An Open letter to Brett Kavanaugh: change to status quo

An Open Letter To Brett Kavanaugh

Welcome to the Supreme Court. Please bring justice to the status quo of sexual assault, you owe it to your daughters and America.


Dear Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh,

I am a college-age girl. I am a college age girl that is warned every time I drink, go to a party, or walk down the street, to be careful of men, not to leave my friends alone after she has been drinking, to not turn my back on drinks, to not trust men when my clothes, integrity or safety is concerned. I am not writing to you because I want to express anger about what took place decades ago, I am writing to you to ask you, to beg you to help change this status quo. The status quo of girls being wrongly assaulted, being scared when at college parties, when at bars, and stop men of being in a situation that calls into questions their actions and the events that happen in dark rooms.

You are now sitting on the highest jurisdiction of what is right and what is wrong. You now have the power to break the cycle of sexual assault, to break the cycle of women being afraid of men when alcohol is involved, when they wear a skirt when they walk out of the house. Throughout high school and college, women are taught that it is their responsibility to not be assaulted, it's not directly said but it is heavily applied with conversations that involve, "don't leave your drink alone at a bar or party, someone could drug it." It falls under the lines of "Don't wear provoking clothes." Or "Don't lead guys on, it's hard for them to stop." My question is how many times did your father tell you, "Don't drug a girl at a party?" or "A girl's clothes have nothing to do with wanting to have sex with you." or "A girl (or anyone) can stop a sexual encounter at any time."

Why weren't you ever taught that by putting yourself in a state of uncertainty when alcohol is involved could lead to you be accused of sexual assault?

I was taught that putting myself in a position of uncertainty when alcohol was involved could lead to me being sexually assaulted. Why is it okay for women to be scared, why is okay for women to live in fear that being at her job, being at a bar or being invited to a party by a guy could lead to her being stripped of her dignity and safety? Why has no one ever taught men that their actions are just as influential as women's? I would think that this is a conversation that flows both ways. It not just injustice of men being accused of sexual assault is the fact that men can't freely come forward when they have been assaulted without being ridiculed.

This is the injustice that faces our society.

Sexual assault is a conversation that is pushed under, it is a something that no one ever cares to address until it happens. It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I learned there is a limit to consent. If a man or women is too drunk to drive, they are too drunk to consent. Don't you think that if you were taught that drinking too much and being around women could lead to you being in a position that called your safety into action, you wouldn't have been excused of sexual assault? Because I, like many colleges girls know that when you are drunk, your safety is no longer something you can control. I bet you were never told that if you get drunk your actions could be miss led, could put yourself in jeopardy of losing your ability to identify your actions.

So this is what I am asking, I am asking you to provide a change, to provide a way to fix this. Whether you are guilty or not, you have the ability to change this, you have the ability to provide a solution to an unjust status quo. You have the ability for men to be taught about how by them doing questionable actions when under the influence can lead to being out of control. You have the ability for men to understand the comments about women that sexuality exploits them is sexual harassment. That by leading a woman into a dark room when she is drunk can lead to them being accused of sexual assault. By allowing for the conversation of safety and accountability to flow to both men and women, by having a conversation that addresses to both men and women what sexual assault is, it leads to the opportunity for the status quo to change.

You have this power, you the power to decided that our teaching of sexual assault, and of consent is no longer just.

You have the power to allow for women to come forward without being liars, you have the power for men to learn the same rules as women when it comes to being under the influence when it comes to leaving their house, you have the ability to change to the conversation about sexual assault. Many people express the concern that a man can be wrongly accused of sexual assault, but those people seem unconcerned that their daughters have a high chance of being sexually assaulted. You have the ability to change that it's a woman's responsibility to not to be sexually assaulted and into that it's a man's responsibility to not sexually assault.

If this teaching changes I guarantee that the percentage of men being wrongly excused would go down, I guarantee that the percentage of women being assaulted would also go down. And maybe, this conversation would have changed the accusations that you were excused of because you simply didn't know that consuming alcohol doesn't mean you aren't still liable for how people perceive you, and for your actions.


A college girl

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.

Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.


A millennial Republican

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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