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Freedom ~ How To Get Yours Without Destroying Someone Elses

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Freedom, you want it, we all want it, so why don’t we have it?

It seems these days that we do not have the freedom to even have our own opinions. This is evident in every current social issue that is out there, why is it? Are you contributing to the problem?

Are you destroying the Freedom of others?

Do you take it upon yourself to convert others to your point of view?
This destroys the Freedom of other people … you want the right to your own opinion … you don’t want to be judged for it or told that you are wrong do you? Well maybe step off and give other people the same respect. Do they really have to agree with you? Or do they deserve to have their own opinion? Ok so maybe some people have warped opinions, there’s not much you can do about that is there? You can push and argue and debate but what are you achieving? Are you simply adding to the intolerance?

It is fair enough to want to share your opinion … but sometimes you need to be aware of the facts, and sometimes there are no facts that can actually define the situation, this is when it comes down to opinions. Have yours, be proud of it, but refrain from belittling others who may not have the same opinion as you .. you have every right to spread your message and share your view. You have NO right to belittle others and infringe upon their right to have the same Freedom.

So you believe in legalising Gay marriage? You have every right.

So you believe that gay marriage is wrong? You have every right.

But you have no right to force your beliefs onto anyone else!!!!

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Telling The Truth Is Revolutionary

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Truth

Telling the truth should really come naturally shouldn’t it? The Truth is always clear, having the ability to separate the truth from the illusions that we see through our own glasses of perception is a gift.

Being brave enough to speak the truth when no one wants to hear it is the voice of revolution

Compassion and Human Rights For Asylum Seekers

Published November 2, 2012 by melissamaree

Human Rights

A refugee woman and her child in a Tunisian Transit Camp © UNHCR / A. Braithwaite

Human Rights law is very, very clear when it states that seeking asylum is a Human Right.

Australia has signed the Refugee Convention, The United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees was developed for the purpose of setting out the rights of asylum seekers and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum to refugees. The convention states that seeking asylum is a human right and that a refugee has the right to be free from penalties related to their illegal entry into the country that provides asylum

Australia has been avoiding it’s responsibilities and its promise to uphold Human Rights law by exploiting a loophole. This loophole is called excision, excision seriously violates a person’s right to seek asylum. This very confusing and strange loophole allows Australia to pretend that Australian Territory is not really Australian territory … sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?? That’s because it is ridiculous. This tactic has been employed for the sole purpose of avoiding responsibility. People are dying because of Australias unwillingness to honor the promise that they made when they signed the convention. Is this how we want to be represented? As hypocrites who do not keep our promises?? Seems pretty unAustralian to me.

These are dark days indeed. Where is compassion when people are suffering, dying and being forced to sell everything they own so they can seek asylum only to find that Australians are employing underhanded tactics that are compassionless and hateful? Shame on us if we can’t protect the weak when they come to us in need !!

 

You can read more about the Refugee Convention and it’s violation on the dedicated Amnesty International page  here >>> Human Rights

Sexism Racism Stupidity ~ Nice Australia

Published November 1, 2012 by melissamaree

Feminism

Feminism has a long way to go if sexism in Australia is ever going to be brought under control, and that’s not to mention racism and just stupidity in general, nice job Australia

Feminism & Rape Culture

Published October 31, 2012 by melissamaree

Feminism

Feminism & Rape Culture

Wearing a bikini to the beach is one thing … but hanging images of naked and semi naked women everywhere perpetuates rape culture.

1. It causes women to think that if they do not look like airbrushed models then they are not beautiful enough.
2. It perpetuates rape culture by teaching men to expect that they have the right to see women in their underwear.

This does not apply to all men of course, but take a look at the statistics surrounding violence towards women … society is obviously doing something wrong. Jokes, Tv, advertising … the list goes on. If we want to build a world where women are save we need to rethink everything that we are doing.We need feminism because our bodies are not public property.

This is not about underwear models, this is not about the company … this is about stepping back and seeing the pieces that are part of the big picture. Men have a history of treating women like pets, we need feminism because this needs to end

Why I Am A Feminist

Published October 30, 2012 by melissamaree

I Am A Feminist Because …

I am angry at the way I have been treated by men.
I am tired of being told that I should not stand up for my rights because men do not find that attractive.
I will not teach my daughters to “get used to” sexist behaviour.
I want to be me, I will not conform to standards that dictate how a woman should act, think or feel.
I cry when I see women in other countries denied their basic rights just because they are female.

I Am A Feminist Because …

I will not deny my femininity and act more “manly” because a man tells me I should.
I am not anyone’s slave.
I am not inferior.
The rising rates of violence against women offends me.
I will not be victimised.

I Am A Feminist Because …

I am tired of ignorance.
I refuse to be made to feel small, I am powerful.
I am not a dependant little mouse who needs a man to survive.
I want to feel safe.
I want to be valued for who I am, not downgraded because of my gender.
I Am A Feminist Because … If I do twice as much work as a man then I think I should get twice as much credit.
I think all people are equal.
The attitudes I see in the men around me are offensive!
I am not afraid to fight for what I deserve.
I am not ashamed of being a woman.
I Am A Feminist Because

I am tired of victim blaming.
I deserve respect.
My opinions are just as valuable as the opinions of any man.
I don’t want to be afraid anymore.
I am more than just a body.