High Fashion Should NOT Bring Pain To People Or Animals

High Fashion Should NOT Bring Pain To People Or Animals

The crisis that nobody is talking about.

I love shopping just as much as the next person. Whether it's for new clothes, a new bag, or even fun new foods from the grocery store; it is fun to buy. Our society is one that enjoys to consume, and that is not necessarily a bad thing... right? Wrong. After watching the documentary "The True Cost" on Netflix, I was abruptly informed of the human suffering and global catastrophe that is being created by the beloved fashion industry.

The 2015 documentary exploits major clothing brands such as H&M, Gap, and Forever 21 for the terrible and horrific labor conditions faced by the garment workers who are manufacturing the clothes sold at their stores. These companies, along with many others, are known to be big players in something referred to as the "fast fashion" industry. Many are familiar with these stores as a result of their low prices and trendy clothing. Fast fashion is exactly what it sounds like: fast-moving fashion trends which tend to move in and out of style very quickly. Stores like Forever 21 aim to provide these hot trends at a low price, allowing their customers to look "high-end" while also allowing their wallets a break from high-end prices.

The problem with this modern thinking is the idea that the clothing is SO cheap, that we have no second thought in trashing these clothes after just a few uses. Some of the items of clothes you buy from these stores may end up getting tossed before the tag is even taken off. So what? They get recycled, right? They get donated and SOMEONE will use them! Not so much.

This documentary showed gruesome images of the effect this mindset has on our planet. Mountain-sized piles of clothing scraps. Piles and piles of un-used donated clothes in third world countries. Leather-polishing chromium pouring into the drinking water of villagers, and the birth defects these villagers are born with because of it. I was in shock at the way these companies could treat our world, and its people so wickedly.

We are so often made aware of the tragedies of using animal fur in clothing, but yet we hear nothing but silence when it comes to the inhumane treatment of garment workers who manufacture the standard clothes we wear on our bodies every day. Not only the unfair wages, but the utterly disgusting working conditions provided for these workers. In Bangladesh, factories have burned to the ground, and collapsed on top of hundreds of workers. All for our desire and need for consumption. This needs to stop.

I encourage you to watch "The True Cost" for yourself, and take in the reality of the fashion industry as we know it. Take a look at the labels of your clothing next time you are out shopping for a new addition to your wardrobe. We can take the first step in changing the way our world and its people are treated by refusing to buy the clothing made in these conditions. No human should have to fear for their life, their safety; when making a piece of your clothing.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Ladies, You Don't Have To Dress Up For Class

Whoever says you do is just mad that they spent two hours getting ready for a 50 minute class.


I couldn't help but notice a stream of articles saying women HAVE to 'dress up' for class. I'm here to say you don't. Why should you have to dress up for class when your schedule is filled to the brim with papers and extracurriculars and five classes that you need to study for. It is incredibly easy to throw on leggings, a t-shirt, and sneakers.

Anyone who says that jeans are more comfortable than leggings are LYING to themselves. That also goes for heels vs. sneakers. If I'm going to be sitting in one spot for an extended period of time, I want to be comfortable. I don't want to be in jeans and necklaces and a gazillion annoying bracelets when I could be in shorts and a t-shirt.

Some girls really like dressing up for class, and that is great for them. But it's not great when women start hating on other women for looking comfortable in class. Give it up Becky, you're just mad that I spent 20 minutes getting ready and you spent 120. Chad from theta beta zeta phi is probably taking notes from the slides, not on which girls are dressing up.

Some people will say that dressing up for class prepares you for the 'real world.' This is the real world. College is the real world. I'll look nice for my future job when I get to my future job. Wearing t-shirts and leggings a couple days a week while I'm in college has ZERO effect on my future job. Listening in class does. And guess what, I can't listen if I'm tired because I spent 4 1/2 hours getting ready!!! (Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but come on people.)

I'll wear what I want to wear. You can wear whatever you want to wear. I'll compliment your shirt, you'll compliment my sneakers, and we will both continue on happily doing our own thing.

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