All The Women In Me Are Tired

All The Women In Me Are Tired

Women, let's have a unified voice in this election.
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All the women. In me. Are Tired. When I stumbled upon this micro poem by Nayyirah Waheed, it resonated with me. And it’s a shame that it resonated with me. As I become older and more tuned in with the world around me, I realize that it’s a world where women come second. While women have of course made great strides throughout history to earn their rights and equality, these strides are becoming steps, especially looking at the current state of the 2016 Presidential Election.

Donald Trump is a sexist, misogynist, racist, and xenophobic man loved by around 50% of Americans. That’s right, ladies! Half of the citizens of this great nation do not care about how you are treated. And shockingly, many of these individuals are women. Does it make sense? No, of course not! But it’s happening.

A quick Google search of “degrading things Donald Trump has said about women” gave me a heart shuddering 752,000 results. Within these results, many of the articles featured the holy trinity of Trump misogyny: Fat. Pig. Slob. It seems that Donald Trump only has a vernacular of one-syllabled insults that he can fling at unsuspecting women who dare criticize or even look at him the wrong way. This outrage towards a particular type of woman, who dares to go against his policies, demeanor, actions, infidelity, or challenges him in any way, gets categorized into one of these three lovely descriptions. She is too thin or not thin enough, too outspoken or too silent to ever take charge in a professional career. If she ever wants to be in charge of her reproductive rights and consciously get an abortion, she should be “punished.” If she ever tries to run for office, she better have the right “face” for the job. (Side note: does Donald Trump own a mirror? Like does he know he looks like a melting racist orangesicle? Or a swollen Tan Mom after a zillion wasps swarmed her? Remember Tan Mom? Okay back to the article).

I guess the thing that really shocks me is that there are smart, educated women out there that will be voting for Donald Trump this November. I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that American women are out there campaigning, supporting, and celebrating a man who insults the female race at least once a week (if we’re lucky). What happened to being a "girl's girl?" Do they just not care? Are they so dead-set on voting Republican that they ignore all the heinous remarks? Are they educating themselves about the nominees and what they will do for them? Are they just completely unaware of the things he says? In case they are, here are just a few direct quotes highlighting our potential president’s ideals:

-Talking about anchor Megyn Kelley: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

-Talking to a Celebrity Apprentice contestant: “It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”

-“You’re disgusting.” This was when his lawyer asked if she could breast pump for her newborn baby while she was working.

-When asked what her daughter Ivanka would do is she was sexually harassed in the workplace: "I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case."

-Speaking of Ivanka, let’s get the creepiest quote ever!: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her."

These are just some of the quotes, because I am too disheartened and disgusted to keep reiterating them. When asked for follow-up on many of his quotes, Trump merely responds with "It was just a joke.” But the joke isn’t funny, and it really never was. And you know what? I’m tired. I’m sad that I had to take the time to write this article. I shouldn’t have to defend my sex and beg for women NOT to vote for someone who just doesn’t see us as equals, who doesn’t care about us, who judges every physical aspect of women while looking like a huge rotting apricot. Women are still expected to be all things while this man isn’t even one good thing. We don’t deserve it. It is an injustice to women everywhere that we have let a man like this potentially become our president. And we have to do everything in our power to not let this frightening fantasy become a menacing reality. We have to think of the society we want our daughters, and our daughter's daughters. to grow up and thrive in. We are nothing without our voice, so while I am a tired woman sick of pleading my case, it is my duty to trump the sexism that prevents me from living my fullest life and being a proud American citizen.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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Whether You Are For Or Against Abortion, It's Still A Basic Human Right

Making abortion illegal is one step closer for the government to turn society into the Handmaids tale.

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There has been so much controversy surrounding abortion as of late, Now I am a mother of 3 boys, and I would never get an abortion unless my life or the babies life was endangered and abortion was the only option. And just because I don't believe in abortion doesn't mean I don't believe in woman's rights.

women have the right to say what they want to do with their bodies, this is not the "handmaids tale" Our rights as women should not be taken away. Now when it comes to abortion I believe that if you are willingly having sexual intercourse and get pregnant you should take responsibility.

If the pregnancy is healthy, you should either woman/man up and be a parent to that child or put the baby up for adoption if you can not afford to take care of that child or just simply don't want them, there are so many families that can't have kids that would love to adopt one.

On one side of the government, you have the democrats wanting to let women abort babies when they are full term, and then you have the Republicans that want to make all abortion illegal. Both sides are wrong, abortion past a certain stage should be illegal, but taking away our rights and making it illegal is also wrong.

They also want to make birth control illegal because they say it prevents life from being born.

We need birth control this prevents unwanted pregnancies when used right and responsibly, and abortion is there for women/girls who have been raped and molested.

Take Alabama who just passed a bill that bans abortion with limited exceptions. which are, if the pregnancy harms the unborn child's mother, it is an ectopic pregnancy or the baby has a lethal anomaly. and an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims failed to pass.

The law would also call for all doctors who perform the abortion to be treated as felons and could spend up to life in prison. this bill has gone too far, this is something out of the "Handmaid's Tale" this is something that should never have been passed.

You also have the heartbeat bill being passed in many states, which bans abortion after the heartbeat is detected, the problem is, the babies heartbeat can be detected as early as 6 weeks, most women don't even know they are pregnant at this point. And some are banning abortions past 18 weeks.

There are so many things that can happen if abortion is made illegal, women who don't want the baby are either going to do it themselves or find someone else that will do it, this can't cost them their lives.

Not everyone is going to agree on everything, just like I have my own opinions on both sides, on one side either take responsibility for your actions if you willingly had sex, whether you have the baby and raise it or give the child up for adoption, but on the other side, I'm all for women's rights no one owns us we have the say with what we do with our bodies.

The government on both sides are going to far, they are trying to control everything, and they are going to have more riots and protest because of it.

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