Femme Feed | What You Need to Know About Trump’s Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement.

What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.A few months back, we can recall a slip of naiveté — a time just before the election of the now President Trump when the world tried to justify the possibility. For a moment many of us thought: maybe Trump is trolling these Republicans, and if elected will funnel efforts in the right direction. The ultimate manipulation, something we knew he was capable of. Our way of trying to make things orderly in our minds. However, the months have passed and Trump’s efforts to dissemble everything Obama built (in an almost obsessive manner) continue. The latest? On Thursday June 1st, Trump announced the United States will exit The Paris Climate Agreement and the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund.

What does this even mean?

Let’s start by what it even is. The Paris Climate Agreement was established in 2015 with strong efforts by former Pres. Obama to join its 195 participating nations in a common goal to combat climate change. Amongst these efforts is the Green Climate Fund which invests into low-emission and climate-resilient developments.
In choosing to remove the U.S. from the fight against global warming Trump only pushes his personal beliefs further, at the expense of our earth — he has publicly denounced the issue many times including calling global warming a “Chinese hoax” and saying “I believe in clean air… I don’t believe in climate change.”
He removes a huge power player in monetary, and organized efforts to forward this agreement. This leaves us in a place where each individual must take clean initiatives into their own hands. Organizations, and businesses able to push progress in funding these programs must now take responsibility where the government has failed.What You Need to Know About Trump's Exit From The Paris Climate Agreement. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Obama, Trump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders, Paris Agreement, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obama Letter To Trump, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Politics, Feminism, News.

The backlash has already rippled through social media, and even Obama has released an open letter speaking to the detriment this exit will bring. Other leaders such as Justin Trudeau, and Angela Markel have also added their feelings towards the tension-filled move.  Further the new French President has extended an offer to leading American scientists, and  its public to continue to join them in working towards a solution. Trump doesn’t just ruin this for American’s, but for all nations involved.

The kicker?

This exit won’t take full effect until the year 2020 when Trump will be up for re-election. It looks to us as if he’s already planting seeds he hopes will satiate his next campaign’s support from like-minded individuals.

What we can do…

Individually we can help fight back. We’ve all heard it before, but now more than ever it’s time to trade in accessibility for action. The biggest ways to aid are things like taking public transit, biking, or walking instead of driving. Car-pooling (hey, Uber and Lyft) can also help you do your part. Mainly we must not forget: His own ignorance is only going to harm us now. Further, educating ourselves – as always – is the first step to creating change!


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FEMME FEED | Four Reasons Why Netflix’s New Show Is So Important.

STORIES FOR GIRLS IN THE KNOW.Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.

Whether you have binged, or are holding off on what might be a high-school melodrama, Netflix’s latest series 13 Reasons Why (based on the novel by Jay Asher) is an important narrative the mass public can no longer shy away form. We don’t want to be the one to spoil the story for you, so we will stay within the barriers of vague, but the general plot gist is as such: cyber bullying in a high school setting leads to a series of backlash for those who made a teenage girl’s life un-livable. However it goes much beyond just social media attacks. There are two scenes in particular that stand out far beyond the rest — leading to the most tormenting of them all. Almost unfathomable to watch, let alone film, are the rape scenes.

Reason One: Hollywood has long been in the habit of skimming over this subject for entertainment’s sake but also for protection of the viewer. However, how will we teach the ethics of consent if young people cannot deeply feel the detriment, and repercussions of these actions? We can only hope one won’t have to experience these moments for themselves — making a visual teaching even more necessary if we want both boys and girls to develop a deep empathy for the victims of sexual assault without knowing it first hand. Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.

Reason Two: The conversation of rape has been very public in the past few years, for both the good and bad. Women are taking stances, being more vocal about their experiences, and banding together to aid one another in healing. However, each coin has a flip side and as many resources as are being built it is also prominent that our judicial and school systems are failing many who find themselves in this place of trauma. 13 Reasons Why may be TV but it adapts a very real issue on campuses both high school and college in which a hierarchy of students allows many to feel entitled over their peers, even to the point of assault. This often comes with the mindset of either knowing they will get away with it, or thinking their actions were justified in the first place. And what happens after school? These predators trickle out into the world — into our offices, bars, and neighborhoods. As the episodes unfold it eerily introduces an archetype of men we face everyday in our lives — those who have been egotistically pumped up to believe they can do no wrong, even if their physical actions are in fact very wrong. Illegal to be exact.

Reason Three: We watch as two separate characters react to how the sexual trauma effected them — it’s painful, it’s cringeworthy, it’s very real. Everyone reacts to shock differently and it’s important for the consumers of the show to understand that all expressions are valid. There is no template for how one can digest a physical crisis as invasive as this. This leads to the importance of understanding that many times a drastic change in someone’s behavior can translate to a cry for help.

Four Reasons Why Netflix's New Show Is So Important. Now on VERITE PUBLISHED. 13 Reasons why, Netflix Original, TV, Series, Dylan Minette, Katherine Langford, Rape Victims, Sexual Assault, Online Bullying, High School.Reason Four: There is a very wrong cultural construct that weighs down heavily on women — that is called slut shaming (for lack of a better term). Throughout our careers as students, then young adults, we as girls are told that a certain skirt length, or style of top could draw the wrong kind of attention. Over time this equates to girls feeling that when they are faced with harmful attention (even just verbal) that they are to blame in some way. Even their male counterparts often throw the blame in this direction (something the writers also included in 13 Reasons Why). Because of this construct, victims are often first to blame themselves in some sort of mangled mindset that they attracted this kind of energy. 13 Reasons Why is both underlining that the victim is never at fault, and that our society needs to rephrase how we nurture individuals to look at sexuality and action.

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FEMME FEED | Ivanka Trump’s New Book Proves She Has No Grasp on Feminism


Why Ivanka Trump’s New Book Proves She Has No Grasp on Feminism. -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success by Ivanka Trump, Book Review, POTUS, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Success, Business How To, Feminism.
Words by Michaela d’Artois.

The sh*t I will do in the name of research often turns into great dinner party anecdotes, however I don’t think reading the entirety of Ivanka Trump’s new book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success will benefit me in such a way. The author, self-hyped business lady extraordinaire, and daughter of the 110 day-old POTUS sets her intentions for your read by making it clear that through her various roles she seeks to “improve the lives of countless women and girls…” by “unleashing their powers”. It doesn’t take long to pick up on what’s actually going on between the two shiny book covers, stuffed with a profusion of quotes borrowed from just about everyone from Mindy Kaling to The Dalai Lama- both of whom I assume have rolled their eyes right from their own heads, if Ivanka bothered to clear the usage with them, at all. In one way she is trying to set the record on her feminist bonafides straight, and in another she’s merely regurgitating the ideas of business how-to guides — literally nothing in this book is an original Ivanka Trump theory or solution to success. The higher issue, however, is not that Ivanka Trump is telling a mass of women that they can ‘have it all’, but is doing so from her own golden tower where nannies, drivers, and “teams” as she calls them, assist in her daily routines — proving only that she is incredibly disconnected even after spending all that time she references on the campaign trail meeting said women across America. Sadder even is that Ivanka is only demeaning the value of the conversation of what a woman should want when wanting to have it all.

Ivanka Trump wants to redefine success with you. She says it’s totally cool if you wear heels and be the boss- go for it, girl! In the 1949 feminist manifesto The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir, the writer delves into the crevasses of femininity as a culturally created concept. We are not born with gender constructs but are bred into them throughout our malleable childhoods, cast in the preset templates of our world. From fertility, to wardrobe what it means to be outwardly female in the eyes of the world is defined far before we are born. In Women Who Work, Ivanka stumbles into every stereotype that is keeping us so entrenched in these constructs. Throughout the text, when she’s not appropriating quotes from civil rights leaders to get her point across she emphasizes the concept that even though we are women we totally can do it too. We can be moms! gasp! and also wear waspy work-wear! She is not freeing us from any constraints put on the woman juggling a work/life balance, or trying to figure out what that might look like if they tried, but endorses the need to match their lipstick to their purse, for 50 fucking chapters.

Why Ivanka Trump’s New Book Proves She Has No Grasp on Feminism. -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success by Ivanka Trump, Book Review, POTUS, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump, Success, Business How To, Feminism.She further embarasses us as women with our own ideas by — as if subconsciously — attributing all of her career insight to either her husband or father (except of course where she says she was raised by a mom who wore four inch heels to work every day), yet again building up a wall  (too soon?) between genders. She could have very well titled this book Quotes from Pinterest & Other Things I Learned from Misogynists.

“My husband, Jared is by far one of the most positive, proactive, and solution-oriented people I’ve ever met.” and “It was my husband who…”, and then “Jared…loves…” Did you guys know Jared also loves gardening, it’s their new thing. Is anyone else now legitimately curious what Jared’s business book might look like?

Perhaps the most alienating dynamic in this book is when Ms. Trump tries to drive home how important it is for women to find work that fulfills their passions. This is twisted on so many levels as she attempts to position herself as a spokeswoman for the female population America over, regardless of diversities. For someone who is wizardly skilled in public relations strategy it’s embarrassing how lacking she is in ties to the reality of most working moms in The United States. While she spouts droplets of wisdom about how to incorporate your children into your work day, and how having a fervor for your career will lead to success, she seems sincerely oblivious that many mothers can’t even afford child care, let alone have the luxury of nannies, drivers, and “teams” to facilitate and ease her working mom lifestyle. Case in point, “some of my best photos of the kids were taken by my nanny during the day (I’m sure in ten years I’ll convince myself I took them!).” While I don’t doubt that she too feels the motherly guilt of leaving her children each morning (although she may have a strong marketing strategy to prove otherwise, she is only human after all), these nuances are overly simplified because of the privileges she has. It’s unfair for Ms. Trump to hold herself up as the mirror for American women to look into and compare themselves, when she has every resource in the world to thrive, and look good doing it.

As if a study plucked straight from The Second Sex in which De Beauvoir focuses on how the bourgeois woman’s life embodies three elements: wife, mother, and entertainer (remember, this book was written shy of seven decades ago) — Ivanka Trump’s book closes emphasizing on women fulfilling these very same tasks in order to feel success. This warped marketing strategy is transparent, and in conclusion only underlines the fact that Ivanka’s “feminism” is for no other purpose than to inflate the Trump name in the eyes of America.


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FEMME FEED: How Logging Off Social Media can Lead to Creative Productivity


How One Editor's Social Media Detox Leads to An Enlightening New View
Words by Vérité Founder Michaela d’Artois.

You could say I’m tapped in. Some might even say that’s an understatement. Truth is, I’m constantly scrolling, updating, checking my various outlets – expertly pressing two fingertips, awaiting a pulse. I like to lay blame on the industry I’ve chosen. Being an editor of online content demands one stay on the leading edge, and I’ve dedicated myself. However, always one to test my limits (or take on a good cleansing) I decided it high time to take on a social media detox, and see how I fare. For one whole week I was lighter, a little more wide-eyed to the natural world, I even learned a few things you won’t find on Google.

No, I didn’t have to lock my devices up in a safe. In fact as fate would have it, I agreed to go on a trip where service would not be available to me. Neither would power. Neither would running water (but that’s another story). The beginning was as rocky as the landscape of my surroundings for the next seven days. With the first 24 hours came bouts of panic. Was I going to miss an important email, would my clients forget I was unavailable (I had never truly gone off the radar before), and confront my silence with frustration? Would Vérité’s social accounts suffer from the halt in aesthetically pleasing updates? Every few hours I would sneak off behind a sage bush and seek just a blip of service. Nothing. It didn’t take long to realize I felt pathetic with my need to feel connected when I was amidst some of the worlds most beautiful views, and company.
How One Editor's Social Media Detox Leads to An Enlightening New ViewLike the first 24 hours of any diet, it was the initial hump that was the hardest. Soon I was free from that glowing rectangle that previously enslaved me. As a handful of days flew by, I took note that I hadn’t once wondered what my peers had been posting on Instagram. If I had missed any big announcements in the fashion world, fuck it. Any work tremors that may have arisen would still be there when I returned. Instead, I was preoccupied with my own thoughts. Working out little kinks that I had long been putting off, in exchange for a de-compressing Netflix session. Without the ability to distract myself with thumbing through other people’s lives, or pending tasks, I could re-center into my own true feelings — without influence. With this epiphany came the return of my decisiveness to an empowered state, and re-fueled my creativity.

Since returning from off the grid, I realized a few things about my social [networking] interactions. One being, I had actually never been entirely comfortable with Snapchat. I had always felt it a bit weird watching the lives of people I didn’t really know (or at all). I had jumped on the social network’s bandwagon in a burst of FOMO perhaps, and just stayed for the ride. I realize it truly wasn’t benefiting me in any way, whatsoever. It was deleted, and has not been missed.

While I adore being able to have the world at my fingertips, or at least virtual postcards from it, I had it enveloping me in its purest form, IRL. I did’t even feel the need to snag a few shots for my camera roll. I didn’t care who saw, it was like my own private one-on-one time with the universe. Memories that were stored only in my head, they would eventually fade, but that was comforting in a way.

So often we feel the need to be apart of everything. Every social network, outlet, platform. As individuals, and businesses we are spreading ourselves too thin trying to “kill it” per say at them all. In an attempt to reach our followers, readers, customers, we are diluting our own personalities and brand — oversharing even. What ever happened to a little bit of mystery? While so many log-on to find references, and inspiration, logging-off is actually where you will find true ingenuity, far from the subconscious mood boarding we’ve come to do automatically.


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Femme Feed: Dirty Dancing Around the Abortion in the Room — Get Your Facts About Abortion Laws Straight


Femme Feed: Dirty Dancing Around the Abortion in the Room — Get Your Facts About Abortion Laws Straight -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Abortion laws, religion, donald trump, facts, what you need to know about abortion laws, planned parenthood, america, state laws.
Words by Contributing Politics Editor Debra Trevino.

For those women about to give birth, who planned their pregnancy with their partner, who waited until they were ready to bring a child into this world, who studied, who worked, who took care of themselves to give their child the best possible entrance into this world: thank you, good job, gold star.

To everyone else, it’s OK. You’re in equal company: Currently half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.

If you take birth control, use a condom, or support Planned Parenthood, you’re not an evil person with murderous tendencies. You’re responsible when it comes to your fertility.

Let’s start with the basics: Men and women have sex outside of marriage, consensual or not. Boys and girls start having sex as young as middle school. Pregnant teens are a normal sight in high schools. Most of these young girls are shamed by her peers and her peer’s family members: She’s labeled a disgrace, a whore, a life wasted by her inability to keep her legs closed, and an example of her parent’s failure of proper child raising.

What about the boy who got her pregnant? Where’s his shame? Where’s his Scarlet Letter? If he decides to be an active father, even marry the girl, he’s generally considered a hero for stepping up to the plate in a difficult situation.

Take that same scenario, but this time the girl is so scared to shame, not just herself, but her parents, to walk around school — the whole town — being judged and bullied at every turn, knowing her parents won’t support her or her baby, so she takes matters into her own ill equipped hands, finding a do-it-yourself abortion option or some underground hack to do a sloppy, unsafe job, which could cause her own death?

In other words, watch Dirty Dancing again! The whole reason Baby becomes Johnny’s new dance partner is because Penny has to get an abortion on the black market and almost dies because of it.

Yeah, that flew over my head the first hundred times I watched it too. But I do remember identifying with Baby, knowing that she was just trying to help her friend caught in a bad situation.

In this case, it’s an unwanted pregnancy caused by a cheating womanizer who refuses to take responsibility or care for her — who also happens to be Baby’s older sister’s cheating boyfriend. (Wow, I really did miss a lot of the drama that was going on in that movie!)

These examples are more common and tame compared to the rape, incest, certain death to the mother, abusive, or poverty stricken household that a child would be forced into if an unwanted pregnancy continued.

Whatever your religion says about the subject of abortion or sex before marriage is irrelevant to the laws of the United States.

Once again, separation of church and state is in our Constitution for a reason. If my religion, for instance, wants to make unmarried sex completely illegal or cheating punishable by death, too bad, that’s not a good enough reason; it’s still unconstitutional.

Let’s look at what is currently considered constitutional, and perhaps, why a lot of moral conservatives voted for an immoral and corrupt Trump:

Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973): the Supreme Court rules in favor of Roe, 7-2, allowing a woman’s decision to terminate her pregnancy as a Constitutional Right of privacy founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty.

Important to note here, this decision was made by an all white, all male, Court who also were confused about how trimesters and fetal viability work, and made concessions to when States could intervene in stopping abortions.

Basically in the first trimester, a woman and her physician could make whatever choice she wanted.  In the second and third trimesters or when the fetus was able to survive outside the womb, the States could intervene.

Also important to note, the Court was more interested in protecting physicians’ rights rather than women’s rights in general.

Planned Parenthood v. Casey (June 29, 1992):  New Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony M. Kennedy, and David H. Souter opinions win a plurality decision. This ruling, not only upholds Roe v. Wade, it clarifies it.

Most importantly, it reaffirms that a woman has the right to choose to end her pregnancy before fetal viability and without undue burden by the State.

Undue burden is the standard for which States’ abortion laws are ruled unconstitutional or not. For instance, a 24-hour waiting period for an abortion is not considered a subnational enough obstacle for a woman, but requiring spousal consent definitely is an undue burden.

States still have a lot of rights too after they deem the fetus viable. And, in any case, at any time, if the women’s health is at risk, the abortion can still be performed.

So what we have now is a bubbling tension between State and Federal jurisdiction. Current federal law has been decided and revisited in favor of a woman’s Constitutional Right to Choose.

Yet the hope from most religious conservatives in voting for Trump is that he will appoint a Justice that will tip the balance in overturning Roe v. Wade. Trump’s recent pick of Neil Gorsuch suggests he will be in line with the late Justice Scalia’s conservative view.

In essence, the Court’s balance will remain the same, regardless of Gorsuch’s views, unless he surprises us all. It’s in the next Supreme Court pick after him that can tip it to a majority conservative bench.

This is the hope from the religious conservatives: That Trump will be able to appoint 2 conservative justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade and the States will once again be free to place undue burdens on women again when it comes to her current rights.

Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota have trigger laws that would go into effect immediately if Roe v. Wade was overturned, outlawing abortions outright.

California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada and Washington, on the other hand, have laws that would keep abortion legal.

How can some States be right when others are wrong? How can one group of Judges be right when others aren’t?

What about that scared girl being forced to do it herself again? Do we really think criminalizing abortion is going to stop it?

Maybe when we stop rape, abuse, and oppression of women, abortions will end too.

Until then, mind your own business, don’t put me in a corner, and get your government hands off my body.

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