The Odyssey Needs to Stop Sensationalizing Conservative Female Articles

The Odyssey Needs to Stop Sensationalizing Conservative Female Articles

We get it. Some women are more conservative than others.

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I have been writing for the Odyssey since the second month of my freshman year and I have truly loved my experience. But one thing keeps needling at me and if I've learned anything from my time writing for this site, it is that I have both a right and an outlet to speak my mind.

I am a registered Democrat. I personally lean towards left, liberal ideals. I am a feminist. Be it where I grew up, how I was raised, or the role of religion in my life, this is how I have constructed my political outlook and voting patterns. While this is how I think, act, speak, vote, I was taught to be respectful of how others think, act, speak, and vote, regardless of if I believe their opinion to be correct.

Let me be clear about something: I am not here to argue that the conservative voices on The Odyssey are the ones being disrespectful, not by a long shot. I personally think many of the articles I have read from this perspective are remarkably well written and just as polite as any of mine have been when referencing opinions from the left. I may not agree with them, but I don't think their opinions are invalid, nor do I want to change anyone's perspective to fit my personal worldview; no one does.

The thing that I find unbelievably disrespectful and disheartening is the way in which conservative opinion articles, always (for some reason) written by young women, are promoted on Facebook by this website. Every few days, it seems as though there is another spotlighted article with a defensive headline: "I'm A Southern College Girl, I'm Not A Feminist, And I Want The Wall— Please Respect That", "I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign", "An Open Letter To The 'Not My President' Supporters."

In our country's current political climate, there is literally nothing more frustrating than using a difference of opinion to further divide us. It irritates me more than anything to go on Facebook and see another article advertising how a girl is pro-choice or doesn't believe in feminism or voted for Donald Trump solely to attract an appalled reaction from liberal readers.

We get it. Some women are more conservative than others.

But the Odyssey should be promoting articles focused not on fighting or defending a writer's belief system. Those articles often aggravate without starting an actual conversation. Yes, women have differing views on reproductive rights and gender roles. Yes, the definition of the word "feminism" is often controversial, largely in part to misrepresentation of the term and misogyny. Yes, it's okay for women to be conservative just as it's okay for them to be literally anything else.

What is not okay is using these differences to turn women as a whole against one another. There should be equal representation of left-leaning articles or there should be more of a forum for conversations on where our definitions of feminism differ, why some of us are pro-life, and what we can do to make sure our perspectives, completely unrelated to how conservative or liberal we are, are not harmful to others. Until we do something like this, we are all just going to keep on yelling at one another or aggressively defending our beliefs or worse, turning our backs on conversations with others who do not see eye to eye with us because we have become accustomed to arguing rather than simply speaking. There will always be women who refuse to hear the other side of the argument just as there will always be anyone like that. But the majority of women, just as people, are willing to at least chat about what makes us different.

We need to stop prioritizing page views and click-throughs at the expense of female narratives. We are more alike than we are different, and The Odyssey is in such a great position to bring women together rather than continue to drive us apart.

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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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Homesick

The yearning for a place and people beyond the reach of my fingertips.

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For those born and raised outside the borders of the United States, have you ever found yourself going about your daily life and thinking back to your home-county? With all of your favorite and most vivid memories rushing in without much warning, sending you on a rollercoaster of emotion. The ups, the downs, the everything in-between. The life you used to live is now playing itself back in front of your very eyes, and I can't help but feel homesick.

No matter how many years are now separating me from the time I lived in my home country, I will always feel saddened knowing I no longer live there. Yes, I have lived in the United States for more than half of my life, occasionally flying back home to visit family, and yet I always feel as if a small part of me remains on the other side of the world. That small part is what makes me yearn to fly back home-and stay there-, to be reunited with all of my family, and to be surrounded by the language of my people. I miss the way the food tastes; how tap water is better than any bottled water I've had in the states. How the mountains surrounding the city always make for a beautiful view no matter where I'm standing. I miss the guitar players and dancers who light up the city streets with culture and character. Most of all, I miss how much joy I find around me, and within me, when I am back home. There is something indescribable, almost magical, in the way my soul reacts when I step foot off that plane and back into my roots. It's as if the Earth itself grabs hold of me, and brings me close into a tight embrace. As if my home missed me just as much as I missed it. Whether I've been gone for eight years, or two, the unfamiliar quickly becomes familiar, and it feels like I never left. Like I can ask for a refund on my roundtrip flight because I have no desire to fly back to the states.

I feel homesick at the most random times. I could be out with my friends or buried deep in homework, but the memories of home will always find themselves back to me. I get sad for a little while, and it sucks that I cannot snap my fingers and find myself back home in an instant. Nevertheless, I reminisce on the good times and send a prayer up into the skies so I can go back home once more.

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