The story behind my tattoo

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I have several tattoos (surprised, aren’t you?) but my favorite, and by far the smallest, is my wrist tattoo. A small equal sign that lives on the middle of my right wrist. I was inspired by an older girl at my university. She was the coordinator for the Sexual Assault Peer Education Team at PLU and I thought she was the coolest. I was just getting into social justice when I met her and I thought the tattoo was a perfect way to represent my belief in equality.

I waited a year before getting it done so I could really think about it. I decided one day in-between classes that I wanted it. I walked down the street to the tattoo parlor and made the commitment. I had just enough time to run back to campus for my Women’s Literature class.

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My small equal sign is the perfect conversation starter. People usually ask if I enjoy math, which I don’t, and I explain that it is an equal sign for equality. People then either tell me that it is awesome and we talk about social justice OR they say oh and change the subject.

Either way it tells them my beliefs without having to get into an intense conversation.

I love all of my tattoos but as I said, this is by far my favorite. When I throw up my right hand in solidarity, whether at a march or a concert, it demonstrates who I am and what I am about. I love it and it has become a part of my identity.

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Do you have any tattoos?

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Why you need to see Selma

Fletch and I went to see Selma opening weekend. In the simplest terms it was incredible. The movie was inspiring, heartbreaking, moving, and all around eye-opening.

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Watching Selma reminded me of our troubled past. It made me think of the injustice that still occurs today that so many people are continuously fighting for. It broke my heart to see how empty the theater was opening weekend for Selma. Crowds were pouring into Taken 3 and The Hobbit yet the theater for Selma was less than halfway full.

I don’t care what responsibilities you have or what your excuses might be. You need to see this movie. It will help you understand the sacrifices that those before us experienced in order for us to enjoy the rights we have today. The fact that protesters entered into demonstrations understanding that they might lose their lives, wow. That is true sacrifice. They understood how important equality is that they were willing to lose their lives for the common good.

So please, go see it. If it is no longer being shown at your local theater then plan to pick it up when it is released on DVD. Just trust me on this one.

Did you see Selma? What was your response to the movie?

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“Girl Rising”

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I felt compelled to share about a documentary I recently watched. It is called, “Girl Rising” and it features the stories of several young girls around the world.

This documentary is absolutely amazing. It was eye-opening. I will admit, I cried. I cried a lot. So many girls are suffering. They don’t have access to education and because of that they are more likely to be married off by the age of 13. If these girls are able to go to school they will get married later, have less children later in life, and they will encourage their children to go to school.

Something I took for granted all my life; an education. I used to complain about school all the time and these children are risking their lives to get an education.

If you have time I urge you to please watch this documentary (it is currently on Netflix). If you are as moved as I was, I hope you will think about donating to their cause.

For more information, click here.

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Feminism is not a dirty word.

Kate Nash feminist quoteI was looking through Pinterest, as I often do, and found a link to 25 feminist quotes. I loved reading them and decided to share my favorite by Kate Nash and my thoughts on the subject.

I often feel like people misunderstand the terms “feminism” and “feminist”. As a feminist I do not hate men. I don’t hate feminine women, I am one! I believe that all people should be equal. That women should no longer be seen as objects solely put on this earth for male’s pleasure. Is that so radical? Watch 30minutes of television and you will see in shows and advertising the objectification of women. Turn on the radio and you will hear it in popular songs like, “Blurred Lines”.

You see it in how survivors of rape are treated. When someone asks a survivor what she was wearing they are placing the blame on the victim instead of the perpetrator and again downgrading women. We have thoughts. We have a voice to lend to society and when we are called bitch, slut, skank, whore; that is objectification. Those words say that we are worth less than the person saying it. The same is said when we as women say it about other women. We do it because we want to make ourselves feel better or as worth more. Why do we do it? Why do we lend a hand to the misogyny already ramped in our society? It is just ridiculous!

Why don’t we instead raise each other up? Lets encourage one another to do more. To be more. We should be telling each other that we are worthy of space instead of discouraging loud voices and opinions.

I am a feminist because I believe that I deserve to be treated as more than “just” a woman. I am a human being with opinions, thoughts, and I have a lot to offer the world.

We need to start at the source and make sure that all people understand the value of others.

The role of being a feminist isn’t something that solely belongs to women. Everyone needs to be a feminist. We all need to say enough is enough and speak up against the inequality in our society.

Not convinced? Maybe these videos will help.

I am not a country fan but I appreciate this song.

This lady is intelligent and hopefully will help explain feminism.

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