Why Society Still Needs Feminism
Because to men, a key is a device to open something. For women, it’s a weapon we hold between our fingers when we’re walking alone at night.
Because the biggest insult for a guy is to be called a “pussy,” a “little bitch” or a “girl.” From here on out, being called a “pussy” is an effing badge of honor.
Because last month, my politics professor asked the class if women should have equal representation in the Supreme Court, and only three out of 42 people raised their hands.
Because rape jokes are still a thing.
Because despite being equally broke college kids, guys are still expected to pay for dates, drinks and flowers.
Because as a legit student group, Campus Fellowship does not allow women to lead anything involving men. Look, I know Eve was dumb about the whole apple and snake thing, but I think we can agree having a vagina does not directly impact your ability to lead a
Because it’s assumed that if you are nice to a girl, she owes you sex — therefore, if she turns you down, she’s a bitch who’s put you in the “friend zone.” Sorry, bro, women are not machines you put kindness coins into until sex falls out.
Because only 29 percent of American women identify as feminist, and in the words of author Caitlin Moran, “What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Did all that good shit get on your nerves? Or were you just drunk at the time
of the survey?”
Because when people hear the term feminist, they honestly think of women burning bras. Dude, have you ever bought a bra? No one would burn them because they’re freaking
Because Rush Limbaugh.
Because we now have a record number of women in the Senate … which is a measly 20 out of 100. Congrats, USA, we’ve gone up to 78th place for women’s political representation, still below China, Rwanda and Iraq.
Because recently I had a discussion with a couple of well-meaning Drake University guys, and they literally could not fathom how catcalling a woman walking down University Avenue is creepy and sexist.
Could. Not. Fathom.
Because on average, the tenured male professors at Drake make more than the tenured female professors.
Because more people on campus complain about chalked statistics regarding sexual assault than complain about the existence of sexual assault. Priorities? Have them.
Because 138 House Republicans voted against the Violence Against Women Act. All 138 felt it shouldn’t provide support for Native women, LGBT people or immigrant women. I’m kind of confused by this, because I thought LGBT people and women of color were also human beings.
Because a girl was roofied last semester at a local campus bar, and I heard someone say they think she should have been more careful. Being drugged is her fault, not the fault of the person who put drugs in her drink?
Because Chris Brown beat Rihanna so badly she was hospitalized, yet he still has fans and bestselling songs and a tattoo of an abused woman on his neck.
Because out of 7 billion people on the planet, more than 1 billion women will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes. Women and girls have their clitorises cut out, acid thrown on them and broken bottles shoved up them as an act of war. Every second of every day. Every corner of the Earth.
Because the other day, another friend of mine told me she was raped, and I can no longer count on both my hands the number of friends who have told me they’ve been sexually assaulted. Words can’t express how scared I am that I’m getting used to this.
Because a brief survey of reality will tell you that we do not live in a world that values all people equally and that sucks in real, very scary ways. Because you know we live in a sexist world when an awesome thing with the name “feminism” has a weird connotation. Because if I have kids someday, I want my son to be able to have emotions and play dress up, and I want my daughter to climb trees and care more about what’s in her head than what’s on it. Because I don’t want her to carry keys between her fingers at night to
Because feminism is for everybody, and this is your official invitation.
Portugal’s Summer Umbrella Sky
Dozens of beautiful, brightly colored umbrellas line a shopping promenade in Águeda—a small town located just south of Porto in Portugal. While these photogenic parasols are helpful at protecting against the sun’s rays and shielding patrons from rainfall, the colorful display is actually an art installation and initiative by the council in Águeda for AgitÁgueda, the town’s art festival!
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My two lovely friends! Taylor and Allison were rather fantastic on this first day. They got all the way to the apartment from the Brussels National Airport (believe me, that’s no easy feat) and we began our whirlwind day of site-seeing!
Day 1: First Belgian beer while sitting on a patio in Grand Place, Manneken Pis (in one of his finer outfits), exploring the tourist traps around the GP, sandwiches (with frites of course) and then a walk back along Chaussée de Ixelles to the apartment so the girls could nap before their first Saturday night out! Activities included Celtica, Taylor falling in love with her first Belgian, drunchies, a random man getting beat up by a Celtica security guard and, of course, Delirium to end the night.
We debated going on a short day trip the next morning but I think everyone was a bit too tired so we instead took the metro to the Atomium and Mini-Europe! After getting assaulted by the “mascot” of mini-Europe for a picture (a multi-colored turtle, REALLY?) we began the journey. Taylor acted as our guide while we ran around the little park attempting to take pictures of every monument (and push small children out of the way so we could take pics as soldiers or Buckingham Palace guards…). It was sunny, a rare treat in Brussels, so we took advantage and stayed outside for most of the day, only heading back when we all were starving and didn’t want to pay for overpriced amusement park food.
The girls at “Grand Place”
Most of the rest of the week passed like lighting. I had to work so Allison and Taylor did a lot of site-seeing on their own. We did go out when I got home from work on several nights and the girls got to experience Place Flagey, Cafe Belga, Flagey frites, the Irish Pub and meet the mysterious Peter Beckett…! They visited Bruges (a beautiful canal city in Belgium), bought souvenirs around Brussels, tried the local cuisine, shopped along Rue Neuve at H&M (so European), etc… Finally it was Thursday and I was essentially free from work duties so we headed off to Volle Gas for a final dinner of mussels, frites and beer!
Most of the week can’t be describe in short sentences and pictures. It was so comforting to just have the girls around to laugh with, cuddle, tease and watch Geordie Shore (our newest obsession). The fact that they spent their spring break coming to see me (despite the weather and the fact that they couldn’t see my lovely face all day everyday) means more than they know. <3 you both!
"Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." ~Lord Chesterfield
**I thought that despite my procrastinating the forthcoming posts to find this quote, it might be the motivation I need to get things up-to-date!*
Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission
Well the weeks leading up to Opening Event weren’t exactly the most fun time of my life, but we certainly accomplished a lot. I laughed, I cried, I stressed, but it is officially over. Below I’ll give you an outline of the day!
19 March: D-Day a.k.a. e-Skills Week 2012 Stakeholder Opening Event
7am- Picked up from apartment by taxi to get to DIGITALEUROPE
715am- Arrive at DIGITALEUROPE and begin re-arranging the RSVP list (for the 11 millionth time) as well as preparing the boxes of goodies and tech supplies to be moved to the venue
8am- Taxi arrives, haul boxes downstairs and head off the European Economic and Social Committee, where the event is taking place
815am- arrive at the venue, argue with security in order to get the boxes inside.
840am- Finally get everything (and everyone) inside and begin setting up the space for the event (My job included setting up the presentations for the 3 panel discussions to be held throughout the day. I also worked with the IT guy to make sure everything would run smoothly)
10am- Attendees all arrive, partake in the lovely croissants and coffee, and take their seats in the conference room…and the rest is located on the agenda! (If you’re incredibly interested, feel free to peruse the link below for a timeline)
All pictures edited and most taken by yours truly!
Throughout the day I was in charge of organizing and playing the presentations for each of the speakers. (a.k.a I clicked to the next slide when they signaled at me, threw something, etc…) When panels weren’t in session, I took photos for the website. These involved a lot of awkward pictures of people eating! The crown jewel though was when VP Commissioner Tajani showed up to say a few words near the end of the conference. At that point I literally stalked him to get photos, going so far as to get about 3 feet from him while he spoke to the attendees in order to take a few close-ups! The poor man probably I was a crazy American fan…
After the Commissioner left the mood became much more relaxed. I had a glass of wine with co-workers to celebrate a job well done and then began packing up.
I am so proud to have the opportunity to experience event planning first hand; it’s definitely something I like to do. All of the adrenaline and build-up is such a great productivity tool. It’s nice having a big project to work towards and then once it’s over, move on to the next. I really dislike having projects that just sit around, being worked on a bit at a time; I’d much rather be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.