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I just returned home from my wonderful beach vacation with Zachary. I haven’t been blind to the posts clogging my news feed as of recent. I simply decided not to comment for the sake of a little peace by the ocean.

With my initial comment, I’m finally ready to address what happened in Newtown, Connecticut.

Firstly, I am in a sickened state after reading all those of you who’ve used this tragedy to push your own political agendas. While I understand the need to be proactive, and the fear of history repeating it’s self, I also know that this nation needs time to digest what has occurred.

We as a country must grieve the deeply troubling loss of these future presidents, doctors, teachers, builders, inventors, and healers. There are no words to describe the agony we must feel as a society to live in a time where children die not to disease or nature, but a fellow human.

There will be a time for debate and improvements wherever they should or shouldn’t be; however, this is not that time. Sit for a moment in quiet reflection and for once shut your mouths and listen to the tears inside all of our hearts.

Do not trivialize their murders by using them as the final points in a debate that’s been going on for decades. Their families deserve more than that. Their memory deserves more than that.

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The outfit is part of “Miss Conception,” an exhibit by artist Michele Pred which opens on December 4th at Art Miami, a contemporary art fair held every year in the Magic City. According to Pred’s website, the performance installation “offers a wry commentary on 21st century sexual politics, with a focus on birth control.” On December 4th, for two and a half hours, Pred donned said gown, tiara, scepter and sash and became “Miss Conception.” She will do the same on December 7th.

“I’m dressing up … in this very ’60s-era version of a beauty queen to reflect on that era and how many things haven’t changed since that era in regards to attitudes toward birth control,” she told The Huffington Post. “Some have changed — you used to be considered a slut if you took birth control back then, and luckily that’s changed … but there are [still] so many misconceptions about reproduction and reproductive rights.”

Pred was first inspired to use birth control in her artwork in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election. “It really started with the growing concern before the election regarding access to affordable birth control, and even access to birth control [at all],” she said. “Obama won. But it doesn’t take away many of the issues and … there are still many states that make it very difficult for women and teenagers to have easy access to birth control.”

The “Miss Conception” exhibit also includes an interactive element. Pred invites observers to talk to her and hands out cards that have common myths about gender and sex printed on them, such as “You can’t get pregnant if you have sex standing up,” to people walking by. This interaction is key to her goal as an artist, she said.

“My art is really about igniting dialogue,” she said. “Whether you agree or like what I’m doing, it’s about provoking a conversation.”

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Let’s begin this article with the universal truth that the majority of pro-life (pro-birth) organizations are psychotic, and that’s putting it respectfully. Now, in any basket of rotten eggs there’s always a few that are far smellier than the rest. Beyond that, there’s that single putrid chicken fetus that’s been shat on, eaten, converted into waste, and expelled into a pile of maggots and vomit. That egg is Nebraska’s Right to Life.

Now, I am incredibly tolerant of people whose beliefs may oppose my own.  I may not agree with your point of view, but I will never attempt to silence you or strip away your rights because of it. Equally, where I start to get a little bitchy is when you’re not showing me the same level of human dignity and respect.

Nebraska’s Right to Life according to this article, is doing just that. The organization is attempting to pass a law that would require women not only to see the face of the fetus they’re carrying, but also have photos of the fetus posted on Nebraska’s official state website. Furthermore, the ultrasound would be carried out not by a trained ultrasound tech, but someone with the training that’s at least the equivalent of a registered nurse. As the daughter of an RN, I can tell you personally that they do not have the knowledge to perform, nor read an ultrasound. Why? Because they’re nurses. There’s some knowledge that’s universal, but imaging just is not one of them.

This seems to me nothing short of bullying. What Nebraska’s Right to Life is proposing is not for the benefit nor the education of expected mothers, it’s for pushing their own agenda through public shaming. This is a technique usually reserved for criminals, not women taking advantage of their rights as American citizens.

I honestly feel as though these people belong to the type of organizations that post billboards luring in scared pregnant teens. They promise them assistance and understanding, and trap or guilt them into birthing children they cannot care for mentally nor financially. I’m not saying they do this specifically. I just get that same dirty vibe. Ya dig?

Jill June Responded:

Jill June, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said women should have all the information they need to decide whether to have abortions.

“Such information should support a woman, help her make the best decision for herself, her family and her circumstances, and enable her to take care of her health and well-being. Information should not be provided with the intent of shaming, coercing or making a woman change her mind,” she said.

“The recent elections imparted a strong and clear message that all legislators should heed: Women’s health matters. It is not the people of Nebraska who are driving legislation that harms women’s health. Rather, it is extreme special interest groups wanting to outlaw access to safe and legal abortion,” June said. “The bottom line is that a woman, not politicians, should make informed decisions when it comes to her own pregnancy.”

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Picture Courtesy of Women’s Rights News

I really commend Hillary Clinton for standing up against sexism within politics and the media. In a moment where most would just smile and answer kindly to avoid a scene, she actually spoke out against what she saw as inappropriate. With all the issues this country faces, your favorite brand of clothing is hardly a topic worth discussing. Good on you, Mrs. Clinton! You’re what this website is all about: speaking out, even when it’s not the easiest option to take!

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Hello, Loves!

I’ve been a little absent lately due to family and personal matters. My mother went back to her oncologist after having a CT Scan of her chest and we received amazing news! She’s been responding well to treatment, and with chemo the lesions in her lungs have shrunk to nearly a forth of their original size. For the holidays, that is the greatest gift.

She’s in good spirits, and we are all continuing on with life as usual. It has been incredibly difficult for everyone: emotionally, financially, and mentally. Yet, everything seems to be taking a turn for the positive.

Now, on to political news.

Am I the only one who nearly shat a brick when they turned on Msnbc to see that Romney was far ahead of Obama for an hour or two? If you follow Speak Out’s FB Page, then you know that I was at work all night during the election. My boss and I were nervous wrecks until they announced California, and finally Ohio. I honestly could not even begin to imagine an America with Mitt Romney as our leader. I literally nearly vomited, and the nausea didn’t cease until it finally sunk in that Obama had truly won. Beyond that, every single time I heard someone say “Karl Rove” I heard this. Thanks for that, MacFarlane.

On a more charitable note, I saw in my FB news feed today that Target is donating to St. Jude with every purchase of their Holiday Bullseye puppy plush. While I’m still a little in the dark on their stance regarding the LGBT community, I still feel that it is a worthwhile gift considering the circumstances. Give the munchkin in your life a cute little plushy for Christmas, and it will help save the life of another child. It seems like a win-win.

I hope everyone is well and in good spirits.

Four more years, baby!!! 😀

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So, does anyone intend to catch the Vice Presidential Debate tomorrow? Unfortunately, I may be working well into the night and miss it. When I get home, I have to get my FAFSA paperwork in order to turn in early. So, I’m quite displeased. I imagine it may go much like the previous one? Is everyone registered? TELL ME THINGS! Lol. XD

Here’s the schedule, in case you don’t have it.

PS: I fully intend to touch on the shooting of Malala Yousafzai; but, I need time to collect my thoughts. This is something that has deeply saddened me, and I do not want to make a statement that I do not feel is worthy of such a remarkable young woman.

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The deadline to register to vote for South Carolina (my home state) is today! To register, go to the site below and click “Register to Vote by October 6th – Online Registration Now Available!”. You can do everything online, and they’ll mail you your registration card! Make sure you’re prepared!

Click HERE to register online.

Also, this month is Break The Silence on Domestic Violence month (or Domestic Violence Awareness Month)! To take a stand against domestic violence, like this page on Facebook, and donate if you’re able. If you don’t have money to spare, you can always take a stand by educating others on domestic violence, and sharing resources with the public on your own social media account. No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, and perhaps someone you know is suffering in silence.

 

Resources Here:

Domestic Violence Information/Hotlines/Resources

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Resource Center

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Various Internet Resources

 

Side Note: I apologize for not posting for a few days. I recently accepted a job offer, and things have been hectic. Not to mention the difficulties of having a parent battling cancer, dealing with college, and maintaining a healthy long-term live in relationship. Oh, and the cats… one mustn’t forget the cats. =^.^= Things should even out soon, and it will be business as usual! Find out what day is your deadline for your own state! And be sure to share that information with your friends and family!

 

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