To The UF Girl Who Dissed Us All, Do You Feel Better Now?

To The UF Girl Who Dissed Us All, Do You Feel Better Now?

My clothes do not define me, my intelligence, or any other woman at FSU.
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A few days ago, a woman at the University of Florida posted an article in response to a few female students from Florida State University that she observed at the rivalry football game over Thanksgiving break.

The woman not only disrespected the women that she saw at the game, but completely belittled and attacked every female student at Florida State.

The article was taken down, but I have provided screenshots of the article below.







If you know anything about running races, you know to never look back at the runners behind you.

It shows vulnerability and weakness. Looking back tells your opponents that you're scared and tired. It proves that you lack confidence in your own abilities to succeed. You bet on the downfall of others and not your own capabilities.

What a shame it must be to be that weak... so weak that you are unable to fathom a world where a woman's intelligence doesn't correlate with her wardrobe choices, so weak that you must undermine the intellect of thousands of hard-working female students, so weak that you wrongfully believe that the actions of one represent the actions of many and so weak that you feel so inclined to label respectable individuals as actual prostitutes.

Unlike you, I will not look back.

Yes, I will address that in this moment, you are weak, and quite honestly embarrassing. No, I will not deny you what you denied both the women you saw at the game and all women at Florida State.

I refuse to deny you the respect and kindness that you deprived us of when you attacked us and correlated our clothing with our intelligence and morality. I wish you nothing but eye-opening understanding. I really hope that you are more loving than how your article makes you seem.

What a shame it must be to be so focused on your opponents that you don't see what's right in front of you or what lies within you.

I hope that you learn to succeed through your own strengths and not through shaming other women.

At the game, those women might have been standing behind you, but they definitely aren't below you.

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So What is Feminism?

It's Time to do Our Homework!
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In light of the Women's March on January 20th 2018, I find it pertinent that we just recap what feminism is.

Some of you might be groaning already:

"ugh why do we even need feminism? it’s like the 20th century women have rights already?"

"yea... some women just need to be better than men ....and that’s just not gonna happen"

(***eye roll with an extra healthy dose of sarcasm sprinkled on top***)

So what EXACTLY is Feminism?

Feminism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as:

"The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes."

and defined by Miriam Webster Dictionary as:

-"The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes"

- "Organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests"

"Woah woah woah! hold up... what’s all this "equality" mumbo jumbo?"

I am SO glad you asked!

Lets break this down: Feminism is actually a sociological term to describe the efforts to have equal rights, representation, wages, healthcare and education for ALL people.

“Once more for the people in the back!”

ALL PEOPLE.

So, if you believe that everyone, no matter their socio-economic background, ethnicity, religion, education but most importantly: their gender, should have access to basic human things such as

  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to equal education opportunities
  • Access to fair and equal wages
  • Access to housing
  • Access to healthy nutrition

Then congratulations, you’re a Feminist.

Now this doesn't mean that you need to break out your body paint and most glittery bra and join a social movement (but props to you if thats your thing!)

All it really means is that you care about other people sharing this space, this country and this world with you.

...and hey, maybe they deserve the opportunity to work just as hard as you do to earn the things that you have.

Recap: Feminism= rights for ALL PEOPLE.

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Mass Shootings And Masculinity Go Hand In Hand

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Nineteen mass shootings. Nineteen mass shootings have happened since January 2018 and we’re only in the middle of February. This past shooting at Parkland high school really hit me hard. As I saw the victims of the shooting they reminded me of the kids that I went to high school with. One of the victims was apart of her high school’s color guard and I thought about how much I loved guard when I was in high school. I connected with her.

I saw the videos posted on Snapchat of what the students actually experienced and shed tears with my hand covering my mouth from shock. I saw how insanely graphic the scene was and how being there physically can traumatize one for the rest of their life. No one should have to go through this.

The debates on tv include those of gun control and mental health. On social media, different countries are being thrown around as examples for both stricter gun control, and the allowance for more guns. I also see how the shooter was seen as “mentally ill”, and the stigmatization of those who have mental health issues are dangerous is furthered. The one issue that no one is talking about that plays a huge role in these mass shootings in masculinity.

A large majority of these shooters are white men. While these shootings are also a racial issue I’m going to focus on the gender issue. From a young age, men are exposed to what society deems as masculine. Media hypermasculinized everything to the point where it’s ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Look up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and see how ridiculously buff they are. They’re cartoon turtles, yet the societal standard of masculinity applies to them.

Even when it comes to toys the commercials for nerf and water guns show only males. Showing that guns are masculine. Young boys are raised to engage in masculine activities or they’re isolated socially and emotionally. Even when young men are engaging in “masculine” activities they still may not be good enough. Getting angry, being the bad boy, having a temper are seen as “cool” traits that males desire to have in order to give themselves an edge.

Now most young boys go through this, and masculinity is not the main factor in mass shootings but it is still a factor. It is a factor that we need to consider because eliminating any factor that helps to produce a mass shooter can help save lives.

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