As a young girl I was taught that I could be ANYTHING I wanted to be in life. I didn’t realize there had never been a woman president or that more men hold higher and better paying jobs. I didn’t see the men in policemen or firemen. I truly did not see the obvious difference between men and women.
Even now, as a teenager that lives in a protected bubble, I still find it hard to believe that since I am a woman, I will get treated differently. I have lived a privileged life where no one has overlooked or disregarded my ideas because I am a woman. The real world will probably surprise me.
I am not a feminist in anyway but I think that our county should have elected a female president by now. Why can’t women be more of a presence in politics? When we do have a woman politician that is making ground, we chastise them and label them. I might not agree with Hilary Clinton but someone who disagrees with her should disagree with her ideas not who she is married to or the fact that she is a woman. People should not have made Sarah Palin out to be a stupid and ditzy girl who thinks she sees a different country from her backyard. Everyone knows what she meant by that but if a man had said it they would not have gone as far as they did with that joke. You might not agree with her politics but chastising her and labeling her is not right.
My own uncle made a comment on the Fox News anchor who was “too pretty to be smart enough to be on TV.” Just because she is a beautiful woman does not mean what she is saying is not accurate or meaningful. Why does her beautify dictate whether her opinions are valid and backed up? To be honest, the world around us scares me and sometimes makes me nervous to enter it.
Finally, I believe that we should judge these women fairly because we need to teach future children of our country that even a woman can become president.
It is sad to me that Republicans do not stand up for what they believe in on social media sites.
I searched “Republican” on this site and found countless blogs talking about how terrible and stupid republicans are. Why do we allow democrats to dominate the media? Fox news is as credible of a source as any other news broadcaster, but we allow the media to label them as “right-wing crazies.” Why do we do we allow that? The media should not be dominated by one view of the nation’s progress and setbacks but instead should report many different view points.
So many people find their news on the internet and from one-sided news networks without looking deeper. Most Americans do not take the time to get both sides of a story like they should. When an event happens in our country, you should look at many different sources on it because unfortunately, people do twist the news to make their ideas come through.
I urge everyone to get both sides to the story like they would if someone told them gossip they heard from one friend about another. You do not take gossip over the actual information, do you? If you do, then maybe you should rethink your methods of receiving information. I urge you to not be so gullible and to research the topic even deeper.
I had started my very first day of school certain I was a republican, maybe it was because I had been involved in politics my whole life or maybe because at the age of 5 I had it all figured out, but I will leave you to decide.
My mother and father, older than average parents, had been involved in politics before I was born. My mother was the controller of the Republican Party of Minnesota and my dad loved every aspect of politics. I was born during a democratic presidency, Clinton, in 1996, but when the next election came around I knew exactly who I wanted to win.
I grew up running around the halls of an utmost republican atmosphere. At the time, I was interested in drawing pictures to hang up in my mothers office and hiding under her desk with my imaginary friends. I used to pretend to be a controller like my mom by pushing the calculator buttons and writing down numbers I made up.
At that time, I did know there was a different party and the views they held, but I did not know there was so much animosity against republicans both in the media and in my future to come.
I live and go to high school in good old Minnesota, and in some ways I am a minority, but not in the way you are thinking. Yes, my mother is Peruvian but I do not mean it in that way. I am not a minority in my sexuality, religion, or skin color. No, instead I am a minority in what I believe in. I am a republican and I am proud of my views but most of the time I hold that pride inside of me for the constant fear that someone will judge me or call me names because of what I believe in.
When I type that out it makes me feel small, and like I should stand up for what I believe in. Isn’t that what we have been taught?
But how am I going to stand up for what I believe in if I feel like another aspect of myself will be judged. I am not going to lie to you, being a teenager in a school that consists of any majority you are not a part of can be freighting. Being a teenager in general can be a freighting experience because of the continuous judgement that either comes directly your way or gets talked about behind your back.
I could talk on and on about the hardships many teenagers have but instead I will shed light on what it feels like, looks like and sounds like to be a teenager in an environment where one feels afraid to speak up about their political views which is something many people do not shed light on.
Before I tell you more about my experiences, I am going to introduce myself:
~Hi my name is Katiana (kah-tee-ah-nah).
~I go to high school in St Paul, Minnesota and love history, politics and writing.
~I am 17 years old and have lived in America my whole life. Since I was born, I have been exposed to politics on both sides of the aisle, and love learning about oppositions to my own opinions in order to better understand my own.
~I have found both negative and positive factors of being in an environment where you are surrounded by people who disagree completely with your philosophies and political opinions.
~I am not going to lie, it is hard and it challenges your patience and tolerance.
Overall, however, I think I have learned more from my ongoing experience than have lost.