“Take Her Swimming On The First Date”

“Take Her Swimming On The First Date”

An attack on makeup wearers everywhere.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you have probably seen a popular meme attacking women who wear makeup. The typical format goes something like this: a photo is posted contrasting the same girl with or without makeup, with the caption “This is why you take her swimming on the first date [emoji emoji emoji].” Some viewers will laugh and move on, and others will roll their eyes.

I, for instance, am among the population of meme viewers who will roll their eyes. I'm sick and tired of seeing this meme going around. The entire basis of the “swimming meme” is built on top of is a base of sexism. The meme portrays the belief that an individual wearing makeup is deceiving, and the only reason that they wear makeup is to market themselves sexually.

This is an incredibly stupid and slightly offensive meme. Now allow me to tell you why.

The photos used in the meme are insulting the original poster.

Often times, the photos are posted in pride by a person who is proud of their makeup skills. These photos are not meant to showcase the “ugliness” of the person before they put on their makeup. Instead of celebrating the time and effort it takes to perfect makeup skills, the people behind the memes are attacking the person for being “ugly.” This is a slap in the face to person who originally posted the photos of themselves.

Makeup is not deceptive.

The purpose of makeup is not to deceive anyone; it’s meant to highlight features one likes about themselves. As if anyone is born with gold glitter permanently attached to their eyelids, or dark red lips. Calling makeup deceptive is simply not realistic. The people making these memes have known that makeup has existed for their entire lives. It's time to cut the crap.

Makeup is not "false advertisement."

Makeup is not false advertisement, because people who wear makeup are not advertising themselves. Suggesting that the only reason people choose to wear makeup is to advertise themselves is absurd. Under that logic, anyone in a relationship would stop buying and wearing makeup. Perhaps instead of assuming that people wear makeup to impress others, consider the fact that people wear makeup to make themselves feel good.

The meme is inherently sexist.

Although the fact remains that not only women wear makeup, makeup is a historically feminine thing. Along with other "false advertisement" claims, such as shape-wear and push up bras, the meme stands as an attack on femininity. If women don't wear makeup, they're ugly, but if they do they're deceptive. It's a lose-lose for women no matter how they choose to present themselves.

It's time for this meme to die.

People choose to wear makeup for many reasons, but impressing people who make these memes is not one of them. Maybe instead of finding new reasons to attack people, we should celebrate our differences and appreciate the art that is makeup.

Cover Image Credit: Vision Times

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15 Actual Thoughts You Have While Wandering Around TJ Maxx

God bless TJ Maxx.

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I recently went to TJ Maxx with a friend with the sole purpose of not buying anything. We literally looked at everything, though, and later, I walked out with half a dozen items I was not planning on buying. I'm just glad it was only six from the number of things I saw and liked.

Here were my thoughts as I wandered around TJ Maxx for an hour.

1. "A Michael Kors purse? I wonder how cheap it is..."

2. "Of course I have to check out the clearance section... except that's basically the entire store."

3. "I'm not sure what I would write in a notebook, but these are hella cute."

4. "This may look horrible on me but I'm going to try it on anyway."

5. "Maybe I should just look at some nice clothes for work. You can never have too many business casual clothes..."

6. "These Adidas shoes are so cheap yet still expensive."

7. "$5 makeup... How bad could it be?"

8. "American Eagle shorts for only $15?!"

9. "I can't carry all this stuff."

10. "Do I have a giftcard?"

11. "I want to decorate my house with everything in here."

12. "Oh, look, something I didn't need but buying anyway."

13. "Could I pull this off? It's cheap and looks good on the mannequin..."

14. "Yeah, I could use another phone case."

15. "Yes, I found what I wanted. No, I did not need any of this."

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The Horrible, Unethical Practices Of Amazon

Is it ethical to support a business that majors in unethical practices?

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Whenever you mention that you buy something but don't have the time or the drive to do it, everyone just says "Order it off Amazon!" Without thinking, we go to Amazon and find whatever it is that we're looking for and in 2 business days it's sitting on our front porch. Sounds great right? No need to dig deeper right? Wrong.

First, let's start with how misleading the history of Amazon is. This picture has gone viral many times and is often associated with a caption like "This was Amazon's first office, now Jeff Bezos is the richest man on Earth." That may seem inspirational and all, but are also highly misleading. Jeff Bezos started Amazon using his parent's money. Within 30 days, the website was making $20,000 a week in sales. A year after the company was founded, Kleiner Perkins donated $8 million to the company. There was never really a time when Amazon was without money.


Jeff Bezos in the first Amazon office.Reddit

If you have spent any time on the internet, you have probably also seen the stories of Amazon workers working in some of the most unethical work environments. There have even been stories of people peeing in bottles to avoid losing their jobs. With a very high, and ever increasing, demand for fast service, Amazon workers tend to skip bathroom breaks or use bottles in order to ensure that they are not wasting time on the floor and risk losing their jobs. There have also been stories of employees who have suffered personal unfortunate incidents being phased out instead of given leave.

Working for Amazon is a high-stress job, as work follows you home in the form of emails and follow-up emails and follow-up texts. Some people just see the job as mundane and tedious because counting boxes isn't the best of jobs. However, like one employee wrote, sometimes it's the best some people can do. When the interview process consists of mainly "Are you a U.S. citizen?" and "Can you read the alphabet?" almost anyone can get the job. This may seem great for people with a number of physical and mental disabilities and those with little to no working experience, or those in a pinch for a job to make ends meet.

Amazon's over-demanding and misleading jobs include more than just the floor workers. Amazon has introduced Amazon "Flex," an Uber-like program to help get packages from the local distribution centers to your doorstep. These drivers receive little to no training and can deliver packages via their personal vehicles or even public transportation. While the job may seem like a great way to make money, much like Uber or Lyft, but it can be so much more demanding. There have even been stories of people having to drive through flood waters after hurricanes to get packages delivered.

The main takeaway from working at Amazon seems to be "don't work at Amazon." Many workers have reported new mental health issues or a decrease in mental health since they began working there. Most workers also stated that they would not apply to work for Amazon again.

Now the question consumers have on their mind is "Am I a bad person for shopping through Amazon?" And the answer is, it depends. Many people are able to see past the flaws of the Amazon corporation because people chose to work there and also have the choice of quitting, so they don't see anything wrong with it. Others believe that they shouldn't be buying into a company with unethical business practices in any way.

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