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Poetry Friday ~ It’s time to check your “virginity” again.

8 Nov

Hello, everyone! Welcome.

Have you heard about rapper T.I.’s podcast interview in which he revealed that he checks his daughter’s virginity? I saw this on TV, but it’s all over the internet. In case you haven’t heard, this is the gist of it: Grammy-winning rapper T.I. (Clifford Harris) told a podcast that he forces his teenage daughter to undergo an annual virginity test at the Gynecologist. The day after her birthday, he takes her to get her hymen checked to ensure that she’s still a virgin.

To say I was outraged by this is an understatement. Firstly, how backward and ignorant do you have to be? Having sex isn’t the only way a hymen gets torn. It can happen in many different ways. Secondly, what lessons is he teaching his daughter? That she’s only worthwhile if she’s a virgin? Her entire worth as a woman is based on her virginity status? Her word has no meaning because instead of asking her if she’s sexually active and trusting in what she tells you, you need medical proof? Why doesn’t he make her wear a chastity belt?

As if this yearly ritual wasn’t humiliating enough, he revealed everything on a podcast heard by thousands of people. His daughter is eighteen. Even if you don’t know who rapper T.I. is or listen to his music, you need to know that this goes on right here in the USA. And you know what? Even if you’re a fan, you have to admit this is insane.

To top it off, T.I. has a fifteen-year-old son who disclosed that he’s sexually active, and the rapper is fine with it. What? It’s okay for his fifteen-year-old son to have sex, but his eighteen-year-old daughter has to prove her virginity by going to a gynecologist and getting her hymen checked? This is a huge double standard, and I can’t stand it.

I guess T.I. doesn’t care if his son impregnates several girls his daughter’s age or younger, and either he doesn’t know or care about all the sexually transmitted diseases his son could easily catch. Why can’t this man talk to and educate his children, so that they can learn to make the right decisions on their own?

I understand some fathers are overprotective with their daughters, but in my opinion, this is going too far. Deyja Harris is T.I.’s daughter, not his property. And his fifteen-year-old son is in danger of contracting aids, herpes, hepatitis, among other diseases – not to mention getting someone pregnant.

What is your opinion on this subject?

“It’s the first of the month, and you know what that means! Poets choose your own prompt words.” Colleen’s 2019 Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 152

A
woman
who speaks her
mind is not a
bitch. She doesn’t need
men to validate her.
She’s not his sex toy or a
baby machine. She’s who she wants
to be. Society won’t make a
puppet of her, because she’s a woman.

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday

17 Jun

Hello everyone! Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen Chesebro from Silver Threading. Please visit her fabulous blog and check out her interesting posts.

Game of Thrones

“There are three rules for writing a novel.

Unfortunately no one knows what they are.”

~W. Somerset Maugham

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If you’re a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones then you may also be a fan of the author whose books the series is based on, George R. R. Martin. Whenever I talk about the rules of writing I tend to think of several popular writers, George R. R. Martin being prominent in my mind. He’s broken so many ‘rules’ I’ve lost count. But yet, he is genius in the choosing of which rules to break, and his timing is impeccable. His writing is unique and fascinating because he takes many risks. The HBO series is as captivating as his books because he is also one of the  screenwriters of the show.

What makes your writing different from that of other writers? Do you take risks when it comes to your writing?

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Stephen King

26 Dec

 

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

 

Hello, my name is Vashti and I’m a writer of horror, fantasy, and suspense/thriller. It’s no secret, to those who know me, that I’m a huge fan of author Stephen King. I’ve read most of his books, including the non-horror ones. It is always a bit scary for an avid reader, such as myself, to go watch a movie adaptation of a book I’ve loved reading. Too many times things go horribly wrong. Like when a director or screenwriter change too much of the storyline and mix in a great deal of ‘hollywood’. Like they’re going to tell a better story then Stephen King, really? The directors and screenwriters that have remained within Stephen King’s storyline have gotten it right. Don’t mess with a good thing people.

Anyway, I get goosebumps and chills up and down my spine when I’m asked who Stephen King is. I take a few steps back and imagine a green gooey alien behind his/her skin mask. You’d have to be from another planet not to have heard of Stephen King. He is the bestselling author on the planet and a very wise man. Today, I’m going to list some of my favorite Stephen King books, movie adaptations, and quotes. If you’re not familiar with who Stephen King is you will by the end of this post and maybe you’ve been a fan of his all along and didn’t even know it. 😉

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My Favorite Stephen King Books:

1/  The Green Mile

2/ Salem’s Lot

3/ Misery

4/ The Shining

5/ The Stand

 

My Favorite Stephen King Movie Adaptations:

1/ Misery

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2/ The Green Mile

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3/ The Mist

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4/ The Shining

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5/ Stand By Me

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My Favorite Stephen King Quotes:

1/  “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

2/  “And as a writer, one of the things that I’ve always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that’s what we’re suppose to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.”

3/  “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

4/  “I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.”

5/  “Books are uniquely portable magic.”

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by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

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Mysterious valleys

Distinct from all the rest

The Mind of a king

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Are you a fan of Stephen King? What Stephen King books have you read? What movie adaptation is your favorite?

R.I.P. Robin Williams

12 Aug

We tend to cry the most for those who made us laugh the most.”

 

I practically grew up watching Robin Williams. He made me laugh so often. That’s the best gift you can give someone––the gift of laughter.

Oscar winner Robin Williams dies at 63 ~ USA TODAY

 

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Robin Williams dead; he was battling depression –– CNN.com

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Robin Williams dies in apparent suicide –– LA Times

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‘The Crazy Ones’ Premiere: Robin Williams –– Huffington Post

Were you a fan of Robin Williams? What was your favorite Robin Williams movie, show, or moment?

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Justin Bieber

27 Jan

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Justin Bieber, just saying his name saddens me. His life is becoming more and more like a Greek Tragedy. He started off as such a talented, humble and sweet boy and now he’s doing drugs, drag racing and running from the police. I understand he’s only 19 years old, but fame has not had a good effect on him and I think if he doesn’t get an intervention soon his story will end tragically. I visited Steve Fox’s Blog: SfoxWriting and came across this poem. Wow! All I could think of was Justin Bieber.

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Steven Fox

Back To The Beginning

by Steven Fox

Back to the beginning

Where as long as you got by you were winning

Before the fame, fortune and attention

Where you could only dream of this rate of ascension

Staying humble, well you might have failed

Not quite sure of responsibilities your new role entailed

The world around you moving to fast

Before and after shots in your mind quite the contrast

Down to earth, feet firmly on the floor

Remember who you are, where you came from , don’t shut the door

Be the person you always wanted to be but with a conscience

Life is more important that the outcome of a conference

Lace up your shoes, fasten your belt

Make the people melt

But in a good way

With actions of kindness and wonderful things you say

Don’t hide your emotions life isn’t a poker game

Fold on your dead man’s hand otherwise you will end up the same

Take a second to appreciate it

Before it all gets too much and the world starts spinning

Go

Back to the beginning

Justin Bieber arrested

Click on mugshot to read story on CNN