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Dear Non-Voters

Dear Non-Voters
This years presidential election has come to be known as one of the most historical and important races of our time. But many people are still not going to vote. Some will not vote because they simply don’t care enough, others don’t believe the candidates are right for them. How privileged they must be not to care, not to truly understand the impact a McCain presidency would have on our country. Its not always about the perfect candidate, it is not always about having exactly what you want. If people thought more about their country as a whole and less of themselves, then perhaps they would be inspired enough to cast their ballots. Your vote DOES count and it WILL hurt if you don’t cast it. It is the least you can do. And what about all the other elected officials and other initiatives on your ballot? They are just as important, if not more, because they effect you locally. Please, exercise your right to vote. It matters. It is not about Obama. It is about a better future for our country, because if McCain wins you can guarantee a continued downward spiral from where we are now. If my father, the businessman, the “redneck,” the guy who NEVER votes, can take the time to cast his ballot, then so can you.
Vote affirmatively for Obama.

Jigsaw Youth

By Kathleen Hanna:
We live in a world that tells us we must choose an identity, a career, a relationship, and commit, to these situations..as if we know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, as if we aren’t ever gonna change, as if we don’t live in a world of constant flux, which w e do.
Don’t freak out cuz the jigsaw is laying on the floor and it’s not all the way done and has been laying there for 4 whole hours now, resist the freak out. You will get to it..it’s all part of the process.

By Kathleen Hanna:
We live in a world that tells us we must choose an identity, a career, a relationship, and commit, to these situations..as if we know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, as if we aren’t ever ...

What a World

I do not need to take women’s studies or read women’s history, for it has been written in the lives of the women I know.
And oh, what a world.
This world where I am relieved to have experienced sexual harassment? Why am I relieved? Because I am not:
The girl, my friend, who struggled with anorexia.
The girl, my mom, ashamed, traded her A cups for C’s
my mom, abused.
The girl, my grandma, forced into housewifery.
The girl, my friend, assaulted at the bus stop.
The girl, my friend, molested by her step father.
The girl, my friend, date raped by a “friend”.
The girls, my friends, and countless others.
A world where the worst thing to ...

I do not need to take women’s studies or read women’s history, for it has been written in the lives of the women I know.
And oh, what a world.
This world where I am relieved to ...

family, friends and feminism

A while ago I found myself in a conversation with two girlfriends, they were discussing the dressing habits of this other girl. My friend had over reacted in front of this girl when she saw the “provocative” outfit she was wearing. What was probably just un-known jealousy came across as “well I am just concerned that something will happen to her if she goes out like that.” While its an understandable concern, it still goes against the idea that women should be able to wear whatever they want without the concern of being assaulted etc. I tried to explain this to the two of them, because it smelled a little like victim blaming, but I did get ...

A while ago I found myself in a conversation with two girlfriends, they were discussing the dressing habits of this other girl. My friend had over reacted in front of this girl when she saw ...