Period Problems

Advice, Awkward Girl, Feminism

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With this BBC article, I was inspired to write about the period.  Don’t run away yet!  I promise this will not be a gorey post.  Menstruation and the taboos surrounding it have been common topics recently among my friends and I.  The subject was most recently broached when discussing having our period at work, and the embarrassing feeling that comes along with having to walk to the bathroom with a tampon in our hand.  God forbid people might know we are on our period!  How did this generation of women become this way?

In a broader sense, women’s menstruation in India is stigmatized heavily.  So much so that they do not have access to proper sanitation.  Women’s rights in India are altogether a huge issue, however just this one basic need is not met partly due to the taboos surrounding it and a lack of education.  If we expect to be able to make a change on the other side of the world, it is important that those who are able around the world leads by example.

I’m glad to see women like Rupi Kaur, starting a conversation about the topic.  Women have had a period since the beginning of time, you’d think it would be a comfortable topic at this point.  I think a lack of education and communication, both in and outside of school, has lead societies around the world to create this awkward bubble around periods.  So I say to girlfriends, talk to your boyfriends about your period, to mothers, talk to your sons about periods, sisters, talk to your brothers.  Open communication is key.  On my part, I refuse to hide my tampon in my sleeve on my way to the bathroom.

-S

Seahawks Pride v. What’s Really Important

Books, Essay, Politics, Quick Read

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On the morning of the big playoff game this past Sunday I was sitting with my friend Jenessa, who is a music teacher, and my mother, who is the executive director of a non-profit that supports people with disabilites, discussing the Seahawks and money.

Jenessa was venting about not having enough funding to rent school buses to get her kids from their school to the local elementary school to put on a concert.  A major factor in running a non-profit is also wrangling funding.  The Seahawks however, are raking in the dough and the support of the entire city and beyond to much of the state.

It took me a while to realize, but it is really spectacular to see a city united in their support of something.  On the other hand, I wish we could all come together to support organizations in our community that make a long term, positive difference in peoples lives.  The back bone of a productive economy is education, and there are classrooms that lack the essential tools to be productive.

It’s hard to level the playing field between garnering support for teachers versus sports stars, because teachers don’t fill big arenas and attract the popularity and with it the merchandising that a sports team does.  But why not?  Most of us have gone through the educational system…and the better educated our society, the more success we will have as a whole.  I just can’t wrap my brain around the disparity sometimes.

One particular book helped me see education in this light, and that is Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn.  It inspired my passionate and absolute support of education from the bottom up.  Everyone should read this book!

Just to further my point, one of the trademark attorneys at my office sent this article around this morning.  Unbeknownst to most of Seattle, the Seahawks have been aggressively trying to cash in on many of the phrases associated with the Seahawks and Seahawks fans.  Trying to trademark the “12th Man” and the word “Boom” in order to make even MORE money.

This is not to say that people should stop spending money on their beloved Seahawks merchandise, but rather that maybe some of that passion and support could be redirected towards education in our community.

What is your take on this subject?  I’d love to hear any and all opinions.

-S

Does the GOP actually care about children?

Feminism, Politics, Sex Ed

The US Congress came back in session earlier this month, and ever since I have seen one article shared again and again on social media feeds. The headline of this article reads:

Congress Introduces A National Abortion Ban On Its Very First Day Back

Quick recap: the bill bans all abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, based on “scientific” claims that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks (this “science” has been refuted by the Journal of the American Medical Association).

After reading about how Rep. Trent Franks (R, Arizona) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R, Tennessee) sponsored this legislation to protect “innocent and defenseless children,” I’d had enough. In my mind, GOP politicians care eversomuch about children inside the womb, but once they’re out they believe they can fend for themselves.

Let’s examine how much Rep. Franks and Rep. Blackburn actually care about children, shall we?