Monthly Archives: March 2015

Forever Hold Your Peace

“Among those who dislike oppression are many who like to oppress.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

It’s a form of oppression to tell someone that if they have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I do not understand when the sensitivity of the masses dictated whether or not I can have an opinion became the norm. I am not an outwardly malicious person, but I am honest. And I honestly think some hairstyles are ugly and some outfits make you look fat. And there is absolutely no reason to tell a child who is not the best that they are the best. A false sense of security will harm someone more than growing a thicker skin and working harder.

This generation is the master of participation awards. When little Jimmy came in last place because he was the worst player, he should take the constructive criticism and practice harder. Failing is good for character and for innovation and improvement. Not many succeed in their first try. But if we keep telling each other that trying was good enough, then we are creating a generation that is merely “good enough”.

We are trapped in a world of formalities and wondering if we offended anyone in the room. We are too politically correct, and we tip-toe around every topic. It’s common knowledge to not talk about religion, politics, etc, at social gatherings. But why? We are afraid to argue and to offend. I would personally love to attack someone’s political beliefs at a party, because then they are forced to defend their opinion, or god forbid learn to understand someone else’s adverse views. Arguing is healthy, opposing opinions are healthy. It allows new ideas to be formed. In fact, our entire social and political system can be based all the way back to Socrates when he questioned a common passerby in the Greek Agora about any and anything under the sun–and didn’t hesitate to tell people they were wrong or disagreed. He incited change and individuality. Now, none of us share adverse opinions, we can agree on that, yet whenever we voice out separatism, it’s taboo and rude. So we’re taught to give everyone an A for effort and swallow our “impolite” comments. It’s an autocratic principle in a society who prides themselves on being unapologetically themselves.

-Daisy

Oh Baby

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.”          -Steve Martin

It’s not uncommon to say you would do anything for money. The uncommon part is actually doing anything for money. It’s the same story: young women struggling to pay for college, let alone pay for drinks or cute outfits so they can hangout with their friends. It’s easy to forget how expensive a social life can be, when you can afford it. It is almost impossible to forget when you cringe every time you spend even a mere three dollars on a sandwich. That knowing ache in your stomach when you have to tell your friends you are busy when you just can’t afford a cab fare to hangout with them. Life is hard when you’re young and working for everything you have. Then wham someone tells you about being a sugar baby. What is a sugar baby? You’re young, beautiful, fun and smart—now you hear that you can charge people to be in your presence. And they will pay. Upon my research into some common sugar baby connections websites, the average pay for a single date is $500. You are only required to go to dinner and be a nice companion. Combine that with the aching desire to have an open bar tab to treat your friends for once, and it’s a recipe for a life-changing decision. And there is no lack of old, rich men just itching to treat you. Maybe this seems a little weird, but it gets weirder.

If the arrangement simply ended at paying a young girl to go on a date, people may think twice, but it’s not that alarming. But these women who are in the mind set of doing anything for cash and vulnerable to the men that have the cash, are at risk of falling into a deep hole. It only takes the offer of maybe $2,000 to take the relationship to the next step. Not only is prostitution illegal, but it’s sad to know how popular high class prostitution is becoming. I am a college student and I know it’s not uncommon among my age group. Times are changing but I think it’s important to understand the difference between sexual empowerment and selling yourself. Blurry lines never result in a happy ending.

-Daisy