And that’s where I see you as being very vulnerable in these frat parties, and there’s all this ha ha (bleep) stuff with these males. Just be careful and back away.”

I am committed to seeing the day when “frat” parties are no longer the place young women need to worried about getting drugged and raped. I need to be part of the movement that helps fraternities get there. 

Nowhere should young women need to be worried about getting drugged and raped… especially not at fraternity parties.

Fraternity men should be the ones who set a good example. They should be the ones who keep people safe. Fraternity men should be the ones educating others about why this type of behavior is never okay. 

Values of courage, respect, faith, scholarship, and love are what traditional fraternities were founded on, but when did this get lost? Hazing, rape, and alcohol abuse do not encompass any of those values. Don’t agree, TFM? Try me. You’re the reason I would ever be embarrassed to tell someone I’m Greek.

Being a frat guy is not cool. It’s not what girls want. It’s not what will get you places. 

Being a fraternity man - a man of character - is what young men in these organizations should aspire to be. Anything less is embarrassing… and hurting the rest of us. 

The Pale Blue Dot… watch this when you need a reminder that everything is going to be OK.

Your test is not the end of the world. Neither is that essay you forgot to write, or the book you didn’t have time to read, or the email you forgot to reply to. We’re all just specks. Things like that are so insignificant in the long run. 

Just… work hard and do your best. 

girlyhealth

"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….

First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”

But here is what I think you should know.

You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.

You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.

You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).

You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.

In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.

In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”

Libby Anne (via coachk13)

Amen.

Some photos from yesterday’s adventure from the Grand Tetons to Seeley Lake, MT. Brian took me on my first mountain bike ride and (after nearly having a breakdown because I didn’t know what I was doing), I really enjoyed it ;) it’s not easy if you’ve never done it before lol!

Pictured above is Old Faithful, the falls in Seeley Lake, and our bikes!