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Real Feminism(tm): A Short Primer on the First Wave

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“Man’s intellectual superiority cannot be a question until woman has had a fair trial. When we shall have had our freedom to find out our own sphere, when we shall have had our colleges, our professions, our trades, for a century, a comparison then may be justly instituted.” -Elizabeth Cady Stanton July 19, 1848 Seneca Falls, New York

Nearly every conversation about Feminism hits a wall when the Feminist in question argues that the critiques are not representative of “real feminism,” but instead some kind of misguided straw-man that only someone very unfamiliar with First Wave Feminism would spout.

So a bit about First Wave Feminism.

In the early nineteenth century First Wave Feminism had two mothers: Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

These women initially had very different goals and ideals. Anthony had the working woman in mind, and wanted equality of workers rights: “Anthony concentrated…

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My Truth About Love

Thought Provoking Thinking

LotusReflecting on this Process of Love has been a tremendous and very unique journey for me,as I’m sure we all have our various paths we’ve taken or still on to find Love’s embrace.

Since on this journey I have been beaten and bruised, torn, tattered, and shattered into pieces, but have had some of the most pleasurable moments I’ve ever experienced in this search for Love to engulf me, and fade into an infinity where nothing else matters but our connection.

I’ve given plenty and have received much truths about myself. Many I never considered.

My truth about Love is that true Love is never lost, Love evolves.

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This Is The Last TIme I Get High

A Buick in the Land of Lexus

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I snapped a picture of my surroundings and sent it to him, so somebody would know where I was.

“Pretty,” he said. “Where is that?”

“Downtown Newark.”

Downtown Newark, New Jersey is anything but pretty, but nighttime hides a multitude of sins.

“Are you going to score?”

“Yes” I  texted.

“Don’t be a dumbass” he responded.

“If you don’t hear from me in an hour-there’s a problem.”

An hour later, I was laying in front of a magical Christmas fireplace with the whole family I never had.

The most magnificent church bells rang in my soul.

My brain was massaged by Kafka and Burroughs,

as I bathed in the warm golden sunshine of a perfect life.

I squinted at my cell phone at 7:45 the next morning. My cell phone alarm had been beeping for 45 minutes.

7:45? Fuck. I usually am up at 6:30. Get my kid up at 7.

My heart…

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We Don’t Need No Thought Control

A Buick in the Land of Lexus

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Our kids are in CRISIS.

I work with teenagers in an affluent suburban area.

They don’t comprehend what they read. They use calculators to multiply 10 x 10. The average high school junior has no clue what the word “diligent” means.

They write essays resembling those of a 5th grader. About how Albert Einstein discovered electricity.

In tests administered in reading, science and math to 15 year-olds globally, we are behind TWENTY NINE countries in math. And our kids’ performance in reading and science is  not much better. And yet, American investment in education is unrivaled, globally.

Are you scared yet?

We lead the world in the consumption of illegal recreational drugs. And one of the chief sales outlets?

Our SCHOOLS.

Our teenage suicide rate is the highest in the world.

EVERY DAY there are over 5,400 suicide attempts by kids in grades 7 – 12.

NOW are you scared?

The two places teenagers…

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