Writing the truth in a polarized media

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Why do I write if I could be doing anything else during my spare time?

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I write because it's the first thing that defined my character since the age of 5. Ask anyone to draw a quick image of me growing up and they will probably depict me with a pen and notebook, sometimes even a book. It's almost impossible to imagine my life without pen and paper. I've recorded the events around me from least to most important over the last 15 years. Depicting a developing handwriting of a kindergarten kid to the scribbles of someone who has to force fit time to write.

It is not that I was so introvert I preferred to spend my time writing. On the other hand, I write because I can speak in a more profound manner. I write because my goal has always been to hit home for someone. I began to write about the events around me. I have a box filled with notebooks, diaries, and whatnot offering a time travel at any given moment of my life. I began writing as a way of analyzing people, through my note taking of personalities and mannerisms, I found a universal set of behavior patterns people follow. Years later would I assimilate these early realizations as proof that, ultimately, Goldberg wasn't lying when he came up with the Big 5 Traits of Personality. Little did I know that these early practices of mine would unconsciously be taking me into the world of psychology. Because of my writing, I became a more observant of people. I watched their facial expressions and came to learn that they reveal more truths than speaking does. Yes maybe this could categorize me in a list of weird kids, but it developed skills. Perhaps one of the most intriguing things I recorded was something I titled in scribbles, "The Inanimate Noise." In it I narrated my observation of watching someone yell, yet their level of noise and supposed exasperation never matched their facial expression. So what could be the explanation? Their facial expression was lazy and almost not into it, yet, they yelled. To which again, years later would the answer appear: A narrow-minded person, uninterested of outside opinion, yells. They yell to cause intimidation, yet their expression proves otherwise.

I decided to compromise myself to the practice of always carrying pen and paper in my bag. The same way I also carry hot sauce in my backpack, btw. As I began to immerse myself fuller in the real world, I began to notice atrocities. Atrocities that sometimes are considered not cardiac enough to be featured in the news. Yet, they are much there. I am speaking about the times I was belittled for being a woman as wanting to have the same rights as men. The times that I was brutally verbally attacked for being a foreigner in another country. The times that I witnessed others being disrespected. How could the world possibly know, if the news and media only portray certain things, and even that is polarized.

I write with exposure because I don't care about pleasing. I care about causing conscience. I was criticized as a young girl by those around me for reading too much. For writing and being involved in serious talks of current affairs instead of choosing to talk nonsense. Not because I wanted to appear mature, but because how could I speak about superfluous matters when there are things we really need to talk about.

You see people told my parents at get-togethers about how bad it looked that I was so outspoken. Instead of applauding my thirst to read all I could, I got shaking heads from many people close to me. When I mentioned matters like rape, racism, feminism, and such I got choking faces from the older generations. People wanted me to cease. They wanted me to write about the weather and superficial aspects. Why? because it troubles no one. It doesn't stir up anything. That was approval, because if I didn't bring these matters to light, then no one would feel guilty. It's easy to live in a world of pretending when you have the luxury of living in a bubble. But bubbles are meant to break at some point and when they do, you get denial. I have had people deny that racism exists, yet the food they eat was brought to their table by someone working strenuous hours in the heat for meager pay. Yet, they claim its non-existent. They say feminism is a rebel ideology just to argue about something, yet not too many days ago I was banned from attending a soccer game because only men were allowed. It's occurrences like these, that happen every day, that if it wasn't because of their exposure, it would go unnoticed.

There was a shift as I became older, when I noticed writing could reach people. After writing pieces about matters of injustices, doing reports on honorable people, to the point of writing about the treasures Mexico has to offer after all the crap it has gotten from the news, I have gotten feedback. Maybe not everyone agrees, and I'm glad. I've had Mexicans message me saying how much they've enjoyed finally being portrayed as not narcos. I've had people having their egos boosted when I do interviews about their contributions to society. But I also have received feedback from girls who can relate to issues I've spoken about, like that of my first publication. This is what keeps me formulating articles. That I have the satisfaction that I will reach at least one person. I combine personal experience and current events in writing as a way of adding force to that push that is needed to keep bringing forth the new voices that need to be heard. It all started with a pink notebook, and like me are many boys and girls who are told they're being too extra with their passions. To which I say, let the haters see you rollin'.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.

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This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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