What I've Learned About Being a Woman in America

What I've Learned About Being a Woman in America

The fight is far from over.

I have a responsibility to finish this fight. This is not the first time that sexism has won in the United States of America, and I am doubtful that it will be the last. We still have ways to go. This was, however, the first time that I had a political say in this matter, considering my 18th birthday in September.

So naturally, after my chosen candidate was not triumphant, I felt a myriad of emotions: anger, disappointment, sadness, confusion.

Despite the popular opinion that social media and political views are not meant to mix, nor do they do it well, I actually felt comfort on the internet these past couple of days. I learned that I am not alone in my feelings, and that there is a plethora of people with whom I can stand beside in moments of despair.

Unfortunately, I have also witnessed a lot of hatefulness, with which I do not comply. It is nothing but an incorrect response. We are reacting to the triumph of a candidate who campaigned on hate, and we are afraid that those ideals expressed on the campaign trail will truly persist in the presidency beginning in January 2017.

But as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Take your time to grieve this loss—it is validated, and I stand with those who are fearful of the future. But then, let us stand up straighter, pull our shoulders back farther, lift our chins higher towards the fact that the fight is not over. In fact, it may have just begun.

If you are upset with the election results, TAKE ACTION! Do not stand stagnant; lobby, protest, petition for our rights that were not promised on the campaign trail. A woman’s right to choose, an LGBTQ+ person’s right to love outwardly and openly. For equality! Racial equality, especially—to all those facing discrimination for the color of their skin, I cannot understand what you endure but I see you and stand with you. Your life matters.

And for the love of God, GENDER EQUALITY!

Hillary Clinton, a woman who has spent her life viewed as lesser in her area of expertise because of her sex, has lost to a wildly under-qualified man with no experience in her field.

It is demoralizing to know how a woman had to work twice as hard as a man to even be taken seriously and still not come out on top in the end.

And so, she is not our first woman president. And, since we cannot change what happened on Tuesday night, that is okay—we will keep moving forward, using this as an incentive to keep fighting for what we believe in. Fighting for what’s right will always be worth it, as Hillary said herself!

We will shatter the glass ceiling! You are OUT THERE, first woman prez!! I will, and cannot wait to, see you rise to become a beacon of hope in my lifetime, I am sure of it.

The time for hate and discrimination is over, if I can help it. The fight for women, however, is far from it. Let’s stick together to stand up against the promotion of sexual misconduct and disrespect of women in our society. Let’s stand up for our voices and for our bodies, stand up against the notion that we are lesser than men until equality is truly achieved.

Let’s do this. Get to work.

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7 Reasons To Legalize Prostitution In America

There are logical reasons to consider legalizing prostituion

Prostitution is the act of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payments. Currently, in the United States, prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states. Nevada is the only state that has some form of prostitution legal, prostitution must only take place within a brothel if caught prostituting outside of a brothel it is illegal.

There are 16 counties and 1 independent city within the state of Nevada, 12 of those has permits to operate a brothel but only eight actually still have brothels operating.There are many reasons to consider legalizing prostitution in other areas of the United States.

1. Reduction of violence against women.

Prostitutes are very vulnerable to violence, 82% have been assaulted, 68% have been raped, and they are 18 times more likely to be murdered. Brothels want to maintain an image of law-abiding and trouble free, to do that security would be made available to the sex workers to monitor their safety. The brothels want to stay in good standing with the community where their business operates.

2. Sex workers would be healthier.

The pimps and Johns pressure prostitutes to not use condoms, put them at risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Nevada's state law requires all sex brothels to use condoms and this law is posted outside the brothels that operate within the state. Sex workers are even required to have monthly syphilis and HIV tests and weekly tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

3.Prostitution can be a victimless crime.

Sex work can be a victimless crime if the person is selling their bodies of their volition. Prostitutes choosing to sell their bodies are not committing a harmful act.

4.Can be a source of tax revenue.

Nevada brothels do not pay state taxes because legislators did not want to fund schools and other state services to be funded by prostituion. But the brothels do pay a significate amount of taxes in the rural counties where their business is conducted. "Let government share in the revenue, but otherwise stay out of the affairs of consenting adults," MSNBC political analyst Michael Smerconish has written.

5. Legal prostitutes could obtain labor rights.

Sex workers would be legally employed and would be allowed to expect rights such a minimum wage, freedom from discrimination and a safe working environment.

6. Saving law enforcement resources.

The probe into sophisticated prostitution rings is the waste of time and money of police departments. The time spent on wiretapping phone conversations, intercepting emails, uncover tactics that are better used to trapping terrorists and people who are victimized.

7. Prostitution is not going anywhere.

There will always be lonely and kinky men who are willing to pay for sex and women who are willing to rent out their bodies, The United States have legalized and regulated tons of commerce that is morally questionable, gambling, alcohol, tobacco, lap-dancing, pornography, and most recent marijuana.

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25 Pictures Of Barack Obama That Will Make You Miss Him Even More

Change came because we did not wait.

Regardless of your political beliefs, the Obama family is a family of class and grace. Former President Barack Obama has been nothing but cordial throughout his years in the political eye, and we have watched his girls grow up into beautiful young women.

Who wouldn't miss such a caring and charming man?

1. Who doesn't love kids?

2. ...and more kids...

3. ...and even more kids...

4. ...and go-karting...

5. ...and dogs?

6. Obama watching his hole-in-one!

7. Obama happily enjoying his Italian Ice!

8. Obama cheering on one of his new friends!

9. Of course, we can't forget Spider-Man saving the day!

10. The iconic duo!

11. The most beautiful power couple on Earth!

12. Another ADORABLE picture of Obama playing with a baby.

13. All I want for Christmas is you... to be President again.

14. Obama giving his victory speech and promptly kissing his wife!

15. Obama trick-or-treating with his family!

16. Obama making sure Bo can see the view!

17. Obama messing with one of his staff members!

18. Obama and his family happy after his win on Election Night.

19. Obama and koalas!

20. Obama running around with Sasha, Malia, and Bo.

21. Obama and Biden laughing together in the Oval Office.

22. Obama getting some help to sign the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act into effect.

Obama Signing the Gabriella Miller First Research Act Into Law

23. Bipartisanship at its finest!

24. Barack Obama with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

25. Last but not least, perhaps the most iconic photo of Barack Obama of all time.

Old Picture of Obama

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