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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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.

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Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice — no one else.

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