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MusicNerd
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[SEX TRAFFICKING/ABUSE TRIGGER WARNING]

So, I found this article posted on my friend's Facebook wall by another friend of hers: http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/open-letter-michelle-obama-beyonce-not-role-model-231900311.html

I'm just wondering what y'all think of it. Do you agree with the author? Disagree? Feel somewhere in the middle about it? Comment below!

[ 05-08-2013, 04:36 PM: Message edited by: MusicNerd ]

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Molias
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I really liked this response: Ok, Lay off Beyonce Already
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Patricia H
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Forgive me, but when I first saw this topic, I thought, "wow, what a great topic!"

I didn't know it would be about Beyonce specifically. But I did read both articles and have to agree that both arguments brought forth valid points, and that this would make for an interesting argument/debate.

But rather than do so over one major celebrity, perhaps I could pose this question, which, while isn't so much in line with the content of this thread, is what I originally anticipated when I first saw the thread topic:

Who is your role model when it comes to issues of sexuality?

I'll start by saying that Heather has been, and will always be, my personal role model for such. Before I continue, however, let it be known that I speak not from a place of no honestly and genuine sincerity. I really do admire who she is as a person and what she has done, and continues to do, for young adults worldwide. It's always easier to simply have a lot of money and to donate it to a worthy cause; but it's a whole different monster to come up with something on your own and then put in the time--as well as your heart and soul, blood, sweat, and tears, and all of the above--to building it and making it work. When I first found out about her, I was simultaneously relieved to know something like Scarleteen was out there on the Internet for me to use at my disposal, but intrigued to know more about the woman behind this movement for not only progressive sexuality, but for a progressive mindset and way of thinking in general. My mind was blown.

The more I read and learned about Heather, the more my respect grew for her. Maybe it's just me, but I've always felt a deep respect for people who've gone through rough times and/or a really crummy upbringing, and then come out from all that as really good individuals. She was of no exception.

AND she wrote a book. You might think, "yeah, everybody writes books these days," but to me, that's phenomenal. Someone actually took the time to sit down and put down words to paper with the intention to benefit a population. I took an organic chemistry class in college that was taught by the professor who wrote the textbook for the course itself, and I was boggled by that, too. I can't help but feel inspired by people like my organic chemistry professor and Heather (and plenty others more, but I'll be brief here, as I'm sure you catch my drift) because I sense that they not only know their stuff and are good at it, but that they are passionate about what they do, and it's that passion that feels so exhilarating and contagious to be around. It also fuels my own desire to keep an optimistic outlook on life and to pursue my own interests. Because ultimately, I feel that a really good role model shouldn't just inspire and awe you to look up to him/her--although it is usually how they get your attention in the first place-- but he/she should also likewise inspire and serve as a source of personal motivation to you to not so much as follow in his/her footsteps as is to strike out on your own and find something you're passionate about and can be just as fabulous at doing.

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WesLuck
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Agreed totally about Heather! An inspiring and transformational role model, and all round extraordinary person, of the highest order. [Smile]
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Heather
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Oh, y'all. Patricia: I only just saw this. Thanks so much for that. What a wonderful, lovely thing to wake up to see!

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