The Culture That "Old Row" Promotes Is A Huge Step In The Wrong Direction

The Culture That "Old Row" Promotes Is A Huge Step In The Wrong Direction

There's more to life than Yeti Butts and MAGA jokes.
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There is a rather popular college website called Old Row.

Just about every college kid in the South has heard of it, has been featured on it or knows someone who has been on the cite. They have grown in popularity over the past few years as sorority and fraternity members are often showcased on their website and Instagram pages.

Old Row’s Instagram account has almost 800,000 followers and is seen as their largest platform. Old Row appears to represent all things college and Southern. Just about every picture posted on the site has something to do with Yeti Coolers, Make America Great Again, girls in bikinis, tailgating, and alcohol.

I have a huge problem with Old Row. The girls featured are being sexualized by men (and women) all over the country. What’s to like about the “Yeti Butts?” Should a girl’s biggest accomplishment be the fact that thousands of college boys all over the country are attracted to her half-naked body in an Instagram photo? Absolutely not.

We have come so far in our society as women in working towards equality, and yet, Old Row is just making us take steps backward. Never on the site do we see half-naked men or anything that could be seen as offensive in a man’s eyes. It’s all eyes on the “hot girls.”

Also, Old Row is portraying a negative stereotype of college life. There is a common stigma out there that college is all about partying, drinking, sex and pretty girls — and Old Row makes this stigma appear to be true. There’s way more to college than these petty objects. College is a time of growth, self-discovery, and preparation for the future.

Yes, it perfectly okay to have a “good time” in college, but the main focus should not be surrounded by alcohol and parties.

While I’m not saying you’re a bad person if you like Old Row, as everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but I just don’t see the point in sexualizing women and glorifying the negative aspects of college. I would much rather spend my college years creating a reputation for myself and preparing for my future.

Why don’t we try to “Make America Great Again” by educating ourselves to become the leaders of our future?

Cover Image Credit: Instagram / @OldRowOfficial

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

Cover Image Credit: Sushiesque / Flickr

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The U.S. Dollar, As The World Currency, Is Slowly Collapsing.

The economic impact of the death of the dollar is huge.
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Since the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944, the U.S. dollar was adopted in international trade in exchange for gold. Back then, the United States was the largest oil importer and also held most of the world’s gold supply. But in the early 1970s, President Richard Nixon gave up the gold standard World Reserve Currency for Petrodollar. Now it is alleged that Petrodollar is collapsing while gold and Chinese Yuan are gaining momentum. If so, what impact will the death of the dollar have on the U.S. economy?

According to Currency report, several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Venezuela, South Korea, China, Russia and Iran, are abandoning or consider abandoning Petrodollar. Some of those countries are trading in gold or in a currency of their choice. Fed up with the U.S. hegemonic militarism and impertinent meddling in world affairs, BRICS countries like Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa also form an economic bloc, which is self-sufficient and out of the realm of any other country’s influence.

For example, China, a BRICS nation, is the world’s largest oil importer and second world economy. Now with the eventual collapse of the dollar, China appears to have enough leverage to change the status quo or end altogether the standardization of oil trade to Yuan. If the Chinese Yuan replaces the U.S. dollar in international trade, it will be a game changer, and China would move up to number one spot on the world economic ladder.

If it is the case, the death of the dollar will have a seismic impact on U.S. economy. The United States would lose its status as the world’s number one economy; Federal Reserve would not be able to print dollars as it used to; the inflation will soar; a severe recession would kick in; the stock market would crash, and the U.S. Treasuries and Bonds would be less useful.

The United States is a debt-based economy ( 20 trillion dollars owed). People buy on credit and incur heavy mortgages, etc. The U.S. government is also deeply in debt. In such a situation, the government would be unable to turn things around. For the fact is that the market is self-regulating, which means that if the economic principle of supply and demand cannot stabilize the dollar, the only option left for the United States is to declare war on Russia, China or Iran. But it would be unjustly a Petrodollar war.

Let’s take a retrospective glance at history. Saddam Hussein, ex-dictator of Iraq, requested to be paid in Euro instead of the dollar for its oil. Consequently, Iraq was invaded, and Hussein was arrested and hanged. Also, Muommar Khadafi of Libya wanted to be paid in gold instead of the dollar for its oil, so NATO countries took over Libya, and Khadafi was later killed. Coincidently, going to war to save the U.S. dollar is a decision that could lead to WWIII. In fact, all major players, the United States, Russia, China and their allies are gearing up for WWIII. The possibility of Petrodollar collapsing could be a pretext for a global conflict.

A Canadian billionaire, Ned Goodman, CEO and President of Dundee Corporation, stated that the U.S. dollar will be defunct in the near future. So people beware. The best course of action is to diversify your assets in gold and silver with some in the United States and some elsewhere before things turn ugly. Far from being pessimistic, I am rather proactive. One clear example is that China is now in the process of spending trillions of U.S. dollars it had in reserve.

No dominion in history ever lasted eternally. From the beginning of time, empires have emerged and disappeared. The eventual collapse of the U.S. dollar means the end of the U.S era as a world economic superpower. In that case, what would follow is the recurrence of the Great Depression of the 1930s; Chinese Yuan or gold would take over as the international currency.

But let’s be optimistic because the opposite could be the unexpected reality. So my prediction is that Petrodollar will thrive and survive the challenge. Otherwise, "A weak currency is the sign of a weak economy, and a weak economy leads to a weak nation." Ross Perot.


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