Shrek Is More Feminist Than Kim Kardashian

Shrek Is More Feminist Than Kim Kardashian

Kim may have broken the internet, but she didn't break the patriarchy.

Somehow I have found myself at a point where I have seen every "Keeping up With the Kardashians" episode, and my social media centers around their constant buzz. If Kim posts a Snapchat, IG, or tweet then I could probably let ya know what’s going on in her world. Sometimes it is not by choice either, as these large platforms highly endorse the family.

Now, we could degrade their ability to do this, or examine how they should be using their power. Because you know what, the family has potential. There is something about them that has drawn in the nation, and even given them an international platform. Their direct line into our lives via social media could make a serious impact on our social structure. They have the power to shatter our rose colored glasses, but instead they just are upgrading them for darker designer shades.

Our media is filled with their love lives, their outfits, their endorsements, and their skewed view on social issues. We have literally paid for the mansions and Mercedes Benz, while we trade in our souls for their washed out hypocrisy. Because while Kim posts a nude selfie in the name of feminism, she actually just found a new way to make money. I get that it is her right to post whatever she desires, but there are more dire and consequential things to worry about than her selfies.

And yes body empowerment is important, but is Kim Kardashian providing the best, and most honest way of doing this? Or is she using her sexuality and power simply for more money? I mean let’s be real, as Kim posts a nude selfie, and embraces her “sexuality” in exchange for media coverage and huge buy outs, there are women facing sexism over something as minor as a spaghetti strap.

If Kim Kardashian was truly working in the name of feminism, then her focus would be less on what gets her attention and a check, and more on deeper issues. Her emphasis should be on poverty stricken mothers, the racist experience of marginalized women, young girls seeking education, rape culture, empowering girls to break the constrictions of our male dominated world, producing better living conditions, and other issues that affect the large majority of our population. Feminism should be directed to issues that are truly substantial and less vapid than a Twitter fight or tabloid cover.

So, dear Kim Kardashian, use your power, your money, and your fame to make an actual difference. Take a cue from Princess Fiona in "Shrek" as she embraced and liberated herself. Sure, a male rescued her from her ivory tower, but never once did she submit herself to the patriarchy. Instead, she accepted her body, accepted who she loved, and fought for right to do her thing.

So, no you do not need to exploit your body, let alone rely on heavily edited pictures. And you definitely don’t need to be filling our young girl’s minds with diluted images of what being a feminist means. Instead, show them that feminism is embracing (not exploiting) your womanhood, fighting for equality of all people, and having the crazy notion that you are worth more than your body. I have a hunch that you are an intelligent entrepreneur, so let’s stop playing dumb. I mean, for god sake, if a fictional ogre can be a feminist role model, why can’t you?

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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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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