Einstein Never Said That

Einstein Never Said That

To the girl that doesn't believe in Feminism...
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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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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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I Begged For Love

And still never got it.
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I remember when I was in Kindergarten and I was up at around midnight, searching for something. As I found myself in the bathroom, I opened drawers looking for anything and my eyes stumbled upon a pair of scissors. I went back into my room and shaved my thirteen-inch hair to nothingness.

I remember my father coming into my room the next morning and beating me senseless until I told him why I cut my hair. I did this because my father never liked his daughters (he was/is sexist), so I thought that if I cut my hair to look like a boy then maybe he would love me. When I told him this, he started exiting the room and he told me, "You're such a dumb bitch." I was six.

There was a single time during a long car ride where my mother and father made me place my hands on the top of my head for hours until we got home. As I did this without fighting, I asked my mother when we got home if I had been good that day; I was begging for some kind of approval. She completely ignored me, brushed me off, and forced me to do things for her for the rest of the night. I was nine.

My father called me "thing" for as many years as I can remember. Instead of standing up and saying anything I just got up and took it. I took the name-calling to the point where I thought that if I were to stand up and say something, I would get thrown out. So I succumbed to his pressures.

When I told my father about the sexual abuse I'd experienced from my oldest brother, he told me that I should tell CPS so that I could be taken away because he didn't even want me. He looked at me and my younger sister in the eyes and told us, "I need the money from him more than I need you." My hurt was completely disregarded and I, as a young teen, was shown my true worthlessness.

My father worked third shift, meaning I only ever saw him on the weekends if I chose to stay home. I remember writing pages and pages of different letters to him, telling him that I'd do anything to make things feel more peaceful. I remember committing to doing insane things in these letters that no young girls should ever have to do. I gave more of my self than I ever should have, and I still was shaken off like I was nothing.

I've begged for love since the minute I remember any single thing. I have asked and asked for my mother and father to care about my existence, and when I realized that they didn't, I stopped caring about my existence too. I've done anything I can to ask someone to love me and the reality is that maybe I am simply unworthy of love.

I wake up every single morning without the feeling that me waking up mattered at all. I sit in classes, work jobs, sit with people and survey the area realizing that there is nothing at all I can do to be loved even though there are so many around me that are loved by at least someone.

I have begged for love in every way I could have imagined. I still never got it. But I'm done begging, so I guess I'm just never going to get it.

Some people aren't meant to be loved, I guess.

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