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I Don’t Want To Be A Sex Object and Neither Should You

So if you haven’t heard of Ted Talks, then I demand you drop everything you’re doing and watch some of them. What are Ted Talks? They’re conferences held around the globe that feature speakers that touch on different topics, from technology to women’s rights to everyday inspiration. You will feel empowered and inspired and enlightened and awed and all these other great things immediately after you watch one or all of them.

I quite recently watched one of these Ted Talks from advocate Caroline Heldman called The Sexy Lie, in which she discusses why being a sex object is not empowering and how our culture has its phasers set to objectification. I won’t go into it too much further because I want you all to watch it for yourselves and go into it with a clean mindset. I’ll just leave you with a quote as some food for thought: “We compete with other women for our own self esteem because we see it as this finite resource.”

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Hilary Clinton Defends Reproductive Rights While Also Winning My Heart

Hilary Clinton is incredible. She is outspoken and defends the rights of women and education to an incredible extent. I wish there were more officials like her in office, ones that genuinely care about the people they serve instead of pushing an agenda set by who knows. Her focus and drive are inspirational – I can only hope that one day I am as strong as she is. I’m praying to every deity out there is that she will run for president in 2016.

With all that being said, Hilary recently responded to a question regarding whether or not the government should support reproductive rights. She is flawless. She is unafraid. She is my hero.

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Another Steubenville?

We all remember the case in Steubenville from last year, where a young girl was raped by two players of the football team. We all remember how the girl was forgotten about in the wake of the media mourning to death of the boys’ football careers. We all remember how the girl was treated like an outsider in her town for an act she had no control over. Unfortunately, we’re seeing that again in Maryville, MO.

Daisy Coleman was 14 years old at the time when she was drugged and raped by a senior from her school. When she came forward about it, instead of attending to her, the town turned their backs on her. The felony charges the Coleman family filed were dropped. When more girls came out, revealing similar stories to Daisy, the town continued to turn a blind eye to the issue. The people claim it was her fault because she was drinking that night. She and her family were terrorized- he brother got bullied at school, her mother lost her job, their house burned down.

The boy who raped Matt, was a football player from a prominent Missouri family. He has not yet suffered any major repercussions- his family did not lose their jobs, he was not bullied or mistreated for what he had done, he was not painted in a negative light in his local spheres of social media.

It’s sad that this girl and her family were terrorized for her speaking out against her rapist. This is not what justice is. Daisy is inspiring for how strong she has been through this-she has continued to fight out against the injustice she is facing.  She has not let the antagonism she has faced slow her down, and I cannot see her stopping any time soon. I won’t say anything else, because I feel that the details of this case say so much more than I ever could.

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My cousin introduced a video to me today from a poetry slam contest, and I think it’s incredibly important for everyone to watch. Sons” by Rudy Francisco and Terisa Siagatonu delves into the topics of rape culture and the judicial system for juvenile delinquents. It’s hard for me to find the words to describe it, because it left me speechless. Every issue they discuss they hit they nail on the head. The points they made about Steubenville were incredibly accurate, and even more haunting because of the rising situation in Missouri. This is by far one of the most powerful videos I have watched in a long time, and I hope to hear what you all think of it.

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Malala Yousafzai Leaves the World Speechless

Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban after speaking up for education and women’s rights in Pakistan recently appeared on Jon Stewart. Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, and though Yousafzai is only 16, she speaks with wisdom beyond her years. If I could recommend you do anything today, if would be to take 6 minutes out of your day to watch this. I can guarantee you will thank yourself for it later.


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