To Girls Wearing "Cheeky" Bathing Suit Bottoms, Please Stop

To Girls Wearing "Cheeky" Bathing Suit Bottoms, Please Stop

This trend is ruining women's dignity, and it must be put to an end.

As spring is starting to finally show its face after a long harsh winter, many women are becoming excited about all of the new spring fashion lines that are being released full of bright colors and fun pieces. However, upon the release of the new swimsuit line, I believe many women, including myself, are less than thrilled.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check it out. Just type "Bathing Suit Trends for 2017" into your Google search bar and "Cheeky" bikini bottoms will more than likely be at the top of your list. Coming from a female who cares about her body and self-image, this not only makes me angry but disappointed in the lack of value that women still have today.

First off, why should it be socially acceptable to wear basically a thong around in public in the summer months? Have bathing suit companies forgotten that often times, women are around young children and family members when sporting a bathing suit?

More importantly, what does it teach the younger generation who see women wearing these types of bathing suits? It surely doesn't teach them about having self-respect or dignity in themselves.

Now, I understand people are going to disagree with me saying things such as "Women should be free to wear whatever they want, men exercise that right, why shouldn't we?" or "If you're confident in it, rock it." Which if you're one of these people, I understand where you are coming from, BUT do you often see men roaming around in a speedo to attract attention?

The answer to that question is obviously no.

So... Why do women feel the need to succumb to showing more and more skin each year to attract attention?

Also, I'm all for the self-confidence, you should feel amazing and proud of what you wear; however, a line needs to be drawn firmly in the sand in regards to what is appropriate and what is not and "cheeky" bathing suit bottoms are not appropriate.

I mean think of yourself as a parent, would you want to see your daughter flaunting "her stuff" in a bathing suit that barely covers anything while boys flock to her every side? I think not.

Although I know many women this summer will not be listening to my advice, however, for those of you who do, thank you for showing respect to your bodies as well as yourselves. Our world needs more women like you to prove that we are characters of substance and value, not just itemized beauty to gawk at.

As for me, you'll find me this summer laying on a beach with a bathing suit that fully covers my behind.

SEE ALSO: A Response To The Woman Telling Girls Not To Wear Cheeky Swimsuits

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10 Things It's Okay to Be When It Comes To Makeup

In Case You Haven't Heard It.

I've been browsing on Tumblr for a little bit today, looking under the beauty influencer and the beauty guru tags just to see what other people were saying. Little did I know this would help with inspiration because some time later after having reblogged some well rounded thoughts, my best friend Dorothy (who is a writer here on The Odyssey, that you check out here) said I should talk about some of these posts. It also helps my inspiration that I'm reading a book called: "F*ck Feelings" (legitimate title, by Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett), and it goes along with these ideas.

A post stuck out to me about how these kids nowadays ("kids" being around 12 in this post) use so many different high end brands in makeup tutorials in order to make themselves look like a beauty guru. I've seen those short instagram videos of those kids and it always nagged at me for being kind of depressing but I couldn't put into words why it felt wrong without sounding like a jerk or a baby boomer (damn these kids and their makeup skills!). Listen, these kids have talent, but at the end of the day, they're kids but they don't look like a kid... you know?

I started thinking and typing, and like a typical writer, struggled to like what I was trying to say; nothing seemed to come out right or my opening hook wasn't all that catchy. I want my articles to mean something, whether it's silly or my passionate rants or something else - which often leads to my frustrations in writing - but these ideas still hold value and need to be said, so maybe what'll work better is my just saying what I want to say in short sentences in a list form.

Here are ten things it's okay to be, for people of any age that needs to hear it (but mostly for the youth):

1. It's okay to be an average person.

2. It's also okay to not hold yourself to a conventional beauty standard.

3. It's okay to use drug store makeup when you're first learning to do makeup... and to still enjoy it as you age. It's good stuff!

4. It's okay to not put full coverage foundation then full coverage concealer and heavy powders on your face... save your skin. And money.

5. It's okay to find a makeup routine that works for you, even if the beauty gurus don't do it.

6. It's okay to still be learning! Even if you're new, or even if you've been doing this for years! Makeup is for all levels of talent!

7. It's okay to not buy every product that's new and out there; I know you feel the pressure from all the marketing, but don't forget about all your other products in your arsenal. They love you and wish to be used. And they were here first.

8. It's okay to like high end brands, and it's okay to like drug store brands, and it's okay to like both.

9. It's okay to be young and experiment with your looks... but don't put too much pressure in having to have the 'right' brands.

10. It's okay to have bad skin... to have acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin diseases. They don't have to be beautiful, but they are a part of life, and no matter what anyone says, it's okay to have them and for them to be visible.

This article was inspired mainly by Idea Number 9; as a little kid I loved playing with my mom's blush and putting it all over my cheeks to get them extra rosy. Let kids have fun and see what they like; that's no trouble. But what is a problem is when little kids are trying to project onto themselves a beauty standard that is typically seen on adults, such as the long false lashes, the dark smokey eyes, and heavy face coverage. We're not letting kids be kids and just play... nowadays they 'need' to have high end brands such as Too Faced and Urban Decay; we aren't letting children look like children anymore. But I'm 22 years old, what do I know?

It's not to dictate what a young, impressionable mind can do with their bodies. It doesn't matter what your age is; we all feel a pressure to fit in due to our desire to be a part of a crowd. With that being said, it's time to alleviate this pressure and learn to accept that we are who we are as individuals and we look the way that we do, and that is good enough.

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14 Things All Tatted Millennials Have Heard About Their Ink

From funny to strange to downright insulting...

Tattoos are incredibly personal things. They are ink images that have been injected into a living, breathing skin. Often times, tattoos represent stories, ideas, and milestones that hold significance in someone's life. Tattoos are becoming much more mainstream, especially for 20-somethings.

Even though society's views on tattoos have evolved, many young adults have experienced awkward situations and hurtful comments regarding their ink. From funny to strange to downright insulting, here are a few commonplace phrases heard 'round the world by tattooed millennials everywhere.

1. Why would you do that?!

This one is usually the first words out of your parent's mouth when they see their sweet offspring's new tattoo for the first time. The rage. The confusion. The questioning of parenting methods. It's all wrapped up in this response, followed by a few groans of disapproval. Your parents don't really care why you did it, they just needed something else to say besides curse words.

2. What does it mean?

There are two types of tattooed people in this world: those who share tattoo stories and those who don't. Anyone who asks this question can be prepared to be sat down for an hour's worth of backstory or be denied in favor of keeping personal things sacred. Either way, society's undeniable curiosity over the "why" of tattoos will never be fully quenched. But, get this, some tattoos don't have a backstory. That butterfly tattoo may just be a butterfly, and that's okay.

3. Aren't you afraid you'll regret it when you're older?

How old do I have to be before I assuredly will never regret a tattoo? I can vote, hold a job, and sign a lease. I could even get married if I wanted to. Why am I not being trusted at this age to make decisions about my own body? My ink is an expression of who I am right now. Yes, I and my tastes will change, but who I was in my young adulthood will not. That will become a permanent part of my history, just like my tattoos. But sure, let's say I regret a tattoo later on in life. The advancements being made in tattoo cover-up, removal and concealer are remarkable.

4. How will that look in your wedding photos?

Freaking awesome. My artist will definitely be in them, and she's got wayyy more ink than I do, so be prepared.

5. But, you're so pretty/handsome!

Tattoos do not diminish the beauty of a person.

6. You'll have a hard time finding a job.

The acceptance of visible tattoos in the workplace completely depends on the type of job you want or have. In fields like art and design, companies are becoming increasingly lax on their tattoo policies. Most tattooed people take their career goals into consideration so that the size or location of their tattoos don't pose a problem for future employers. Also, like I said before, tattoo cover is fairly easy nowadays. Finding a job is not as big an issue as many people make it out to be. Really, it's just another complaint filed by the well-meaning mothers and fathers of tattooed people.

7. It won't look the same when you're old.

No, it may not. But my skin will sag and shrivel regardless, so I might as well get the tattoos I want anyway. And, who says I won't be getting new ink when I'm 75?

8. Did it hurt?

Nope. Being stabbed repeatedly for hours by multiple needles is like being kissed by a cloud. OHMYGOSH YES IT HURT! Are there really humans that don't know how needles work? I know people are refusing vaccinations and all, but I didn't realize they'd never come in contact with sharp, pointy things.

9. Has that always been there?

Mhm, yep, I was born with a black arrow on my ribcage. It's like a Harry Potter scar. I'm the chosen one.

10. Does it wash off?

I sure hope not! I don't pay $250 for a temporary tattoo from Chuck E. Cheese. If you can't tell the difference between body art and a sticker, you need to see an eye doctor, pronto.

11. How much did it cost?

Didn't your parents ever teach you not to ask about the price tag on other people's things? It's just a rude question to ask unless you're inquiring about my artist's price range.

12. What will your kids think?

First of all, I don't want to have children as of now. Even if I did, how am I supposed to know what they'll think? I hope they see me as a good role model with important stories and lessons to give them through my tattoos. But, even if they don't like them, that will be okay and I'll support them anyway.

13. Do you have any tattoos in hidden places?

Considering it's mostly nosey strangers at social functions that ask this question, it's a no from me. Plus, showing people would totally defeat the purpose of having a hidden tattoo.

14. Can I touch it?

Well, it depends. If you ask and then wait respectfully for my answer, it's probably fine. If you ask and then proceed to twist my arm like a WWE wrestler, it's SO NOT FINE. Tattooed bodies are not interactive art galleries, and no one has permission to touch someone else's ink unless given permission.

Young people with tattoos are truly resilient. They endure stupid questions and snarky remarks every day, and still have the courage and self-confidence to enjoy living in their own beautiful skin. If any of you tattooed beauties out there have received this or other crazy commentaries, just know that you are lovely, valid and worthy of all respect and love. Tattoos are not about anyone else besides the person in whose skin it resides.

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