Nudity Does Not Lead To Equality

Nudity Does Not Lead To Equality

We don't need to remove our clothes to obtain our rights.

Women have been fighting for gender equality for hundreds of years. Every year, women are getting closer and closer to being treated equally to men. With that said, there is still gender discrimination everywhere, including in the workplace and social relationships. One of the first steps toward reaching equality was on Election Day in 1920 when women were given the right to vote. It took activists and reformers a hundred years to win that right. There are still many triumphs that women need to overcome. Recently, a new movement toward equality caught my eye: the Free the Nipple Campaign.

Free the Nipple is a campaign aiming for the rights for women to be topless in public. It was named after Lina Esco’s 2014 movie Free The Nipple. The campaign argues that it should be legal for women to be topless where men are allowed to be topless. When did nudity equal equality? Parading your nipples around for the world to see will not lead to gender equality, it will only lead to inequality.

Not all men objectify or sexualize women, but there are still many that do. For those that still are not treating women equal, walking around with your breasts out will only increase their interest in looking at a woman’s body. Women are fighting for being topless, as if men can just walk around with their body parts exposed to assert their power as their gender.

The Free The Nipple movement is supposed to show that just because women’s breasts are bigger than men’s doesn't mean that women’s have to be covered. When did posting a picture of your breasts with tape over the nipples become a step towards equality? Justice isn’t going around half-naked. There are hundreds of nude beaches around the world that welcome any gender to relax nude, but going around New York City without your shirt on would make anyone feel uncomfortable regardless of the gender.

Freeing the nipple will not lead to the equality goals that we should be reaching for. Being half naked in public will not lead to equality in the workforce, it will not lead to the first woman president or our ideas being considered as equal to men. There are still many steps that still need to be taken before women will be considered equal.

There is still pregnancy discrimination in the workforce. The Americans With Disabilities Act demands that employers accommodate with workers with medical complications, including those that resulted from complications from a pregnancy. That does not mean that if you get pregnant, an employer has to accommodate for you.

Being pregnant is not considered a disability, but employers still fire women not because they were pregnant, but because they were doing something from the result of their pregnancy. Some women don’t get hired simply because they could possibly get pregnant. Any employer would never directly admit this as being a part of their decisions, but in the back of their minds that is what is being taken into consideration.

Pay inequality is still an issue that the women’s rights movement is fighting for. A woman receives 79 cents for every dollar earned by a man. The gender wage gap is about 21% for virtually any occupation for where there are data earnings that can be tracked. Statistics say that if we keep at this same rate of change in salaries it will take over 44 years for women to be given the same pay as men. Parading around naked will not lead to the growth of this movement, but will only inhibit it from progressing any further.

Some women equality and empowerment by earning the right to show their breasts everywhere including Instagram and in public. The movement isn’t realistic. Nudism is about desexualizing the naked body so that men and women can be around each other without sexual arousal, but it is inevitable for heterosexual men and women to get aroused by the sight of each other naked. The focus of women’s equality is being shifted and the focus to be brought back to the original phenomenon of women being equal in the workplace as well as any other presence where men are considered superior to women.

This is not to say that I don't agree with the right for women to breastfeed in public. I strongly believe that women should have the right to feed their child without being told to stop. That is a completely different campaign. I would like to make it clear that my opinions of the Free The Nipple campaign are not the same views as I have on the nature of breastfeeding.

We are taking bigger strides each year and someday women will be treated as equals. We don’t need to remove our clothes to be able to accomplish this goal.

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America Doesn't Have A Gun Problem, We Have A Parenting Problem

Making an impression on your child at a young age of the dangers of guns can be a huge difference in having a future mass shooter, or a law abiding gun owner.

Let me start this off by saying, taking away guns from people is probably the most ridiculous idea.

Second of all, I would like to make a point that raising the age of buying a rifle to 21 is even worse, and would only cause more problems, as well as not aiding in accomplishing your goal of ridding the country of mass shootings. Now that I have established my two cents on what everyone has been talking about referring to gun control ideas, let me give you a disclaimer:

This article may piss a few people off, and that's OK.

However, it's important to understand this is only an opinion based article. I'm not going to throw at you anything resembling statistics, facts, or citations. Why? Because that's not a pleasure to read, and I don't want to have them thrown back at me. Please understand that if you want to argue with me, feel free to. I probably won't make an effort to respond, nor will I try to read it, because it's completely OK to have different perspectives on certain subjects. But by all means, go ahead and try. You're only wasting your time arguing over a subjective article.

(I'm mainly talking to the liberals in particular that have been proudly displaying their ideologies all over my social media platforms without having ever picked up a firearm in their lives, while acting like they know everything about any firearm ever made because they once deduced that AR in AR-15 meant "Assault Rifle.")

Which it doesn't...

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The problem America is having with guns is that kids will learn the power a firearm contains through video games. The gore isn’t the problem. It’s the constant repetitive shootings in movies, video games, TV shows, and newspaper articles that all kids are being exposed to without actually going through proper safety training and having someone of an authoritative figure in their lives tell them that it’s not safe to point a gun at anyone while they’re at their spongey brained age of 5 or 6.

Growing up in Northwestern Minnesota right on the border of North Dakota, hunting, fishing, trapping, and camping were some of my favorite things to do while growing up. I shot my first rifle at the age of 6. My dad handed me a .22 and told me to go shoot at a license plate. I shot at targets for a year and I eventually made my way up to hunting rodents that would cause problems on my Grandmother's land.

The first living creature I ever shot was a red squirrel. Fun anecdote right? Most midwesterners know the problems that come with them. One day, my dad took me to find a nest. I found one lone squirrel. At the age of 7, I took my first life. That was the reason why I will never take a human beings life as long as I live unless it’s in defense of my home, my loved ones, or my country.

I had witnessed what a small caliber rifle can do, first hand. The squirrel no longer looked like a squirrel. My dad had me pick the rodent up, and carry him to our burn pile where I discarded the corpse. I will always remember that moment.

In that moment, I learned what death was.

Since then I've hunted big game, and still to this day, I still feel some remorse for taking any animals life. Do I have fun while I hunt? Yes. But that remorse is the difference between being a bloodthirsty monster, and a law-abiding hunter that loves the taste of venison.

That’s the difference between responsible gun owners and those who buy firearms with the sole purpose to take as many lives as they possibly can in a small amount of time. The AR-15 doesn’t need to be the one that’s getting chastised. Most AR-15’s are owned by responsible gun owners, who have taken a course or two in firearm safety, or had authoritative figures teach them about firearms and the power they have behind them while they were young and it made an impression on them.

I, for one, had taken hunters safety at a very young age. They teach you how to properly and safely operate a firearm of any kind, and what can happen if you don’t. It teaches you a perspective. It teaches you right from wrong. When handling any weapon. They're not a toy.

They end lives if they're in the wrong hands.

These people that are buying firearms in order to go after human lives weren’t taught these common midwestern lessons that I learned at a young age. The Florida teen high school shooter practiced in his backyard shooting targets. But if you watch closely, you can tell his inexperience is quite conspicuous.

A lot of people have seen those posts on Facebook or Twitter saying that millennials are the problem. The generations before us used to bring guns to school and stow them away in their vehicles or lockers or shoot them at recess. This actually proves an interesting point.

Those generations were taught at a young age the right from wrong with firearms.

Those generations had parents that sat their kids down, taught them how to shoot, how to hunt, what to shoot, what not to shoot, and what actually happens if you shoot something you’re not supposed to.

Guns have changed since 1776, but the real problem is the people, and the way we raise them today. People no longer take part in the simple pleasures of trap shooting, target shooting, or hunting. People are distracted by violent video games, dangerous behaviors in movies and TV shows, and whatever devastating news comes over the social media feeds.

Do everyone a favor, teach your kids the importance of gun safety before they take on the teachings of modern entertainment outlets.

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Blank Slate, And It's Okay

Original poetry for when your thoughts don't seem to align or fill up space.

This poem came to me during a time when I felt so overwhelmed with my thoughts. In these thoughts, I found doubt and uncertainty about what I wanted for the future. I had to remind myself that it's okay to not have the answers, to have this blank slate of sorts. However, I know that a permanent blank slate stunts the growth for dreams. I was aware that my slate had to be filled. This is to the dreamers who have blank slates: it's okay to fill them now.

You think too often or you think too much

It may seem as if your thoughts come out in a rush

But it’s ok to have a blank slate

Maybe it’s a thought that was once dominant,

It ruled the world of yours and all in it

And then, too swiftly, it became unimportant

A blank slate

Or maybe it was shifted out with a different thought,

The later, having filled more space

Created more color or meaning

It’s okay to have a blank slate

To not want to add anything else to your mental pallet

But please, be aware for a blank slate could become permanent,

An unending maze of never being able to fill in the space

A winding road of nothing and pieces of unknown

No color to call ‘mine’ and meaning that says ‘none’

Above all else, don’t allow a blank slate to be the work of someone else

For it belongs to you

Too many try to erase space or create space in thoughts that don’t involve them

Thoughts that maybe were once about them

Thoughts that maybe they once occupied

But a blank slate should be created by you and for you

Ruled by you

Filled by you

Conquered by you

So, a blank slate is ok

But don’t let it stay that way

Your mind belongs to you

Your thoughts belong to you

Even in our moments of uncertainty

Even in our hours of sadness and anger

It is your space to fill or erase

Maybe it seems strange to some

And the stares are sure to ensue

Maybe it angers others

And they feel you are uncaring or unkind

But it is this blank slate in which you can

Think freely or escape freely

Whatever you decide, please remember

That a blank slate should not keep you confined

It should not keep you blank

It should calm you within the moment

And provide a safe space for you and only you

So, be careful, be aware

That a blank slate for too long can keep you chained

To never return again

Keep a blank slate

But don’t let it stay that way

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