Don't Blame The Whole Brand

Don't Blame The Whole Brand

Not everyone who has ever set foot in Nike HQ or works for Nike writes the ads, so let's focus our feelings on who actually does, yeah?

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Okay, people. I get it, we all have an opinion on Nike using Colin Kaepernick as the face for their new ad campaign. I don't mind him personally, nor do I care whether Nike uses his likeness.

THAT isn't the point of my article. My point is that everyone is blaming the whole Nike company as if we know that every single person producing or selling the brand had a vote on the campaign, and wholeheartedly stood behind the idea. They might have, but we don't know that, and it's a little concerning that we're damning a whole company with thousands of workers globally for the decision of a few advertisement department bosses. There are so many people whose paycheck to feed their families and pay bills comes solely from working at Nike, and if you stop buying clothes because your feelings got hurt about one advertisement, they can't clothe themselves or their families in ANYTHING, much less Nike. Yes, they can probably get a job somewhere else-but again, so not the point, because would you like to be laid off because people hate the brand you work for because a guy who didn't stand is? Stock prices fell after the unveiling, and if there's a good way to tell how well the company you work for (and subsequently, your employment status) is doing, it's stock prices. Employment isn't something that should suffer because of the head executives or advertisement department's decision that resulted in negative reception unless it's the employment of the decision makers.

If you have an issue with the advertisement, I've heard just about every argument, and I understand some and don't understand others. However, I have news for you-though Nike agreed to the campaign and signed Kaepernick, of course, they didn't even create it entirely on their own. A public relations firm called Wieden and Kennedy is the agency that rolled out this ad, and they aren't receiving much of the backlash. For me, personally, the person isn't even the issue, but the slogan itself is, and it's likely that Nike didn't come up with that they probably just approved it because it would get people talking.

I honestly also think it's a little absurd that people are burning and otherwise destroying their perfectly decent Nike clothes, shoes, and other athletic products because of one ad. First of all, Nike already has your money, since you own the products you just ruined, so the higher-ups aren't really hurting if you burn your shoes. Second of all, if you care so much about patriotism and the veterans who did sacrifice a lot, why not donate these products to homeless veterans and other homeless or clothing insecure Americans who wouldn't mind the warmth of socks and hoodies as it begins to get cold even though they have the swoosh?

To sum it all up, whether or not you agree with the ad, not every single Nike employee is to blame for the decisions of a few (who may not even be 100% Nike affiliated), and burning your stuff doesn't matter.

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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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Why Ocasio-Cortez Is Unfit For Office

For many of the same reasons as Donald Trump.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's meteoric ascension to elected office was as much of an awakening to the Democrats as was the election of Donald Trump. They too were not immune to the American people's frustration with the current status quo. Unfortunately, for both Democrats and Republicans alike, this has led to the election of polarizing figures with little backgrounds in politics and a commitment to alternative truths.

Ocasio-Cortez considers herself a Democratic Socialist and is out of touch with reality as much as her idol Bernie Sanders was. Socialist countries past (USSR, East Germany, Vietnam) and present (China) were/are rife with corruption. The socialist utopia which Ocasio-Cortez envisions will be the death of small American business unable to pay the high taxes required to support her platform, which includes Medicare and housing for all. Furthermore, her platform contains a proposal to tax Wall Street to fund public universities and trade schools (her childish thought process probably consisted of Wall Street = stocks = money = something I can tax), and a proposal to abolish ICE and demilitarize the police — besides being incredibly idiotic, a proposal feeding on the misguided anger some American have for our brave law enforcement officers who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us safe. Our government is in 17 trillion dollars of debt because of its inability to manage money, and Ocasio-Cortez is telling us to give them more. It's appalling and scary someone so out of touch with reality was elected.

Ocasio-Cortez apparently loves alternative truths and lies as much as Donald Trump. Her most recent claim was that 66 percent of her Medicare proposal would have covered by the Pentagon's accounting errors, which total somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 trillion dollars. Looking closely at the article which she cited as the basis of her claims, it becomes clear she did not read or comprehend the article in its entirety and is living in her own fantasy land. The 21 trillion dollars is the sum of all the transactions where the same dollar could have been transferred between multiple accounts multiple times. In fact, the Pentagon hasn't even spent 21 trillion dollars in its existence. Ocasio-Cortez has also said ICE has a quota to detain 34,000 people a day, again another case of her living in her own fantasy land and acknowledging a half-truth. ICE is required to maintain — not fill — 34,000 beds by the DHS Appropriations Act of 2016. Ocasio-Cortez has said many more alternative facts, but I have neither the time nor the desire to bore you and analyze them all.

It's incredibly sad honesty and integrity have no place in American politics. Electing officials who have no commitment to the hard truths will destroy our American values and everything we hold dear. May God help this country.

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