Three Issues I’m Thinking About

I’ve been writing exclusively a lot about parenting lately, but I do think about other things, believe it or not! Although I will admit, I try to keep my brain relatively light now that it’s summer. I’ve been reading chick-lit and I’ve watched an episode or two of the RHONY and I watch The Bachelorette each week and I’ve shopped at ThredUp and bought quite a few things to add to my summer wardrobe now that I can wear real-person clothes again.

But I also like to keep up with the news and more serious issues in our world. I could dedicate a blog post to each one of these things but I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Thoughts on current events

Here are my thoughts onย three issues that I can’t NOT say anything about.

Trump.

I think he’s awful. He’s a racist and a misogynist and I honestly cannot believe the Republican party couldn’t elect a better candidate to represent them in the upcoming election. I understand that there isn’t a lot of love for Hillary out there, but at least she doesn’t regularly spew hate and condone violence. I really just get a headache even thinking about Trump being president.

Harambe.

I cannot believe all of the mom-shaming happening around this issue. Sometimes kids get away from their parents at the zoo. Clara runs ahead of me at times, and even though I do my best to keep up with her, she moves fast! I may worry about her getting lost or getting taken by a stranger, but I do not worry about her ending up with a wild animal in an exhibit. If a three year old can get into an enclosure with a gorilla in just a few moments (fast enough that not even strangers could stop him), then the zoo needs to figure out a better way to keep everyone (animals and humans) safe.

This Sexual Assault at Stanford.

Sexual assault is out of control on campuses and I have to assume that most sexual assaults aren’t even being reported. Why are we (as a society) so willing to let athletes off easy? If this particular defendant hadn’t been privileged, he would be behind bars for way longer than six months. Also, I cannot even imagine this victim needing to go through a lengthy trial to defend herself and her personal life, even though she is the victim and there were witnesses to the event who saw her being assaulted. This whole thing is mind-boggling to me and it makes me really, really mad.

What has been on your mind lately?

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25 Responses to Three Issues I’m Thinking About

  1. That trial you referenced breaks my heart, because I can only imagine how other victims feel. If someone who had WITNESSES to her assault must still prove herself, then why even speak out if you’re the only one who knows what happened? Absolutely sickening.

    • Lisa says:

      Other victims absolutely would not speak out. I know quite a few. It’s disgusting and a complete failure for our society and judicial system and I hope it starts to change. ๐Ÿ™

  2. The Trump thing is mind-boggling to me! I honestly cannot believe he’s made it this far and every time he’s brought up in conversation, or worse, I overhear him speaking on TV or something I cringe. Not only is he portraying himself (and it’s probably his true self) as a horrible, horrible person, but he also just sounds like a complete moron every time he opens his mouth. It kills me. KILLS ME.

  3. I was reading the letter that the victim read to her attacker last night and it made me so angry!! I’m especially angry at the judge and how the whole thing was handled…. I read a lot of articles about it afterward. I do like how many people are not ok with it though, and how even his dad is getting grief from how he blew the whole thing off.
    And seriously on the gorilla thing….. I wondered how a kid got in that enclosure as well, it sounds like they need to look at their fences and stuff. Don’t they know kids will find a way to get somewhere if there’s a way. Just because you put a bush in front of a fence doesn’t mean the kid will stay away….

  4. Susannah says:

    Augh. ALL of these things are on my mind too!!!!!!!!!! And I agree with you on EVERY point!

  5. erinhzauner says:

    ditto. ditto. ditto.
    awesome, now I can just link to this post if anyone needs to know how I feel about these things!

  6. Amber Thomas says:

    Ugh. Girl. Yes. I voted for pizza today because I couldn’t possibly STAND voting for Trump (not really, but I did wear a shirt that says Vote for Pizza).

    Harambe. What I’ve really come up with through all this is: so often it requires the worst case scenario to happen before we take the precautions necessary to avoid it in later days… The part that sucks about this: Sometimes this means injury, illness or death. But what’s sad in this: all the people who have turned on one another making grace completely absent.

    The Stanford case. UGH I HATE THE WAY ALL OF THIS WAS/IS/WILL BE HANDLED.

    • Lisa says:

      Pizza is probably about as qualified as Trump is to be president. And AMEN to everything else you said. I think our society as a whole has a complete absence of grace when it comes to parents, and probably everyone else, too.

  7. Cassie Lee says:

    UGH ALL OF THESE THINGS. I hate Trump above all, though. The Stanford, too many feelings to get started.

  8. Lauren Harrelson says:

    TRUMP IS AWFUL. (and i’m a republican. seriously. i will not vote for him). The Harame thing is AWFUL, but seriously, accidents happen. I hate it for the gorilla, but … the stanford case? I’ve stopped reading articles because they upset me so much …

    • Lisa says:

      I hear ya, I had to stop reading all articles related to these things because it’s just upsetting AND I’m always tempted to read the comment sections and those are the worst.

  9. Trump is ridiculous!!!! Just had to agree with that. I still can’t believe he is in the running for pres.

  10. Steph Gregerson says:

    I’ve been reading Twitter and just shaking my head… about everything. I kind of wish I had two littles to keep my mind occupied with cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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