Dear Modern Feminists, STOP Demonizing Men...

Dear Modern Feminists, STOP Demonizing Men...

A letter from a concerned mother of a baby boy..

Let me start this article off by stating, I am not against feminism.

I am against modern feminism.

This giant temper tantrum mislabeled as a 'fight for women's rights'.

No, this is not another 'Why We Don't Need Feminism' article.. We do need feminism.

Without true feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony, we wouldn't be where we are today. (As you can see in their pictures, they weren't running around in giant genitalia costumes screaming things like 'stay out of my uterus!')..

They fought with class; which is a seemingly lost value among modern feminists... Are there cases in the world of women being mistreated compared to their male counterparts? Yes. I'm not here to say there isn't...

I am h ere to say that there are also cases everywhere of men being mistreated compared to their female counterparts..

And coming from the mother of a baby boy;

STOP demonizing all men. (Beware, the following link includes the video where a modern feminist calls for the killing of all male babies/men...)

My son doesn't deserve to be demonized for being a male. He isn't even old enough to speak! The day I found out I was having a boy I had made a promise to myself that I would raise a respectable young man. A true gentleman. Who would treat EVERYONE with respect. Not just women. Men and women of all races, sexuality, religion, etc.

But modern feminists don't care if my son grows up to be a gentleman, they just care that he's a man and for being a man they think he is below them. And they're teaching young women that it will be acceptable to treat him that way in school, work, etc.

This is being written on behalf of a mother who is genuinely scared for the future of society. Even though his generation is projected to by the most conservative in years... I'm still scared for the kinds of behavior becoming more and more acceptable by modern feminists hosting 'Women's Marches' (for what?) and random protests.

What will my son see out on the streets when he's old enough to start asking questions? Just the other day when I left school, right across the street was about a 20 person protest that consisted of a handful of women wearing their pink genitalia hats. One of the women was running along the side walk in a ripped up plaid t-shirt that read, 'Pussy Power'. (Don't worry, she was screaming it, too.)

What am I going to say when my son asks me; "Mom, what's pussy power?"

A two, three, ten, twelve, fourteen year old shouldn't have to grow accustomed to seeing woman both old and young parading around the streets dawning vagina costumes and wearing shirts that say 'Pussy Power'.

If the only thing that empowers you is your pussy? I feel sorry for you. You are so much more than your female reproductive parts. Your female reproductive parts aren't what bring you 'power'.

What brings you power? Is how you treat other women. Women like me, who may not agree with your modern take on feminism. Republican, pro-life women. Believe me, I've been on the receiving end of some nasty comments solely for my religious and political beliefs.. Along with the fact that I don't associate with modern feminism.

What brings you power? Is how you treat MEN. These young men, my baby boy, they are learning what's acceptable behavior not only by me and mothers everywhere; but by what you make acceptable as a society.

As of now? You are making it acceptable for men to see you only for your 'pussy'.

Not for your heart, not for your soul, not for your mind..

For your pussy. By dawning your pink hat, by screaming 'stay out of my uterus' you are teaching my son that it's okay to see women as only their female reproductive parts. Why wouldn't he? That's all you guys seem to see in yourselves!

Keep up your fight, do whatever it is that helps you sleep at night. But please do it without teaching young women that it's okay to talk down to or disrespect young men. Do it without teaching young women that it's okay to make videos/tweets/posts calling for the killing of all men, no matter their age...

Please find your inner Elizabeth Cady Stanton and fight your fight without your disgusting genitalia costumes.

Stop teaching young men everywhere that the only thing to a woman is her vagina.

And for the love of God, stop teaching young women to only value their vaginas.

Can we make a promise to one another to stop fighting to put 'women above men' or 'men above women' but go back to the fight of being EQUAL?!

We all matter and we are all so much more than our reproductive organs. While men and women have their obvious differences, we are equal in the sense that we're all playing for the same team..

We're all trying to raise respectable individuals that will treat everyone no matter their gender, race, sexuality or religion with RESPECT.

That includes you, modern feminists.

Treat men with the respect that you want them to treat you with. You are not entitled to any special treatment because of your gender;

Just like my son isn't entitled to your mistreatment because of his.

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I Used To Be Love Drunk, But Now I'm Hungover

It's like your typical hangover, but worse.

About a year ago, I experienced the world's worst hangover. And I'm not exaggerating. After a late night out, I woke up the next morning with a pounding headache and a pit feeling in my stomach. Now, you're probably thinking that I drank one too many drinks downtown, danced on a few tables, and went home with some random guy I met at the bar.

I wish it was that simple. Later that day, I came to the realization that I wasn't hungover from the alcohol I had consumed the night before. This was different.

Last summer, I was what you'd call "love drunk." And anytime you're drunk, you're bound to experience a hangover. For those of you who've never experienced this feeling before, I'll fill you in. According to Urban Dictionary, a "love hangover" occurs when you can't stop thinking about the person that left you. From past experience, it's like your typical hangover, but worse.

When I first started writing on Odyssey, I was getting over this guy who broke my heart. Somehow, he convinced me that I was the problem. But if we're going to be completely honest here, the real problem was him. Not only did he break my heart, but he also left me with these feelings of regret.

And you're probably wondering, how does this occur? I've come to realize that "love hangovers" typically occur when you encounter the guy who's unable to make up his mind. Does he want to date you? Does he want to be casual? Or does he want to stay friends?

It doesn't matter what he says, the end result is always the same, heartbreak.

When you're "love drunk," it starts off as innocent fun and games. It's not until that next morning you wake up with the dreaded "love hangover."

In my case, it was a typical Friday night and fate brought us together at one of the local karaoke bars. I jokingly said to my friend, “I'm going to talk to the hottest guy there.” And right on cue, he walked through the doors.

As soon as he walked in, we immediately made eye contact. We spoke and he mentioned to me that he just got out of a three-year relationship. I thought, "there goes my dream guy." For those who know me, I don't give up that easily. I continued to pursue him. Bad idea.

I admit I should have known better, but that's what being "love drunk" does to you. You lose all sense of reason. You experience the high of being drunk which leads you to make bad decisions. I made the bad decision to pursue him. He made the bad decision to pursue me. The results were catastrophic. Cue the "love hangover."

Now that I'm finally sober, let me be the first to tell you, he's like an Emo haircut that's going out of style. Heed my warning and stay away from these types of guys. You'll thank me later.

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We Are Losing Lives Far Too Young

Young people are losing their lives because they decided to live that day.

Speaking from The United States point of view, every day we are losing people who are far too young to die. We lose them from drunk drivers, reckless driving, school shootings and more. Young children to young adults are losing people who they once saw every single day to being left with cherished memories. As these people are standing up and bringing this to the light, many people are heartbroken. While not all are against the things that are taking the lives of these young people, others are fighting as well.

There are tweets which have gone viral, and tweets that have touched the hearts of community members in towns that are large but seem small when you see the hashtag that is attached. We are finding people who never knew the ones who sadly lost their lives so young, but we hear the stories. We listen to the people who have loved the people fiercely and still do. We read about the people who had the power to change the world. And even though they are no longer on earth, they are still changing it.

You may be asking if there was any connection to the people that are being written about, and sadly there is not. That does not mean these wonderful people should not be written about. When your community loses someone or multiple people who brought life and joy, there is no way to be silent.

School shootings have become far too common.

In fact, shootings, in general, have become far too common. We turn on the news, we scroll through social media, and we see another headline which reads "Mass Shooting...." or "__ Killed In ____". Hundreds of thousands of people in America are standing up to make this known. Tweets with hashtags are being tweeted. Life is being taken away far too young. Try to tell me- "get over it."

Look at it this way, what if you were the one who lost a loved one? Would you want someone to tell you to "get over it."? I am assuming, no. You would most likely be grieving. You most likely want support. You would want something to change.

Far too many young people are dying right before our eyes. Far too many young people will never be able to reach their goals. Far too many families and friends are losing people they love dearly. They are losing people they once laughed with every day. They are losing people who made their days better. They are losing people who were on the way of changing this world. Now, the friends and families are making the change for the ones who lost their lives far too early.

Let me put it this way, young people are losing their lives because they went to school. Young people are losing their lives because they were in a car. Young people are losing their lives because they decided to live that day.

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