Let’s Talk About Women…

So here is the deal.

Women make up 50.8% of the United States population.

100% of those women have (or have had) periods. (gasp! WHAT? Yes, it’s true.)

Unfortunately, not all of these women have access to tampons. Or pads. Or any type of feminine hygiene product of any kind.

In fact, thousands of women in the United States live on the street. These women have to make choices about food, water, and shelter each day… and at times they don’t even get to make the choice between pad or tampon. These women go without feminine hygiene products; or worse. Sometimes these women only have the option to choose one item each month; which causes toxic shock syndrome or even death.

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This is a serious problem in our country and in our area. There are a number of organizations rising up to help with this issue (listed below). But there are ways that you can be involved too.

If you live in North Louisiana, you can donate to a ministry called The Hub. This outreach in Shreveport, Louisiana donates items, classes, and time to those on the street and one thing desperately needed is feminine hygiene donations.

If you are in this area, please take the time to consider giving physical boxes of feminine hygiene products or monetary donations that go directly to this cause. If you have some boxes you would like to donate but don’t know where to go or cannot make the drive, I will be donating all the boxes I can on March 4th. You may contact me if you wish to drop off your donations. Please join me in serving the women in our area. By donating these items, pads and tampons are no longer a luxury, but a right to hygienic living and dignity for these women.

Much love. Much grace.

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Organizations Specific to Feminine Hygiene:

Distributing Dignity

Camions of Care

Feel free to fill out the contact form if you have questions about dropping off donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, This Feminist Thing…

I’ve noticed that there has been a bit of tension online. I mean, obviously with campaigning for the Presidency, the election itself, and then the inauguration, there was bound to be tension.

However, the tension really seemed to erupt on my social media outlets the day of the Woman’s March. Many people were supportive, yet there were many who were bashing the women marching. I read posts people wrote about how marching was a waste of time because women have everything we could ever need or want here in the United States. I even saw a very popular post stating that feminism itself was a waste of time because women already have everything they need.

Feminism is a term that is considered negative and full of distain for men. Many men and women view Feminism as a “down with men” movement and a hatred towards the opposite gender. Feminism is mostly seen through the 1970s lens of bra-burning and man-hating.

This type of Feminism is NOT today’s Feminism.

Currently, the United States is going through what is called the “third wave” of Feminism. Wave #1 was when women were marching for the right to vote. Wave #2 was when women marched in the 1970s with a focus on careers. Wave #3 is the time we are in now.

Women are fighting for equality.

Not just equality of genders, but equality across racial lines. So that men and women of any skin color can make equal pay. So that men and women of all colors can feel safe in work environments. So that equal pay and safety are no longer privileges, but a societal right.

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Yes; I know many women in other parts of the world don’t have the rights we do here in the US. However, the USA is a developed country. We are supposed to be the “Leader of the Free World”, and yet women are not paid the same as their male counterparts.

How is this equality?

I’ll give you a hint: It’s not.

So sure, you don’t have to be a feminist; but to be a feminist is to want equality. Feminism is not a bad word, it is a hopeful one.

If you want equal pay, you are a Feminist.

If you want your daughter to have the same academic opportunities as your son, you are a Feminist.

If you want your daughter to not have to worry about sexual harassment at work, school, or on the street, you are a Feminist.

I believe all this things and want to see these things happen in my country. You know what? That makes me a Feminist… and that is not a gross thing to be.

So, let us come together in hope of a changing world; for our sons, daughters, and ourselves. Let us work towards a brighter future by embracing what Feminism actually is… not what we are scared it might be.

To those who actively marched: thank you. For change is not brought about by one person in an important chair, but by the groups of loud voices calling for change.

Much love. Much grace.

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Why I Don’t Hate Donald Trump

Boy. I am beyond ready for this election season to be over. I don’t know if it’s the first election I am participating in as an engaged voter, or if it really has just been an exhausting season. I hope we don’t ever have such a long campaign season as we have seen this past year, because at this point I am just over the whole thing. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE politics! I mean, I have a Social Studies Education degree for crying out loud, so I have to like it… but this election season has been emotionally tiring and a down-right disturbing display of behaviors on both sides of the ballot.

As I have mentioned before (mostly on Twitter) I have been avidly against Donald Trump. I have been since the beginning because I am a bit of a people person, so social policies and and equality issues are a big deal to me. That being said, most of my ideals do tend to align more with the liberal side of spending rather than conservative.

One thing I have noticed though is that people tend to assume that since I am against Donald Trump, that I must in fact HATE him. Since I am against his policies, his ideals, and his words, people automatically think that I hate him as a man.

Well, I don’t.

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I don’t hate Donald Trump. I dislike him and what he says in the spotlight, but I don’t hate him and I don’t think I ever will. And here’s why:

 He is doing the best he knows how.

He really is. Mr. Trump has never lived in poverty, or even middle-class. He has no earthly idea how a blue-collar worker lives or the sacrifices those in the military world make. No matter what you say, he honestly cannot understand those struggles. His idea of sacrifice is all from a business side of the world and he really cannot comprehend what others go through. With this in mind, he believes what he is saying is real and is doing the best he can to appeal to people with whom he has nothing in common. I can’t blame him for his upbringing, his lack of knowledge in the “lower class” or poverty areas. He does not know and does not understand.

He is doing what his side of the spectrum wants from him.

While I know that many from the GOP don’t agree with Trump, he is still appealing to the mass amounts of Conservative Republican voters. He is doing what he knows has worked for him in the past. If a crowd cheers after throwing a person under the bus (metaphorically…) then he will do it in the next speech. If people cheer for a giant wall being built, you can bet that he will continue to bring up the wall in his next interview. He is doing what he knows the voters want from him, and he will continue to do so.

 Hate is a strong word.

You guys, hate is a very strong emotion to feel towards a person. To hate someone allows anger and fury and a desire to see that other person to die to rise up in you. If I hated Donald Trump, I would be wishing his death or his family to be thrown out of the country, or for him to be tortured. I do not hate him. He is a man, a person, just as the rest of us are. He can be redeemed. He can be forgiven. He can have a different story if he so chooses.

 I believe hating a person is wrong.

Since I was a child, I was taught that hating a person is wrong. (Thanks Mom and Dad!). To hate a person is the worst thing I could possibly do to him or her. How can a person come to know Christ by my hatred? How can  I talk of love and yet deeply loathe a person? I can’t. As a follower of Christ it is wrong for me to HATE Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton or President Obama. Each of these people are still redeemable and can accept Christ.

Again,  I do not agree with Donald on his policies, his comments to minorities or women, and a few other things; but for me to feel hatred toward him doesn’t do me any good. My hatred of him only eats at me and shows others that my God can be hateful towards people. I am sorry if I gave the impression of hatred. Know that we can all disagree and still want the best for the other person.

much love. much grace.

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