A Response To "I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists"

A Response To "I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists"

Feminism is not something you get over.
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This is a response to an article that enraged me, "I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists." People often think of feminists as one big club of women who hate men and don't shave their armpits. Let me tell you that is 100 percent false. A feminist just wants equality. While yes, there may be more radical ones than others, for anyone, a female especially, to say they’re “over” feminists is a slap in the face to all of those who got us where we are today. Women’s rights were not just handed to us, they were fought for. Just because girls of our generation were lucky enough to be born in a time where we can attend college, get a job and vote, does not mean that the history of women in this country is not important nor is it something we are supposed to "get over."

Let’s start with the title. It is just plain rude and offensive. How any woman can be “over” feminism is just a complete reflection of the misogynistic society we live in. I am a woman and I LOVE men. I do not blame them for everything as her article says. The point of feminism is not to try and take down all men and blame them for everything that is unfair in this world. The point is to try and reform the inequalities that we are faced with as females every day. The world is an unfair place, I understand that. But when there are men and women both completely qualified to do the same job and the woman is making a significantly less amount of pay – that is a problem. She brings up that men and women have different bodies and are therefore not equals. Does body composition mean we should be treated any less than a man? At the end of the day, we are all humans and we should not forget that. Women (and men) have fought hard and sacrificed a lot to get us rights. The fight has been going on for years and we have made tremendous progress, but to forget the history behind that progress would be a travesty. The infamous glass ceiling is still there, and I applaud all of the women breaking through it each day.

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I think the biggest problem I have with this article is that it is leaving out the fact that there are not only two genders. There are not only heterosexual people in this world. The author completely disregards the LGBTQ community when she writes, “The genders are meant to balance each other out”. Assuming everyone has had the same easy experience being a female as this author did is unjustified. As I read this piece and saw how black and white gender is discussed, it further proved how far we still have to come as a society. She writes, “Men and women are meant to complement one another – not to be equal or to overpower”. Okay, so now we are not meant to be equal? How happy would this author be if she was not allowed to vote in this upcoming election strictly because she has a vagina?

SO all my feminists, or should I say, humanists, keep fighting the good fight and do not let articles like this disrespect any of the progress that has been made.

Cover Image Credit: mtv.co.uk

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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