A rapist is a rapist and should serve the amount of jail time given.

I know, I know, some people are going to look at this hashtag and say this is not a matter to joke about, but really, who at all is joking here. This hashtag just proves that Brock Turners Rape sentence was an absolute joke. Jail time would have impacted him too much? Maybe that judge should have asked the victim what kind of impact Brock Turner made on her life. I bet jail time would have been one of the better options for him after that. Brock Turner, the college student who raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, got a shorter sentence than some people who had possession of marijuana. So this rapist is getting less than for ruining a young girl's life, ruining her trust in men, ruining her faith in herself, but the man, the women, the teenager, who was probably getting high in their basement with their friends, deserves a longer jail time? For what? Getting the munchies?

Though the topic of rape is not something to joke about there’s almost there this bit of a comical aspect that anyone could believe that Brock Turner only was given six months in prison. BUT WAIT, let's remember he only served three, because he was let out on good behavior. The outrage surrounding this court case is completely understandable and honestly, I think there needs to be more said about it. This rapist, who is now free to walk the streets, attend college, and be a normal young adult, should be receiving the punishment he absolutely deserves. What he took away from his victim is parts of her she will never be able to get back. She will struggle with the rest of her life while he got a pathetic three month jail sentence. This is so incredibly wrong and I am so glad people are taking to social media to talk about this. Brock Turner does not need his life back, he needs the punishment for the parts of life he took from a young girl.

So here are just a few #ThingsThatLastedLongerThanBrockTurnersRapeSentence

1. I charge my phone more times a day than the amount months Brock Turner was in jail.

2. Are you drunk? Is that why it's taking so long to type? I mean that's your fault then.

3. I bet Brock Turner wishes he ran as fast as Usain Bolt as he's trying to run away from his responsibilities.

4. Maybe Brock Turner should learn what "stop" means.

5. And this has better taste than Brock Turners pathetic life choices.

6. "Dance, Dance" back into prison rapist, I mean Brock Turner.

7. For all you "Stranger Things" fans.

8. Almost like Brock Turner's victim was "unaware" because she was unconscious.

9. Not that Brock Turner listens to what anyone is saying anyways.

10. Enough said.

11. Huh, maybe Brock Turner should learn not to take things that don't belong to him.

12. Oh joy, Brock Turner is out just in time to go back to school and be a threat to another unwilling girl.

13. "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" No, Brock Turner, you really are a rapist, though you and your pathetic father tried to convince us otherwise.

14. Oh is Brock Turners swimming career over? Good.

15. And on a much more serious note.

Brock Turner will always be a rapist no matter what kind of light he tries to paint himself into. I hope this keeps being talked about and I hope there will one day be justice for the victim. Until then, just remember, the time it too me to write this article is one of the #ThingsLongerTHanBrockTurnersRapeSentence.

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

Forever my number one guy.

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?


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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