As children, you hear that "Sticks and stones will break my bones. But words will never harm me." We are expected to simply brush it off. However, as you get older, and the youth get more into technology, the words said impact us more than we would like to admit. Whether that be hearing you are too thin, too fat, sexy, sleazy, beautiful, ugly. What allows us to judge another human being from their looks or perspectives. We can hide behind an anonymous identity on the internet and say whatever we want without anyone knowing it's us. Most of the time, it's complete hypocrisy. For example, we criticize Miley Cyrus, Taylor Momsen, and Mackenzie Rosman and call them whatever we want, yet we have normal girls posting provocative photographs of themselves on their social media profiles because that's "cool". It's not just actions taken, it's our beliefs that often bring on comments by spectators. You are expected to look, speak, and conform to society's expectations of you.
For the past twenty-four hours, this one girl has been on my mind. She stood up for her beliefs and just got slandered for expressing it. I'm all for having an individual decide on what to do with their body - and not allow others make the decision on what to do, but I don't completely hate on individuals who may think otherwise. This 14-year-old girl got called a "slut" simply because she is pro-choice and expressed her opinion. We are calling a beautiful girl who is standing up for what she believes a very derogatory term. The irony that a woman famous for a sex tape is being called beautiful. There is something wrong there. Maybe instead of bashing her, have an intellectual conversation or debate expressing your opinion in person. Honestly, don't use the anonymous factor to hate on a teenage girl who is actually doing and working towards something she is passionate about - and has actual knowledge on!
Wake up, North America! What's wrong with our society? We call a pro-choice 14 year old a "slut" yet one who is famous because of a sex tape is "beautiful". Girls are encouraged to follow their passions and get shunned for it. That's what's wrong with our society.
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