markings on my body would send me to hell – that was my personal favorite.

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks on you: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:28

The more I heard these things, the more I wanted to scream. I didn’t though. I didn’t let the harsh things said about me and my choice change the love I have for the Lord, for my sister, or for the new precious memento on my left foot. I began to study my Bible more, and when I came to the verse that had been thrown in my face many times before – I came to a realization. Reading the verses surrounding verse 28, I realized that God was speaking to the covenant people of Israel. He was warning them to stay away from the religious ways of the people surrounding them. Verse 28 wasn’t directed to what we, in today’s society, see as tattoos – it was meant in the context of the cultic practice of marking one’s self in the realm of cultic worship.

26 "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. 28 ‘You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29 ‘Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. 30 ‘You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 31 ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God."
Leviticus 19:26–31

The more I have studied my Bible over the past few years, the more I pity those who rely on one verse in the Old Testament to judge and degrade those, like myself, who made the decision to get a tattoo for whatever reason they may have for doing so. This is because, you see, in the New Testament it is said that believers are not bound by the laws of the Old Testament – if we were, there would be no shellfish or pork on the menus of various Christian homes. While some see tattoos as a modification of God’s creation, it could also be argued that pierced ears, haircuts, braces, or even fixing a cleft lip are no different.

24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
Galatians 3:24-25

In Galatians, we read that the Old Testament law was created to lead people to Jesus. However, we know that Jesus has come and died on the cross for our sins. He has saved us, therefore we are no longer held to this law in order to have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with Him comes from believing that Jesus came to Earth to die on a cross for our sins, and repenting of our sins – accepting Jesus as our Savior.

I am a Christian, I have a relationship with the Lord that is stronger than it has ever been, and - I HAVE A TATTOO.

I have a beautiful memento on my left foot that reminds me that my sister walks with me through every day of my life. She walked with me down the red carpet at my senior prom, she walked with me across the stage the day I graduated from high school, and she continues to be with me throughout every important moment of my life.

My tattoo is beautiful. My tattoo reminds me that I am never alone. My tattoo is perfect.

Stop judging me for it.

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It’s 2018 And Miss America FINALLY Learned That Intelligence Isn't Stored Bikini Bottoms

Swimsuits are just the start.


A couple of weeks ago, the Miss America Organization announced that for the first time in history, the swimsuit competition will not be a part of the pageant. The organization, finally under mostly female leadership, announced this in an effort to redefine its role in what they call a new era of female empowerment, and I know I speak on behalf of most women—even women who have won the competition—when I say it's about time.

But amidst all this talk about progress and the steps in the right direction that the Miss America Organization is taking, let's not forget to talk about the corrupt nature of the organization itself, with or without bikinis.

Supporters of Miss America often claim that it is more than a beauty pageant and is really a scholarship competition. What's more? The Miss America Organization itself states that it is "the world's largest provider of scholarships for women."

Let's break that down.

To start, it's important to note that the organization does not provide scholarships for all women. It (allegedly) provides scholarships to the select women that compete in its pageants. And what exactly are the requirements to compete in the pageant?

Not being married and having never been married as well as not being pregnant and having never been pregnant are among the top ones. Beyond that, there is the obvious fact that getting to compete in a nationwide beauty pageant is not something accessible to the everyday woman or scholar. We're talking about a ridiculously narrow niche here.

But once we get past all of that to the few women who qualify for the scholarships, it only gets worse. The organization claims that it provides 45 million dollars annually in scholarships for its contestants. However, in 2012, the organization spent less than 500,000 dollars in cash scholarships.

What happened to the rest of that money they claim to provide?

Here's the thing: as long as they stick to that word "provide," they're in the clear. Because, yes, the Miss America Organization is technically "providing" 45 million dollars a year in scholarships.

A handful of schools offer scholarships directly to pageant contestants. Miss America adds up the total amount in scholarships that are offered to contestants—even though, obviously, each contestant can only attend one school and take one scholarship. But if four schools offer scholarships of 100,000 dollars each to one contestant, in the eyes of the Miss America Organization, this means that it's providing 400,000 dollars in scholarships to that one contestant. Starting to see the problem here?

Miss America, "provided" does not mean the same thing as "awarded."

But here's where it gets even more troubling: despite all of this, their claims are true—Miss America is the world's largest provider of scholarships for women. That doesn't mean that Miss America, a pageant that up until two weeks ago thought that a swimsuit segment and a 30-second window to speak qualified as a scholarship competition, is the leading example in how we should support female scholars. It means that this country—and this world—is so careless about supporting female scholars that this is what we're allowing as our gold standard.

We have to do better. For ourselves and for the future generations of women that can accomplish so much if they're only given the right resources. They deserve so much more than to think that this is what progress looks like. Let's give them that chance.

If you're interested, more information about legitimate scholarship providers for women and how to donate can be found here. The future is female, y'all. Let's try to get on the right side of history sooner rather than later.

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