Okay, 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.
If 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.
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!
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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