Here's Some Advice For You Ladies: Don't Date Rob Kardashian

Here's Some Advice For You Ladies: Don't Date Rob Kardashian

Revenge porn and social media outing? Come on now.
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I have some advice for you women out there who want to date Rob Kardashian -- don't.

If you've missed the latest kerfuffle, Kardashian and former lover Blac Chyna (born Angela White) are now at odds, with Kardashian posting intimate details of his and Chyna's relationship. In now-deleted Instagram posts, and currently live Twitter posts, Kardashian has accused Chyna of abusing drugs and alcohol in the same house as their daughter, Dream. Kardashian also posted an image on Instagram of an alleged text conversation between him and one of Chyna's current sexual partners, who looks to be asking him for money. There are allegations that Kardashian posted nude pictures of Chyna's body to his Instagram feed and criticized her body before it was shut down by Instagram moderators. I have not seen the images, and for the sake of my own sanity, will not be looking for them; however here is a news article detailing the fiasco. Kardashian's alleged actions would fall under the category of revenge porn.

Chyna's ability to raise her daughter (and son, King Cairo, by rapper Tyga) is not the point here. The point here is that Kardashian, who is no stranger to accusations of domestic abuse from Chyna, felt the need to post intimate pictures that she allegedly sent him as a way to get back at his ex-fiancee. That's just dead wrong, no matter how you spin it. It's also dead wrong to air your dirty laundry on social media, but Kardashian seems to do this every time he and Chyna are going through some sort of struggle.

I saw a tweet earlier pertaining to this situation that really turned my stomach - basically saying that because Chyna is a former stripper, Kardashian posting pictures of her naked body is old news. Well, let me break this down for the 3.1K idiots who retweeted that. If a woman chooses to post her naked body online ON HER OWN, that is HER CHOICE. It is her doing, on her own dime, her own conscience, her own risk. She is making that choice and exercising body autonomy. While I may not agree with that woman's decision, it is her choice. It is not her choice to have a former lover -- or any person for that matter, male or female -- post pictures of her naked body without her consent. I don't care if you're a nun or a nudist. Consent is everything in all aspects of life. Whether Chyna liked the photos he posted, whether she reposts them, whether she directs her followers to them - it doesn't eliminate the fact that her consent was not solicited when those photos were posted. It's dead wrong. Her past career has nothing to do with this situation.

I implore Kardashian and Chyna to think of baby Dream before they continue this public war on social media. I implore Chyna to get some help if she is really in the throes of addiction, and there are so many resources for her to reach out to in regards to the domestic violence accusations. As for Kardashian, dude quit being a jackass and say you're sorry. Apologize to the woman you talked up like crazy a year ago. I implore you to knock it off with this childish behavior, stop going to social media for everything, and act like the 30-year-old MAN that you are. Raise your children, folks.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Class Size May Matter, But Accountability Matters More

If students take the time to think, they will realize their own potential.
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When it comes to the topic of education, decisions are often made, but not quite acted upon. On the left, we have advocates that look to fund the educational system in hope of bettering the kids’ futures. On the right, education is addressed with a degree of leniency, paired with more of an advocacy for occupational programs and trade schools.

One of the more frequently debated matters regarding education, more specifically K-12, is classroom size. For many schools, a lack of funding has caused many teachers to quit; consequentially, with less teachers, more students, inevitably, have to cram into the same classroom. The student-teacher ratio, in some schools, has gone beyond 30:1. In some cases, the overcrowding issue for a classroom is so profound that a student doesn’t have his or her own desk to sit in.

Due to this notice of classroom size increase, in correlation with declining academic performance, a considerable majority of education reformers believe that the classroom size increase is more of causation. The only issue with this argument, however, is that for a contributing factor to constitute causation, it must be the sole reason that another variable must occur. With correlation, however, there are multiple variables (more than two) that can occur within a specific time span. These variables could potentially influence one another’s behavior, but never fully dictate the outcome.

What the common argument fails to account for is accountability itself. Accountability is not something that is taught in the classroom, nor should it be. This is a crucial part to a child’s success, both in the classroom, and in real life. A perfect example of this is within a lecture hall. In a lecture hall, you could have upwards of more than 150 students in the same room, listening to and meticulously noting all of the essential details to a professor’s lecture. It is up to the student to learn the material with the tools they are given, not the teacher to hold their hand through the class.

The only responsibility of any teacher or instructor is to provide the appropriate materials and knowhow for the student to guide themselves. This prepares the student for more rigorous learning material and tasks, resulting in more favorable opportunities, both scholastic and occupational.

For the teacher to implement the right tools, however, requires that the student can and will hold themselves accountable for their success in the course. Such accountability falls back on the basis of good parenting. As education has shifted, the blame of failure for a student in a class also shifted.

The shift has taken place from the student losing their privileges and extracurricular activities, to the teacher potentially losing their job (which is especially daunting with the threat of new teachers not obtaining tenure). With the latter portion of the Millennial Generation, along with Generation Z, parents bearing excessive leniency and overall apathy have made for a widespread mindset that fails to take responsibility for itself.

It’s time for parents to be accountable for their kids, and for the kids to be accountable for their own success. A system is only as useful as those that utilize it.

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