I Am Not A Feminist

I Am Not A Feminist

And why I am not for the modern feminism movement.

I am proud of being a lady. I am glad that women have the right to vote. I think men and women are created equally. And yet, I am not a feminist and do not wish to be associated as one.

The modern feminism movement has associated "created equally" with being the same. God created men and women in His image and says that we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). This does not mean that we are the same. Men and women have different roles; this is why men and women are not identical and why we should not try to be. It is amazing that women can give birth (1 Corinthians 11:12), it is a miracle that happens everyday. Men are blessed with the role of authority. This does not mean that women are inferior to men, but that they should respect men in authority. Men do not try to take our roles and we should not try to take theirs. We are biologically created uniquely and we should not wish to change that, but be glad that God gave man a partner (woman).

This brings me to my next point that modern feminism does not create peace and unity, but strife and confusion. The modern feminism movement has created a group of women that think they need to go against men. Women can want equal rights, but should not go about it by trying to bring down men. This creates a culture of disrespect. This movement has also created strife between women. The rise of gender equality was originally created for political and occupational equality, not to attack the opposite gender, and especially not to attack women who have differing views. I saw this picture the other day and was surprised by the way equal rights has turned into an exclusive group.

We need to stop attacking people with different views. Advocate for your political and occupational rights without bringing others down. Creating change should not create individuals who discriminate in order to get what they want.

So many times we hear that women need to get out of the house and get a job and not let a man have authority over them. But I think that women should have the freedom to make their own choices without being judged and looked down upon because this is what the beginning founders of women’s rights would want. I want to be a stay-at-home mom and I want to submit to my husband (Colossians 3:18). Just because I want to work in the home does not mean that I am not taking advantage of the rights of women, but that I am exercising my freedom as a human. We should focus less on women versus men, or even women versus women, but the beauty in human life and our natural born rights. It’s amazing that God created man and woman in His image, but that He wanted them to have different positions in this world.

May we learn to be grateful that God created man and woman differently and that we have different roles and abilities that we should appreciate. I am glad that I am a woman/lady/female, but I do not want to be called a modern feminist. I don’t want to support the rise of one gender over another or the idea that women should not be pleased with their role.

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When It Comes To Guns, We Can't Fight Fire With Fire

Arming our educators is not the answer to gun violence in schools.

It has been nearly a month since 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz pulled the trigger that took the lives of 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. This massacre joins scores of other mass shootings in our country's history, highlighting the urgent need for protective measures against gun violence in schools and on campuses.

Speaking from the white house, President Trump has already proposed a course of action that would include training and arming teachers with guns in classrooms. While the specifics of a course of action should be open to fair debate, this idea that teachers should be required to undertake security enforcement rolls while also teaching is not only distracting, unaffordable, and learning-impairing, it's just flat out dangerous.

Guns were invented to be weapons. By design, they are killing machines. Even in the hands of “good guys” guns will not stop violence by those intending to inflict harm in the first place. More killing machines will only result in more kills. More guns, regardless of whether they are handled by trained professionals intending to protect, will only result in more gun deaths.

A school is a place where children are meant to grow and learn about the world around them. This growth can’t occur if there aren't sufficient funds to pay for learning materials, quality teachers, and other essential school resources. Intensive firearms training would not be free, the funds would have to come from somewhere and the white house has yet to propose offering states new funding.

Massive cuts to education budgets could provide the extra funds needed for these training, but at what point does quality education become less important than training an algebra teacher to fire a rifle?

Even if the funds did exist, teachers carrying concealed weapons pose an extremely high risk to school safety. Accidental misfire is always a possibility, as well as the potential for the weapons to be found by a student or another co-worker who may have mental health issues.

But even without the threat of negligent discharge or a weapon getting into the hands of the wrong person, guns create an atmosphere that is not conducive to classroom learning. A safe, positive learning environment is essential for success in school. A school is not the same as a prison. Teachers are not armed guards and students are not prisoners. Students should be focused on what is being taught rather than worrying about somebody grabbing the gun in the room.

Students should never have to wrestle with the distraction of a dangerous weapon in the classroom and neither should teachers. Law enforcement personnel are trained to carry guns with a heightened sense of alertness at all times. If educators were required to operate in this state of mind while also teaching, it would impede their ability to provide quality education.

Imagine trying to teach complex math concepts while also constantly monitoring for threats and being aware of the presence of a weapon in the room. Effective teaching is not possible in an environment where teachers are distracted by the fact that they must be prepared to execute another human being at any given moment.

Educators are not in the same line of work as law enforcement officials. Expecting a teacher to respond to a high-stress situation like a school shooting in the same way that a trained professional could is dangerous. Sure somebody might be able to shoot a gun accurately in training, but when gunfire is actually being returned it is a very different situation.

The focus should be on finding ways to preserve schools as safe learning spaces without the use of violent tactics.

Yes, there are a great many possible measures to consider and debate when it comes to protecting our schools, but arming our teachers with guns should not be one of them.

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My Personal Political Photo Response

The image I chose to represent injustice was an image I personally took at a rally at the University of Evansville this past January.

The image I chose to represent injustice was an image I personally took at a rally at the University of Evansville this past January. The rally was held by the university and the open-invite event welcomed various religious leaders within the city.

The Interfaith Rally of Support was in direct response to President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on refugees. Approximately 580 people gathered in the gardens of the university on a brisk, wintery cold January evening to stand up against hate, bigotry, and the recent executive orders of President Trump against refugees. There were many donations that were accepted and were sent to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.” It was stated to women to feel free to wear a Hijab in solidarity with our Islamic friends and simultaneously to feel free to bring signs with messages of peace, love, and support for inclusion. I have included not only an image of a certain poster that another person brought, but I have also included an image of my friend and I holding up a sign at the rally. It may be hard to visualize, but the poster that I wanted to mock this assignment off states “Build no walls to keep out others, but build a circle of love to take them in.”

To give a little context, President Donald Trump on Friday, January 27, 2017, banned nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least the next ninety days by executive order. The order bars all people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as "countries of concern." The executive order also bans entry of those fleeing from war-torn Syria indefinitely. Trump also had stopped the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months. The order also calls for a review into suspending the Visa Interview Waiver Program, which allows travelers from 38 countries -- including close allies -- to renew travel authorizations without an in-person interview. Not only did this executive order drastically affect many families here in the United States, but it affected people in my small town of Evansville, IN.

I graduated from a charter school, specifically Signature School, and the diversity ratio was very progressive and differed greatly from all of the public schools around my country. At our school, 52% of the school was considered to be of white/non-Hispanic descent while the remaining 48% of the school was multi-racial. We were very proud of those statistics, right among being ranked the third most-challenging high school in the nation.

Regardless, this hit home for all of us at Signature because we would hear about many families not being able to come over to the United States deriving from those countries banned as stated above. As a school, we came together to attend the Interfaith Rally of Support and actively protested the ban by sending letters to our local congressmen. As a city, the mayor of Evansville openly spoke out against the travel ban once all of the universities and colleges released a statement condemning President Trump’s actions and orders.

This image makes me fill up with potential prosperity because it was amazing to witness the drastic out-pouring disgrace with the President’s travel ban. Not only was I in fear of being in the minority in regards to disagreeing with the ban on refugees, but I had the presumption that as conservative as Evansville was, I was fearing the approval of this ban. I was so thrilled to hear that wasn’t the case! As for my family, however, they went the opposite way in responding with potential optimistic viewpoints.

My parents were both in full support of having a non-politician, orange buffoon as our commander-in-chief. Not only did this travel ban come to the dinner table harshly, but it definitely drew a line in the sand metaphorically in regards to our political opinions and beliefs. I have been very opposed to my parent’s personal viewpoints on President Trump, but that not only put fuel on the fire, but it caused my whole family to take their opinions to Facebook turning that into a global war.

I just couldn’t personally understand how someone so powerful can make a decision on banning people from the country that has "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore" on a 150-foot statue in the most popular harbor within the United States.

It is just as if the President disregarded the symbolic significance of that and became a tyrannical leader banning a certain demographic background, on the basis of racism. As if the laws here in the United States aren’t challenging enough for outside immigrants to flee to the United States in search for prosperous guidance, but to reside in the “land of the free and home of the brave.”

I saw families are torn because their family in the middle eastern countries were being blocked by the United States government – the country built on the notion of accessing a better life and the American “dream.”

When asked about my personal relationship with this, I can only respond with the fact on how diverse of a friend group I have. That may sound very pretentious, but I only applaud myself for being so open and accepting of other people and their beliefs. It may seem insignificant, but being open to diversity isn’t something that is widely accepted. The whole fact that President Trump, a borderline racist man, got the most powerful position in the world by the electoral college here in the United States is proof enough for the statement just made.

Being apart of the majority population here in the United States, it does take something to just being able to speak up for the racism and belittling of the minority population in the United States. I can infer that me going to Signature School has widely adopted me to be able to see past certain obstacles and strictly focus on the beneficial factors of loving one another.

In summation, not only did the Interfaith Rally of Support affect me on a personal level, but it also had an impact on my political beliefs. At the beginning of Donald Trump’s bid for the office, the things he spoke hit me on a personal level because I thought, at the time, that not having an actual politician would be beneficial to the oversight bureaucratic slang. After seeing the two candidates up close the months before the election, it was clear to me that having someone with absolutely no political background and such boisterous discriminatory comments would be awful for the United States.

Being encompassed in the rally by many liberals who can see straight through President Trump’s lies, corruption and propaganda.

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