Read What This 24-year-old Feminist Has To Say About Human Rights

You are probably expecting me to write about how much I hate men, how I want to exert my dominance over male figures, talk about unequal gender roles, ramble about how strong I am, share my experience about burning all my bras or any other radical stereotypes that come to mind about feminism and what feminists do.

My name is Maria Abu-Joudeh, I am a human activist, LBGTQ Ally and a modern communication enthusiast.

Some people may be turned off to the term feminist. Which is fine. I will still stand up for everyone’s rights even if you don’t know me or understand what being a feminist is all about.

You are probably expecting me to write about how much I hate men, how I want to exert my dominance over male figures, talk about unequal gender roles, ramble about how strong I am, share my experience about burning all my bras or any other radical stereotypes that come to mind about feminism and what feminists do.

I am not here to teach you about gender equality or the waves of feminism.

I am sharing my thoughts with you today about how I believe every human has the right to be treated equally; whether it is by the law or as a respectful human being.

I saw a tweet President Trump wrote earlier within the week about adding Bible Literacy classes in public schools and to make “a turn back.”

After seeing his tweet, I was compelled to post a status myself about promoting religion in a public government setting, which said:

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In a public institution, an educators role is to help students broaden their knowledge to develop various skills that are needed to help them succeed in the future. In my opinion, it is absolutely acceptable for educators to expose students to diverse religions that are practiced around the world. In an educational viewpoint, religion plays a historical, cultural, literary or social part of different cultures.

However, if a specific religion is promoted to have students conform to a certain viewpoint (especially when they do not share the same beliefs) is where I have an issue. The line between church and state becomes blurred when students have to conform to a belief in a public institution. Even though it is against the First Amendent to not allow American citizens to freely practice their own beliefs – public education institutions cannot promote religious teachings.

To be clear, I am not against students practicing religion. I feel as if it is the responsibility of the parent to raise their child to practice religion and not public schools.

I will admit that I do become bothered when I witness others push their own thoughts and beliefs aggressively to people who don’t share the same views. Any human has the right to believe, practice and express their thoughts as long as they aren’t hurting anyone or anything. It is a fundamental right for person to be happy, healthy and safe.

After posting my comment, I immediately noticed a few comments that implied belief superiority.

If you don’t agree with someone, that is perfectly fine. You can respect someone else’s viewpoint and continue living your best life.

According to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in 2018, belief superiority is associated to a bias an individual has about their own knowledge about politics, environment, religion, relationship conflicts, etiquette and personal preferences based off the information they identify with.

Individuals who express their thoughts in such a demeanor usually seek information from sources who share the same view as they do. Which makes sense if you think about it. Everyone enjoys learning about a topic they agree on instead of what they oppose.

What really makes a person unique is the journey they have taken throughout the course of their lives. An individual’s life-experience shapes their reality. It is important to not to pass judgment about what a person is able or not able to do. You do not know what they are going through or what has happened in their past.

Anyone who knows me personally knows I am a person who appreciates history, cultures and different social norms. I am comfortable with myself, therefore, I am comfortable with new experiences, beliefs and environments. I am extremely passionate about helping others be comfortable with who they are and know that they have my support in future endeavors.

I don’t push my political views upon anyone, but I will not hesitate to give my opinion when asked or stand up for strangers if I witness them being mistreated.

If you would like to learn more about your human fundamental rights, what discrimination is and how you can become an advocate – scroll down to the end of the article for a list of sources.

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to connect with me on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn!

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New Year, Same Problems < Happier Me

Entering the new year, I am going to push myself harder to achieve my personal/professional goals while keeping my mind open and outlook positive. My main focus in 2019 is to grow into a happier, more efficient version of myself.

It’s 2019 and the phrase “New Year, New Me” officially expired in my vocabulary. After reading BuzzFeed’s latest article on How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation, I decided to adopt a more realistic resolution; use more positive communication.

Entering the new year, I am going to push myself harder to achieve my personal/professional goals while keeping my mind open and outlook positive. My main focus in 2019 is to grow into a happier, more efficient version of myself.

“Millennials capacity to burn out and keep working is our greatest value.” – Anne Helen Petersen, BuzzFeed News

Last year was the busiest, most productive year of my life. I am proud to say in 2018, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with two bachelor degrees, rewarded myself to a spectacular $300 dinner in Las Vegas (Gordan Ramsay’s Steakhouse – highly recommend), started a kickboxing class and traveled solo to new environments to be more comfortable with uncertainty. I met amazing people along my journey and was lucky enough to hear their stories.

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I refuse to let 2018 be my highest peak of personal success. I realized the power of the mind is unlimited. I am excited for what 2019 will bring. Life is meant to be filled with friends, family and adventures. I will work hard to grow as an individual, be my genuine self and help others along the journey.

Cheers to a new year and a positive outlook.