Olivia Benson Is The Best Female Character In The Business

Olivia Benson Is The Best Female Character In The Business

Olivia Benson has inspired me to be a strong, independent woman and, for that, I am forever grateful.

Olivia Benson, the star character on "Law & Order: SVU" is, in my opinion, the best female character in the business. She has been my role model for as long as I can remember and here's why — she is incredibly strong, she fights for other people, and she sometimes goes against popular opinions because she believes something needs to be done.

In her backstory, she grew up with a mother who got pregnant by sexual assault. Obviously, there wasn't a father in the picture. Olivia didn't know this for most of her childhood and just thought that her mother didn't like her. Her mother wouldn't so much as look at her, most of the time. I couldn't imagine growing up and feeling as if I were hated by the one person who was supposed to love me unconditionally.

Olivia finally discovered the situation and realized why her mother acted that way towards her. I think this was still hard on her character, but she only let that hurt and frustration help her to become a successful detective. She focused on the field of sexual assault.

Olivia had a close relationship with her first partner, Elliot Stabler. They were like two peas in a pod. They worked well together, they understood each other, and they played off each other's strengths so that they were able to do their job well. The show is worth watching for so long because you can see two coworkers have an amazing bond. Olivia and Elliot were partners for 12 years; they were together through hard cases, good times, and times that they just needed a shoulder to cry on. They always leaned on each other while doing their job. That helped me grow even more invested in the show. it helped me realize that life gets better and that when you feel like no one is around, there most definitely is someone.

Olivia Benson is the strongest person I know. Figuratively, of course. She didn't have an easy childhood, and, as I stated before, she felt that she wasn't loved. She could have grown up to be someone with no compassion. Instead, she grew up caring for everyone. She grew up with the mindset that everyone deserves help when they need it. She demonstrates how to be strong even in the hardest situations.

In Season 15, Episode 21, William Lewis, who previously kidnapped and tortured Olivia, took her to an abandoned building where he was holding a little girl hostage. She agreed to meet Lewis because she wanted to save the little girl. When Olivia saw the girl, she told her to turn around. The man gave Olivia two options — he could rape her first, then the little girl or he could rape the girl first, then Olivia. You can probably guess what she chose. At that moment, Olivia was the most scared she’d ever been in her life, but she was still strong for the little girl. They went on to play Russian Roulette and Lewis ended up taking his life. Even after this, Olivia continued to catch rapists and put them behind bars. She went on to become Lieutenant of her precinct and, if you ask me, she did a fabulous job. After all the obstacles that in her way, Olivia remained a strong and admirable character.

Olivia is always on the side of the victim. She knows when she needs to provide support and will always fight for them. In many episodes, Olivia even risks her job to get justice for the victim. This just shows her dedication to helping others and bringing an end to rape culture. She is willing to risk her position to get the evidence she needs to put a rapist behind bars. Some may look at this trait and think that she should care more about her position, but the way I see it, she is risking her job because she believes that the victim is worth it. Olivia fights for each victim — no matter the consequence — until there is substantial evidence to do otherwise.

Last but not least, she fights for victims when no one else believes them or when they don't have enough evidence. In so many episodes, you watch as Olivia fights for victims who are being unheard. She fights for the ones who deserve a chance. She can tell when someone is genuine and can see when their body language is an indication of their experience. This demonstrates her strength, her willingness to fight for others, and her dedication to the job.

For these reasons and countless others, Olivia Benson is the best female character in the business. I will always stand by her. I will always watch "Law & Order: SVU" like it's my job. I will always want to meet her or at least watch them film in New York City. Olivia Benson has inspired me to be a strong, independent woman and, for that, I am forever grateful.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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