This is America

I went to a Taylor Swift concert on my birthday, and it was the best, most fun time. I was so happy to be there. But the first thing I did when I got to my seats was map out an exit in case something went wrong.

I didn’t tell my sister that. I never vocalized it. I didn’t want to be morbid and I didn’t want to make light of the situations where venues had been attacked.

But that was in my mind.

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Whitesplaining Stamped from the Beginning

Whitesplaining Stamped from the Beginning

I spent the better part of these first month’s of the year reading a book called Stamped from the Beginning. It’s the self-proclaimed definitive history of racist ideas in America and it has been …. engrossing. Shocking. Frustrating. Eye-opening. Sobering.

Frankly, it should be required reading.

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Look What You Made Me Do

Look What You Made Me Do

I am so done with people hating on Taylor Swift right now. I usually keep my mouth shut (at least in public) because, let’s be honest, nobody takes me seriously and everyone thinks I’m biased. But since the rest of the world thinks it’s appropriate to write think pieces on a pop song, allow me to share my two cents.

There was once a time where I didn’t even like Taylor Swift. She was too country, too twangy, and I was not into it. My adoration took root as she went more pop, so you can believe it’s fully thriving now. But there was a time where my love was more casual, even quiet. I didn’t want to be one of ~those~ fans with their twitter bios and instagram handles. ¬†But now? I am a swiftie, tried and true. That’s what happens when you meet her.

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101 Reasons Feminism is the Absolute Worst

101 Reasons Feminism is the Absolute Worst

I recently read an article that said women today aren’t womanly enough. It was discussing the decline of marriage, something about how since women are so into careers and independence, men are feeling a little abandoned and suddenly not needed. And if they’re not needed by women then why even bother with women?

Poor guys.

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Still an Inconvenient Truth

Still an Inconvenient Truth

I’ve been thinking a lot about consumerism. I’ve been thinking about waste. Environmental footprints. Production. I’ve been thinking about the food we eat, the products we buy, the things we expect. In the wake of a lot of ~things~, I’ve been thinking about how we treat this world and each other and our expectation of how we should be treated in return.

I guess you could say I’ve been thinking a lot.

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Ladies, leave yo man at home

Ladies, leave yo man at home

Gosh, I love International Women’s Day. As far as totally made up, mostly uncelebrated holidays go, this is my favorite. Right next to Donut Day and National Puppy Day. But as with puppies and donuts, Women’s Day is my favorite because more people should freaking ¬†better appreciate what it is to be a woman! Shout it from the rooftops, ladies, because we deserve to be celebrated for merely agreeing to exist in this world because holy hell did we draw the short stick.

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