The Land of the Captive…the Home of the Afraid

You seek to destroy.

Continuously breaking down bridges.
Building barriers, high fences, and walls.
Corruption masked by popular culture.
The media lies covering truth.

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Dear non-Muslims, I’m Sorry.

There are so many words that I can share in regards to the importance of this post, but I think reading it provides enough insight to its purpose and value.

Thank you Scottish Muslimah for speaking out against the stereotypical discrimination that Muslims face, and for creating such an insightful post!

You are such a strong advocate, and I appreciate your voice and your purpose in educating those who have a bias against Muslims!

-Pinkspen

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Scottish Muslimah

“I’m sorry.” They said. For the umpteenth time. It occurred to them that, in fact, they had nothing to be sorry for but if they didn’t say it, life would be much harder.

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Dear non-Muslims,

I’m sorry that innocent people all over the world have been killed.

I’m sorry that the killers associate themselves with my religion.

I’m sorry that these terrorists groups are somehow being funded and are able to exist.

I’m sorry that people have been marginalised and ostracised to the extent that they were able to be radicalised.

I’m sorry that Muslims who are killed by terrorists get little to no coverage in the media.

I’m sorry that you don’t understand my religion.

I’m sorry that you think I am responsible for any act of terror because people who carry out those acts claim to follow the same religion as me.

I’m sorry that you don’t…

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Challenging Feminism

Women have come so far. I reblogged this post because of the validity of some of the points the original blogger made. Truly valid.

I think we as women have made much progress, but there is still more to fight for because equality is essential in all areas of life for women and men. Keep marching, keep fighting for our rights; the rights below the surface. Yes, we can vote, work, drive cars, and own our own businesses, but the sly looks you get from men in power, the overlook, the shun, the disrespect, sexual harrassment…. yes, we still have to fight for that!

We must, as women continue to value human life. It is important to me to educate women to be the best versions of themselves because it is something I am always working on, and all women deserve to know that they truly are the core of life, and no matter the stereotypical discrimation, never back down, fight through a mans personal bull****!

The emotional and psychological struggles that cause women to doubt their potential, disgusts me, but it is embedded in our society. It’s the foundation. Every day, we must try to rebuild that foundation.

-Pinkspen

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BeautyBeyondBones

Lately, it’s been really weird to be a woman.

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Not because of any fashion or makeup trends…although, I will say…I don’t quite understand the reemergence of the shoulder pad.

But because of all the recent hyper focus on…feminism.

The Women’s March, International Women’s Day, protests, walk outs, I mean, we get it already

But to be honest, I am confused by the whole matter.

Women are not marginalized in the United States of America. 

What are they fighting for? Why all the anger?

Now listen, I know that this post is probably going to garner a lot of backlash, but you know what, that’s okay. I would love to hear thoughts on all sides of this issue. Truly. Every person is entitled to their own viewpoints, and I respect those feelings, even if they differ from mine. And of course, there is always room for improvement in removing some lingering…

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I Hate That Word…

I read a post that completely disturbed me…

I am beyond disappointed, hurt, or fury…

Trying to understand how someone could be so simple-minded, belittling, and ignorant, does not come easy to me. This post, “I will not apologize to faggots”  how I hate that word, which is why I used * in my original post Call me a F***** Lover, visit here: https://aladyhoodjourney.wordpress.com/2017/02/02/call-me-a-f-lover/), was a slap in the face to anyone in the LGBTQIAP+ community and to anyone who supports them.

The slurs, judgement, and violent descriptions of how gays should feel about themselves in this post is a clear depiction of why suicide rates are so high for members of the LGBTQIAP+ community.

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Australian Human Rights 

In this post, members of the LGBTQIAP+ community are referred to as:

“damn butt pluggers…”

“Those nasty ass no account, filthy, shit smelling faggots should be disrespected…”

“disgusting, vile and filthy degenerates…”

“rejects from hell…”

“sick fucks…”

Saying that who they are is “sick ass, twisted shit!”

When it came to being discriminated against, she stated, “Those immoral freaks of nature are the last things slithering that’s deserving of an apology, despicable abominations!”

But, here is the quote that got me boiling… I wanted to reach through my screen…

“You honestly want everyone who is not down with your lifestyle choices to apologize to you if we so much as look cross-eyed at your nasty ass? Well, beg me to apologize to you useless fucks and please hold your breath until I do because that way, you’d all be dead because you’d turn blue and keel over before I’d ever apologize for a goddamn thing I say about you or to you.” 

In response to a comment someone made about offending someone with this post, the writer stated, ignorantly,“If they don’t like what they see here and if they are faggot lovers, then they can just ‘unfollow’ me and get ta steppin’! By now, everyone who steps foot up in here know my feelings or lack thereof over those detestable creatures. And I hope like hell I offended some filthy ass butt pokers, I hope I did ’cause I’m hoping they hold their breath while awaiting an apology. They some dead motherfuckers if they is!! LOL!!”  

What a bigot!

On behalf of my friends that are gay… on behalf of every young boy or girl struggling with determining their sexuality, and on behalf of the entire LGBTQIAP+ community, I am so sorry that people are ignorant… that they do not see hat the words they use, hurt. They are so caught up in the right and wrong, and because the do not understand nor agree, they target your lifestyle to bash and bully. They treat you like you are not a human…

…a human with rights.

…a human that loves.

…a human that feels pain.

…a human that just wants to be treated as an equal.

We have to stop using slurs like F*****

Please know that you are beautiful, handsome, intelligent, proud, bold, passionate, and so strong to stand up for your rights; the rights of others and for what is right.

Equality!

Never stop fighting, and never let someone tell you that you are less than because of the way you were born and how you live your life.

(For more information, read It’s not a choice… where I speak out against why who we are attracted too and who we love, is not a choice)

Here are some other motivational and uplifting posts that I hope can lift your spirits through the negativity of this world:

Promises

Self-Love Quotes

Please do not stop advocating for those who are being discriminated against. Advocate for yourself! Love yourself!  

-Pinkspen

via Daily Prompt: Slur

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Call me a F***** Lover

Anyone that reads my blog, knows that I a pro-equality… there are so many advocates that only support or fight against the concerns that they feel are important. I love a good advocate, because we all have concerns that we feel strongly about, whether its lead in the water, the #blacklivesmatter movement, poor education systems, poverty…

But, how can you fight for equality, if you consider some concerns, and yet, dismiss others as unacceptable? (That is an alternative fact!)

The equality for all who identify as LGBTQIAP+ is a cause that is just as important as any other, and should be fought for by those with privilege (heterosexuals).

Anyone can fight for what they support or agree with… that is easy!

But, you cannot aim to fight for true equality, if you shun, judge, and speak discriminating biases against individuals that are different than you!

“Equality means, equality!” -Pinkspen

I read a post yesterday evening that completely disturbed me…

I was and still am so disappointed that someone could be so simple-minded, belittling, and ignorant. This post, “I will not apologize to faggots” (Oh, how I hate that word, which is why I used * in my title)was a slap in the face to anyone in the LGBTQIAP+ community and to anyone who supports them. The slurs, judgement, and violent descriptions of how gays should feel about themselves, is a clear depiction of why suicide rates are so high for members of the LGBTQIAP+ community.

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Australian Human Rights Commission 

This blogger referred to members of the LGBTQIAP+ community as:

“damn butt pluggers…”

“Those nasty ass no account, filthy, shit smelling faggots should be disrespected…”

“disgusting, vile and filthy degenerates…”

“rejects from hell…”

“sick fucks…”

Saying that who they are is “sick ass, twisted shit!”

When it came to being discriminated against, she stated, “Those immoral freaks of nature are the last things slithering that’s deserving of an apology, despicable abominations!”

But, here is the quote that got me boiling… I wanted to reach through my screen…

“You honestly want everyone who is not down with your lifestyle choices to apologize to you if we so much as look cross-eyed at your nasty ass? Well, beg me to apologize to you useless fucks and please hold your breath until I do because that way, you’d all be dead because you’d turn blue and keel over before I’d ever apologize for a goddamn thing I say about you or to you.” 

In response to a comment someone made about offending someone with this post, the writer stated, ignorantly,“If they don’t like what they see here and if they are faggot lovers, then they can just ‘unfollow’ me and get ta steppin’! By now, everyone who steps foot up in here know my feelings or lack thereof over those detestable creatures. And I hope like hell I offended some filthy ass butt pokers, I hope I did ’cause I’m hoping they hold their breath while awaiting an apology. They some dead motherfuckers if they is!! LOL!!”  

What a bigot!

On behalf of my friends that are gay, on behalf of every young boy and girl struggling with determining their sexuality, and on behalf of the entire LGBTQIAP+ community, I am so sorry that people are ignorant… that they do not see, that the words they use, hurt. They are so caught up in the way society views LGBTQIAP+ and what they think the right form of sexual identity is, that they target your lifestyle as, incorrect! They treat you like you are not a human, just like them….

A human with rights…

a human that loves…

a human that feels pain…

a human that just wants to be treated as an equal.

I read that post over 10 times, since last night. As a black woman, I decided to take out the word faggot, and replace it with nigger, to see if the content of her piece would change… it made me feel the same way. So many claim that they are pro-equality or that they aim to bring social issues to the forefront, but in reality, they are bigots!

A strong part of me wanted to HYPERLINK the post, but I do not want to give them anymore views than they already have, and I certainly do not want her post associated with my site. If you choose to read it, (the title is above), please be advised that you may feel hurt after. You may become angry… I posted the statements in her post, previously, because I felt that those of us with privilege, forget what people have to deal with on a day-to-day basis because of discrimination (I do not aim to offend anyone, and I apologize if I did), so I wanted to remind them.

Please know that you are beautiful, handsome, intelligent, proud, bold, passionate, and so strong to stand up for your rights, the rights of others, and for what is right, equality! Never stop fighting, and never let someone tell you that you are less than because of how you live your life.

Read my post, It’s not a choice… where I speak out against why, who we are attracted too and who we love, is not a choice. I hope that you feel the love pouring out of my words, and once again I apologize for the disrespect of a fellow blogger.

Here are some other motivational and uplifting posts that I hope can lift your spirits through the negativity of this world!

Promises

Self-Love Quotes

Please do not stop advocating for those who are being discriminated against.

-Pinkspen

 

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3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 1

I love words because they allow me to express myself, when often times, I find myself to be speechless, as a speaker. As a writer, I can describe every ounce of me and that is why I love quotes. Quotations provide a short, detailed, descriptive, and insightful look into the mind of a speaker.

I was not necessarily nominated for this challenge, but I was inspired to participate! I visited a page of Jess Wade, who inspired me through her writing and as a mature blogger. I am new to this community of writers, poets, artists, photographers, etc. but, I have been writing since my first pencil hit a blank page.

I appreciate Jess for checking out my site, reading some of my posts, and encouraging me to participate in this challenge. Please check out her page…she is an inspiration! 

This first quote is something that I aim to live by everyday.

As women in this mans world, this can cause many inferior feelings about our worth. 

We are taught in the media, and even in our homes, that we are not as important as men, which causes, low self-esteem; a lack of self-love, self-respect, value, and overall inequality for us in society.

I hope this quote inspires someone to see themselves as more than what popular culture and social media tells them they should be! 

Please visit my posts: 

Beauty Is..

Promises 

The Quote

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The Nominees

The individuals that I am nominating are all blogs that have inspired me in some way! Not sure, if they will participate, but I would love to see what they come up with because they are so creative, talented, and intellectual!

Natalie Schriefer – But Why?

Deb Glover – BOOKYGLOVER

Giulia – the high-heeled Papergirl

The Rules

  1. 3 quotes over 3 days
  2. Thank the person who nominated you
  3. 3 nominees each day to complete the challenge
  4. Inform the nominees of their nomination

-Pinkspen

 

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