Local group seeks to stop hunger in hometown

Recently, Buzzfeed published a piece about a 26 year old woman who took a very expensive cab ride from a Halloween party and could no longer pay her rent. She started a GoFundMe online fundraiser and received almost double what she asked for. (read the full article here)

There has been a lot of outrage from commentators because of the trivial nature of the fundraiser in comparison to much more cause-worthy fundraisers/situations that people can donate to.

One visitor noted:

Birthdays are always a good time to celebrate but if someone is that deep in the hole and blacks out remembering spending that money in the first place, I dont know why I’d feel the need to donate. So I understand why she’s upset but if you’re already having trouble paying rent, drinking to the point of not remembering on your birthday/rent day, doesn’t seem like the best idea.

Whether we agree or not on her cause being fundraiser-worthy, we can all agree that there are other causes out there that deserve as much recognition if not more.

Here is a fundraiser being done by a group of students to fight hunger in their community. They will use the funds to prepare home cooked meals and boxes of necessities to needy families.

Giving a little won’t break the bank, but it will make a world of difference in another person’s life.

Click on the link below to help out the less fortunate and spread a little love!

http://www.gofundme.com/ggv708

Rape Culture

This is my experience, my life.

As a girl growing up in a patriarchal society, you learn a lot of things. Namely, that you have to always be on guard because the world is not safe for you. As a kid my parents never let me go out with friends or have sleep overs at their houses because they thought there was the possibility of their fathers, brothers, or relatives being there and “doing something to me”. Code for: they thought I would get raped. I remember overhearing my dad tell my mom about a horrific dream he had in which I (his only daughter) got brutally raped, his worst fear had manifested itself into a dream. I would cry and protest this because I still hadn’t absorbed The Fear. It was a much more innocent time for me. Continue reading

Feminism and The Big Bang Theory

big-bang-theory_lThere is a saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and this is fitting to describe Feminism because they work to make the weakest links strong so that the whole movement can be strong. Continue reading

Awkward Parent

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I went to the grocery store today with my 7 month old son. As I am standing at the scanner scrutinizing every item that is scanned, I suddenly hear shrieks of delight and realize that my son has attracted the attention of a couple of teenagers. I watch quietly as they make funny faces and my son laughs hysterically. I don’t really know what to do, I smile awkwardly and turn back to watch the scanner. I pay for the items and hesitate, I don’t want to be the one to break up the fun but it is time to go. I start pulling the cart and give the kids an apologetic smile. “Say bye, Eric!” I say and they are visibly sad to see him go. We start walking away and one of the boys follows, still making funny faces while my son laughs.

Where did this social butterfly come from?

Hot cars and Sexual assault

So apparently sexual assault and kids dying in hot cars is all over the media these days and I just have to wonder at the world that we live in. Are we really that fucked in the head that we can’t remember to take our kid out of the car? Doesn’t this say something about how busy everyone is nowadays? Is work really that fucking important? I know that nobody is perfect, I feel for those parents who lost the children. They don’t need to be chastised more than they already are, but at the same time a dialogue should be started about the fact that nobody has time to live anymore. To breathe. To take a minute to enjoy the day. More and more people are putting themselves on autopilot and these are the disastrous results. Continue reading

6 Things that only Single Parents will Understand

It’s not easy being a single parent. This is something I have always heard and known to be true. But I didn’t realize just how hard it was until I actually became one. Here’s a list single parents will be able to relate to.

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Waiting…

“Afterward, the seven hundred people in the boats had nothing to do but wait… wait to die, wait to live, wait for an absolution which would never come.” – Rose Dawson, Titanic 1997

We are all waiting for something. Waiting to get off work. Waiting for the bell to ring. Waiting for the check to come. Waiting for lunchtime. We’re so used to it now that I doubt many of us even think about it anymore. Continue reading

An Open Letter to the Pity Party

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Dear Pity Party,

I’ll admit it, I’ve attended a few of your functions in my life. Sometimes I would literally feel like the most miserable person in the world. The words my life sucks bouncing around me like a million droplets of water, leaving me soaked and miserable in their wake. But you know what? After a good crying session and maybe a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, you come to realize that, it’s really not that bad. No matter what your situation is, there is always somebody who has it worse. Continue Reading…