Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been blogging for a while. I’ve been super duperrrr busy with schoolwork and choir shows and such. I wanted to show you all a really cool website about a woman who decided, 6 months before her wedding, to stop looking in the mirror. This blog documents her attempt to do this for a whole year. I think this is really interesting.
I for one hate looking in the mirror. I know most people do. The sad part is, here I am encouraging others to love themselves, but I still am not always accepting of the way I look. I seriously need to take my own advice! We are all beautiful in our own way. I know that is cheesy, but I think that it is really important to love ourselves. I can remember, even from age 8 or 9, feeling that I was overweight or never pretty enough. Looking back, it is really scary and sad to know just how much this effected me. I can’t imagine how many other little girls are feeling the same exact way. I’m getting a lot better now, and am a lot more confident. Speaking of which, here is another cool website called Smart Girls at the Party.
Whenever I’m down on myself, feeling left out, or feeling any other of the crap that teenagers go through, I think to myself: I am capable. I am beautiful just the way I am. I can achieve what I want if I set my mind to it. Again, its cheesy, but if you get in the habit of saying it, it really does make a difference.
So today, instead of cringing at that new pimple on your nose or that patch of dry skin below your chin when you look in the mirror, maybe pass that shiny confidence-drainer by.
I’m sorry, not to bag on Rihanna, but this is really sad to me and so degrading to women. This basically nude photo on the cover of a mens’ magazine. She is just objectifying her body and re-affirming the patriarchy in our society. It’s not just about her, she can do what she wants. This goes way farther than her. It’s the aspect of our culture that this just increases and confirms. And the worst part is many, many women have done this before her. Ugh.
I really can’t take this anymore.
I would just like to let everyone know: MY BODY, AND EVERY OTHER GIRLS’ BODY IN THIS WORLD, IS NOT AN OBJECT. It is not something for guys to goggle over or judge. It is not an advertisment for some clothing line or perfume or lingerie set. It is not what makes me worth any more or any less. It is me, it’s part of who I am, and I refuse to let this go on any longer.
It gets better is a website where LGBT, or anyone, can go to know that life gets better. So many LGBT teens are being bullied and there is an epidemic of suicide. Thousands of people have submitted videos and signed pledges. Join me in letting them know that it gets better!
So, more statistics and info about rape in the Democratic of Congo came out today. Needless to say, I feel like crying now. I just can’t believe that something like this could happen.
Over 400,000 women are raped every year
1,100 women are raped every day
48 women are raped every hour
It’s sickening. I can’t even tell you how mad this makes me. It makes me want to scream, but it also makes me want to cry hysterically. I don’t know what to do with myself right now. And guess what? A large percentage of these women are GIRLS! Girls. Girls my age and your age. And after they are raped, there is a great chance that they will get AIDS. All this girls, who have dreams and aspirations just like us, now have little chance to survive and have the life they dreamed of.
As you probably have heard, public schools are losing money right now. There have been budget cuts in different states and the public school system is just not doing well in general. First of all, I think this is horribly depressing. I mean, aren’t children the future of our country? Shouldn’t our top priority be educating kids? It makes me so mad. Even though we are all lucky to be able to even get an education, it seems like we could be doing more. Instead of spending trillions and trillions of dollars on war, why not invest that money in the future of our country, children?
And since few of us can really change this (at least in the government and federal funding aspect), I thought this website, called Donors Choose, was really cool. It is a place where public school teachers can post their classroom projects that need funding and anyone can donate to these projects. You can literally choose the one that you want to support, and donate money to it. How cool! For example, help pre-schoolers in a high-poverty area learn the alphabet and how to rhyme, or even buy labs for AP chemistry students at a school in Detroit. All you donors have to do is choose the project you want to support :-)
Today, my friend just sent me this link today about a bill that is being voted on on Friday in Uganda. This bill would make being LGBT in Uganda a crime punishable by death.
I know, horrible, right? But guess what? YOU CAN HELP.
Over 450,000 people have signed this petition to put pressure on Uganda’s President to veto this bill that is a serious human rights violation. We need you! It takes seriously five seconds to sign it, and would help so much.
Imagine, a young congresswomen on the cover of a magazine, in business attire, but exposing her stomach completely and almost all of her breasts (not quite to the nipple..) Now, there would be some outrage to that, right? That SLUT, people would say. How innapropriate and immoral for a young women who is in a position that important to do that.
I don’t know if you remember, but when Sarah Palin posed for the cover of Runners World in shorts and everyone thought it was “provocative”.
And now, Aaron Shock, 29-year-old congressman, has posed with his “sick abs” on the cover of Mens Health magazine. No one really seems to care, and yet this man is supposed to be helping to run our country. Now, I’m not saying that politicians can’t be in magazines. Hey, I’m all for him being in good shape, but don’t you think this is a little much?
For a long time, people have been asking if they could comment on my posts. And I’ve always said no, because I couldn’t figure out how to enable comments. Okay, so I believe I fixed that! In the information under all of my posts, it has a little section about comments, for example “0 comments”. If any of you can, can you try posting a comment to see if it works? Thanks so much times a million. :)