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Stay at home motherhood isn’t a “hobby”

Liz Pardue Schultz doesn’t want you to be “angry” with what she has to say. That’s why the first sentence in her totally calculated to rile you up essay entitled, “Being a Stay-at-Home Mother Is Not a Job” is, “Alright, calm down.”

Pardue Schultz first shared her story earlier this month in aptly named the “Unpopular Opinion” section of XOJane, but since appearing this weekend in Time, it’s taken on off as the latest and loudest shot fired in the mom wars. In it, she explains that she was a stay-at-home mother herself for five years, and that “I understand a stay-at-homer wanting to validate her or his life choice by calling it a ‘job.’ We get a lot of grief from academics and professionals, and we’re very often belittled by our society for not contributing anything ‘valuable.’” But, she continues, “Getting to do nothing but raise a person you opted to bring into the world is a privilege, and calling it anything else is ignorant and condescending.” Bam!

Pardue Schultz goes on to tell her own tale of how she came to stay-at-home motherhood, a decision made after she’d initially reentered the workforce as a freelancer, and how she and her spouse ultimately made a choice that was not easy financially, but felt satisfying emotionally. But then, she says, she quickly surmised she didn’t quite fit with other members of her crowd. “I tried joining mommy groups and was constantly astounded by how many women reveled in bemoaning our apparently torturous conditions,” she says, explaining, “The negativity that comes behind SAHMs’ unabashed martyrdom is belittling to the entire parenting community.” She criticizes “the unemployed, self-righteous idiots who love to proclaim it after spending all their energy harping on their children or bitching about their spouse’s ineptitude” and says that “choosing to create your own little person upon whom you’ll spend all your time and energy” is not a “job” but “a hobby.” She concludes, “The people out there who actually have jobs will appreciate you much more if you’re not going around whining about a way of life that is most parents’ dream.” Aaaaaaand, 1,400 comments and counting.

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Feminism Isn’t a Fad

Last year, feminism went viral. It swept social media, and from Facebook to Twitter, women’s rights was trending. Girls around the globe felt a call to identify themselves as strong, proud and independent females. Statuses and hashtags, photographs and microblogs became a means to spread the word of gender equality, which isn’t necessarily negative, but eventually the movement was just another bandwagon to join. Feminism became a fad, and somewhere along the line its meaning got deluded. Feminism isn’t fashion, and it’s not a part of pop culture, or another way to fit in. It is not something we wear, and it’s not a declaration we shout. Rather, feminism is a way of thinking and of carrying oneself from moment to moment over time, and it is unique from person to person, from woman to woman.

 

 

Feminism is knowing women are inherently as capable as men. Feminism does not claim that women are better, and not even the same as men. That would be to defy physics and logic. Woman is man’s equal and opposite counterpart, anatomically and physiologically different. A woman must work much harder to build the same muscle mass as a man, but a man can never carry a child. Each gender provides what the other lacks. This doesn’t mean that one sex should be favored over the other, and neither should put the other down. That is inhuman, and we are all humans, obviously. Like love, feminism does not boast or brag, and it is not spiteful. That would go against its definition. Instead, it is a belief that rests quietly within a person. It does not need to be shouted or proclaimed. It simply exists. It does not define you but rather refine you. It isn’t about power, but about empowerment.

 

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Last year, feminism went viral. It swept social media, and from Facebook to Twitter, women’s rights was trending. Girls around the globe felt a call to identify themselves as strong, proud and independent females. Statuses and hashtags, photographs and …

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Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism by FCKH8.com

Facing a future where women are still paid 23% less than men for the same work, and where 1 in 5 women are raped or sexually assaulted in gender-based …

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Women Were Asked To Draw Their Perfect Penis. Here’s What Happened.

1penisWe usually know what happens when boys draw penises because it’s kind of a standard image, exercised to perfection during high school years, but this is what happens when women draw their ideal penis shape & size!

It’s pretty weird to see the female gender trying to reproduce on paper the male genitalia, because you almost never see men trying to recreate a vagina using a sheet of paper and a pencil (in all fairness, men don’t actually know what’s going on down there).

So, enough chit-chat, because you came here for the results, not for the lessons. Do you fit (pun intended!) any of the descriptions below?

Elite Daily asked several women to draw their ideal penis. Using a ruler, they obliged.

“This is actually my favorite thing to do, is to draw penises,” one participant said.

Women Draw Their Perfect Penis [LABS] l Elite Daily

Asking a girl to describe her ideal penis will normally result in one of two possible outcomes: you’ll either be met with a slap to the face or a quick “Yours, of course” depending on your…

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App fail on iPad grounds ‘a few dozen’ American Airlines flights

App used by pilots as ‘electronic kit bag’ since 2013 crashes, leaving planes unable to take off

American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after the iPad app used by pilots crashed.

Introduced in 2013, the cockpit iPads are used as an “electronic flight bag”, replacing 16kg (35lb) of paper manuals which pilots are typically required to carry on flights. They are used to distribute information such as flight plans throughout the airline’s fleet.

But the app that replaced the flight bag crashed on Tuesday, affecting multiple planes scattered throughout the entire fleet, according to passenger reports, leaving the pilots unable to take off. “The pilot came on and said that his first mate’s iPad powered down unexpectedly, and his had too, and that the entire 737 fleet on American had experienced the same behavior,” one passenger told business news site Quartz. “It seemed unprecedented and very unfamiliar to the pilots.”

An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed the issue, telling the Verge: “Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads … In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue. We apologise for the inconvenience to our customers.

“We are working to have them on the way to their destination as soon as possible.” 

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