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Ch. 3 Sex: Love’s Got Something to Do With It

Has anyone else noticed how the main topic of many of women’s magazines is sex? Cosmo, Glamour, Women’s Health online has a sex page, Marie Claire. The list goes on. It’s all about recreational sex.

The Pol. Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism makes an interesting observation. “Women lost the sexual revolution.” (pg. 19)

Recreational sexual activity was supposed to put women on the same playing field as men, show men that they have just as much control over their own bodies. Except what they have done instead is show that they’ll have sex whenever and where ever.

As a college student, the temptation of pre-marital sex is everywhere. I often hear “You’re in college; you’re supposed to have sex.” Or “Let’s loose every now and then, Lucy. Have fun!”

Ugh, no. Sex may be a part of the majority of college students lives, but it’s not going to be a part of mine. You can give me grief all you want, you can tell me I’m too uptight, that I’m too conservative. But all that’s going to do is make me stand more firm to my beliefs. It’s going to have the opposite effect on me.

On pg. 21, Lukas explains how this idea of recreation sex doesn’t end with college. “Our pop culture seems to celebrate- even while still sneering at- infamously promiscuous young women.”

I interpret this statement as such: As young college students, as adults, we are supposed to have casual sex, but society looks down at promiscuous women as easy, sluts, etc.

So where is the balance? There is none. It’s an oxymoron. Have lots of sex! But not too much. Give your body to multiple men! But not too many.

My goodness. If anyone thinks this message is just in the popular media, on television shows, in popular magazines, I’m sorry, but you are very mistaken.

In my sociology class, we are talking about gender inequality, and this idea has come up multiple times of having many sex partners and it being an ok thing. Women’s study classes are all about women’s sexual roles. Check out pg. 23 for some quotes from a few textbooks.

“Sexual exploration is a key element of women’s liberation” (pg. 22).

Here’s a question. If casual sex was supposed to liberate women, how come there are still sexual assaults, rapes, sexual harassment against women? I think we have created a monster. Not only are there more risks to STD’s, but abortion rates are higher than ever because women are getting pregnant and killing their unwanted child. It’s disgusting. Not only are they ruining their own lives, but the lives of another.

“Women has adopted the worst characteristics of men.” pg. 25 Haha. So true! The paragraph after this quote is excellent.

The rest of the chapter is about how women are unable to separate love and sex. And I truly believe this. Women are different from men, and I believe that biology has a great deal to do with this, no matter how many times my Sociology prof. tells me I’m wrong. We are just different from men. I’m not sure why our society today is so persistent on making sure that there isn’t love in sexual relationships. “Women are warned against engaging in casual sex with someone in whom they might possible be interested for a real relationship.” (pg. 29) Man, this is sad…

Here’s my take on things. I’m going to present myself with modesty. I’m not going to walk around with a super low-cut shirt, or shorty short shorts. Why? Because I want a guy to respect me for my mind, my spirit, my personality. Not because he thinks he can get some. Oh, Lucy, that’s so cliché! Well, I respect myself too much to throw my body around. I just wish my friends could see things the same way.

Have a great weekend everyone!

~Lucy

“My child, be modest in your self-esteem, and value yourself at your proper worth.” Sirach 10:28

 

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“The Blind Shall See and the Truth Shall Set Them Free”

Good Morning y’all!

I was getting ready for classes this morning, and I like to read the news and whatnot while I’m eating my cereal.

And I found this great article! It is one of those things where you find exactly what you need at the right time…. God does work in mysterious ways. =)

This specific article was written by “The Happy Priest,” Fr. James Farfaglia, about how in our society today, we are not able to see the objective truth in things. We are blinded by pride, by ignorance, “erroneous opinions,” and the lack of religion in our society.

This is a fantastic article. Fr. Farfaglia makes an amazing point: “We must move beyond the illusory images that only appear to be reality. We must have the openness to question and not accept blindly everything that is presented to us by modern culture.”

He also speaks of the differences between the left and right; The left disregards any traditional values in modern society and speaks out against many traditional family values. And while the right realizes the immoralities in our society, they “are void of any Christian charity.” I find that he is right in this point, and I am glad that he said it.

Please read the article. It is enlightening.

Have a great, sunshiny day!

http://catholic.org/hf/faith/story.php?id=40913

~Lucy

“Think of what is above, not of what is on Earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:2-4

What is it to be “open-minded”?

Often times conservatives are accused of being closed-minded, or NOT being open-minded. This is a shame because while I believe that certain individuals can be closed-minded and unwilling to see things from a new perspective, the conservative argument, and the values and morals that conservatives base their arguments are not close-minded principles.

So I ask you.

What does it mean to be open-minded? Are there different definitions?

The dictionary.com definition of “open-minded” is having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or arguments. Fair enough. I would agree with this definition.

How are conservatives, as a whole of course, not open-minded? Is it just because we won’t allow so called gay “marriages”? Or because we are going protect the lives of the unborn and not give into the selfish arguments of the Pro-choice groups? Are we closed minded because we believe that government should be as small as possible, leaving the state governments stronger, and thus, giving the people more power? I could keep going.

Based on this logic, I think that there could be another definition for being open-minded. I think this is how the left sees it.

Conservatives are closed-minded, hence, NOT open-minded, because we don’t agree with the liberal’s point of view.

Eh, you don’t agree that gays should be able to enter into marriage? You are closed-minded. You are homophobic.

You don’t think women should be allowed the choice to abort their baby if they want? Closed-minded. You obviously don’t want right for women. You keep oppressing them.

You think that Christian morals and values should be upheld in our country? That’s closed-minded because what if it will offend the Jewish community, or Goodness forbid, the Muslims. Let’s allow them to build a Mosque on Ground Zero, but take away your National Day of Prayer.

This mind set it ridiculous.

Well, my conservative collegiates, how about we use this argument against the liberals.

You don’t see that marriage is a union between one man, one woman, and GOD? How about you start opening your mind that there is something greater in this life than always getting what you want. Just because we don’t advocate for gay marriage, doesn’t mean we are homophobic. We are not criticizing the person, we are not saying that they don’t have a right to be happy. We just don’t agree or condone the act.

You don’t see the sanctity and dignity in every human life, even those of unborn children? How about you start opening your mind to the joys of life, the simple things, the beauty and innocence of babies? How about you start seeing that we were ALL created equal. Whites, blacks, asians, unborn babies. They are humans; they have more than “potential.” They are human. They have a soul. We are all equal in God’s eyes, and He created us all equal.

If liberals want us to start seeing their side more, maybe they should work on seeing ours. They can say that conservatives need to be more open-minded all they want, but we can use the same argument.

I hope y’all see where I’m coming from here. I would love to hear what you guys think.

I hope it’s sunny where you are, because it’s a gorgeous day here. Sunny and warm. Makes me thankful for all I have in this life, and all that I have to fight for.

May God bless you on this day.

~Lucy

Food for Thought…

I have a question for y’all that I would like you to think about before I write about my thoughts on it.

What does it mean to be open-minded? Are there different definitions?

Share your thoughts with me!

~Lucy

Hello world!

Hey everyone!

Isn’t this exciting? This is my first ever blog, so I hope you will all cut me a bit of slack on my first few posts.

I guess I should give you all a little background on why I am starting this blog.

Oddly enough, I really like politics. It is something that I am passionate about, and have been passionate about for a few years now. Only God knows why.

I want to start a blog because I live in this college world that is highly liberal. I am a 19 year old, white, female, conservative college student living in a liberal college world, where everyone around me tells me my views are wrong because I choose not to conform to what is “politically correct” in this day and age. Talk about breaking the “norms” of today’s society. If I speak up for myself, my views, my religion, my politics, my Pro-Life stance I am accused of caring about no one but myself, accused of creating agendas that will only benefit me, white people, Catholics, accused of only believing these things because it’s what my parents want me to believe. Rubbish.

People often misinterpret who conservatives are, judge who I am by what they merely THINK I am, or by what the media tells them I am. It is ignorance.

So, this blog will be me speaking out. I’m going to find the other conservative college students who believe in the same values I do. I know you are out there!

Most of my friends are super liberal. A few are semi-moderate. And this is fine, because I am forced to back up the things that I believe in. I’m forced to educate myself. You always need someone who will challenge what you believe in, because that is how you become smarter and more knowledgeable. But, because I am the only conservative within my circle of friends, I am highly outnumbered, and therefore rarely have an opportunity to speak out because I know that at least 4 people will be there to gang up on me. Not fun.

So. This is me speaking out! I will not be quieter any longer. I refuse to be a part of the silence majority. And yes, I think that is exactly what we are. Sad, but true.

This blog is to prove to my friends that they DON’T have me figured out. Everyone thinks they know what I stand for. And while they may be true to a point, I don’t think they realize how passionate I am about what it is I believe in. I want people to know that there is someone who is going to take a stand. I am willing to take a stand. I’ve never been afraid of people calling me out, challenging me. I’m not going to be silent because it’s “bad” to have conservative principles.

Hence, this is why I am sitting at my desk, in my dorm room typing out this blog. I truly feel called to do this.

Some of you may call me a radical. This is slightly true. But it takes a slightly radical person to say the things others are unwilling to say. Just look at Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly. They get so much heat for speaking out. I give them so much credit.

A lot of what I post will be things that happened to me at school. So all of the names will be changed. For obvious reasons.

I am completely open to comments and questions here. I would love to hear all of your stories and happenings on your campuses. However, I do ask that you keep them clean. No profanity please. I want this to be an open environment.

Until next time, Lucy

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)

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