Monday, March 27, 2017

#FindOurGirls

In the last three months, 501 children have gone missing in the Washington D.C Area, most of which are young women of black or latin descent.  Within a 24 hour period, 14 girls within a 30 mile radius and similar background/physical charatersictics disappeared with little to no media coverage.  Although sources claim there's not a significant increase of missing persons in the area, the fact that Human Trafficicking has been on a steady rise and children are being lured into a dangerous world is even more alarming.  

We can't solely rely on the media to cover these cases, so we can all do our part by continuing to be aware and activately investigating these cases to make others aware!


If anyone has any additional information that could help indentify these missing girls or provide any updates please comment below!


More information and updates on D.C. Missing Teens

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Most Annoying Question RE: My Body

"WHEN/WHERE/WHY/HOW DID YOU BECOME SO CONFIDENCE?"

First, let's the define the word confident:
Confident
adjective
Having a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something : having confidence
 


For me, having confidence signifies that there's a potential of flaw, mistake, humiliation, or a risk of some type of embarrassment.  We say things like, "She spoke confidently with the data she provided" because there's room for error.

When you call me 'brave' or 'confident' in regards to my body, it is because YOU (not me) have self-consciously identified a reason for me to be uncertain. 

If you really think about it, you only need confidence or bravery if you have identified a potential risk.   Could you imagine someone telling you, "Wow, you're so brave for drinking that water!"  First thought for anyone would be, there's a reason you shouldn't be drinking that water!  Apply that same thought-process to being called confident for wearing a swimsuit at the beach.  To me, this just suggests that I shouldn't be wearing a swimsuit in one way or another.  

I get it, society says, "beauty, blah, blah, blah, standards, blah!"... But here is where your own self awareness comes to into play!  Once you've made yourself aware of your own personal health and body, everything else in society is completely intangible, subjective opinion.

So to answer the incessant question, when it comes to my body, I'm not brave or confident.  I just exist.
...Call me brave when I slay a dragon or something.

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Comment your thoughts!  Do you feel words like 'brave' or 'confident' are needed in the body image discussion? 

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