Reaction Piece on the Bill Cosby Mistrial

For me, the recent outcome of the Bill Cosby trial and trials similar to that one are an absolute disgrace and slap to the face.  This trial, essentially, discredits the severity of sexual assault and the voice of victims.  Though we have made progress throughout the years, we still have so very far to go.  Trials like Cosby’s and men like Donald Trump, destroys not only the credibility of sexual assault victims, but the spirit of the victims as well.  People often wonder why sexual assault victims don’t speak up or wait so long to speak up, and it is because of men like this who so easily walk free.  Each victim’s reason for not immediately sharing his or her story will be different.  Continue reading “Reaction Piece on the Bill Cosby Mistrial”

Bill Cosby Trial Ends in a Mistrial

On Saturday, June 17th Bill Cosby was released after a lengthy trial.  Cosby was accused of sexual assault and misconduct of at least 50 women; however, Cosby was only put on trial for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand.  Constand accused 79 year old Cosby of drugging and assaulting her at his home in 2004. Continue reading “Bill Cosby Trial Ends in a Mistrial”

Love’s Limits in Aceh

It baffles me that homosexuality is considered a crime.  A relationship between two consenting, same-gendered adults is considered illegal.  Essentially, love is considered illegal.

I feel very lucky to live in a country that accepts my preferences and interests.  I feel blessed that I can be myself within the place I call home.  Granted, there will always be people who don’t believe in the ‘idea’ of homosexuality, but I know I won’t be punished for who I love and who I am. Continue reading “Love’s Limits in Aceh”

Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill

Don’t freak out…yet.  The bill has been passed in the House, but not in the Senate.  Thus it is not official nor is it a rule. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill”

How to Survive Trump’s Presidency

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, there have been millions of protesters lining the streets with “Not My President” signs proudly in hand.  Men, women, children, and even celebrities have joined the movement.  There have been more protesters than there were attendees at Trump’s inauguration.

While I’m all for protesting and exercising one’s First Amendment right’s, the fact of the matter is he is our president.  And he’ll be our president for the next four years unless impeached. Continue reading “How to Survive Trump’s Presidency”

The World Peace Myth

We all have seen or heard it- a beauty pageant contestant is asked what her one true wish is.  A perfectly rehearsed smile spreads across her face as she answers: World Peace.

World peace, though a serene and wonderful concept, is virtually impossible.  World peace requires the action of perfection, which is not something the human race possesses.

There will constantly be political disagreements, violence, corruption, and war.  Though these events are tragic, they help and push us forward.  They inspire change, education, and anomalous victory. The Civil War helped to abolish slavery and also created crucial military equipment that we use to this day.  Granted, no war or act of violence has a joyous effect, but each tragic event has a silver lining.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Without the tragic death of 18yr old Samantha Koenig, police would have not been able to catch notorious serial killer, Israel Keyes.  Now Key’s will not be able to harm anyone again and there will be justice for his previous victims.

Though world peace may not be attainable, we can strive for a more peaceful world.  We can make this world a little less chaotic if we are willing to discard our stubborn ways and listen to the ways of others.  Communication is key and right now we are lacking open and peaceful communication.  This world is truly beautiful and so are its people.  We may not have the ability to generate a completely peaceful world, but we have the ability to communicate love and change.

Crazy Stupid Love

I know so many people who devote their whole life to finding the “one.”  They search far and wide for an individual who fits their list of needs and wants in a potential mate.  They spend their days swiping through digital dating profiles and their nights mingling at bars filled with strangers.  This quest is all a desperate attempt for the one they can call their future spouse.   Continue reading “Crazy Stupid Love”