Tag Archives: civil rights

President Obama, MY President

9 May

Watch the video above, and you will hear President Barack Obama stating that he believes gay marriage should be legal. He is the first president to openly endorse gay marriage. I voted for this man 4 years ago, and I’ve never questioned whether it was the right or wrong choice, but I’ve never felt like it was either. After hearing him say this, I realize I haven’t felt more right about my choice. He is my president, and he is speaking for a huge number of people when he says he supports this.

How do you feel about President Obama’s statement?

Anti-Gay: Measure Passes in North Carolina Banning Gay Unions

9 May


Amendment One was has been voted on in North Carolina, and has been passed. This means that the only recognizable union by the state will be the marriage between a man and a woman. Gay marriage was not recognized by the state, but this may change the nature of other unions and domestic partnerships, which were once legal.

This is a major setback for civil rights in the entire country.

Apparently, 61% of voters voted ‘yes’ for the amendment to be passed. The North Carolina Democrat Party, however, is hoping to still fight the fight and does not support this amendment. A statement they released says

“Tonight’s results are an unfortunate reminder that the fight for Civil Rights in our state is not yet over. Writing discrimination into our Constitution is wrong. The State Constitution exists to protect the rights of our citizens- not to take them away. Despite this setback, north Carolina Democrats will continue to fight for all of our citizens.”

It is an unfortunate reminder. To think we live in a “free country” and still so much prejudice still continues.

Another statement was made, by a Christian organization, supporting the amendment:

“We applaud North Carolina voters for joining voters in 31 other states upholding the historic and natural definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman…They recognize that marriage is the only kind of union that results in natural procreation and keeps a mother and father together to raise the children produced by their union.”

What? Natural? Keeps a mother and father together?

Homosexuality is a natural occurrence, and I’m also sure that marriage doesn’t keep anyone together. Hello…haven’t you heard about the current divorce rates? I cannot believe that this fight continues, and the ignorant, naive people of this country are still voting against rights that every citizen should have. There are currently 6 states in which gay marriage is legal, along with Washington, D.C. If its legal in Washington, D.C…why on earth is it not legal everywhere else? Thats the epicenter of our government!

Are you as outraged about this as I am? What do you think about the current state of civil rights in the United States? Do you think there will be any consequences for civil rights in the rest of the country?

Why I’m Not A Feminist

30 Apr


First, let me make a distinction. Just because I don’t call myself a feminist, does not mean I am anti-feminist. I’m not. I just don’t associate strongly with what I believe strong feminist views to be.

The main reason that I don’t consider myself a feminist, is because I know that men and women are different and I’m okay with that. We are physiologically and biologically different. We are hard-wired differently, so it doesn’t make sense to me to be expected to be exactly the same.

Also, in order to be a feminist, I think that you should be an activist for women’s rights, and play an active role to raise awareness. I don’t do this. I’m not saying, by any means, that people shouldn’t do this; it just isn’t what I feel passionate about. I also, for one, have no desire to be drafted into the military – none whatsoever. That is a necessary part of gender equality and it is one that I want no part of.

What seems to be a major part of non-active feminists (ones that associate as feminists but don’t really do anything to further the cause) views is trying to abolish double-standards. Yes, I agree that some double standards shouldn’t be in place. For example, women have the capacity to perform at the same intellectual level as men. My problem with double standards is when women lower their standards and morals to get rid of the double standards. No, women should not be judged for sleeping around differently than men should, but I think that men should raise their standards and not sleep around, rather than women lowering their standards and sleeping around.

My final point uses my personal ability of performance as an example. I’m completely independent of needing men. I don’t need a guy to fix my computer, my vacuum, my car, open a jar, or anything else a man might be “handy” for.  Maybe that is why I don’t feel the need to be less “oppressed” by men…because I don’t feel oppressed to begin with. Some of the people I know to act like feminists most are some of the same women who ask men to open bottles and carry things, and that doesn’t make sense to me either.  That being said, I still enjoy when a man opens the door for me, and does similar thing…but I think that has more to do with the hopeless romantic within me than anything else.

And besides, does any activist group want someone to be part of it if they may be considered a hypocrite? I think if I kept my views, I would be a hypocrite if I called myself a feminist.

So, what do you think? Do you call yourself a feminist?