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The topic of tribal women is often ignored while talking about discrimination faced by marginalized women, despite them being an equal victim of the system. Moreover, tribal women’s resistance has generally occurred quite autonomously from urban feminist movements.
The best and worst thing simultaneously about the internet is that everyone can have a say and anyone can build a platform, whether you're a makeup artist or a cake decorator or a doctor you have the ability to share your innermost thoughts and ideas with the world in a way that would have been impossible a mere 10 years ago. Whether you're sharing your creativity and making people laugh on youtube, using TikTok to catch a killer, or just Instagramming your lunch, you're part of the world’s largest and most connected communities and that’s a beautiful thing.
I am writing in the hopes of being heard. I do not aim to attack; only to respect all and express my thoughts. I only want to understand why another’s pain trumps not only my pain, but the pain of over 600,000 women a year - because we are all human and deserve love and compassion. This is very personal topic for me, and I’d like to share my perspective. I’d also like to add why pro-life beliefs are harmful and hurtful to people like me.
One thing's certain, it's impossible to generalize female sexuality in blanket terms. Women desire sex in different ways, at different rates, and the amount of sex that any given woman wants in her lifetime can also fluctuate wildly.
Hello, I hope you're having an amazing day so far. My name's Alexa, and today, I want to talk about something everyone has: body hair. Body hair is so natural and normal, yet, everywhere I see ads for hair removal and people on magazines who have baby soft hairless skin. I have seen some small brands that are embracing body hair. I first saw them on an instagram ad, they are a brand of bras and underwear called hara the label. I was so happy to see that some of their models proudly lifted up their arms while posing to reveal their armpits. It felt liberating to know that others had decided to leave their hair like me. Hey! That rhymed. Although there have been advancements to represent body hair it isn't mainstream.
WARNING: Reflections in this mirror may be distorted by socially constructed ideas of beauty. So the other day, I was looking at my reflection and I made the realization that there’s nothing – absolutely NOTHING – wrong with my body! I had an intense wave of love and appreciation for my body. Yes, I’m “over weight” but I’m not unhealthy. Yes, I can be more healthy, but I’m working on it! I eat healthy 90% of the time, I’m physically active, and I get good sleep. I have cellulite – as do 80-90% of women! And almost 70% of women are over weight or obese.
The date is September 18, 2013. I am 18 years old. I am in the middle of my first semester of college. I am unaware that someone might want to take advantage of me. I am naïve.
When I was fifteen, my periods were unimaginably painful. Once a month, I was bedridden for days, barely able to leave the fetal position. My gynecologist tested me for PCOS and other ailments, but couldn’t find the cause. With no clear diagnosis, she ultimately prescribed me birth control to mask my symptoms; while it was enough to help me get out of bed on those mornings, I knew I would need more if I didn’t want to waste a quarter of my life in discomfort.
When people look at me, they can't see the pain behind my eyes. I have always forced a smile upon my face. I am only 32 years old and my life has been far too stressful.
Cancer develops as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes who are the growth regulators of cells. Breast cancer is cancer that develops due to uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Breast cancer either begins in the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands (lobular carcinoma), or the ducts, the pathways that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple (ductal carcinoma). Breast cancer can also occur in the stromal tissues, which include the fatty and fibrous connective tissues of the breast; however, it is less common. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts or lobules.
Growing up I was blessed to have met this woman while ”working” (the only way a 12/13-year-old could work, by volunteering) in the church nursery during Vacation Bible School. I absolutely fell in love with her infectious upbeat and positive attitude as well as her passion and love for her FAMILY. I babysat for her family for years, but it became more than ”babysitting”. I was blessed with parents who encouraged me to learn with others while they monitored (overprotectively). To this day, I strive to impact a girl’s life in a comparable manner knowing the difference Mrs. Krieg (I don't know why, but I still can't call her by her first name, weird) made in my life. I always thought that this was my purpose. When Brian and I learned that I could not carry a pregnancy, I thought I had lost my purpose. This was so hard for me because of the examples set in front of me. I always wanted to be a great mother, like those I saw growing up. If you were friends with my parents, worked alongside my parents, or were our neighbors... If you had a child who played sports with myself or my brothers (I am so sorry, you probably cringed seeing me show up... I was horrible)... If you went to church with us, if you cut our hair or taught my brother Karate, the parents, mothers, and women who I watched from the passenger seat of our (mostly) minivan, you significantly impacted my desire to be a parent, a mother... Most of you, I still call Mrs. and Mr. (Mrs. Warden, Mrs. Ritchie, Mrs. Carney, Mr. Howard, Craig, Kathy, Mrs. McGlothin, Mr. Sadler and SO MANY more), but all of you inspired me. You showed me what kind of a mom and adult I wanted to be. Most of you probably didn't even know that my nosey nature was watching and remembering.
When you think of the 'ideal body', what do you imagine? The majority of the society will think of small waists, big hips and large bosoms. However, this is completely incorrect. In this article I will reveal what the media have been hiding from you, and how to stop caring about the judgement we receive from everyone else.