By Devi Ward
An organized assault against our sexuality, our personal expression and yes, my friends, yet again, our reproductive rights.
The very WHITE, very MALE and very mainstream Republican Party has proclaimed self-appointed stewardship over our pussies, and it’s time to take them back.
“But I already own my pussy,” you may think.
Well I am here to tell you that although it may be physically attached to your body, it is not yours to do with as you wish, with whom you wish, and here’s why.
1. You live in a culture that condones violence against sexually expressive women.
“Slut shaming” is a term used to describe the verbal and social denigration of a woman who engages in sexual activity outside of prescribed social moral boundaries. Slut shaming is verbally and emotionally violent. And it only occurs toward women. Slut shaming is a direct expression of social disapproval of a woman’s SEXUAL behavior (i.e., what she is doing with her pussy, with whom and how much).
You know for certain that slut shaming is occurring when women are being vilified for their sexual expression (most recent example being Kristin Stewart) and the men with whom they have engaged sexually are completely ignored, and their “transgressions” are overlooked. “Boys will be boys.” Continue reading
Myra Loves Unscripted recently caught up with Bernard Pitts – but you may know him as Nard Gudda – to learn more about the man behind the music. Read on to get a glimpse into the life of this rising rap star.
Myra Loves: Are you originally from College Park, Ga.?
Nard Gudda: Yes, I’m from College Park, but was born at Georgia Baptist Hospital.
Myra Loves: Being that I am Myra Loves Unscripted, I wanted to ask you some outside-the-box questions, is that fine with you?
Nard Gudda: Cooley. Continue reading
Julie is having a bad day. The dog ate her class notes and she wore flats on a rainy day, trekking through unavoidable puddles on her way to school. But that’s not the dreadful part of her morning — she has a test in her least favorite class. The scores come back a week later, and her performance falls below the average. Based off of this one exam, is it fair to label her as an underperforming student?
Welcome to the magical world of No Child Left Behind, where you are no more than just one test score.
Signed into law by President George W. Bush on Jan. 8, 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act was a reauthorization of the central federal law in pre-collegiate education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The law has a number of student achievement measures designed to hold schools and states more accountable for student progress, including annual testing, academic progress and teacher qualifications, according to Education Week.
“[No Child Left Behind] enshrined a way of understanding what happens in schools that is based totally on a single, standardized pencil and paper test given at a single point in time,” said Janna Dresden, director of the Office of School Engagement in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. “It became the only thing that mattered about what happened to children, to teachers and in schools.” Continue reading