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CEOs and Corporate Strong, Empowered Women

Well hello! It’s me, your favorite unreliable blogger, back from her hiatus settling into college (which has been great so far, and if you have any specific questions/requests regarding that, you could comment/email me, and maybe I will write about them)! College has brought all kinds of new experiences so far, and today I address one of them: frat parties.

Besides a loud, sweaty mass of desperate young people, frat parties are also an environment in which the gender norms and outdated views of society are painfully emphasized. This is demonstrated the most with their many party themes. These themes usually provide a choice of “costume”, with one presenting a clear expectation of being for males, and one expected of females.

For example, last night there was a party with the (optional) dress theme “Yoga or Toga”. Fairly self-explanatory, it’s options were stereotypical-Animal-House-style-toga-made-with-your-bedsheet-that-you-probably-will-still-sleep-in-later or spandex/lycra/any-other-tight-clothing-that-one-would-wear-while-sexily-bending-in-different-positions-on-a-yoga-mat. Furthermore, while not stated specifically, it is the general understanding that the toga option is for guys, and the yoga option is for girls. This makes it really easy for a guy to be already practically shirtless and and for a girl to wear tight, form-fitting clothing with the possibility of a sports bra sans shirt. Speed things up, why don’t we? However, are we really–as fully functioning and aware college-age women–supposed to ignore these obvious practices as reinforcing our position as sexual objects?  As things meant to be looked at and used as men see fit and as available at their disposal and for their enjoyment only?

Also last night, there was a different party with an even worse–and more obvious–theme: CEOs and Corporate Hoes. Besides the use of a derogatory term for women, this title also implies that women cannot be CEOs, but are simply in the workplace to fulfill fetishized schoolgirl/sexy secretary fantasies. In 2015, at the actual #41 school in the country (a ranking that could and probably will move up in the coming years due to a graduation rate overcoming Katrina), we are really expected to play to the stereotype that women can not be both beautiful AND smart, or that we should not be taken seriously in a workplace? We are the closest we have ever been, as a nation, to having a female president for god’s sake. If we aren’t going to legitimize women now, then when?

While I am fully aware that these juvenile party themes are only meant to be fun, and not necessarily to say anything about our society as a whole, it is difficult to ignore their implications. I find it hard to believe that there is no way to throw a party (even a themed party) free of misogynistic overtones, despite the fact that said party is thrown by a group of males. College girls are already throwing themselves out there enough in their normal party attire without having to wear a half open button-down and thigh-high socks.

Submitted with undying love for,
writing again and being the party pooper that points out perhaps meaningless flaws in the system,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

Does “Trans-Racial” Exist?

Greetings, Internet users! I hope everyone’s summers are going well (and on the off chance my blog reaches anyone in the Southern hemisphere, I hope your winter is going well!). Since I pretentiously consider myself intelligent enough to sound off on all of the world’s latest hot topics, I’ve got another one for you. I am a little late with this one, but have any of you heard of a woman named Rachel Dolezal? In case you haven’t, she is a now ex-NAACP leader who is white, but who has been living as a black woman for years; she has changed her hair and skin color to “look African-American”, she has lied on official documents, and she has fooled the NAACP and the world. Apparently, word got out about her actually being white by a family member who finally told someone the truth, and now she is claiming to be “trans-racial”. Now this is a somewhat debated issue because a lot of people are wondering if that is okay.

In a society that is finally learning more about the transgender community with the introduction of Caitlyn Jenner and the new slew of TLC shows, many people are seeing Dolezal’s “trans-racial” fantasy as possibly another branch of this complex identity crisis. “If you can be born a man, but feel as if you are a woman”, people are wondering, “then why can’t you be born white, but feel like you’re black?” Here’s why not.

The bottom line is race contributes to who you are, but it does not contribute to how you are. Race brings with it a culture and a background, but not a way of living. Gender has practically everything to do with your identity and how you live your life. It affects legal documents, the bathroom you use, and largely what you wear and the way you carry yourself, as well as countless other little things that you wouldn’t even notice unless they were taken away from you. Race, however, has practically nothing to do with how you live your life. It makes you look different and gives you a culturally diverse background apart from other races, but it does not affect your daily life. In fact, arguing that race plays a role in how you act is buying into racial stereotypes. Some people of [insert race here] may act like [insert behavioral type here], but not all do. So feeling like you must be black (or white or Asian or Latino or infinite other races) because of a way that you act or a way that you are is actually indulging in racial stereotypes that do nothing to break down the barriers of race that Rachel Dolezal tried to get through.

Hopefully, I have made this clear enough. Claiming to be “trans-racial” and that “trans-racial lives matter” (quoth Dolezal’s Twitter before it was suspended) is actually rather insulting to the transgender community, which is full of people who have gone through extremely tough situations and long, emotionally grueling internal struggles to figure out who they are and why they can’t live life as those people. It is perfectly okay to maybe wish you were a different race for whatever reason, but that does not mean that you adopt that race, because doing so is in fact, counter-intuitively, racist.  Racial stereotypes have nothing to do with actual race and how that does (or does not) affect one’s identity.

Submitted with undying love for,
that fact that Rachel Dolezal’s Twitter account was suspended, Queen Caitlyn, and sounding off on anything and everything I can apparently,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

Sexism Where You May Not Have Noticed It Before…

I’m sure it is quite obvious to everyone that there are sexist messages in social media–TV, movies, ads, music, etc. In regards to music, I’m sure we could all point out hip-hop/rap songs with sexist lyrics or messages. But this is too obvious (though still an issue). No, forget the gangsta rap. Songs like Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$)” or Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” are easily identifiable as objectifying women. One less criticized place I have been hearing it is in–get this–country music.

First of all, yes, I listen to country. I listen to a lot of things. Country is not my favorite of the music I listen to, but I generally like some of everything. Go read my very first blog post, because I mentioned this, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to you if you are a loyal reader, which obviously you all are!

So yes, country music. I had not noticed until Maddie and Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” (http://genius.com/Maddie-and-tae-girl-in-a-country-song-lyrics) came out, but this genre of music has been fraught with sexist themes as of late. Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye are a nineteen-year old duo who are actually the first females in two years to have a number one single on the country radio charts.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Upon further review, I noticed that there are TONS of country songs by male artists depicting some hot girl there to entertain them, not to be a real live functioning human being. Of course I know not all men share sexist views, but it is common enough that Maddie and Tae, and now myself, decided to write about it. Not only is their song catchy, but it calls male artists out, often directly, on the misogynistic clichés that appear in their music. Several of Maddie and Tae’s lyrics are references to–and digs at–other songs. Which is totally badass.

For example, “painted on cut-off jeans” refers to Chris Young’s “Aw Naw” in which he is about to leave a bar when he sees a hot girl taking shots and just has to dance with her and “show off those jeans you painted on”. He describes how he should really leave and was not planning on leaving with anyone, but proceeds to dance with this hot mystery girl until late into the night. Furthermore, he claims it is not his fault. Basically this girl is so hot that he had to stay. She made him. Isn’t this disturbingly similar to the ridiculous notion that girls wearing less clothes are just “asking” to be sexually harassed? There is much more to a woman than her jeans.

The lyric about these stereotypes driving them “red-red-red-red-red-red-redneck crazy” is a reference to Blake Shelton’s “Boys Round Here”, in which he describes country boys and how girls simply cannot get enough of them. I’m sorry, could you move? I can’t see around your HUGE EGO.

When Maddie and Tae sing that “shaking my money maker ain’t never made me a dime” and that they will literally slap someone if he tells them one more time he’s “gotta get [him] some of that”, it is in reference to Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That”. First of all, some of what? WE ARE PEOPLE, NOT OBJECTS. You do not just get to decide you want “some”. Rhett also describes a girl “shaking her money maker like a heart breaker”. Maddie and Tae valiantly point out how absurd this is. They’ve never made a dime off of theirs’!

The declaration that “there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine” and that they will “slide on over” unless the idiot doesn’t want to be slapped refers to Florida Georgia Line’s “Get Your Shine On”. This male duo is describing a hot girl (have you found the pattern yet?) and they insist that she “slide that little sugar shaker over here”, which, beyond being ridiculous, is rather disgusting. I don’t think I have to further describe how sexist the idea is that these men seem to think they can use women for their looks whenever they want. A woman being an independent and self-controlled human being seems fairly self-explanatory.

Finally, the ending’s “I ain’t your tan-legged Juliet” is a not-so-subtle dig at Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” in which he exclaims that the girl he is talking to can be his “tan-legged Juliet”. Charming. Lucky her. Just what she has probably always wanted.

I’m sure there are lots more references in the song, and all of the above ones (and plenty of other lyrics) can apply to several songs, but these are the most obvious ones. Whether or not you care about country music, I urge you to check out the link I included above to the lyrics of Maddie and Tae’s song, because it is truly clever and, again, totally badass. Hopefully, men can drop their dated clichés, their egotistical ideas, and their sexist views so that we can live in a world where it is obvious that a woman makes her own choices and that no means no, mister! A world where a girl topping the country radio charts is actually not so uncommon.

Submitted with undying love for,
feminism, feminism being the belief that men and women should be equal, feminism NOT being a radical and unattractive idea, “Girl in a Country Song” by Maddie and Tae, and calling people out on their bullshit,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

The Truth About Israel

Every now and then on my blog, I tackle a very real and very controversial issue, not to spark anger in anyone reading, but simply because I believe that certain things need to be talked about. Furthermore, you don’t have to agree with my opinions, but my gosh, it is important to not only be educated, but to be able to hear those opinions which oppose yours. Today, I’ll be talking about the Israel vs. Palestine/Hamas issue (and yes, I know that Hamas and Palestine are two very different things). I will probably receive hate/skepticism/frustration, but I think it’s something that needs to be discussed in general.

First of all, I always have and always will stand with Israel.

This is not just because of my Jewish heritage and strong sense of Jewish identity, though those play a major role. It is also because Israel is an amazing country and why shouldn’t it have the right to exist?

Recently, the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, took place. This is one of only a few days a year when my family attends services at temple. The rabbi always gives a sermon on something going on the world or any other lesson they want to talk about. On Rosh Hashanah, my rabbi gave a really great sermon on this very issue, which sparked my need to write about it. Everything he said really rang true with me, and I will outline a lot of his ideas here.

Probably the most important thing to remember is that everything Israel has done–every rocket launched, every death caused, every horrific event come to pass–has been committed out of self-defense. Israel hates doing what they are doing, but what choice does one have? Palestine has continually attacked Israel, who then has no choice but to fight back–after several attempts at peace, I might add. Israel is and has been at the ready to negotiate peace; it is Hamas who continues to break such agreements. And each time Israel fights back, in an attempt to protect their civilians, Hamas and Palestine paint a picture of terrible wrongs done to them–putting their own civilians at risk in order to appear “the good guy”. I think this YouTube video, entitled “Israel vs. Hamas Explained–Cartoon” really depicts the conflict well. Here is the link, should you choose to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt-pEVeOL50

Israel is also, as I said, an amazing country that treats it citizens well and welcomes people of all races and religions. Israel is the only country in its middle eastern region–yes, the only one–who provides basic civil rights to its people. Many of the same rights that we enjoy in the US–to expression, to privacy, to many freedoms–are not given to many other countries, but are given to Israelis. That seems like a very together country that should be allowed to exist, doesn’t it? Furthermore, Israel “won” its land fair and square. After much conflict in the 1930s and 1940s, The UN proposed a plan (Resolution 181) to divide what was Palestine into an Arab state, a Jewish state, and the city of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish populace agreed to what was suggested, while most of the Arabs disagreed. Violence ensued, and even after Israel declared independence, Palestine continued to try to take back their old land.

I could sit here and try to tell you about who is right and who is wrong and whatnot, but that is not the point. The point is that both sides have done and are doing terrible things, but for different reasons. And in the end, here comes the most important idea that I want to take from reading this.

Some people claim not to be anti-Semitic, but to be anti-Zionist. Semitic people technically includes a variety of ancient cultures, Jews among them. Anti-Semitism is defined as “discrimination against or prejudice or hostility towards Jews”. Zionism is the movement, mostly of Jews, for a Jewish state. Zionism is defined as “political support for the creation and development of a Jewish homeland in Israel”. But the idea that was really the over arching theme of my rabbi’s sermon, is that there is no real difference between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.

If you have nothing against Jewish people, than why would you have a problem with Jews–a people who have faced discrimination and oppression for hundreds of thousands of years–creating a safe haven, a homeland, for themselves? Martin Luther King Jr. was once asked about his position on anti-Zionism. He responded, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!” King was a man who recognized hatred and prejudice when he saw it, as my rabbi so aptly pointed out. Zionism is the push for Jews to have a place to call their own. If you are prejudiced towards/against that  idea, you are practicing anti-Semitism, for that is just another way to be anti-Jew.

If you still don’t buy what I am selling, take a look at the Hamas charter. In its preamble, available to anyone who simply googles “Hamas charter”, it states that “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors”. Furthermore, the hadith, or a report of the “teachings, deeds, and sayings of the prophet Muhammed”, mentions even worse. Such Islamic teachings state that Muhammed said: “Judgement Day will come only when the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind the tree and the stone, and the tree and the stone say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him'”. These are words believed to have been said by the Islamic prophet Muhammed, and therefore, learned men of Islam believe that such events will and should come to pass. I am in no way trying to denounce or bad-mouth Islam, I just want people to know the truth about the hatred towards Jews, and that such hatred from an anti-Semitic and an anti-Zionist point of view are very connected.

Sorry that was a long post, but I hope you read the entire thing, as it is extremely important to talk about. Of course, I only covered a fraction of the information on this complex issue, but it was a fraction of information that I think is not discussed enough. There are a lot of lies floating around about this issue, and I refuse to sit back and let that happen without putting my voice in the mix. Maybe this post did nothing to influence you either way, maybe it did, but I truly want to be objective here. Yes, I have an opinion and a side in the issue, but overall, both sides are doing things wrong things. I just believe that one side has good reasons and one does not. Until next time!

Submitted with undying love for,
standing with Israel,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

The Trouble with Teenagers

Here’s the thing.

You know those assumptions adults tend to make about teenagers? We’re all bad drivers. We’re irresponsible. We drink illegally and smoke drugs off the wazoo.  And don’t even get them started on our manners. You know what? They’re not true.

I mean, sure, those assumptions are all a little true. There are several teenagers who shouldn’t be driving, lots who drink/smoke, and tons who are irresponsible. But couldn’t the same be said of adults?

Ask any teenager–we are tired of being treated like a.) children, b.) felons, or c.) time bombs that are bound to go off at any second. We just want to be treated as people, and furthermore, as adults, if you could manage it, because for the most part, we act like it. And I would say that adults are starting to realize this. They are beginning to abandon their petty assumptions about our irrational behavior. But here’s where the trouble with teenagers flares up–someone goes along and proves one of those assumptions. Runs a red light, fails to study for a test, gets caught raiding the liquor cabinet, or disrespects authority. I don’t know, you name it, they do something to send adults’ trust plummeting once more.

As much as I want teenagers to prove their maturity, I just can’t uphold my faith in them when even a few do stupid things over and over again.

Example: Last night, someone (or a few someones most likely) came up my street and hit a few of the mailboxes with a baseball bat before moving onto a street a few blocks over from mine. Now of course, this could have been anyone. But–and here comes the trouble with teenagers again–how often have you heard of adults doing that? Smashing mailboxes with baseball bats is a crime that my generation thought of–those rascals.

Now once again, no one wants my generation to succeed and own up more than I do, but it is situations like this when I sigh and shake my head at the people I call my peers.

I would also like to take this time to address the mailbox whackers, not they will ever read this, I’m sure, but you never know. This shout out goes to those mindless behemoths who, instead of watching a movie or playing a quiet game of Monopoly or something (like a civilized person), decided, “Hey! I know what we can do! Let’s take this baseball bat and hit stuff! Other people’s property even!” probably met with choruses of “YEAH!!!!”.

Well. Thank you for, what, increasing the aesthetic beauty of our mailbox? Reminding us who’s boss? Exercising your swingin’ arm? Breaking in your new bat? Excellent work. You cracked our mailbox quite nicely! But next time you are feeling vapid and in need of entertainment, might I suggest playing with a ball of yarn or something instead? I’m sure that could fill the black hole in your brain just as well.

Submitted with undying love for,
acting like a mature human being, waking up to the police at my door asking about the value of my mailbox, and Generation X,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

 

For Ava, Wherever She May Be.

You may or may not already know the story of Ava Michelle Reinhard, a fifteen year old runaway. Ava has been missing since Wednesday, April 23, at around 8:30am. She left home and did not take her phone with her, and her plans (supposedly) are to train hop to California, specifically, we think, to Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park.  Ava has blonde hair (with her trademark rebellious red streak underneath) and blue eyes. She is 5’7” and was last seen wearing all black with a red, yellow, and green beanie. There is a Help Us Find Ava page on Facebook with over 2,500 likes and her story is being spread throughout the country. But despite all of the efforts to find her, Ava has evaded all attempts, and remains missing over 196 hours later.

If you have followed the story, you know Ava as a teenager with the above descriptions, as a girl whose family and friends desperately await her return, and as someone to keep an eye out for. Maybe you have liked the page, have shared her story with friends, have tweeted about it or shared it on Facebook, or maybe you will do so. But to you, she is, no matter how much anyone prays for her safety or comforts her family or sympathizes with the all too familiar story, a random teen runaway.

But to me, she is so much more.

Ava Reinhard is a very, very good friend of mine. I would even go so far as to say she is one of my best friends. To me she is a spontaneous rebel, a hilarious confidante, and one tough ass cookie. Despite everything she has been through (which is a lot), she is always willing to hear about your problems and cheer you up. (While Ava isn’t really one for advice, she will readily offer an F them to make you smile.) She’s always up for an adventure, she’s never afraid to do and say what she wants, and she could care less what you think. She embodies the carefree way I wish I could live my life.

Though she may never see this, this post is for my friend Ava. I hope you are enjoying your adventure, but I hope you come home eventually. I miss you more than you know.

Submitted with undying love for,
Ava Michelle Reinhard,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

A Disorganized Rant on Feminism

Greetings friends! Salutations! Long time, no post!

I decided, since I have had a super rough week, that a bit of a rant is in order. So in this fun little virtual rant, I will be discussing the under estimation and under appreciation of women. Yay! Feminism! I’m basic!

Now I generally do not identify as a feminist, but I was having a discussion earlier with a friend of mine about it, and I have decided that you will put up with my temporary feminist rant, dammit! (Or, you will become annoyed with me and turn off your computer. Either one.)

If you have read the About Me tab on this blog, you have noticed that I love theater. I am super involved in theater at my school, but I don’t just act, I also do technical theater even more. I am on construction crew, so I build sets and move set pieces during scene changes in the show. In case you are wondering, no, our sets are not made of cardboard, Scotch tape, and Elmer’s glue. They are made of wood that we cut with a variety of large electric saws and put together with drills and screws. Sometimes we use metal, foam, and other materials and sometimes we use real drywall like in your house. Sets can often be 16 feet or so high. My point? It’s pretty legit.

So construction crew is made up of mostly males, with a pretty good amount of females, but I am one of only a few really dedicated girls on crew. Furthermore, although this is my eighth show on construction crew and I am one of two heads of the crew, a boy could come along for his first time on crew and it may as well be his twentieth. Girls are given easier jobs and it is assumed that we are incapable of doing anything requiring physical labor. Need to lift something? Oh gee, we better find some guys to do it! Wouldn’t want to have these sweet little girls pulling a muscle or something! Oh, you need a job? Um, why don’t you just help me hold this or go paint that. This is far too much work for you. I’m just trying to look out for you!

WRONG

Here’s a headline: girls are just as capable, if not more capable, as boys in every subject area. Sure, maybe boys can occasionally bulk up more, play football better, lift more weight, and/or climb the rope higher in gym class. But if girls decided to work out as much or work on their strength training like guys did, we could just as easily do the exact same things.

The point is, if a girl is willing to help you lift that heavy thing, let her freaking lift it! Give her all the hard jobs! She is perfectly willing and able to do something and to be useful. You are not better. You are not stronger. There is no secret man quota that we missed.

I know it seems like I am just spewing hatred and indignation, which in a way, I am. But I think that despite all “progress” we have made towards “equality”, men are still appreciating women only for their sexiness. But we are strong, independent women who don’t need no men!

So, the next time you are about to under estimate and/or under appreciate a girl, don’t. Do not, under any circumstances, baby her. You are equals. And yes, I would like to lift that.

Submitted with undying love for,
disorganized rants, feminism, being a manly man, being a fierce and fiery woman, being basic, and saying screw you to men,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

 

 

Hallway Horror

The following is a fun little paper I wrote for my AP English class in which we had to write an op-ed commentary. An op-ed is an article generally featured in a newspaper (OPposite the EDitorial) and is usually opinionated and not too long. So our assignment was to choose any topic we cared about and write an opinion piece. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I have a lot of opinions. So I chose a topic I was passionate about and tried my darnedest to write a great paper. I got a 90 on this one (thanks Mr. Mazenko) but I am still quite proud of it. So please enjoy! (By the way, I have changed the name of my high school in a lame attempt at keeping up a little anonymity in a scary online world.)

“Hallway Horror”

High school is full of hardships.

Between homework and tests, teachers and peers, high school is filled with emotions, drama, and difficult tasks. However, it seems to me, that the most taxing struggle of all–worse than memorizing vocabulary in a foreign language, more frightening than the common app–is walking in the hallway.

Yes, it may be logical to assume that the hardest challenges of high school occur in the classroom, but alas, it is the hall that really gets teenagers stumped. For whatever reason, high schoolers, especially those at Lincoln High School, are suffering from “Hallway Horror”, a gripping disease that impairs their ability to walk efficiently between classes. They are simply not grasping the concept of walking through the halls. What is this elongated room I am in? Where do all these doors lead? Which way is my class again? Wait, look! There’s my friend! Maybe I’ll stop and chat!

Sure, why not? Ignorance is bliss after all.

But how long can students remain utterly unaware that they are stopping traffic, that their social interactions are causing a blockage? I am all for being friendly, and of course school should not be getting in the way of these kids’ social lives, right? But teens should learn how to navigate their hallways, in order to maintain a happy, healthy high school career. So we will take this in three, simple steps.

Step 1: Pick up the Pace. High school is extremely stressful, and it is always nice to have a break in the day to stroll leisurely to the next class. However, how do you expect anyone to reach class on time if they are delayed by your laziness? And at a school with 3,600 students and 200 faculty members, maneuvering around you is rarely an option. Keep it brisk, ladies and gentlemen, and don’t be afraid to put the car in drive. Think the purposeful walk of a preschool line leader, not the easy gait of the McDonalds employee serving fries.

Step 2: Practice Safe Speeds. Now, I know I just told you to pick up the pace, and you should, but that being said, there is another important piece of knowledge every student must know: never run in the halls. This is not just a rule you heard shouted at you by a teacher as you rushed by them in middle school. This is a fundamental guideline for successful hallway navigation. While you should be walking with purpose, you should never need to run to reach your class. Each passing period is seven minutes long. 420 seconds. Even at Lincoln High School, an unusually large campus at 80 acres and four buildings, you will be on time without running – I promise. If you run, you may not only cause an accident, but you will look, quite frankly, like a disoriented and terrified freshman.

Step 3: Pull Over. The third, and possibly most important rule, applies to that ever so important social life of yours. When you see a friend in the hall, by all means, wave, say hi, make a hysterically awkward face at them as you pass each other (my personal go-to). But please, for the sake of hallway navigators everywhere, if you must have a conversation, pull over. If you stop in the middle of the hall to chat with your pals, you create a general confusion for the first few people behind you when you stop and also for those after them, who must stray from their path to get around. You and your buddy act as a giant highway divider that has been thrown across the middle of the actual highway. If your small talk is really important enough to warrant parking, please pull over first.

It is my sincerest wish that these steps will help high schoolers from all walks of life to navigate their halls – and their high school careers – more easily. If we all remember to pick up the pace, practice safe speeds, and pull over, we can avoid the hallway horror that affects so many high school teens today.

Submitted with undying love for,
opinionated articles, getting an A on this so it’s cool Mazenko, and not so subtle jabs at the kids in my school,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken

People Are Gay, It’s OK!

Lately, there has been one topic pretty prevalent in my mind: gay rights. This is probably because it’s been frequenting my tumblr a lot recently, and I’m sure I’ll either get a lot of love or a lot of hate (or both) for directly addressing this so soon, but I think it should be addressed. And I think this is the most eloquent photo I have seen with regards to gay rights (gay marriage in particular):

via tumblr.com
via tumblr.com

Cause seriously, sorry if you’re opposed to gay marriage, but why the heck are we debating laws about love? Why do people even still need to “protest this shit”? Shouldn’t it be a given that people get to marry who they love?
If you are opposed for religious reasons, then fine, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GAY. No one (unless they are a really weird kind of sadist or something) is going to force you to marry someone of the same sex if it’s against your religious beliefs, but why can’t others do it? Are we going to make a law banning the establishment of mosques or temples now because that’s against your religion too? An individuals’ religion should have no effect on the rights of a completely separate person.
Also, there are tons of people I’m sure you all love who are, in fact, gay–but opposers to gay marriage aren’t going to patronize them are they? For example:

via http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/oscars-2014-ellen-degeneres-top-20-moments-hosting-the-academy-awards.html
via http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/oscars-2014-ellen-degeneres-top-20-moments-hosting-the-academy-awards.html

Now if that’s not the picture of perfection, I don’t know what is. And I know you know who this is because even if you haven’t seen her talk show or the 86th Academy Awards, I know you’ve seen Finding Nemo. To hate gay people, you would have to hate the woman behind the Oscars pizza party or the most record-breaking selfie of all time or, dare I say it, the “just keep swimming” song.
And you know what? The list of smart, beautiful, incredibly talented individuals goes on. Neil Patrick Harris, Jodie Foster, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Queen Latifah, Ellen Page, Raven Symóne, Elton John, and literally countless others deserve to keep their marriage their business. Think they’ll destroy that sacred institution? Here, have another relevant picture.

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Now I know there are all kinds of people out there, and I am not saying that if you’re against same-sex marriage you’re a horrible person. I’ve just provided (hopefully) some food for thought. Do with it what you will.

Submitted with undying love for,
rants, Ellen, and all things flamboyant,
I remain Madilyn Jayne Turken