News You Can Really Use

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newsOkay, here is the deal. I am moving towards my thirties but I am not quite there yet. It is a transitioning period I think, at least it feels that way. I have begun to shed some (not all) of my immature and idealistic traits. My interests are turning, ever so slightly, away from the superficial to the very real. My focus is leaning more towards becoming better on the inside than the outside because I know that these are the things that will really matter to me in the next phase of my life. I seldom get curious about much on the news such as the lives of the Kardashians, though it is hard to avoid hearing about Kanye West nowadays. I do not really care which celebrities are feuding or why and I just feel a mild sort of pity when I hear about infidelity in a famous couple’s relationship.

Now I am not saying that these guilty pleasures are anything to be ashamed of, I still have plenty myself (playing Sims and spending an hour straight on Pinterest are two examples). But I do want to suggest that beyond looking at the drama of Hollywood and all that Entertainment Television reveals, perhaps it is a good time to look into what else the news is telling us.

News Women Should View

Women are powerful and resourceful. It is vital for the betterment of my country (the United States) and our world that we look into breaking news and create informed opinions about it. So, here are three things that I think women should be looking into now.

First, of course, is the US presidential campaigns.

women and newsIf you watch television at all, it is pretty hard to avoid seeing something about them. Usually, the stories are about Donald Trump saying something horrible and the reaction from the insulted party. But I really want to urge you to dig deeper into the issues and what each candidate has to offer on their platform. I am not saying that you need to write a dissertation on modern politics but please look into it.  An informed population of women can change everything. When you do look into the candidates, make sure you look at every stance they have on all the issues they cover even if it is not something you feel strongly about. There is a high likelihood that decisions on that topic will have an impact on your life in the future and you need to know about it. Take ownership of your political voice. I am not going to lie, I am a cynic when it comes to the electoral process but I do believe that the first step to making our voices heard is to be informed and speak.

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Second is something that has to do with your health.

There is a new vaginal ring that can help protect against the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Let me first say that I completely understand that every woman might have a drastically different view on sex, contraception and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). That is fine. If you are waiting until marriage for sex and you know your partner does not have HIV then this ring is not for you. BUT WAIT! KEEP READING!

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Just because you have made that decision does not mean that you should not know about it. You may have friends that have different views about sex who maybe have not heard about this protection. I really feel that every woman can benefit from learning about it. Understand your options and what is being put out there for women’s health. Womanhood is a wonderful thing so view it as a community.

Lastly, there has been a new study that shows that large events, such as the Superbowl, fuels the sex trafficking in that area.

This is important for everyone to understand. Sex trafficking is a huge problem and it is growing. And no, the victims of it are rarely loose women or prostitutes. Women are often taken either from the street or are set up through chat rooms and want ads. Read up on this topic and make sure that you are careful if an event is planned for your city.

Keep Up With Other News!

There are so many other things I think women should keep up with in the news. Not only things that are related directly to women but humanity itself. As I stated above, it is important to become knowledgeable about at least a few things that are happening. So when an article or topic catches your eye, look into it. Go in deep until you know that you have an informed opinion. Then share it. Get the discussions going. Encourage your friends to pay more attention and question everything! You can start by sharing this post, thank you! [tweetthis]You want to read this blog post on other news that women need to know![/tweetthis]

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40 thoughts on “News You Can Really Use

  1. Interesting view! I agree that it’s important to know what’s what, but I rarely watch the news because most of it is very biased and does not portray the whole picture. It’s interesting to learn who really owns the major news corporations once you do some research. I do think it’s important to at least get different views and keep up with what is going on in the world.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am like you and like you did not watch the news for several years. Why? Well, it was dictating how I felt and reacted to situations and that did not leave me in a happy, peaceful place. Until I grounded myself in what to me is real, I stayed away and basically deprogrammed. So, you will not get any arguments from me. 🙂 Thanks for the visit and leaving such an insightful comment. Namaste

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  3. CourtneyLynne

    Ughhh I so wish more people my age were informed!!! Maybe it’s because I live online because of my blog, but I know more than most when it comes to the news and world. It’s embarrassing how uninformed my generation is! Just look at this train wreak of an election ya lining place at the moment. Ashamed to say I’m a millennial-_-

    1. Ms Claudette

      Don’t be ashamed – it’s not your personal issue. Maybe it is that a lot of the millennial cannot be bothered or what to focus on the nonsense? I agree that you have to have an appreciation of the past/history to understand where we are now and how we might continue to repeat past mistake. But getting stuck in it would not be my suggestion. Thanks for joining the conversation Courtney. 🙂

  4. Without knowledge people perish so I try to make at least one newscast for the day and keep up with what is important around me. I am a Librarian so information is kinda my thing so I am pretty much in the loop with most things. I believe more people should be more aware of what is going on around them that is not sensational news
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    1. Ms Claudette

      I am zoning in on the part where you said “keep up with what is important around me,” as each of us get to define that. So, for me, as a woman, mother, grandmother, person of colour, spiritual, and the list goes on – I seek and focus on what will enhance all of me. 🙂

  5. That’s sickening that sex trafficking can increase from things like SuperBowl. That’s so disheartening!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is and I so appreciate Alexis for highlighting it. Thanks for the visit Liz! 🙂

  6. Rosey

    Being informed can make a big difference. Politicians have a lot of power, so like them or not, it’s best to know what they support so you know who to vote for and why.

  7. The news is scary. There is so much going on and it’s hard to filter through what’s true and what’s out there to keep us mindless (sheep like).
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  8. It’s hard to always keep up with everything that’s going on in the world but have no time at all to check tv news

  9. I rarely pay attention to celebs. It’s entertaining but I don’t go seek it out. I’m not sure I ever did though. I’ve always been weird.

  10. Hi Claudette. Thank you for reminding us to not just tune out. Paying attention to our health, safety, and taking a stance electorally is so important for us all. Information is key. Action from this is going to be different for each of us, but the right and availability to access this information is a blessing. Thanks.

  11. It’s difficult to me to discuss about US presidential campaigns, as I am not an American (so it will be better I say nothing on it, even if I respect your current president). What about another topic, I am not sure that this new ring can protect women at 100% against HIV. But who knows, correct me if I am wrong.

  12. It’s important to be informed about what’s going on around us. This is the first time I heard about the vaginal ring. The rate of HIV is alarming and this is great news for women to protect themselves.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      It is indeed as they we can choose how we want to proceed further. Thanks for the visit Esme. 🙂

  13. Lexie Lane

    This is really great! But I don’t watch tv news sometimes. Great post!

  14. Elizabeth O.

    That’s a lovely reminder. There are a lot of things in the news that we can learn from, aside from your usual entertainment news. It’s great to be aware of all the issues even if it’s not completely related to women.

  15. Interesting post Claudette. Unfortunate I live in Australia so unless the news is really big like Donald Trump being elected as a candidate I really don’t get to know the US news that much but thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Debbie Denny

    Real news is good to know. Sometimes the drama shadows the real news.

  17. Laci

    Yes !! Can’t wait to vote

  18. I wish I had more time to keep up on everything but I barely have time to keep up with what is going on in my own life.
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  19. I like that she talks about such important issues and that she is not afraid to speak her mind. Off to do some research!

  20. I must admit that you brought up a product I was unaware of–the ring. Thank you.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome! Feels good when we do that as that is our mission. 🙂

  21. I stopped watching tv news a few years ago but I do listen to BBC and NPR on the radio to keep up on World and National news.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      You are very much like millions of people I am sure who have found tuning most of the news out much better for their inner peace. 🙂

  22. I don’t watch television news either. But I do listen to NPR every day and feel like I get a great balance of important news items.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Whatever works for you is the way to go Marianne! 🙂

  23. Yes its very important to keep informed about the important things, the things that will impact you and the world around you.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed it is Michelle! 🙂

  24. I am not sure about Rings protecting against anything but hey I am open to learning. And News…I am simply mostly tuned out! I dont like to feed my mind with bad news or hype, which is what the News is mostly about! So this news was quite okay to digest 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am very much like you Julie with being mindful of what I allow space in my head! 🙂

  25. There is something about ageing that we realize what truly matters in life no? I have to agree with you on everything that you said but most esp about sex trafficking. In a way they are all related. If you have the right president, health care should get better and the sex trafficking goes down.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is a very interesting point Kathy about the connection between all of these topics! Great insight! 🙂

  26. That is awesome that they have a new ring that protects against HIV. Ladies need to protect themselves.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed we do need to protect ourselves! Thanks for that Tara. 🙂

  27. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I am mortified by the fact that Donald Trump is even a candidate. I have been avoiding the news as much as possible.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I didn’t watch television news for close to 2 1/2 years and still tune out many challenges now that I do. Keeping out of US politics as much as possible but it is hard to ignore what is going on1 Really interesting times. 🙂

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