This year is already moving incredibly fast. Mid-terms were this week and spring break starts on Monday. It’s amazing that this year has only just begun and yet so much has already happened. I got a new car (because I killed my old car…), I started my field study working with a school guidance counselor, I am graduating college in May, I climbed my first V3 and V4 in the gym (and then climbed a second V3 and V4 :D), we have a trip planned with some friends in mid-march to hit up Earth Treks and crush some boulders (!), and Jonny and I finally have pretty solid plans for our future together. Now all that is left (after graduating) is to find a new job in the location where we will be moving and to save up as much money as possible.
It’s pretty amazing how everything just happened to fall into place for us. For the longest time we have been looking for work exchanges or homesteading community internships, hitting road blocks at every turn. Then suddenly one little conversation with one of Jonny’s good friends and we are basically given as much land as we want and the potential to live in a cabin for a small rental fee. Ever since, Jonny has been planning our garden and getting things ready for the growing season while I have been reading up on all of the best and most efficient preserving techniques.
It might sound crazy, and maybe it is…but I am excited and ready to do something new with my life. I am excited to be with the man that I love and to do work that is actually worthwhile (because it will be providing us with the majority of our food).
It will be the start of my greatest adventure.
Anonymous asked: Feminists do not hate men-- Actually SOME feminists DO hate men. That's been our problem all along. As a woman I see it happen and I see NO ONE putting those feminists down for their abuse towards men. That's why I gave up on feminism years ago. You mention the 'oppressed majority' film, and yet you conveniently neglect to mention that showed blatant religious intolerance I was watching that film with interest and I shut it off when that came on. I totally reject feminism in its current form.
I am sorry if what I said offended you in any way, but I was not looking for a confrontation or a fight by any means. I am also sorry that you have given up on feminism in it’s current form, but feminism is what YOU make it. Just because one group believes in something that you find morally wrong does not mean that you have to believe in it as well. I was just simply stating my feelings on some of the flack that many feminists get for those who are ignorant, religious intolerant, man haters. I know that there are women out there who do hate men and I know that religious intolerance is not to be accepted. I believe that every person should be entitled to their own beliefs and they should be allowed to practice those beliefs without fear or persecution. I know that a good majority of women of the Muslim faith do not find their head coverings to be oppressive and I think that’s great. I do not believe that France or America should ban these practices because of their own ethnocentric beliefs. I was not intentionally leaving that out when talking about the “oppressed majority”, my mind was just on other things and I was more upset over the fact that feminists like myself and the people that I know, get a bad name when we are not bad people. I’m not perfect, and I’m not always completely conscious of the things going on around me, but I am open to learn and often very understanding. I do not wish to offend anyone and If I have I sincerely apologize for doing so.
As any follower of mine probably knows, I am an avid rock climber, a dedicated girlfriend and occasionally a writer. What most people don’t know, is that I am also a feminist. And today I just really feel like expressing my views on this topic because I am very frustrated…
Laci Green on YouTube is a fantastic Pro-Sexuality Feminist who goes to different college campus to talk to people about Sex and important related issues. She also makes tons of videos on YouTube expressing her opinions about sexuality and how to be sex positive.
While watching a few of her videos I noticed people calling her a hypocrite because she wears make up and shows a bit of cleavage while she talks about things such as sexual objectification and virginity (being a man-made construct to ensure paternity). The thing is, and this is what is so frustrating, showing cleavage and wearing make up does not mean that you are objectifying yourself. You, the viewer, are objectifying her. As a human being, every female has the right to wear what they please because it makes them comfortable. The reactions that people have to what other people where is exactly the problem she is addressing. She wants us to be able to live in a society where women can proudly display their cleavage and not be made to feel ashamed or objectified for doing so.
Another comment had been made showing all of these Feminist memes where Feminists are shown in the light of being misandrist, vegan, ….assholes. Feminists do not hate men. The second wave of Feminism may have been a little bit on the man hating side, but this third and current wave of Feminism is all about equality for ALL people. This includes men. We do not want to have more power than men or be treated like men, we just want the respect and equality that men have. We do not want to be held responsible for the violation of our own bodies because we chose to wear something a little bit provocative.
If you want to see what the world would look like if women had the power that men had, and men the power of women (currently), watch the short French film “The Oppressed Majority” and maybe that will help to put some things into perspective.
This month at the Nook they are having a month long member comp. that is 20$ for non-members to compete and free for members. There will be prizes for the winners in each category, male and female advanced (V6 and ^) and male and female beginner/intermediate (V0-V5). So far I have already climbed a V3 and a V4 which is insane progress for me when there are still some V2’s I am struggling with. But if I keep up the progress on the 3’s and 4’s then I might actually have a shot at placing. However, placing is not a priority and I am much happier knowing that I am getting stronger and even though I don’t think I have lost any weight, I feel much more toned and am developing a good bit of muscle.
Also, I need all this snow to go away so that Jonny and I can get back outside to do some real climbing. Especially since I haven’t gotten to use me new Organic pad yet…and it’s dying to be used.
there are 2 sexes but a lot of genders. when a child is born, you have to take care of them as the sex they are because they are uncapable of understanding the difference between all the gender identities. it’s not trans*phobic or cissexist it’s literally giving the child proper care
Actually, there are more than 2 sexes but society is only capable of understanding and accepting the idea that we are a binary. However, 1 in every 1,000 or so children is born intersex, meaning that they are biologically both male and female. Sex, much like gender, is a spectrum. And as long as we don’t take away the child’s choice to choose how they wish to identify, I think its ok to raise them as a certain gender.
As this semester is gradually coming to a close, I have begun to realize that not only will I be graduating from college this spring, but also, I finally have something somewhat solid and a little bit dreamy to look forward to. Jonny is graduating from college in 6 days, which in itself is very exciting because he will have 2 degrees and will begin his search for a “real” job. While he is searching for a job I will be finishing up my last semester as an undergrad and then I too shall join him in the “real” world. We may not have a solid plan for our future, but all of our talking lately has clearly indicated that our future will be explored together. And that makes me so very excited, because every day with him is a new project or adventure and after two years of being with him, learning from him, and loving him, I can’t wait to start a new life with him. Right now, with final exams and papers looming over my head, the future seems so far away. But after all of this blows over I know that I will see the future closing in. And I can’t wait.