Kavanaugh's Actions Are Not Just Youthful Indiscretions

17 Actual 'Youthful Indiscretions' That Brett Kavanaugh Could Have Actually Gotten Away With

Spoiler alert, sexual assault isn't one of them.


On July ninth, President Trump announced his nomination for the empty seat on the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, an attorney and jurist who serves as a United States Circuit Court Judge. A few months after Kavanaugh's nomination, Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward, stating that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a house party when they were in high school, her being fifteen at the time of the assault, and Kavanaugh being seventeen.

Soon after Ford's story was made public, numerous Republican supporters and spokespeople struck back, claiming either that Ford was lying, or that Kavanaugh's actions were just "youthful indiscretions"-- essentially saying "boys will be boys" and "this is just something that 17-year-old boys may do". However, sexually assaulting a girl at a party is absolutely not something that a seventeen-year-old boy should be allowed to get away with. What are some examples of real youthful indiscretions? I'm glad you asked.

1. Dying your hair a crazy color.

2. Failing a test you didn't study for.

3. Missing curfew.

4. Sneaking out to go to a party.

5. Lying to your parents about your grades.

6. Letting your friend pierce your ears at sleep-away camp.

7. "Sassing back" a parent or a teacher.

8. Underage drinking.

9. "Forgetting" to do your homework.

10. Throwing a party when your parents are out of town.

11. Speeding when you first get your license.

12. Dating someone your parents don't approve of.

13. Smoking.

14. Telling a secret your friend made you promise not to tell.

15. Cheating on a test then denying it when you get caught.

16. Pretending to be sick in order to miss school.

17. Spreading rumors about someone.

While some items on this list can definitely be seen as cruel and some may be illegal, none of them involve sexually assaulting another person. Because sexual assault is not a youthful indiscretion. Yes, youthful indiscretions are regrettable, but they're the "I was such a dumb and cringy teenager-- why on earth did I think doing that was a good idea?" sort of regrettable. Everyone messes up at some point when they're a teen, but if your "teenage mess-up" is an assault, that's not okay. By the time you're in high school, you should fully understand the concepts of right and wrong, and understand that sexual assault is extremely wrong. And if someone still doesn't seem to understand that, can we trust them to serve on the highest court in our country?

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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