Why #Meninism Doesn't Have To Be A Joke

Why #Meninism Doesn't Have To Be A Joke

Take a stand, man... and woman.
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Gender equality is a hot blooded topic in today's society, especially among young Americans. The feminist movement seemed to swell overnight, and with good reason. Spawning from the feminist movement, the #Meninist movement has been breathed into creation. The basic idea of Meninism is to point out the "hypocrisies" in radical feminism. Urban Dictionary has a conveniently provided a definition to the word Meninist.

Meninism started as a clever hashtag on social media sites, such as Twitter. Several #Meninist Twitter pages have been created, and their beliefs are actually interesting. The following tweet discusses how first-world feminism ignores the problems of women around the world.

Many feminists seem to have a mixed reaction to the satirical movement, some tweets I found were too violent to even post in this article. Talking about committing violent acts against men who wear #Meninist apparel, or being involved with the movement. This is one of the more tame tweets.

The movement, however, does not have to be a joke. These times now are filled with wide and diverse changes. Gay marriage has been legalized in all 50 states, gender identity is now a more open subject, and men's right can be explored. Men despite being viewed as the more powerful sex often can receive the short end of the equality stick.

We'll take the example of false rape accusations. Studies conducted by those such as Eugene Kanin found that false rape accusations being filed rose. A following up study found that about half of these accusations were completely false. For more information about these studies, you can read, False Rape Society Archives.

Among men winning custody of their children, a study reporting that men received full custody of their children only about 17% of the time in a study as recent as 2007. The diagram and more information can be viewed at Child Custody.

The statistic of men on men and women on men rape statistics are horrid. Fewer than 1 in 10 male on male rapes are even reported, an article by Nicole Johnston cites that male rape victims are often unable to seek asylum in the legal systems, that are "40 years behind in the area of male rape, and men are treated differently by the courts." Male Victims Left To Suffer In Silence

Male rape victims at the hands of females are even more disgusting.In the article Against His Will by CNN, James Landrith spoke out against his abuse. "I want people to understand that it's not about how physically strong you are," he says. "We [men] are conditioned to believe that we cannot be victimized in such a way." In the same article, "Males have the added burden of facing a society that doesn't believe rape can happen to them ... at all," says psychotherapist Elizabeth Donovan.

The Meninist trend does not have to be this big satirical joke. Taking a stand for men's is a just cause. Meninism and Feminism can coexist, just not at the level they are out right now. Meninism does not have to be pointing out hypocrisies in feminism, but should truly advocate for men's rights. I myself believe in Humanitarianism, the belief that we are all human and should be treated equally. If you are a man, take a stand for your rights, for your fellow man, and your fellow woman. If you are reading this article, research ways, and means to boost both sides up, together; to coexist. The past 6 years have proved to be extremely progressive, and society as a whole can keep moving forward, man and woman alike. I implore you, fight for yourself, fight for someone else; fight for everyone.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?

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Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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