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What women really want from the government

Recently, a video came out that addressed the expectations women have of our government. A Fox News anchor in the video claimed that women want to be cared for by the government, much like they want to be cared for by their husbands, No, most women don’t want a husband to care for them. In 2015, many women are pursuing college degrees and putting the idea of having a family on hold. In 1990, the average age for women to get married was 23, and now that number has climbed to 27. Considering the average age for a woman to get married was 20 in 1960, it’s obvious that women are interested in things other than settling down.

Women are no longer going to college to get an “MRS” degree and are, instead, focusing on their own success.

Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope, a driven woman in government. Graphic from IMDb
Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, a driven woman in government. Graphic from IMDb

Many women are also becoming the breadwinners for their families. In return, that means there’s a greater numbers of stay-at-home dads. Many argue that men shouldn’t be stay-at-home dads because they’ll be emasculated. However, many stay-at-home dads have said that being home is a lot more difficult than they expected, and don’t feel inferior to their wives after their experiences

What these breadwinning, career pursuing women want from the government isn’t “to be taken care of.” In 2015, women aren’t damsels in distress who need a hero or a governing body to come swoop in and save the day. Women these days want to be respected and treated as equals.

What women want from the government is to be recognized and represented. The great thing about America is that we aren’t a country full of white, middle-aged men, as one would expect looking at the demographics of our government officials. Women outnumber men in the United States, yet aren’t as well-represented.

Many women want the government to recognize their medical rights. Although not all women agree, many women want abortion to be legal and recognized as a legitimate medical procedure. Many women also recognize that our healthcare is a huge issue in the US. Although healthcare has come a long way, there are many complications women face in receiving proper care.

More than anything, women want to be recognized as equal to men. Women are paid less than men, and are often refused positions simply because a man with equal qualifications also applied for the job. Because women are often unable to obtain a well-paying job, they’re also more likely to be uninsured or underinsured.

Women also want the ability to pursue their careers and a family — without having to choose between the two. Many women leave their jobs when they become pregnant because their employers don’t offer sufficient maternity leave or benefits.

Overall, women don’t expect to be taken care of by the government. We simply want to be seen as equal to men and have the ability to pursue a career as much as men can. Hopefully, in the near future, the government will take steps to ensure women and men all have the opportunities to pursue their dreams. The truth is, we Beyonce voters need to step up and make sure we choose candidates who are going to implement policies which will get us to more equal ground.

Go back to sleep, sheeple part 2: Chemtrails

I’ve always had a fascination with conspiracy theories. I don’t believe in every conspiracy I hear, but it’s often exciting to think of the possibility that life isn’t as boring as we think it is. This is the second part of a three-part series about some of the most absurd conspiracy theories of today. Continue reading Go back to sleep, sheeple part 2: Chemtrails

Go back to sleep, sheeple

Sometimes I really enjoy reading about government conspiracies such as MK Ultra or Area 51 or the entire plot of “Conspiracy Theory.” The government is sketchy in so many ways that they’re an easy target for the plot of a cheesy fanfic. The problem is that people believe their own fanfics and post them on the internet where anyone can read them. People take them seriously and before you know it, we have a full scale government conspiracy theory. Continue reading Go back to sleep, sheeple

Thank F(AA) for my cell phone

On Halloween, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) announced that it’ll allow the use of electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. This announcement will be the first time electronics can be used since the inception of the ban on FM radios in the 1960s. Continue reading Thank F(AA) for my cell phone

Shut it NASA: Problems after government shutdown

Coincidentally, the day the government shut down on Oct. 1st, NASA celebrated its 55th birthday. They were hit the hardest during this shutdown leaving only two people in their facilities to maintain communication with the astronauts 250 miles above the Earth’s surface on the International Space Station.

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Iceland considers banning Internet porn

The government of Iceland recently announced that it’s studying ways to ban Internet pornography in their country. They have set the precedent to be able to do so because printed pornography has been banned there for many years and strip clubs were banned two years ago. The reasoning behind these bans is that these institutions exploit women and threaten the mental health of children.

Having freedom of speech so engraved in my mind because of American culture, it’s difficult for me to fathom that a modern government would have the audacity to try to ban such a form of expression, even if some find it objectionable. I understand there are circumstances where women are taken advantage of or even coerced into participation, and I acknowledge that it’s certainly possible children who are exposed to pornography may develop negative side effects. However, just because bad things could happen ought not to be the litmus test for what is acceptable and what is not. Continue reading Iceland considers banning Internet porn

From Our Perspective: Science leaders don’t know science

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The government has many departments that handle all walks of life within its power.  The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has jurisdiction over the Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation and the famous NASA. Today we look at Republican Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the current head of the committee. Smith is also known as creator of the very unpopular Stop Online Piracy Act, and was in the news a few months ago for basically denying global warming. Continue reading From Our Perspective: Science leaders don’t know science

At least we’re not North Korea (yet)

North Korea is like the youngest sibling in the world family. It’s not big or strong enough to beat up anyone else, but it knows how to throw a tantrum, and it loves attention. While North Korea continues to push out news effectively threatening to commit suicide by cop, sometimes the rest of the world can’t help but point and laugh about its other silly nuances.

In a recent example, many Internet communities revolving around marijuana have discovered its legal status in the country. A Youtube video entitled “High Times in the DPRK” explains the plant’s widespread use in the area. Given North Korea’s bizarre and often hilarious tendencies, you can’t help but think of this as satire, but it’s true. The country doesn’t even consider the plant to be a drug. Continue reading At least we’re not North Korea (yet)

Pursuit of happiness: Love for all

If you could, would you allow two people to be purely happy? Or would you stop them because of society’s values? Same-sex marriage has been a largely debated issue for our generation. According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, there are an estimated 9 million Americans that identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in 2011. Continue reading Pursuit of happiness: Love for all

Is the Tea Party really something America needs?

Recently the popular Tea Party has grown larger and larger. With more members hating the current administration, a question of its necessity for America is in order. I guess to answer such a question, one must first look at the reasoning for having such protests. So far the only thing I have gotten out of the entire Tea Party movement is the fact that Americans are at a state of severe desperation. With a devastating high unemployment rate and the economy in a near purgatory-like situation, it is obvious why so many of us are gathering together to collectively shout out our pure rage.

Desperate and fearful people make excellent sheep; that is something all of us should keep in mind. What that means is that today, people are in fear of a failing America so they are looking for anyone who might have the answers to their troubles. So along come individuals such as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and many other conservatives who give us a name we should be mad at, aka the government. They say that it