Repealing Net Neutrality

Repealing Net Neutrality

The threat of losing equal internet access is impending.
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"Net Neutrality," as it is so cleverly termed, is under threat of being repealed. When you peel back the layers of jargon that generally surround the issue, this is why it matters.

Net neutrality gives internet users equal access to the internet. Providers like Comcast or Verizon can’t determine what content users access. Any content creator is on an even playing field; the speed with which news from NBC can be accessed is no different from the speed with which news from ABC can be accessed.

While net neutrality benefits internet users, it can disadvantage certain internet providers. Comcast, for example, has an affiliation with NBC; as a business, it would be smarter and more profitable to push NBC’s content. Users could then lose the speed or ease with which they access other media sources, and consequently, the freedom to choose the sources they frequent. Steve Lohr of The New York Times explains the threat of “pay-to-play technology,” in which content creators would be required to pay to ensure that their content is quickly accessed. This could then be “prohibitive for start-up companies and new voices in the media and entertainment worlds.”

This is especially important in Trump’s America, where news media and journalism constantly fall under fire for being “fake.” We’ve enjoyed the liberty of choosing how to filter the information available to us, and receiving it from countless sources. This was threatened in 2014, and the backlash was overwhelming. Figures like John Oliver started micro-revolutions encouraging internet commenters to flood the website behind the control of net neutrality: the Federal Communications Commission.

Under the Obama administration, net neutrality remained protected, but on Tuesday, November 22nd, the FCC dismantled the regulations that otherwise protected it. Current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, defended the decision, arguing that “What we wanted to do is return to the free market consensus that started in the Clinton administration and that served the internet economy in America very well for many years." Similarly, Comcast has provided that “We do not and will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content- and we will be transparent with our customers about these policies.”

The viability of these claims is difficult to measure, given that the vote over net neutrality isn’t set to happen until December 14th. The most that can be anticipated is a heavy debate and further announcements from content creators like Google or Facebook on how they plan to proceed with potential changes. Remaining well informed is of more importance than ever; the information available is still on a guaranteed level playing field for three more weeks.

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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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