Einstein Never Said That

Einstein Never Said That

To the girl that doesn't believe in Feminism...

In response to the author of the girl who doesn't believe in feminism, I don't think you have a full understanding of what Feminism truly is.

First of all, regardless of whether you're a first wave feminist or a "modern day feminist" -- that you liked to mention several times -- true feminists do not believe that boys are stupid or that they are better than any amount of men.

Moreover, your "argument" throughout the entire article lacks cohesiveness. You go from talking about us women and going back to quoting "Einstein." And by the way, it was William Golding who stated, "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been." You couldn't even attribute the quote correctly, even though you identify as being superior. I am more than proud to be associated with modern day feminism.

Modern day feminism isn't the idea that women are better than men. Modern day feminism is the theory of the political, social, and economic equality of the sexes. I'm not quite sure where you got the idea that you attempted to base your article off of. Nowhere has feminism ever been the idea that it is the equality between genders (which is another conversation altogether.)

You say that you support what feminism used to be. First-wave feminism was when women were fighting for their right to vote. While I am so happy that wave accomplished what they were striving for, we still have a long way to go.

There's no doubt in the world that women are not equal; literally, no one said that we were. What was the point of mentioning that you are physically fit and unable to drag an almost 200-pound man back to safety in a war zone? While we are built differently, it's hard to just state that due to our physical differences that equality is not possible. Feminism is alive, thriving, and well.

Yes, we may think differently than our male counterparts but that does not destroy anything that Feminism stands for.

The Trump and Twitter comments are also irrelevant to the Feminism argument because Feminism is not stating that we are equal. Everyone knows that men and women are not equal. That is why Feminism is necessary.

I won't stop calling myself a feminist until we have reached the equality that we long for. There is a disparity among women and we want to close the gaps that are prevalent in our society.

I also can't stop laughing at how hard you attempted to sound clever in your closing sentence, that it actually solidified the need for equality across all areas of society (including education.)

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A Letter To My Sister For Her First Semester In College

Some Advice to My Sister For Her First Semester

To My Sister,

I'm going to start by saying how proud I am of you and your accomplishments thus far and making it to the first step of a long but important journey of your life, college.

It seems like only yesterday we were just two kids who wanted to both be pop stars when we grew up so we prepared by performing at places like nursing homes and festivals to prepare (even though we got over that phase by the time we hit 5th grade). I'm writing this letter to you in hopes of giving good advice and wisdom from my 5 years of struggling as a college student.

Never Give Up On ANYTHING

You need to believe that you can do anything that you set your mind to because YOU CAN. I know it seems like the impossible when you're trying to pull that first all-nighter to finish a paper that is due in the morning but you got this! Even if you don't believe in yourself just remember that I do.

Stay Focused On What You Want To Accomplish

College is an awesome, fun experience in your life and I know how distracting everything else can be but make sure to focus on your projects and assignments. I know I sound like our mom but trust me when I say do your assignments for your classes because good grades lead to the things that you want most to accomplish in the future. Stay focused on what you want to accomplish and the rest will follow suit.

Always Know I'm Here For You

I promise that I will always be a text or call away if you need any help with anything. Even if you are having a tough time with deciding what you want from Taco Bell, just give me a call. You also have a wonderful family that will make a great support system (You know because I'm part of that family). I will always be by your side no matter what happens; it is kind of my job as your big sister after all.

Go Out And Explore

Explore on your own and figure out what you are most passionate about. Go join some clubs or participate in an intramural sports team. Find your passion; who knows it might just lead to what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Have Fun

Go make some friends, go to social events organized by the campus, go party (just not too hard). Remember that there is always time to take a break from the work of college and have a little fun. You can't just sit in your room all day and study till your brain is fried. Working hard comes with the relief of having a break every once in a while as well. College is a once in a lifetime experience so don't miss out on it.

I love you with all of my heart. We have been through thick and thin together and can't wait to see what the future has for the two of us. I'm ready to see what you can accomplish and know that YOU CAN DO IT!

With Love,

Your Big Sis

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The Most Thoughtful Gifts I've Ever Received

Personal and Significant

During Winter Break, my family and I spend ten days in Scandinavia doing touristy activities like dogsledding and ice fishing. At the end of the day, as I was gazing up at the star-studded night sky, I felt extremely grateful for the gifts I have received throughout my life, including this trip.

Although gifts come in all shapes and sizes –– jewelry, books, trips, technology –– I truly treasure the ones that are personal and that hold a special meaning. Here are a just a few of the most thoughtful gifts I've received.

Gift: Placemat

From: Roommate

Significance: I've grown up with pretty much the same group of people, so it was hard making completely new connections when I moved to college. My roommate now was my suitemate last year, and our relationship has come a long way. The placemat composed of photos of our fondest memories together shows that she also appreciates our friendship and values all that we have been through.

Gift: Riding boots

From: Parents

Significance: This pair of boots is important to me because it represents the support that I have always wanted from my parents. Attending university has been a stressful transition for me, but even more so for my parents. That's why they initially didn't support my decision of joining the Equestrian Team on campus. Once I proved to them that I'm passionate about riding and I can handle academics, they began to loosen up the reins. But it was when they bought me this pair of riding boots that I really knew they wanted me to be a part of the team and that they supported me.

Gift: Decorative cards

From: Sister

Significance: This simple present made up of six pieces of paper is easily my favorite. Printed on the front of each card is a collage of art from a Studio Ghibli film, and on the back is written virtues of the main character that relates to my personality. Not only did she pick six of my favorite Ghibli films, she also wrote descriptions of me that encourages me to this day. Example: (for the film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) "Like Nausicaa, You have a irrefutable love for life and an insatiable curiosity that will take you into places unknown..."

This list does not indicate that I don't appreciate other gifts that I've received. These are just the gifts that I think are unique to me and testifies to the relationship I have with the giver. Maybe these can help you think of creative presents to give to special people in your life.

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