Being A Woman In Donald Trump's World

Being A Woman In Donald Trump's World

Why our generation of feminists will prevail.

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Often times, when someone hears the word "feminist", they think of women who hate men or want women to rule the world (partially true). Feminist has become a word in our culture to mean something negative.

But what really is a feminist? The simplest way to describe a feminist is simply as someone who wants equality for all sexes.

In today's world, with a fascist, racist and sexist president, being a woman has become increasingly hard. Women are losing basic rights to their own bodies, we're having to publicly speak out on national television about rapes that happened 30 years prior, we're having to argue about we choose to wear and we're having to hold marches to remind powerful white men that we are people too.

Just last month, Missouri's Republican-majority House passed a bill that would ban almost all abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

With no exceptions for incest or rape, the House decided, on the unwanted behalf of Missouri women, that abortions would no longer be permitted except for in cases where it is a medical emergency.

Before that, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford publicly defended herself, suffered from multiple attempts by congressmen to discredit her, and cried with women across the nation as Judge Brett Kavanaugh was getting confirmed.

She described the night of her unwanted sexual encounter with Brett Kavanaugh in great detail and explained to the panel that she did not want to be there, but felt like it was her duty as a citizen to speak up.

But these all lead back to one individual's wishy-washy ideologies. When Donald Trump was officially elected into the United States Presidency, I remember audibly sobbing.

The electoral college elected a man who had never been shy about the way he treated women. It's frightening, as a young woman, to see this kind vulgarity for the simple fact that younger generations who will be eventually controlling our world are soaking in everything he says like a sponge.

The day Donald Trump was elected was the day I began defining myself as a feminist and being damn proud of it.

Abortion laws, Dr. Ford, Anita Hill, Donald Trump, and #MeToo are all things that should light a fire underneath all of our breathtaking booties to create positive change for ourselves, our nieces and our future daughters and granddaughters. We can't continue to accept the things that are happening in our society. It's time to stand up and demand that we are paid equally, respected and, most importantly to me, be able to choose what we do with our own bodies. Nasty women unite.

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'Unplanned' Is The Movie Of The Year

Abby Johnson's story is real, powerful, and deserves our attention.

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A suspended Twitter account, an R rating, and only 1,000 theaters showing it with an expected $3 million in sales. Flash forward to when "Unplanned" started showing...it's doubled in expected sales, beaten records left and right for views and money it's bringing in and is currently ranked #4 in the US. Besides unexpected and outstanding statistics, it's a movie about something new. Something Hollywood has never covered. Something that is raw and truthful, holding nothing back even if it's hard to watch.

Abby Johnson's story is real and powerful. She's seen every single side and hidden corner of the pro-life/pro-choice movement in her own personal life, which makes her the perfect voice for the unborn and unplanned.

You can't hear her story or watch "Unplanned" without relating to at least one part of it.

Is it graphic? Yes. But is it over dramatized? Nope. Everything within the first 30 minutes of "Unplanned" is what happens every hour of every day in America and we call it equal rights for women. Personally, I've always been pro-life. But after leaving that movie, I've never been more pro-women. I was angry watching it. Women are lied to about everything in Planned Parenthood. Women are coerced into killing their own children and then told that it's not even a child yet. These women are scared, hopeless, and looking for an instant solution and Planned Parenthood takes advantage of it and makes money off it. If you're a woman and reading this, why AREN'T you angry yet?

This movie was everything the world needed after New York dropped the ban on late-term abortions. This movie is everything this country needed to see. For once, someone took a risk and threw hard, real, truth out into the world and didn't sweep it under the rug.

Pro-life, pro-choice, whatever you are — this movie is the movie of the year. The only excuse for those who don't go and see it is that they too like to sweep things under the rug.

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It's Time To Start Standing Up For Yourself

A lot of people let others walk all over them but it's time to start standing up for how you feel.

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Whenever you've got into a confrontation or fight or anything that even resembles an argument, someone always says be the bigger person. What does that really mean? To some people, it means completely ignoring the whole situation and everyone's emotions and that isn't fair. Or maybe to some people it means letting them scream at you and you apologizing and just taking the blame.

Being the bigger person shouldn't mean these things. It should mean making sure no one is treating you poorly or taking advantage of you. Now maybe don't take it so far to become mean or a bully because that's just awful behavior.

Standing up for yourself is so empowering. If someone close to you is hurting you or taking advantage or anything you don't like, just a simple conversation can keep it from escalating. If you have a friend calling you names, even if it is just a joke, you can say something and not be a buzzkill or jerk. You 100% should feel comfortable and confident no matter who you're with.

So many times in my life I've wanted to save a friendship or relationship so I just ignored or took what other people were doing to me. This even happened and it led to an abusive relationship where I felt stuck and didn't see an out. It was an extremely eye-opening experience that taught me to never let any hurt me.

To say this is easier than doing it. Start small, if someone says something hurtful towards you just ask them not to do it again. If that person continues to hurt you leave the room or space. You need to take control of your own life and write your own story.

Life is a lot better when you live it free of worries and pain.

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