Sexual Harassment of ANY Kind is Serious

Sexual Harassment of ANY Kind is Serious

Stop telling us that verbal sexual harassment isn't a big deal.
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Recently I had the displeasure of watching Matt Damon explain the degrees of sexual harassment in terms of a spectrum ranging from criminal to just part of life. After watching I was pretty sure of two things: first of all he’s probably never been sexually harassed and second of all this isn’t an uncommon stance on sexual harassment.

Now I’m not saying that EVERYONE thinks that way because I know plenty of people who don’t share that opinion, but it’s the people who think that some sexual harassment is just par for the course that worry me. I have been sexually harassed at work before and it may have never gotten physical, but I was still left with my skin crawling and I felt very violated. I’m not saying that there isn't a spectrum or that rape and verbal sexual harassment are the same kind of abuse, but both need to be treated seriously.

In the eyes of the law many forms of sexual harassment cannot be prosecuted and I’m not endorsing prison time for catcalling, but just because you don’t send cat-callers or verbal sexual harassers to jail doesn’t mean that nothing can be done; we need to call out the behavior and there should be consequences. Because there is a spectrum of sexual harassment, the punishments will be different in severity, but all harassment should be punished. I have been told more than once by men and women that “locker room” talk and sexual comments aren’t a big deal, but I promise you that it is a big deal to those on the other end of them. Donald Trump is not an excuse for sexual harassment or racism or sexism or anything else. He may be president but if he jumped off a bridge would you jump off a bridge too? The fact that I have to actually ask that is ridiculous. I’m not naïve, I know that there are people who do bad things in this world, in this country, however, I really had more faith in human decency before the election of Trump. Many people have said that this issue is really important to them because they have daughters, sisters, mothers, but why do you need to have women in your life to justify fighting for women? Why isn’t the argument that sexual harassment in the workplace needs to be eradicated because we all human beings?

Sexual harassment occurs to people of all genders which further proves that it is a human problem not a women’s problem. I try not to rant in my articles to the best of my ability, but I cannot stay silent when my fellow human beings are dealing with harassment of any kind and people are saying that it’s part of life. It is not “part of life”, it is a behavior that has been ignored to the point where we actually believe that we deserve to be treated this way and that pisses me off to no end, and even more than that, it makes me sad and disgusted by my fellow human beings. When I was sexually harassed at work I didn’t tell my boss what was happening or even my family because I thought that I should just deal with it and I know now that no one should feel like they should just deal with it. We need, as a society, to tell people who have dealt with or are dealing with sexual harassment that it is not their fault, they don't deserve to be treated that way, and that we will take action against perpetrators.

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10 Reasons Why I Want To Be a Nurse

"Our job is to love people. When it hurts. When it's awkward. When it's uncool and embarrassing. Our job is to stand together, to carry the burdens of one another and to meet each other in our questions." — Jamie Tworkowski

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I truly believe that nursing is one of the greatest professions on this earth. It is demanding, but very rewarding. I haven't started my nursing career yet, but I am in college pursuing a nursing degree. Often I get the question "Why do you want to be a nurse?" And sometimes, when I have 40 assignments and five chapters to read in one day I also question my decision to become a nurse.

Here are 10 reasons why I'm choosing to stick it out and become a nurse:

1. You get to help others in many different ways.

Basically, your job is to serve others. It takes special people to be able to do this well. I love getting to help other people and show them Christ's love, whether that be consoling them when a loved one passed or helping them get better when they are sick.

2. Every day will be different.

You will have many different patients and tasks. Needless to say, no day will be boring.

3. You get to wear scrubs to work.

Come on, who doesn't want to wear scrubs every day? They are super comfortable, cute, and professional. You don't usually find those three aspects in one outfit.

4. You have a very wide range of career paths.

You could be an ER nurse, neonatal nurse, geriatric nurse, oncology nurse, and the list goes on and on...

5. There will always be a need for nurses and the pay is pretty good.

Job stability is always a plus in career paths. Depending on your path, you could also make a lot of money.

6. The human body is amazing and I love learning about it.

The human body and its processes have always been intriguing and interesting to me. With a nursing job, you never stop learning about it.

7. One day when I'm out in public and something terrible happens or someone has a medical issue, I can say "I'm a nurse!" and help out.

I've seen this happen many times and so badly I wanted to be the nurse in the room and be able to save the day.

8. You get to make a difference.

Being nice and caring for someone who doesn't get that kind of treatment just might change their life.

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9. You get to work with all kinds of cool medical equipment.

Every future nurse loves medical equipment and can't wait to use it all the time. We're nerdy and that's a good thing because our nerdiness will save lives one day.

10. You have one of the best jobs in the world.

Getting to help people while having fun and wearing cute scrubs sounds pretty great to me.

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4 Essentials You Need In The Elizabeth Holmes Starter Pack

Here are key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.

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Elizabeth Holmes is one of the most infamous entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley. Her company, Theranos, which was once heralded as a groundbreaking health-care changer, deceived thousands of people, giving them false blood results and examinations.

What stunned people all over the globe, was Elizabeth herself. Her image, her demeanor, and her overall haunting presence became the center of several documentaries and past news articles. Here are 4 key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.

1. Makeup 

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Ms. Holmes' beauty routine is quite consistent and easy-to-follow. For special occasions and public-speaking events, Elizabeth wears her signature black eyeliner, smeared all over the upper eyelid, and a muted red-colored shade of lipstick. Her eyebrows and face remain minimal, as the enhancement of Ms. Holmes' ice-blue eyes is the centerpiece of the look.

2. Black turtlenecks

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Several news outlets and documentaries make note of Elizabeth Holmes' obsession with Apple creator, Steve Jobs. In the midst of building her billion-dollar scheme, Holmes would adapt Job's characteristics and professional practices, such as live product launches and copying Apple's style of commercials. However, the most obvious form of imitation was Elizabeth wearing black turtlenecks every single workday.

3. Green juice

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Since Ms. Holmes worked long hours, she followed a diet that she believed would provide her energy and health. Theranos insiders reported that Elizabeth was never seen without her green juice, either in her hand or on her desk. At home, her personal chef would whip up a small dish of vegetables for dinner, giving the fraud a one-way ticket to malnutrition.

4. A deep baritone voice

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Of all the mysterious anecdotes written and said about the Silicon Valley scam, the most bewildering tale derives from Elizabeth Holmes' deep baritone voice. Luminaries who knew Elizabeth during her time at Stanford claimed that her speaking voice was high-pitched, typical of a young white female. As years passed, when Elizabeth was quickly gaining fame and momentum, her voice dropped a couple of octaves when she made public appearances. According to Theranos employees, when Elizabeth drank at company parties, her voice slipped back into the high-pitched tone.

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