Melania Trump's Problematic Clothing Choices Are Fair Game

Melania Trump, We're Going To Focus On What You Wear AND What You Do Because Both Are Bad

I don't even want to hear the bullshit excuse about her not knowing the significance of the pith hat. If people on Twitter know the history of the helmet, she should too!

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Former nude model and current First Lady, Melania Trump, seemed to be an innocent victim of Donald Trump's narcissism, gross stupidity, and overall bigotry. Whenever she looked absolutely disgusted while in his presence, or snatched her hand away from his grasp, a little ping shot through my heart. "Poor Melania," I would think to myself.

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Her lack of warmth and adoration for her husband always seemed to be an indicator that she hated him, and I automatically equated that to her hating his political views. I mean, what is there to love about a misogynist and racist? I silently rooted for her, hoping that one day she would divorce him, take all of his money, and write a tell-all book with photos and audio tapes to match.

It seems like my hopes for her will never be realized, as it appears that Melania is just as ignorant and offensive as her husband.

A few months ago, Melania was spotted wearing a jacket that said, "I really don't care. Do U?" on her trip to the US-Mexico border, where she visited an immigrant's children shelter.

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Really, bitch?

You know, I really want to be fair and give her the benefit of the doubt, but the shade is too damn dark for us to excuse her actions. I mean, what grown adult lacks the discernment needed to realize that wearing that was a bad idea? Out of all of the jackets in her wardrobe (and I know she has a lot, she's rich for Christ's sake), that was the one she wanted to wear on that particular occasion? With all of the tension rising up in the country in regards to immigration, especially how it relates to the separation of families and the abhorrent living conditions women and children are subjected to in detention centers, she thought it would be appropriate to wear a jacket that said IDGAF during her one interaction with Mexican immigrants?

She's bold.

Recently, she was spotted wearing a pith helmet during her trip to Nairobi, Kenya.

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OK, one time is a coincidence, two times is on purpose.

For those of you who are unaware, pith helmets are a common sign of colonialism. They were frequently worn by European colonial officials, soldiers, and explorers during the 19th century.

Yes, colonialism. That thing that centered around the political, economic, and social domination of other countries by Western nations, leading to the death of thousands of natives, the adulteration of Eastern culture, and the stripping of precious natural resources that left both the land and people barren while Western nations profited.

I don't even want to hear the bullshit excuse about her not knowing the significance of the pith hat. If people on Twitter know the history of the helmet, she should too! It's about time that we stop excusing people's ignorance. We live in a digital age, an age where we have tons of information at our fingertips. As the first lady, it's literally her duty to conduct herself with elegance, grace, and to have the people's best interests at heart. I don't think it's classy or helpful to American society for her to claim that she doesn't care about kids being locked in cages in detention centers, or about the brutal history of colonialism that her hat signifies.

When confronted about her offensive attire, Melania responded with "focus on what I do, not what I wear."

You know what she should be doing instead of pretending that she's dense and doesn't understand the cultural context of her clothing? She should be speaking out against the disgusting words and actions of her husband and his entire cabinet. Melania claims that she "supports women," but that they should "show the evidence" when accusing men of sexual assault.

Oh, right, because I'm sure that all victims of sexual assault have convincing evidence at their disposal. They should've recorded their rapes, am I right? Hell, they should've kept the used condom.

Her ignorance and lack of moral judgment are absolutely abhorrent. Not only because she is the first lady, but just because she is a woman in general. In this country, there's been a history of privileged, White women upholding the systems that cripple other communities, while they get to sit back and remain unaffected. 53% of white women actually voted for Trump... The same guy that professed he grabs women by the pussy and who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

Early feminists rarely cared about issues affecting Black women and other minorities, while some even wanted to cling on to patriarchal and oppressive institutions. The truth of the matter is, that while all women are affected by sexism and misogyny, white women have a leg up compared to the rest of us. In our society that is plagued with other social issues such as racism and xenophobia, white women remain protected under White supremacy.

That's how it's possible for a 14-year-old boy to be beaten and killed simply because a white woman accused him of flirting with her (which later turned out to be a lie). That's how it's possible for white women to make 20 cents more to the dollar than Latinas for the same work. That's how it's possible for dumbasses like Tomi Lahren to endorse Trump and his ignorant views, even though they harm women. They just harm white women a little less.

I didn't write this to criticize white women. After all, it's not their fault they're white. But it's time we start holding every bigot accountable, even those we consider our sister.

Melania, you know exactly what you're doing... And it's pretty damn disappointing.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.

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Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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Terrors Behind "Toddlers & Tiaras" - Beauty Pageants Need To Go!

Why Honey Boo Boo is not the girl we should be idolizing...

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Honey Boo Boo is famous for her extravagant persona, extreme temper tantrums, overwhelming attitude, and intense sassiness. All of these qualities are shared by many other young girls who participate in beauty pageants - not just in "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" but also in TLC's notorious "Toddlers & Tiaras," a show that depicts the horrors of little girls who have dedicated their childhood to winning the crown.

These shows, and the pageants they glorify do nothing but force girls to grow up too quickly, send negative messages to viewers and participants and pose health risks for the girls involved.

Therefore, beauty pageants for young girls should be abolished.

The hypersexualization that takes place in these pageants is staggering. Not only are young girls' minds molded into having a superficial view on beauty, but they are also waxed, spray-tanned, given wigs, retouched in pictures, injected with Botox and fillers, and painted with fake abs and even breasts.

Sexy is the goal, not cute. Girls of ages 2-12 wear skimpy clothing, accentuating only their underdeveloped bodies. A 4-year-old girl on "Toddlers and Tiaras" once impersonated Dolly Parton with fake breasts, another dressed as Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (so basically, a prostitute), and another even pretended to smoke a cigarette to look like Sandy from Grease.

In Venezuela, people are so obsessed with pageants that they send their daughters to "Miss Factories," to train them to win. At these factories, underage girls undergo plastic surgery and hormone therapy to delay puberty in attempts to grow taller. In addition, they often get mesh sewn onto their tongues so that they are physically incapable of eating solid food. This idea of taking horrific measures to look slimmer is not unique to Venezuela. A former Miss USA explained that she would "slather on hemorrhoid ointment, wrap herself up with Saran wrap, and run on a treadmill with an incline for 30 minutes to tighten her skin and waist up." Many countries, including France and Israel have banned child beauty pageants because it is "hypersexualizing." Why has the US yet to follow in their footsteps?

Additionally, the pageants strip their young contestants of a childhood by basically putting them through harsh child labor. Oftentimes, girls as young as 18 months old participate in pageants. There is no way that a girl under 2 years old has the capacity to decide for herself that she wants to participate in a beauty pageant. Not to mention, education often takes a backseat in pageant girls' lives as long practice sessions interfere with sleep and homework. This causes long-term distress for the contestants, including widespread unemployment for former pageant girls.

Moreover, these pageants tie self-worth and self-esteem to attractiveness. They teach girls that natural beauty and intelligence are not enough, when in actuality they should be doing the opposite. In fact, 72% of pageant girls hire coaches to train girls to be more "attractive."

Finally, these pageants pose potent health risks for the girls competing. Not only do intense rehearsals interfere with their sleep cycles, but they are also impacted by the harmful methods taken to keep them awake. One example is Honey Boo Boo's "go go juice" - AKA a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull. She is known for drinking this continuously throughout pageant days to stay awake and energetic - but the health risks associated with the drinks, let alone for such a young girl, are completely ignored.

And, the future health problems associated with pageantry cannot be looked past. Participating in beauty pageants as kids leads to eating disorders, perfectionism, depression - in fact, at least 6% suffer from depression while competing. "The Princess Syndrome," as Psychology Today calls it relates to a small study published in 2005 that showed that former childhood beauty pageant contestants had higher rates of body dissatisfaction. This sense of dissatisfaction can so easily be translated to more severe mental and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. The average BMI (Body Mass Index) of a Beauty Contestant in the US in 1930 was 20.8, which is universally in the middle of the "healthy" range. In 2010, it was 16.9, which is considered underweight for anyone.

So, despite the entertainment these shows and pageants provide, they should most definitely be stopped due to the immense amount of issues they cause for those involved and those who watch.

Although Honey Boo Boo is (sadly) considered one of America's sweethearts, her experience in pageantry has certainly not been a positive influence in her life nor in the lives of her fans - and this is the case for nearly all young pageant girls.

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