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FEMINISM IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE…

Hey, I’m Awkwardsaurus

Okay yes I know I’ve been pretty damn absent lately BUT ASIDE FROM THAT. 

HAVE YOU SEEN THE WOMEN’S MARCHES FROM YESTERDAY? IF NOT, SERIOUSLY WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

As you’ll probably already know, Donald Trump became the 45th President of The United States of America on January 20th. I still think it would’ve been absolutely spiffing for Obama to resign on the last day and give Biden a day of being the 45th President because how cool would that have been. No?? Anyway.

It’s no secret that Trump is quite the sexist, racist, homophobic, and all-round nasty guy. And that he’s said some pretty horrific things about certain races, religions and females in general.

Yesterday, millions of people around the world were united in a women’s march. I guess you could see it as a protest. There were so many people gathered: men, women, children, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, black, white – you name it. 

The empowerment I felt, as a young woman watching all of it happen (unfortunately I couldn’t actually get to one) from my bedroom through my phone screen was insane. Seeing my idols, both men and women, standing together and fighting for what’s right was incredible. Particularly Lauren Jauregui’s social media posts really brought me right to the centre of the whole march in Washington DC. 

The signs were incredible, one of my favourites being Melissa Benoist’s, saying “HEY DONALD, DON’T TRY TO GRAB MY PUSSY – IT’S MADE OF STEEL”

Some of you might know that she plays Supergirl in the TV show, so I thought that was pretty awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

I am so proud to be a woman, especially after yesterday where we proved that we WILL NOT stand for inequality and sexism, and WE WILL fight back, peacefully.

Donald Trump has tried to separate us all, divide us into groups that he thinks are appropriate, but all he’s done is knit us even closer together, so thank you, Trump. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s things like this that really boost my spirits, and give me hope for the future of humanity.

FEMINISM is important because women are still disrespected by people in power.

We still earn less money for doing the exact same job as a man.

We’re told that we’re asking for it when we wear clothes that show a little skin.

We’re sexualised at the drop of a hat.

We’re taught that female masturbation is gross, compared to how normal it is for males.

We’re told not to naturally feed our children in public, because some men are distracted.

Because women are assumed to be weak and gentle.

Because a woman is sent home from school and misses out on education to change her clothes so that a man can pay attention to his teacher.

Because a man with less than half the experience will get a position of power over a woman with so much purely because he’s a man.

BECAUSE FEMINISM UNITES US.

For anyone reading this, whether you’re male or female, gay, straight or bisexual, black or white, we’re all here for you, and you CAN do whatever you set your heart to.

THIS IS HUMANITY

-Awkwardsaurus

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2017 – READY. ACTION!

Hi,

I’mย Awkwardsaurus.ย We’re four days into 2017, or the year that looks like a robot death machine, as Rachel describes it, and it hasn’t quite sunk in that when I go back to school, I’ll have to write 2017, instead of 2016.

Now that I guess you could say the year is kicking off into full swing, I thought I’d just do a little post looking forward to everything that will and might happen in the next year.

First off, I’m turning 15 this year. If you didn’t already know my age, then well, I’m 14, in Year 10, which I think would be the equivalent to freshman year at an American high school. I was just discussing with Bob actually, about how it’s so crazy that we start Year 11 in September (the oldest year of UK high schools) and how we still feel like we should be in Year 5. 15 justย soundsย old if you ask me, and I know to some of you it’ll sound young, especially if you’re older, which I know some of you are.

Just before my birthday, though, I’ll have mock exams. If you’re outside of the UK, you might not know what they are, or do other countries call them mocks too? Anyway, they’re basically practice GCSEs (big exams at the end of high school) but they’re used for grades for that year as well as a backup in case you miss the actual exams. So, obviously that’ll mean a lot of revision, even over my birthday. Exams last a week, starting on Ashley’s birthday. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

She’s four days younger than me, by the way! ๐Ÿ˜€

Flash a little further forward to April, and I’m going to see Shawn Mendes live for the Illuminate Tour! Ashley’s parents bought tickets for her birthday, so we’re both super excited about that! Although I’m pretty sure it’ll involve an emotional breakdown on Ashley’s behalf, since she’s seeing her future husband for the first time ๐Ÿ˜€

As the school year comes to a close, we’ll have our last travel day (in year 11, we’ll be on study leave, so we don’t go), which will be to Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, as it is every year. I’m super excited, and also clinging on to hope that the photographer from last July and November will still be there! โค

After then, I’ll be preparing for a school trip to Italy. I’m kind of terrified, for so many reasons:

  1. I’m not going with any of my closest friends, since none of them signed up to go (it’ll make more sense if you read —> this postย <—)
  2. I haven’t been abroad since I was four years old…
  3. So I haven’t been on a plane since I was four either…
  4. And on top of that, I have a fear of heights and I’m uncomfortable in small spaces
  5. FINALLY, this whole time I’ll have to stay completely chill because Flynn will be there. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

So, I guess you get the gist. ๐Ÿ˜€

But I am super excited, since I’ve been looking forward to it for so long, and it’ll be a chance to go out and adventure, while seeing some amazing landscapes and cultures! We climb Mt Vesuvius (the one that destroyed Pompeii) and go on a boat trip to the Island of Capri. It sounds so amazing, and I’m hoping the excitement dulls the nerves a little! Although if you have any similar experiences, let me know! ๐Ÿ˜€

Italy is in October, while we’re off for school holidays, so by that point I’ll be Year 11. There’ll probably be another mock week in December, which I think is the last one before real exams? I’m not sure.

Obviously there’ll be a bunch of other things happening throughout the year, big and small, that I never could have guessed would be happening. After all, there’s no way I could’ve predicted some of the crazy stuff that happened last year!

So, here’s to 2017, hopefully a year where we fix the situations we’ve got the world into, and start working for a better tomorrow, while enjoying the time we have! โค

Clink clink, have a great year ๐Ÿ˜‰

Awkwardsauarus

 

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A Big Change *IMPORTANT POST*

Hi,

I’m not really sure what to do for today’s intro… You’ve probably read that this is a post on awkwardsaurus.wordpress.com, by someone called Awkwardsaurus. In case you didn’t know, which you probably didn’t, Awkwardsaurus is Just Average Teen Me.

For a year and a half, I’ve been Just Average Teen Me, and at some point last year, I started to realise that it didn’t seem to reflect who I really was, other than the fact that I was a teenager. Yes, I’m still a teenager, but I wanted to show you all who I am, and not seem cringey or too cliche if I can avoid doing so.

So from now onward, I’m Awkwardsaurus. Do you like it? I have a new blog icon, too. It’s a dinosaur I made on Microsoft Paint, because all the best things are made on paint! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Why now, you might ask?

Well, with all theย new year, new meย stuff going around, I couldn’t really think of any better points to change. Could you?

There’ll be a lot to update, with twitter profiles, and all the different pages I’m going to need to redo. And don’t worry, I’ll be keeping all of my old posts! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, I know this post is short, but I needed to let you all know. Please share it around so that people aren’t wondering who this ‘Awkwardsaurus’ is floating around in their reader! ๐Ÿ˜€

Awkwardsaurus out ๐Ÿ˜›