Bully the turd never wins (the toilet will always get the last laugh….hahahahahaha)

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By Jessy Muipatayi

Bullies will never succeed in life because all the evil they do will one day catch up to them. Bullies attempt to attack willingly at the expense of their victims. They portray to be strong and powerful but inside they are weak and frail. They pretend to depict a strong image but in reality they are hypocrites. And a hypocrite can only pretend for a certain period of time, later to be exposed as a fraud. For these reasons, bullies will never succeed in anything as long as they keep their bully-ish tendencies. Above all, bullies are turds.

The reasons why bullies will never win nor succeed!!!!

  • They are real sissies because they mess with people weaker in comparison and don’t have guts to face a real person
  • They underestimate people with bad judgement
  • At times they act like an angry turd ready to explode at any moment with a ferocious smell that even the best air freshener can’t quench
  • They think they are cool externally but are inwardly as frail as a mosquito
  • Bullies will always be on the wrong side of society and history
  • They will perpetually be losers forever and ever
  • Those dweebs can never find happiness in life nor will happiness find them
  • They are 1st class losers that are meant to be lonely until they finally undergo a self-examination surgery
  • A kick in their gluteus maximus is an ideal remedy to their dilemma
  • Justice will always triumph for the victim regardless of his state (e.g., dead or alive)
  • At the end bullies will remain turds if they don’t change
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A lonely Bully the turd

If you know someone that acts like a bully, please remind them that they will look like the lonely turd (depicted in the image above) in this world. And we know all too well the dead end for a turd, a traveling ticket to the eternal bathroom with all the waste product that never comes back to the surface again. If bullies want to be successful in life, they will need to stop bringing their madness and the world will kindly accept them. Our world doesn’t accept bullies and bullies don’t belong to this world. At the end bullies will resemble Bully the Turd and be thrown in the toilet:

Bully the Turd!!!

Bully the Turd!!!

Hands up, Don’t Shoot: 7 Easy Ways to Survive Encounters with the Police

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By Justin Prichard

Source: http://wakeup-world.com

Ever since the West was won, and suburbs began to sprout like weeds, the American people have, for the most part, not had to worry about any sort of Alpha Predator in their daily routine. This is no longer the case. With the militarization of the United States Police forces, all Americans are potential targets for these untamed, wild beasts. Follow these simple steps and you will most likely survive your next encounter with the police.

1. Do Not Break Any Laws!

You may think, “ahh, I never do anything to warrant a cop attack!” WRONG! You may absent mindedly spit on the sidewalk, jaywalk across a street, even forget to signal a lane switch while driving a car. These may not sound like violent offenses, but a cop can sniff out a break in the law no matter how small. One small infraction and you could have a whole pack surrounding you.

2. Keep your hands visible at all times

Cops are suspicious by nature, and if they cannot see what is in your hands, they may automatically assume it is a weapon directed at them. When this happens they will pull their weapon, and ‘subdue’ you.

3. Don’t make any sudden movements

Cops are very fickle creatures and are spooked very easily. If a cop stops you, slowly put your hands on your head and turn to face them. But remember: Don’t make eye contact! A cop has a badge and a gun, and this put them above the common person in the social hierarchy of the animal kingdom. Eye contact will spook them, as they now believe that you have sinister intentions and are not afraid of their superiority.

4. Play dead

If a cop does decide to stop you, the most prudent thing to do is slowly get on the ground and curl up into a fetal position. The smaller you become, the less of a threat the officer will sense.

5. Don’t scream for help or claim loss of breath

A cop does not care how much air you are able to breath. Claiming loss of breath only encourages the officer to increase his attack, as he knows you are not yet submissive. Also, any use of your voice depletes the little remaining oxygen you manage to gasp in through his department approved choke hold.

Source: http://crooksandliars.com

6. Remain Calm and Submissive

In order not to provoke the officer into attack, remain calm. Any increase in your heart rate or breath rate is almost certain to set off the cop. Cops can sense when you are stressed, and use that moment to enter into an alert state, as they now fear for their lives.

7. Join the Police Academy 

The only sure way to prevent an attack by a cop is to become a cop. Once you are a cop, the chances of your being shot by a cop are almost zero. Cops survive in packs, swarming their pretty with their overwhelming numbers and federally subsidized military hardware. Which side would you like to be on in that scenario? Plus, if you do commit a crime, it’s almost certain you will get away scot-free! If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

Race to Perfection

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By Hannah Miller

Imperfection Dust I’ve gathered while in the crypt Wracks my cold soul still. In my bones and fingertips, Exhausted breath meets will.

The silk in my spirit woven of pain Demands more than I can call. Through torrents of tears more than the rain, As always I meet the wall.

I was brought from no fire but, with flaming tongs, You wrought me before your own soul. A twisted spirit in ancient songs In the fabric, I am the hole.

My desire forever just beyond reach As I sidle through the age. Though even Death cannot keep me, Imperfection forever my cage.

Brushing past my gaze of heart The Light I cannot be. For darkness is my candle, Though shadows cannot see.

Okay. So this seems dark. Like…too dark for a happy high school student (like I was) to have written. At first glance one might think I was depressed–like my parents did when they found this poem–however, let me explain. I was afflicted with the common high school problem of feeling pressured by people’s expectations of me. I thought that my failure was another’s disappointment. It was a real weight. I don’t remember what exactly sparked the thought, but this poem was the result of me realizing that people weren’t actually capable of being perfect much less capable of expecting me to be. From conception we are flawed and “doomed” to mess up. This was actually not the product of depression but rather a product of this realization: perfection escapes us all. You not only don’t have to be perfect, but you actually cannot be! All that’s left is to pursue excellence.

Basic human imperfection isn’t a novel thought by far (I promise I didn’t invent it). We hear all our lives that people are born flawed, and they will continue to be so forever and until the end of time. But do we really act like we believe it? Not even close. We continue to wrongly assume that our parents, our friends, our significant others expect us to be physically, emotionally, and intellectually flawless; and we will make ourselves sick to prove them right. But to what end? We try to make perfection a goal as if someday, if we work hard enough, we will become flawless. However, though I am a believer in bettering oneself, perfection is not to be attained.

It’s not an easy thing to dismiss our culture’s sprint for “picture-perfect.” I was embarrassed when my parents found my poem, thinking they might be disappointed in my writing (even after my grand realization). There are days now, years after I wrote this, I still fail to grasp this idea. It will be a constant issue I think. Psychologist and author Harriet Braiker, however, has something beautifully succinct to say about this, “Striving for excellent motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” So I urge you, readers, to put aside your aspirations of perfection and instead pursue personal excellence. The pursuit of perfection is not only impossible, but it is a dull way to live. Accepting who you are and that your best is sufficient, is the best decision you can make.

source: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/electionacademy/images/imperfection2.jpg

A thug by any other race is…

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By Joshua Chaney

For those of you that know me, read my article, or heard my presentation 2 weeks ago, you know how I feel about racism (spoiler alert: it isn’t over). I’ve written on police brutality and I’ve spoken briefly (and nervously) on the racist housing policies that created the ghettos we see today, drawing inspiration from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ brilliant article. Today, I’m turning my attention to media’s racial racist double standards it uses. We’ve all heard about the riots that took place in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. The people rioting have been called hoodlums, Ted Nugent called them thugs (the same Ted Nugent that called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel”) and savages, all terms used almost exclusively to describe black people. But what about the riots involving mainly white people? Violent riots erupted after Kentucky lost in the NCAA tournament and the annual Pumpkin Fest in Keene, New Hampshire was just as destructive. What does the mainstream media say about them? I found very little media coverage on the riots in Kentucky or the riots in New Hampshire during Pumpkin Fest (seriously?). The Kentucky rioters were called “unruly fans”, the New Hampshire rioters were called a “rowdy crowd” by CNN. It is said that a picture is worth 1000 words and this picture is no exception, aptly displaying the rank hypocrisy of the media.

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The Ferguson rioters have been used to validate Darren Wilson’s actions to shoot Michael Brown, the racist police tactics in Ferguson, justification for traditional stereotypes that refer to black people as animals and thugs, and they have prompted political and social discussion about the problems in the black community. Kentucky rioters? Nothing. Keene rioters? Nothing. No media commentary about the problems in the white community. Just the usual shrug and kids being kids response. As Sally Kohn from CNN so properly put it, “how is it that the bad behavior of some black people is used to condemn an entire community, while the bad behavior of some white kids is excused and explained away?” Good question Sally. I have my answer but if you want to discuss the issue further, feel free to express your beliefs in the comments section.

I do: It’s not okay if you’re gay

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By Alexandra Elkins

Source: Babyelkz (http://babyelkz.tumblr.com/post/93140678075)“America, the land of the free.” But are you really free if you are not legally allowed to adopt children as a same-sex couple? If you live in Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Utah, or North Carolina hopefully you don’t want kids. Yeah, in those five states same-sex couples are prohibited by law from adopting children together. Of course, the topic of gay marriage is always floating around in every media outlet, but here are some other gross fun fact anti-gay laws that still exist today:

Alabama – along with 8 other states, has “no promo homo” laws, which means school districts are prohibited from discussing and teaching about gay and transgender issues on any level, including sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness. In Alabama, homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.

Arizona – “No promo homo” state #2, no education should include the promotion of homosexual lifestyle, any portrayals of homosexuality as a positive alternative life-style, or any suggestions that methods of sex are safe methods of gay sex.

Texas – “No promo homo” state #3, even though sodomy laws were outlawed by the Supreme Court over a decade ago, they are still a part of this state’s sex education policy. There is an emphasis on sexual abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage as the expected standard in terms of public health and these are the most effective ways to prevent HIV infection, STDs, and unwanted pregnancies. The laws also state that homosexual conduct is not an acceptable lifestyle and is a criminal offense under Section 21.06, Penal Code.

Missouri and South Dakota – forbid school districts from prohibiting bullying based on sexual orientation; these are the only two states that proscribe schools from creating their own bans on anti-gay bullying. Isn’t that lovely, LGBTQ youth can be bullied aka harassed and it’s totally tolerated.

Michigan – In this state an individual can be sent to prison…that’s right PRISON, for 5 years for attempting to seduce someone of the same sex. In Section 338 of the Michigan Penal Code it states that: “any male person who, in public or provide, commits or is a party to the commission of or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of any act of gross indecency” can be sent to PRISON.

Indiana – religious freedom laws give business owners a stronger legal defense if they refuse to serve LGBTQ customers and want to us their faith as justification for their actions.

*Other states with “No Promo Homo” laws are Oklahoma, Utah, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

*The FDA prohibits MSM (men who have sex with men, aka gay men) from donating blood or tissue. What I don’t get about this is that even if they are HIV negative and completely clean of STDs…still can’t donate.

People believe that America is this freedom land where you can be whoever you want and do whatever you want. In reality America is the exact opposite. Being gay in the United States means being denied freedom. It is so gross to me that society views being gay as a “lifestyle” which is insulting. People don’t refer to heterosexual relationships as a “lifestyle.” Being vegan, being a nudist or living off the grid, those are lifestyles.

In reality, in this country and especially in the South, it’s still not okay to be gay because if it was then these oppressive laws would not exist. Why does it all even matter though? We are all on this earth doing the same thing (or at least trying to): breath, eat, work, sex, eat, sleep, repeat. We are all the same. We are all earthlings.

Nowhere to Go: A Story of America’s Homeless Youth

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By Staci McMaster

Photo: Tampa HCHU

Two young men sit on the steps of the Denton County courthouse. Their disheveled appearance and dreadlocks cause a few people to stare before walking on. One of these young men, Danny*, leans his head down as he strums on the guitar he holds in his lap. When he looks up, his eyes are clear and with a tiny glint of mischievousness, he lifts his chin in a nonchalant greeting.

“Hey there,” he says. “Been working on a new song. You want to hear?”

The ease in his voice suggests he and his friends are just hanging out on the steps, watching the world go by without a care in the world. This observation couldn’t be farther from the truth. Danny and his friends are just a few of Denton’s homeless youth, a group of kids with a dim future and no place to go.

“I grew up around here,” he tells me. “Not too far from here. Things got a little tough at home, and I decided to crash with some friends. That lasted for a little while until I had no place to go. This is where I ended up.”

Danny’s day is pretty much the same. Sometimes, if it’s not too cold, he and the group he hangs with sleep outside. There are shelters here in the city, but resources are limited. They can get a meal at the Salvation Army. Residents on the Square are used to seeing them around. I bought Danny a slice of pizza, and we sat down to chat.

“I’d like to go to school, maybe get a job, but I’m not sure what I want to do,” he told me. “This life, you just sort of fall into it. In the beginning, it’s sort of cool. No rules, no one to bother you. You can do what you want. But this life? It’s hard. Where am I going to eat today? How will I get clean? No one means to end up homeless. It just…happens.”

Across America, the number of homeless youth is on the rise. In 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development called for communities to conduct a youth-inclusive count that would include unaccompanied homeless youth, up to 24-years-old. According to Part 1 of HUD’s 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 194,302 youth and children were homeless on a single night in 2014. This figure is down 1% from the previous year. However, given the difficulty of counting homeless youth, that estimate is likely low.

Homeless does not only describe people who live out on the street with no roof over their head. The homeless population includes men, women and children who do not have a permanent residence. Because of circumstances, they end up living with friends or relatives. They lack the monetary resources to obtain and keep some form of permanent housing.

Counting America’s displaced youth is a particular problem. The youth population has a tendency to move around more than their older counterparts. They are less likely to reach out for help or disclose their situation. They will try harder to blend in with peers that are settled.

“Unsheltered youth tend to avoid contact with adults, camp in discreet locations, move frequently and bypass available services,” according to a 2012 Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless report. “This makes homeless youth extremely difficult to identify.”

“I don’t really like for people to know I’m living on the street. I’ve been called lazy. People have told me to get a job. It’s not that I don’t want to. But how do you work when you have no place to live?” said Danny.

Because of their age, kids like Danny have trouble even getting a start. Many have left home at an early age without proper identification. These youth become displaced because of unsafe home environments. Kids that have been passed around the foster system find it easier to go it alone. An increasing number of LGBT kids find themselves on the street as they run away from discrimination and abuse.

Infographic: Behance.net

A new documentary, The Homestrech, follows three teens living on the streets in Chicago. The gap between adolescence and adulthood is examined as these teens attempt to graduate from high school while moving through emergency shelters and transitional homes on the way to graduation. The film, which explores the larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights, premiered on Independent Lens on Monday, April 13, 2015, at 10:00 p.m. Eastern on PBS.

Shelter in Denton

Shelter in Denton

There is work to be done here. So how can we help? Journey to Dream is a faith-based organization in Lewisville that equips and empowers teens to overcome adversity. The nonprofit organization focuses on helping teens avoid destructive behaviors and building healthy values.

Danny scoffs a little bit. “I don’t want to be ending up in any church either,” he says. “It’s not that I don’t believe in God, but I need it to be mine. I’m afraid if I go in there, I won’t be able to be me.”

The Texas Interagency Council for the Homeless is a state agency that tracks and records the number of displaced citizens in Texas. Their annual report includes a breakdown of costs and causes of homelessness along with a list of initiatives to help people become self-sufficient and put a roof over their head.

Danny finishes his pizza and looks outside to where his friends are laughing on the courthouse steps.

“I’m not going to be out here forever. I know I’ll have somewhere to go. I won’t give up. I can’t. We all have each other right now, but we won’t be here forever.”

5 Things You Need To Know About DACA and DAPA

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By Karla Lainez

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Millions of students and parents are eagerly waiting to obtain legal status in the U.S. to find employment and continue their education with recent legislation presented by President Barak Obama. Recently a Texas federal district court judge, Judge Andrew S. Hanen, issued a preliminary injunction decision in the lawsuit brought by Texas challenging President Obama’s deferred action. What does this mean for Dreamers and undocumented civilians? The injunction will be put on a temporary block on Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of American’s and Legal Permanent Residents (DAPA). DACA and DAPA were created to allow temporary reprieves to undocumented children and parents of U.S. citizens or green card holders. People are encouraged to save up for application fees, collect necessary documents and they should be ready to apply when the block is lifted. As a documented student with undocumented family members, how can my relatives gain protection from deportation with DACA or DAPA?

Source: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2015/04/07/110558/daca-helps-undocumented-students-access-higher-education/

1. What are DACA and DAPA?

DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In 2012, President Barack Obama created legislation to certain people who came to the United States as minors under the age of 31 to be considered of deferred action, the ability to seek protection from deportation on a two year – subject to renewal. This also allows the ability to work, but does not provide a legal status. As for DAPA, this gives parents who have a U.S. child the ability to obtain work authorization for a period of three years and the ability to renewal their status. Families find this legislation as a sign of hope to feel safe from law enforcement, and to survive by working with legal documents. There is a risk of parents and children forced to return to their home country because of illegal status.

2. Who is eligible for DACA and DAPA?

  • Under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the United States before 16
  • Resident of the U.S. since 2007
  • No criminal background
  • Currently attending school; has obtained a high school diploma or GED
  • No conviction for a felony or more than three misdemeanors; do not pose a threat to national security or public safety
  • Is a parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Has lived in the United States since July 2010
  • Must not have any lawful immigration status since November 2014:
    1. Must have entered the U.S. without papers or, if you entered lawfully, your legal status must expire before November 20, 2013; and
    2. Must not have a legal status at the time you apply
  • No conviction of criminal offenses, including any felonies or misdemeanors

3. How to Apply?

According to the United States Citizenship of Immigration Services, they’re unable to accept any applications due an injunction. However, they encourage others to collect all proper documents and gather application fees as soon as there is a decision in the ruling.

  • Due to a federal district court in Texas putting a temporary order that puts both programs on hold you cannot apply yet.
  • However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services are allowing individuals to submit request or renewals of DACA/DAPA
  • Bring proof of Identity, birth certificate, school or military photo ID, any us government immigration photo.
  • Proof of immigration status
  • Proof of residency in the U.S.
  • Proof of student status at the time of requesting DACA

4. The Process

  • Since a Texas district court put a temporary hold on the legislation, it’ll be very tough to have an application fulfillment.
  • File updated forms
  • USCIS will reject if you fail to submit forms and pay the application fee of $465
  • Mail forms to USCIS
  • Visit and Application Support Center for biometric services
  • Check your status online

How long can continued undocumented students who continue to strive in their education wait for the injunction to be overruled in order for students and parents to feel safe in the country they now call home?

It’s unfair for people who have made contributions to the U.S. to be oppressed and not given the chance to create a better life for themselves. An injunction, a court order, a temporary hold is being allowed to stop from innocent people obtaining to continue to go to school and get better jobs or create businesses.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-immigration-lawsuit-applications-daca-dapa-20150217-story.html

5. DACA and DAPA benefits

Undocumented students who are protected by DACA will have the privilege of obtaining higher education, obtaining employment with no fear or stress deportation. Students will also be eligible to apply for Free Application Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), making them eligible for Pell grants and to pay for in state tuition.

This will make financial obligations easier for students. As a student I know paying for in state tuition with Pell grant is great! I know it’s helpful and every other students striving to continue high education for themselves and family should be given the privilege the same as myself.

Adults who have residency in the U.S. who have citizen children, but with no legal status should also have the privilege of working without worrying about being taken away from their families. Given work permits will allow families to come out of poverty, and help obtain health insurance and prepare for retirement.

enjoy the moment, enjoy the ride

Speak Out Against Rape & Sexual Assault

By Kati Scarlett

NOTE: This entry was originally posted at Big Eyes, Bright Lights.

Two words: Spring Break. When you think of this luxurious week off of your academic and work related responsibilities you may think of the moments when you may have gotten “shit-faced” with your friends, gone bar hopping or traveling. Sight-seeing, or raving. Gone to music festivals or maybe just watching Netflix or gaming. This past spring break I had the awesome pleasure to attending Panama City Beach, Florida, with my friends, otherwise known as PCB. A live place for college students to celebrate our week of freedom, and man was it a memorable one. It is known as one of the hottest destinations for college students and it did not disappoint.

The crowds on the beaches

The crowds on the beaches

Best alarm clock ever! The hotel I stayed at played music from the Lion King every day at 11am to start the day.

I met a LOT of amazing people and spent all day at the beach, oftentimes plastered, with my friends, dancing to the tunes from our live DJ. At night I was either sitting in a hot tub/swimming in the pool under a blanket of stars with the sound of waves in the background, or dancing on the patio of my room to the music of that awesome DJ who wouldn’t cut off the music until 3 or 4am. It was literally a place where I could stay forever. Or so I thought.

A couple of days ago, a video surfaced from a person’s phone of a gang rape that occurred that spring break in broad daylight at the same beach where I was celebrating the days away with friends. These beaches are crowded with hundreds of people, yet in the video not a single passerby tried to stop what they were witnessing; some even paused to watch these four men rape a girl so drunk she was blacked out. What’s even more horrible, CNN reported that the girl involved was watching the news and contacted authorities when she recognized her tattoos in the blurred video shown on television. She was so inebriated she did not even know what had happened to her. Talk about a nightmare.

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1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted during their time in college and every 21 hours there is another rape on an American college campus. Of the college women who are raped, only about 10% report them. People claim to be understanding of the statistics, and universities hold days or months for sexual assault awareness. We CLAIM to do so much yet not even a single person out of the hundreds at that beach reported what was happening. Not a single person.

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I was a freshman who had only been in school for a few months when I was sexually assaulted. I was so drunk I had passed out on my friend’s bed, only to have one of her friends come in during the middle of the night. I was so inebriated it was hard to open my eyes much less move, but I somehow found the strength to move from his grasp and stumble out of the room into the arms of my roommate. The only thing I could muster to her was “get him out.” This man was trusted by all of my friends, and even me. I could not imagine what this girl went through, having no one stop what these men were doing to her, and I am so thankful I had escaped that fate.

I believe that it is our responsibility as people to speak against injustice. It’s our responsibility to stop a person from raping, to help get a victim to report a rape, or just be there for the victim. One of the first things to prevent rape or sexual assault: don’t be naive, rape/sexual assault COULD happen to you or a person you know whether you are a guy or a girl. When you go out drinking or partying, go with a group of friends who you know will take care of you or watch over you. Another thing to do is not accept a cup or any open containers that could have been tampered with, from strangers. I know free alcohol can be tempting but there is a possibility date-rape drugs were put in your drink. Don’t take the risk. Be careful too, with whom you trust. Another thing is to just say NO. Don’t be afraid and stand up for yourself, prepare yourself for something that could happen and follow these guidelines. It is great to have fun, but you also have to be smart.

Check out http://ntdaily.com/unt-plans-events-for-sexual-assualt-awareness/ for UNT events related to Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

What’s All This Talk about Gender Equality?

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By Spencer Austin

Source: indiegogo.comHave you noticed all the talk about gender equality in the news and online lately? As the name implies, it is a human rights movement that seeks to achieve equality between the sexes. But is gender inequality still a major problem? Is there still a significant gap between men and women? As it turns out, the answer to those questions is yes.

Women, even those living in relatively progressive nations like the United States, are confronted daily with challenges that their male counterparts do not face. These include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Lower wages than men who work the same jobs
  • Fewer leading positions in industry, academic, and government
  • Higher rates of assault, including sexual assault

Source: journalistresource.orgAs of 2012, women in the United States were paid 0.81 for every $1.00 made by their male counterparts. This gender pay gap ratio has remained almost unchanged for over a decade. This income imbalance means that women take home significantly less money to their families and that they will have smaller savings when they retire. But the pay gap is just the tip of the iceberg.

American women face an uphill battle when it comes to obtaining upper-level positions in numerous fields. Women in the American business community are very underrepresented in corporate management. For example, they only hold 1 in 5 of the seats on the corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies. They also find it hard to rise to the upper-echelons of academia. There are significantly more men in faculty positions at American universities than women. This is especially true in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math), where women represent only 20% of faculty members. To compound this problem, these female faculty are paid considerably less on average than male faculty. However, the most telling figures on gender inequality in the US may just come from our own government. As of this year, women hold less than 20% of the seats in Congress (104 out of 535) and only a quarter of US Cabinet-level positions (6 out of 23). These shocking numbers illustrate that gender inequality remains a major problem with real-world implications.

Although all of these statistics on women’s professional disadvantages are disappointing, the gruesome numbers for violence against women are even more disturbing. Studies show that 1 in 5 women are the victims of sexual assault. In addition, women are significantly more likely to be killed by their husbands and boyfriends than men are to be killed by their wives or girlfriends. This data helps drive home the reality that gender inequality is a serious, even deadly problem in America. The figures presented above in no way demonstrate the full disparity between men and women; there are plenty of other ways in which women are treated differently from men. The facts are all around us, if we choose to look.

Source: beonliest.comI was raised around strong, independent-minded women and I believe that has been a major factor in shaping my views on this issue. They taught me that women should be treated as complete equals to men. As a child, these messages didn’t seem particularly significant. It was not difficult to understand why you should treat everyone the same. However, as I got older, I began to realize that society doesn’t always work that way. Although we have made great progress in the last century, women are still not treated as men’s equals. There is much that must still be done to improve the lot of women. What do you think about the movement for gender equality? What do you think can be done to make an improvement? Write a comment and maybe we can start a conversation that will lead to real change!