I love this for so many reasons – but most importantly because this little comic is true. It seems everyone’s love and enthusiasm for Tim Tebow, especially from NFL teams, has disappeared. The New York Jets divorced Tebow in the worst way possible, on purpose. Later that week, Washington Wizards player Jason Collins admits he’s gay. I watch ESPN everyday and I must say I haven’t heard much of Tebow’s horrendous departure from the Jets – instead I’m hearing about Jason Collins.
So why do I love this so much? In a way it shows that people are moving away from religion – something that, on paper (and unfortunately in practice a lot of the time), rejects and outcasts people because of their sexual orientation, creed, religious beliefs, gender, nationality – the list goes on and on. The younger generations are much more acceptant of the LGBT community than any other before them and are actually fighting side by side with them to ensure the LGBT community has the same rights as straight/heterosexuals have. They’re more dismissive of religion and more concerned about what they feel is right and wrong – not what a book tells them should be right or wrong. And that gives me hope.
I’m not really sure where to start with this latest trend of getting “stiletto nails,” so I’m just going to do what I’m best at, and that is give my honest opinion: It’s stupid.
I’m not really sure when having cat woman nails became popular, nor do I care, but this trend should stop. Like immediately. It seems like every time I log onto Pinterst or Instagram there are more and more pictures of these ridiculous nails. Where do I begin?
Women with sharp objects are bound to hurt themselves, or even worse, me
These MUST get in the way of…how should I say it? “Extracurricular activities”
I certainly wouldn’t want to get frisky with a woman that has knives as nails – please refer to points 2 and 3.
They look ridiculous
You’re not special or cool because every other female is doing it too
The other night I came across a tweet about “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” – It was like 3 in the morning and I was about to finally doze off so I figured why not see what it was all about. I had no idea what to expect or what this was even going to be about. But I do know that if you hadn’t seen this video before, I had the same reaction as you – mouth agape, eyebrows raised and thinking to myself “wow!” I actually watched the video 3 or 4 times back to back because I was so amazed. I immediately realized that this marketing campaign could quite literally save lives by opening the eyes of women who are self-conscious, depressed, have low self esteem or have a combination of all three.
This marketing campaign and commercial is one of the best I’ve ever seen in terms of raw, unequivocal emotion. It has such an intense realness to it – one you can see on these women’s faces when they see how the other person described them. The differences between the two are worlds apart. I will be the first to admit that I can say things that most people would consider to be mean or brash about women’s appearances, but what people fail to realize is that just because I don’t find you attractive, doesn’t mean you’re not and doesn’t mean that other people won’t/don’t find you attractive. One person not being attracted to you does not equate to “you’re not beautiful.” I know it’s cliché, but I truly do believe every single woman on this planet is beautiful – and they’re beautiful in a billion different ways. It’s time for women to start realizing their own beauty, seeing their own beauty and owning it…and Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches campaign is a hell of a way to start.
You ARE more beautiful than you think.
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. – Diane Mariechild
So the last few weeks every major news network has been covering the case of Audrie Pott, a teen from Ohio that was raped last year at an unsupervised party after passing out because she had too much to drink and ultimately committed suicide in the following months. Every news piece that I see or read that covers this case is completely focused on the boys and what they did – which was absolutely wrong, disgusting, reprehensible, mean and they should be punished to the fullest extent – BUT, therein lies the problem. What Audrie went through, no one, especially a teen, should have to go through. But I’m amazed that the cause seems to have been tossed aside, almost as if it’s irrelevant. in my eyes it’s the most relevant piece of information in this case.
All the broadcasts, interviews and articles I’ve seen just quickly mention the fact that she was drinking, but it’s almost as if they do it as a formality, “just because” they have to. I think that brings up a whole separate issue but it’s one no one is talking about it. It’s as if they’re condoning a 15 year old girl drinking at a house party – like that wasn’t the prerequisite to the unfortunate events that followed later that evening. I’m not a physic, but I think most people, logically speaking, would say the chance of her being raped would be extremely slim that night had she not been drinking – ergo, had she chosen to not drink, she would not have been raped that night, pictures of the rape wouldn’t have been sent out and she wouldn’t have been so embarrassed to the point of committing suicide meaning she would still be alive today and this piece would’ve never existed.
Now let me be clear: I hope the boys involved in the rape get the harshest sentence possible and I hope the police are/were able to find what individuals started and/or continued the circulation of the pictures and they are given the harshest sentence possible. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that it was Audrie’s own actions that started this unfortunate domino effect of events, starting with the choice to drink in the first place followed by the choice to continue drinking until she blacked out. This newest generation of kids really don’t seem to comprehend the fact that every decision you make has consequences – whether that consequence is good or bad depends on the decision. But it’s simple cause and effect. Do they not teach that in schools anymore?
But I think this ultimately falls back on parents. Parents opting to let “social media” and the internet raise their kids rather than proactively being involved in their day to day activities; parents not being aware of how their children are acting and interacting with others on the internet; parents not proactively monitoring their kids social networking profiles. The list goes on and on. Now I am in no way saying that Audrie’s parents would knowingly let this happen. I know they wouldn’t. They loved their daughter dearly and I’m sure either one of them would trade places with her if they could. But it’s that naïveté attitude that parents have towards their kids – the “Oh MY child would never do that” attitude. Well, yes they would. Yes they will. And yes they do.