2019, has been a year and when I say that, I mean it
2019, has felt like a year every month and a month every week. As secrets, tragedies, and fearful future governmental plans continue to fill the social media space and airways, 2019 has us asking, what exactly do you want and what lessons are we supposed to learn so we don't repeat the past? As always, before we begin we share bad news and good news...
Everybody and their dad is running for president and apparently doing an apology tour via CNN (that is what Bloomberg said as he did his own tour. )
NOTE: Don't ask me who I'm rooting for. Look for the candidates with actual plans and a team ready to enforce greatness and change. A pretty smile won't get you anywhere with me.
The elections haven't begun but it's still a mess and battle lines are drawn.
Speaking of elections and battle lines, Thailand had their election and their people are not happy... Corruption and Military power still plague the nation *note, if you're going to cheat at least cheat with the correct number of citizens who voted*. Also, this year the oldest Princess of Thailand decided to run for Prime Minister, but that went south after the people complained and her brother (The King) said NO with the law. India and Pakistan, let's just say the elections in India is difficult to put into words and Pakistan continues to send subtle warnings (with Kashmir in between). 2019 continues its mess. Mueller Report *sigh* Michael Cohen is going to jail and so is everyone else that is associated with Trump. Sadly Trump is still in the White House. White feminism and racism still plague the streets. People are voting if Trans individuals have a right to LITERALLY BREATHE. Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya and more are reeling from plane malfunctions, tragedies, and natural disasters. Survivors remorse has taken the lives of two Parkland survivors and one Sandy Hook parent. Honestly, global warming is eating everyone alive and we are all just tired because our health system is failing and it just doesn't seem to get better!
But then, we have Captain Marvel, the most DIVERSE CONGRESS EVER, politicians who are actually listening to their constituents (maybe?), a Federal Judge Kept the Trump Admin From Ending No-Cost Birth Control and so much more. More people are getting tested for STIs, Learning about their bodies, fighting for others, letting their own voices be heard, & more people, via what I've seen on Twitter, are checking in on their mental health. 16-year-olds may be able to vote soon, which to me sounds like a change in the curriculum and the way we teach individuals about life and politics. Yes, it seems like the bad outweighs the good.....
But it's SPRING... Which means it's Time for New Beginnings
So for the last time... From Protesting and Suing for Abortion Access to Sex Scandals this is our last post for Can We Talk?
1. Rape, Gender inequality, Abortion, and the Argentinean Government
Last month, campaigners and activist in Argentina protested after an 11-year-old was denied an abortion and was forced to give birth to the child of her rapist by a hospital. After that, protesters took the streets and famous actresses began posting pictures of themselves at age 11 in solidarity and in protest.
More on the story from NYT
Kentucky, Roe, Abortion and Fighting Back
Kentucky decided to pass a bill banning abortion IF Roe v. Wade isn't overturned. As soon as they passed the bill, ACLU put out a memo that they are suing them Read more
South Korea, Sexual Assault, and Spy Porn Cams
At the moment, there is a HUGE scandal in S. Korea involving Korean singers that includes spy cams, potential prostitution, governmental cover-ups and more. And now, as the BBC reported, Four men have been arrested in South Korea, accused of secretly filming 1,600 hotel room guests and selling the footage via a website Read more
Another note: Amidst all of that, they are reopening Actress Jang Ja-yeon's case, A victim of physical assault and sexual assault and committed suicide in 2009, sexual coercion by her company and many big names. Read more
Note: We end with three since its almost our third anniversary. *April 18, 2016-March 25, 2019
Two Sex Facts (CDC)
1 in 6 people age 14 to 49 have genital herpes and 50%-80% of US adults have oral herpes.
Check these Things OUT!
- Female condom is getting a gender-fluid rebrand, FDA says
- A Gynecologist for the Self-Care Generation How much would you pay to feel heard?
- Sony Animation Picks Up ‘Hair Love’ Short From ‘BlacKkKlansman’ EP Matthew A. Cherry
A video with a Message
Mando-pop Queen Jolin Tsai came back with an amazing song and video called Womxnly.
Womxnly", was inspired by the story of Yeh Yung-chih who had been long bullied for his perceived effeminate behavior and was found dead in school's restroom at the age of 15. Check out 3 Reasons Why this is an Empowering Anthem
"Being alive is not a sin. You don't need to be sorry." "Never let anyone change who you are."
We Bid You Adieu
Hey, Mogul fam! As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and this good thing has finally run its course. The past three years since we started CanWeTalk? have been a whirlwind of life changes, challenges, growth, and transitions. As we reflect over this time, we're grateful for the lessons learned and the opportunities and new experiences we had the pleasure of having. We are both in such a different place today than when we first started and yet back to square one all at the same time. It’s weird, but we see it as an opportunity to restart, a new beginning, and we're here for it. There comes a time when we must close some chapters in our lives, and this is one of them. We are so appreciative and grateful for the support this platform has given us.
Deborah’s final note: I must admit, I was not confident in my writing ability and I doubted if anyone would even care about what I had to say, but to our surprise, you actually listened, lol! I shared parts of me that I was too afraid to share with the people in my life and I realize how your support has shaped me for the better, so for that, I say thank you. Thanks for supporting the journey of two best friends who really had no idea what they were doing when they started this (and still kinda don’t, lol!). Thanks for all your feedback, comments, likes, etc. Thanks for supporting women who simply just wanted to help and support other women. I hope that our content informed you, educated you, made you think, and most of all I hope it inspired you. I hope we inspired you to go after your dreams, to be your best self, to care for your health inside and out, and ultimately to love you. I don’t know exactly what lies ahead, but I’m choosing to face it with hope, faith, and courage, and whatever new roads you may be traveling, I hope you do the same. As always, stay hydrated and check in on yourself and your peeps!
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