Below is a link to a paper I wrote for my Sociology class. Also, one of the many reasons why I’ve been absent (as I’ve mentioned a thousand times or more). I truly apologize for being a neglectful blogger. College is just a bit much this semester, and I need to ensure that I keep on top of things to retain my GPA. In interesting news, I’ve been invited to join the honor’s society, again! I’m not sure if I’m totally interested considering my course load, but it does seem tempting in terms of fluff to put on my resume. Thoughts? I’ll be as active as I can, and when I do a project relating to my political beliefs then I will definitely share it here!
The paper is on schools providing students with contraceptives, and I have to argue against myself. At least it’s a good way to flex my cognitively complex muscles! I hope you are all well! Find me on Facebook if you miss me! 😀
I like to think that one of the things that makes Speak Out different from other blogs is that it not only has a voice, but a face. In the past, I’ve had the opposition truly believe they’d discovered some destructive secret when they found my birth name and Facebook account. When, in all actuality, I opted to link my personal profile to Speak Out’s Facebook page. The decision to connect my personal life with my work was absolutely intentional. Facebook did not bury my profile information deep within Speak Out’s layout as a way to entice my livid adversaries. Who I am is currently, and always has been on full display for anyone who cared enough to open their eyes.
I truly respect anyone who dare speak out against what they perceive as an injustice. However, I feel that sometimes that message loses its luster when it is screamed from behind a mask of anonymity. What I feel a mask represents is fear, and how can one expect their audience to rise up in outrage and action when their whistle blower is too afraid to show their face? To me, that’s akin to an individual urging their followers to leap from an aircraft with no safety measures. Meanwhile, that individual is completely unafraid while wearing a parachute. It really doesn’t seem balanced to me, and that’s why I’ve made the decisions that I have.
There are a lot of risks involved with not wearing a mask. I think it’s common sense to imagine what they are. So, we’ll not list them here for the sake of wrapping this up on point.
What I am trying to convey here is a need for more women and men to come forward with their thoughts and opinions. Do not obscure who you are. If you believe what you say, what is there to fear from others? I’ve come to terms with the fact that I may be looked over for a career position simply for this website. However, I have also come to realize that if my potential employer is afraid to hire an outspoken feminist, then is that really the agency I should be working for? Yes, not writing here would certainly help me get my foot through the door. Yet, how long would any of us be able to survive in a work environment that encourages snuffing out individual voices?
Your voice, mind, values, and emotions are all beautiful parts of you.
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.
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.”
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.”
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!