Love Letter 1

To think I met a girl who would wake me to show me the sky
Damn, lucky me my vision intensity on pink, purple sky 
Extraordinary girl like the sky bright too soon in the night 
A warning not only to look but I felt, what a joy being around you is, extraordinary girl
A wide smile you wear below a gaze that rings in my closing eyes with uneven brows that tease me, you wave 
A hello gets me giddy, I met you, an extraordinary girl, passionate loving lady
Excitement rising in your gazing eyes while I removed my slip to lay naked by you, oh so enchanting how my body sings against your breast 
A fucking beautiful breast, I can’t believe 

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Your lips lay pressed against my head loving my being

I fell in love with, my love, extraordinary 


Feminism and Pride aren’t for Corporate Greed

I am told that I am being empowered by corporations who take my money and claim that I have aquired the “tools” for feminism. I am empowered because I bought the correct underwear, I am empowered because I bought a dress that the designer says will make me tough. Corporate Feminism began when major companies decided to turn feminism into profit. We’ve seen companies give themselves new slogans, new claims of having pride in women without giving women the chance to become the heros. Shouldn’t we let women own their feminism as opposed to thinking we are handing it to them in the form of a babydoll dress?

Along with feminism becoming profitable, during the month of June we see many companies have also turned their attention toward Pride. Ah, the month to celebrate LGBTQ rights and honor the memory of the riot at the Stonewall Inn and each passing June, more and more retail shops are painting their benches rainbow and adding Love Is Love signs on their doors. Like clockwork on July 1, these signs of Pride suddenly disappear. I am tired of seeing these temporary signs of Pride. Research found through Reboot Online shows that only 64% of companies that advertise for Pride during the month of June are donating to the cause. Pride Month has become too expensive for many of its people to even celebrate as a result of corporate involvement. There are cover charges, parade tickets, and gear that (in theory) supports the cause, but many of these companies aren’t making enough of a profit to generate donations. So I’ve started to question my purchases: When I buy a t-shirt with a Pride Month logo, or when I buy a workout set from a company that claims to “support” women, what is my money actually going towards? Are we supporting the right cause just because we own something with FEMINIST or LOVE TRUMPS HATE written on it? 

Now, some companies do it right and have actually achieved the mission of helping these causes. By creating a profit that goes directly to the group in question, some brands really do make women the heroes instead of just themselves. We are moving in the right direction though with a spike of 29% of companies in 2019 began to even show their Pride. It’s time we started making sure that all brands are empowering women in an authentic and beneficial way. While they’re all likely well-meaning, I’ve had enough of the empty gestures, I want my feminism and pride minus the corporate greed, which means that marketing yourself as “empowering” should come with responsibility to actually do just that. Celebrating women isn’t just for a sale, it’s for the greater good of us all.


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