No, Kaitlin Bennett, It Is Not A Good Idea To Arm College Students

No, Kaitlin Bennett, It Is Not A Good Idea To Arm College Students

I don't even trust myself with the pepper spray on my purse. How would a gun be any better?
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Because 2018 is showing no sign of stopping on its way to becoming the biggest shitshow of all time, of course there had to be someone like Kaitlin Bennett to come through and make us question our sanity even more.

If you don't know who Kaitlin Bennett is, good for you! Save yourself while you can and just exit out of this article before you run the risk of bashing your head in once she finally graces your presence.

Bennett is at the forefront of a major trend sweeping across college campuses: that trend being conservative college students complaining about how "oppressed" they are. Sorry Kaitlin, some people think guns are bad. That doesn't mean you- a white, affluent college student- are facing discrimination.

After posing for her graduation photos at Kent State University with a rifle casually slung over her shoulders like it's a Louis Vuitton handbag, Bennett (unsurprisingly) kicked off a frenzy on Twitter. People, like Parkland activist David Hogg, accused her of selfishly brandishing her "white privilege" and promoting gun rights at possibly the worst time, given the Santa Fe High School shooting happened shortly before she posted the now famous photos online.

It's crazy to think that just a couple of months ago, two innocent black men were kicked out of Starbucks for doing literally nothing but no one seems to bat an eye when a white woman is casually strolling through a college campus with a gun used in modern warfare.

Also, pretty crazy, that black kids like Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin were killed in broad daylight for playing with a toy gun and having their hands in their pockets, but Kaitlin Bennett can show off her REAL gun in public and doesn't get asked about it.

Black people can't even have a barbecue without the cops getting called on them, but why can a white person safely and freely prance around with a murder weapon?

Of course, media like Fox News completely fawned over her, providing her with the attention she so desperately craved so she could promote the #CampusCarryNow movement she's now advocating for. Bennett seems to think that every problem that colleges face today can be solved with guns.

Active shooter on campus? Let's just make it multiple active shooters so people can "protect" others! What about the issue of rape culture running rampant at all colleges? Well, according to Kaitlin Bennett, if women could open carry on campus men wouldn't rape them!

I don't even feel confident that I could accurately use the pepper spray attached on my purse in a real crisis. Why would I feel any better handling a handgun when put in such a stressful situation as a shooting or a sexual assault?

People always believe that they would be the heroes in those types of situations, but in reality, that's probably not true. I mean, the security guard at Stoneman Douglas High School, who was PAID to protect lives, couldn't even do that. What makes you think you could be any more heroic and wouldn't just run away like him?

Also, frat boys scare me enough when I see them walking down the street, wearing their Sperry boat shoes and salmon Bermuda shorts. I do NOT need to deal with a drunken Chad who also has a dangerous firearm attached to those shorts.

So, Kaitlin Bennett, NO, it is not a good idea to allow college students to open carry. College kids can't even get dressed out of their pajamas for an 11 a.m. class. I highly doubt we'd be saving any lives. In fact, we'd probably be in even more danger if we all took guns to class. Especially when we're fighting for tables during Finals Week or on our third all-nighter, not even sure what day it is.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Gillette Controversy: Should Companies Share Their Views?

"We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" by Gillette is about creating a conversation, whether you agree with the commercial or not.

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We Believe: The Best Men Can Be | Gillette (Short Film) www.youtube.com

January 13, 2019, Gillette released a commercial that takes a new focus on their tagline "The Best a Man Can Get." The commercial weighs in on the Me Too movement and showcases different moments of toxic masculinity.

These moments include boys bullying another boy through cyberbullying, two young boys beating each other up while fathers are watching them saying that "boys will be boys", a set of a 1950s sitcom where a man grabs his maids butt to which the audience is encouraged to applause and laugh at his act, and a businessman laughing at his female colleague's statement and then says to the other male colleagues, "What I actually think she means…"

A voiceover in the ad says, "Is this the best a man can get? Is it? We can't hide from it, it's been going on far too long. We can't laugh it off, making the same old excuses. But something finally changed [implying the Me Too movement and people speaking up], and there will be no going back..."

The commercial then shifts to showing a man stepping in when another man tells a woman to smile, when a man stops another man from following a woman down the street, and video clips of men stopping fights and having two boys shake hands, as well as a father encouraging his daughter to say she is strong. There is also a moment when a father from the "boys will be boys" scene tells those kids fighting, "This is not how we treat each other."

The voiceover continues with "...Because we…We believe in the best in men. To say the right thing. To act the right way. Some already are, in ways big and small. But 'some' is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow."

This commercial sparked controversy with people saying that not all men show toxic masculinity, many people saying that this commercial is anti-male, and people saying they will now boycott Gillette and their partner company. Whereas others are praising the commercial with many saying that, if you're offended by this commercial, then that is why it was made.

But regardless of what you think of the commercial as a whole, the big topic of discussion is whether or not it is okay if companies should be political and put their two cents in through marketing.

I say yes.

I believe it is very okay for companies to express their thoughts and concerns about political and social issues through marketing. When the Me Too movement first came into the light, many people wanted Hollywood to stay out of politics/social issues. The public did not want to hear about the sexual harassment allegations throughout Hollywood, however, because of these celebrities bringing light to this issue more and more people, celebrity or not, are coming forward and speaking their truths.

More and more people are realizing the signs of harassment and speaking up before it can get worse. Society is more aware of these social issues because people with a platform are talking about it. Unfortunately, many people still do not want to listen to people with platforms, but having the conversation is important, so how else can we keep the conversation going?

That is where commercial and other forms of advertisements can come in. The commercial did exactly what it intended to do: to create a conversation. Talk shows like "The View" or "The Talk" are talking about, news outlets are talking about it, people on YouTube are talking about it, and here I am writing an Odyssey article related to the topic.

The commercial created conversation. It got people thinking about and discussing their concerns, their feelings about the idea of toxic masculinity, as well as how this commercial could or could not be the new wave of change. It is important to have conversations, as it is the only way for things to change and for people to see that how things used to be are not the way they should be now.

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