Engaged During A Pandemic

Exciting news! On June 16th, my boyfriend of three years asked me to marry him. I was so shocked, and I didn't expect it at all. When I was little, my favorite princess was Cinderella—knowing that Josh set up the perfect home proposal. He even got me the Cinderella ring from the Disney Bridal Collection.…

My Worst Date EVER!

Hi, Y'all!  I hope quarantine is treating you as well as it can. I feel like I haven't told a story in a while, and I was talking with one of my friends about how dating can be kind of daunting. The conversation turned into us, sharing some of our dating horror stories. While I…

End the Cycle

Have you ever loved someone with everything you have? The love you have for them is unmistakable, but you know they keep you around only because you are convenient? Do they lie and keep you down? Have you realized it's starting to happen, but you stay around because you wish their feelings were real, and…

Aha! Identifying and Coping with Manipulative and Narcissistic Relationships

Manipulateverb (used with object), ma·nip·u·lat·ed, ma·nip·u·lat·ing. to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner: to manipulate people's feelings.Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition characterized by: an inflated sense of importancea deep need for excessive attention and admirationlack of empathy for othersoften having troubled relationships Things a manipulative or narcissistic person does: 1) Knowingly hurts you, but when in your presence acts as a confidante,…

My Consent Project (Paper)

It’s no secret that casual sex is becoming more and more accepted in today’s culture. Unfortunately, sexual assaults and nonconsensual sex are also still very prevalent in today's society as well. There is certainly more of an awareness of this subject which is has created a spotlight on the importance of acknowledging consent during sexual activity. Women and men are beginning to build a culture centered on consent.  This qualitative study researches the communication aspect of consent among young adults. This study draws from interviews regarding the communication behind consent of eight young adults. Major findings from these interviews indicated how the nature of the relationship, the timing of the conversation, and verbal and nonverbal messages are all critical factors when considering a conversation about consent. This study aims to help bring awareness to the importance of having a conversation about sexual consent with romantic partners.

Consent in the USA

I want to inspire Americans to care about reducing sexual assault, to help victims, and to change legislation with a focus on consent. I have chosen to focus on the actions of FATTA as an example of what can be done here in the USA.FATTA is a Swedish non-profit organization fighting against sexual violence and…