Senior

A high school senior, just to clarify. Generally a young adult, about to be thrust into the adulting world, and does not feel anywhere near prepared.

Me. A high school senior. Fucking terrified. I don’t plan on going to college because the only thing I would go to college for would be a psychology degree. Psychology degrees get people literally no where. Every person I have happened upon that has gotten any sort of psychology degree are no working in places that have nothing to do with said degree. i.e. teaching math, working at a gas station, and working at flowerama. And personally, I don’t want to go into debt just to add a line of words to my resume and probably end up in the same job I would have been in anyways.

SO. Because of my decision to go to college, and my parents decision to not support me if I don’t, I have to have a new place to move into by my eighteenth birthday, aka two days after I graduate.

This is terrifying. First I have to find an apartment that I can afford and yet is not a literal dump. After that I have to contact the company that owns said apartments and hope that they are willing to even consider renting to a soon to be eighteen year old. Actually, backtracking, I need this apartment in Milwaukee because I am going to move in with a friend that is going to a Milwaukee college for free. So they really have to be willing to consider renting to two eighteen year olds. After that I need to set up a time to see said lucky apartment(s) and then take off a weekend of work to drive all the way over to Wisconsin. After that I have to hope that who ever these people are choose to rent to me, a soon to be eighteen year old with no credit score and no adult willing to sign the lease with her, over some probably much more ‘adult’ adults.

If I am lucky enough to get that near miracle situation, the next most terrifying thing to homelessness is not having any freaking money. I have been working ever since I turned fourteen, I just got a second job this year, but I have horrible spending habits. I only have $3,800 saved. I want to have $5,000 by the time I graduate. This is still a horribly small amount of money. There will be many one time expenses that I don’t even want to try calculated out right now. I don’t even know if I’m going to be allowed to keep the car I have now or if I’m going to have to buy another. I’ll have to pay for fees and deposits for the apartment. The biggest thing I am terrified of is running out of money before I get another job. It could takes months before some place hires me. Right now I’m pinning my hopes on Nordstrom and then my next choice will be applying to gas stations. Those are my options because of the $11 hourly wage. If I do run out of money the only thing I can think of going to is credit cards. Which, yes, I am well aware is pretty much the worst choice possible, but it’s better than being homeless.

Going back to my best friend, I love her to death, but she doesn’t have a job. I can’t guarantee that she will be able to pay her part of the rent every month, even though we plan on renting a one bedroom apartment to save some money. And to add to that, she is just as horrible at spending too much money as I am.

I am scared to death of being an adult. I don’t know how to do taxes! I don’t want to get audited! And I definitely won’t be able to afford hiring someone to do them for me. I don’t know how to sign up for insurance. I don’t know how to switch my cars license plate from Iowa to Wisconsin. I don’t know how much I’m going to need for groceries each month. I don’t know how to get a new doctor. I don’t know where I’m going to go to get my contacts from. I am so scared. And none of these things are going to be explained to me. I’m going to have to deal with it on my own, like an adult. I feel like a scared little child always on the verge of crying and I hate it.

Going back to the now. While I’m panicking about all of these future issues, I still have classes. Classes with projects, finals, and homework all overdue or about to be. First things first, I need to graduate high school and it is an honest fear that  might not because instead of focusing on getting everything done in my language arts classes and getting the credits that I need to graduate, I am usually out crying and trying to forget for just a few minutes about all the problems that are staring in the face and waiting for me. The due date for figuring out my life is my birthday and I already know I’m going to miss that one too.

Advertisements

The Draft

Many people use the draft as an argument against feminism. They say women want all military positions to be open to them but then turn around and say they don’t want to be a part of the draft, and that it’s not fair. My opinion?

Get rid of the goddamn draft already. My opinion is that no person, man or woman, should be forced to fight for something they don’t believe in, much less put their own life on the line for it.

It’s proven in history already that the draft is not a good idea? Where? How about the war America lost. The Vietnam war. It lasting so many years the men getting sent over stopped caring. They stopped listening to orders because they did not want to be there. They didn’t believe in the war, it was never their war, they just wanted to go home.

“But there won’t be enough volunteers to support militia needs if we get into a war.” Okay. Don’t get into a war that people don’t support then. It’s that simple. Don’t force people to go die for something they don’t find worth it.

There will still be many volunteers. I, myself, know plenty of people in the army, military, and navy.

So yes, women deserve equal rights to men. When saying that I mean we also deserve the opportunity to be in the same military jobs as men. When given the same training, we can do anything they can. So why not get the jobs we deserve?

Syrian Refugees

Yes, I understand everyone is rightfully freaking out after the Paris attacks about accepting refugees. The main reason is fear. Fear is controlling everyone that is saying we can’t let refugees in. Because if we took emotions out of it, there would be no real issue.

When looking at the facts, you will see tat zero refugees that have ever come to america have been arrested on domestic terrorist charges.

Why should people fleeing for their lives have no where else safe to go?

America was literally made by people leaving other countries.

This is supposed to be the land of opportunity for everyone, not just the people who were lucky enough to have their ancestors move here many many many years ago.

These people need a place to go, and some countries in Europe are helping out, but why does that mean we can’t? America is supposed to be some sort of world superpower right? So why aren’t we giving a helping hand when we are needed?

 

The Difference

The biggest difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is that Bernie wants change, and Hillary wants the presidency.

Why do I say that? In one word; history.

Looking back, there are countless occasions of Bernie standing up for change. On his presidential website there are photos of… Take a look for yourself. Here you will find records of all the bills Bernie Sanders voted on, and whether he voted yea, or nay. He consistency goes all the way back to his votes from the 1990s, which is where the records for his votes begin. Seems pretty reliable to me.

However, looking back on Hillary’s history, there are a lot of inconsistencies.

Most damningly, it’s seems as though she was aware Bernie would be a real challenger for he presidency, and upon hearing that he was planning on announcing his run, gave a speech of all of the issues he would stand on. Up until that moment she had never been anywhere near as liberal. Remember in the 2008 race when she did not stand for LGBT+ rights? And was against gun control? And attacked Obama for being against mandatory minimum prison sentences? And voted against allowing illegal immigrants to get drivers licenses? (In case you don’t remember, go ahead and check it out for yourself here.) Now all of a sudden she’s just as liberal as Bernie, if not more so. That’s a bit suspicious. I’m all for people growing and changing as they get wiser, but it’s a bit off that all of these things changed so quickly, and just so happened to change right along with popular opinion.

Truth be told, I don’t trust Hillary. If she wins, who’s to say she won’t go back to her previous stances? I’m voting for Bernie in the hope that he wins, and makes the change I know he actually wants in this country.

Sex.

First I would like to say Dear Dr. A, I’m sorry if this isn’t technically appropriate, if you think I need to I will take it down later.

Sex. That’s right. Sex. How is sex related to politics? It’s not, really. This is more on feminism. Just to warn you, I’m probably going to start another category dedicated to feminism. Because there’s a lot to say on the subject. But anyways, back to sex.

Sex is considered some sort of strange status, opinions on the matter differ from person to person. For example, in my sophomore year I was talking with a friend and somehow it came up that at that time, I hadn’t had sex. Her response? ‘Wow, that’s awesome, I’m proud of you.’ Which was, truly not the response I was looking for considering that just a few days previous we had been talking about how she basically wanted to get pregnant, and was surprised that she already hadn’t.

Depending on age and gender and quite a few other factors, everyone has a different response to finding out whether or not you are a virgin. From getting called a prude to a slut or a whore, the reaction never seems to be very fair, towards men as well, but mainly women.

My opinion? Why the hell does it matter?? What’s the difference to you? What I do and whom I do it with has no effect on your life whatsoever, so why does everyone feel as though it’s their right to comment on it? It’s ridiculous!

The idea of purity is pretty much long gone in today’s society, you know, the whole staying a virgin until marriage type thing (which, by the way, when done in today’s society has had a few terrible effects on people, check it out here)

And yet there is no time that everyone agrees is alright. Nobody really cares, if you were, or matter of fact are, happy with your sex life or lack there of.

Especially for women. There is no way for a woman to win in today’s society. It is unfair for men as well, considering that they tend to be not considered men until they have sex, but at least after that point they stop getting crap for it. Women get crap for their sex lives from their teenage years to retirement. How is that okay? For example, there’s this tweet from the meninist account saying that there are two reasons for being single. Either you suck too much dick or you don’t suck enough. Tell me, how much dick sucking is enough?

The point is, both women and men are unfairly and pointlessly judged over their own private and personal life decisions and this aspect of society needs to change.

Upcoming Debate

If you’re on my blog I feel as though it’s probably safe to assume you at least kind of keep up with politics. That being said I’m sure most people in the US know of the upcoming debate between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. I mean, it’s all over and extremely hard to miss.

Why is this a big deal? Well. Hilary Clinton has basically been ignoring Bernie as her tactical approach. But now, she can no longer do that. Especially since he has been catching up fairly quickly in the polls.

And Clinton has refused to do any more debates other than the already scheduled six debates. Which of itself, is ridiculous. (Seriously?? Six??) Debates are what get candidates to really show their true colors and help all American people decide on who they want to support as their next president. With only six debates we don’t get any where near as much information on any of the candidates and therefore will be less informed of the honest intentions of each and every one of them.

Why is Hillary refusing to do more debates? Because it’s a win tactic my friend. She doesn’t want to do many debates for the same reason why the candidates that barely have any sort of recognition want debates. In case that didn’t clear it up, it’s because debates give a huge opportunity to either completely knock it out of the park and win many, many, many more votes, or, to completely blow most of your campaign just because of one slip up. The lesser known candidates get more publicity and even more votes are taken away from the already popular candidates. Hilary fears, and has every right to, that when she debates with Bernie she’ll lose even more votes, and maybe even the whole election. So she has decided to keep the debates to a minimum.

Bernie has basically said that he is willing to do as many debates as the people want, but, only if Hilary is in the debate as well. But the fact o the matter is, eight debates is freaking ridiculous. We the people will have severely limited knowledge on the democratic candidates this election compared to all other elections, and that is wrong.

Especially when you compare it to the 2008 elections, when President Obama was running against Hillary. Did you know there was a total of 25 unsanctioned debates? Blows your mind right? And now, Hillary is refusing to do more than the six sanctioned democratic debates. That’s just not right to me.

Sexual Assault

Did you know that there is about a one in six chance for a woman in America to be raped, and even more astounding, a one in four chance on college campuses? (Check it out for yourself right here.) I brought up Hillarys’ stance on sexual assault in an earlier post and I just want to come back to it now. Over 5% of women report experiencing rape in their college years, and that’s just the statistics of women who have come forward. There are many more who are embarrassed, or even discouraged off from going to authorities and reporting their sexual assault because of how it might “affect their future.” Will you believe me now when I say America has an extreme rape culture? The victim of rape always somehow gets the blame while their rapist goes free. And it’s truly sickening.

Rape culture is defined as ‘a term designed to show the ways in which society blamed victims of sexual assault and normalized male sexual violence.’  It was coined by feminists in the United States in the 1970’s, to help bring awareness to sexual assault incidents and encourage survivors to come forward. Another reason 90% sexual assault victims don’t come forward is because only about 25% of the perpetrators are actually caught, and even less are arrested.

Need a bit more clarification? Sexual Assault is an umbrella term that covers any unwanted sexual activity, whether it be something like kissing, groping, or worst of all, rape. Victims can also be coerced into sexual acts through verbal or non-verbal threats or through the use of substances, such as alcohol or drugs.

Many colleges and organizations to help sexual assault victims have started campaigns to gain awareness, such as the Rape Awareness and Prevention Campaign the Not Alone campaign (founded by my personal favorite, President Obama), and the Red Flag Campaign. These organizations were made to give support and offer advice for victims of sexual assault, and work towards preventing it not only on college campuses, but country wide.

Women take all sorts of measures in our society to prevent themselves from being sexually assaulted. Carrying pepper spray, always checking the backseat before getting into a car (truth be told, I mainly do that one because I’ve seen way too many horror movies), always having a buddy when going out, and the list goes on and on. The fact is that women need to protect themselves against rapists because we know if it were to happen, society would find a way to blame the raped, and not the rapist. Giving some sort of disgusting excuse of “she was asking for it”.

Did you know that rape is the only crime where saying the victim was asking for it is an actual excuse that holds up in court? Have you ever noticed that for any other type of case that would be considered a confession? Let that stew in your brain for a bit.

If you know of someone, or you yourself, have been a victim of sexual assault at any time in your life, please report the person if you can, and don’t be ashamed to come forward and say “this happened to me”. There are so many people and groups dedicated to helping those who have suffered, and we can’t change this aspect of sexual assault in society unless people start coming forward and fighting back. I understand that there are very many complicated scenarios out there where it is not possible for people to come forward, but we have to start somewhere. I also understand that some random teenager with a school blog asking you to upturn your life just for the sake of society is probably not very convincing, but please. At least reach out and get some help from somewhere. For your own mental health.

We, as in the American people, need a president that will take a stand against crazy things like this. It is terrifying to think that this kind of stuff is still occurring all over the country, hell, the whole world, in 2015. It is sick and something needs to be fixed.