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Let’s Talk About Empathy, Transgender Rights, and Bathrooms

This week’s Thinking Thursday is going to get a little political… okay that’s a lie. It is going to get really political but I have held this in for too long and now I believe this is the best time to say something. This week we are going to explore empathy, transgender rights, and bathrooms. Why?

Simply put:

This is my blog and I do what I want.

Long answer:

The world at the moment needs more voices speaking out about injustices and although I may not be part of the communities being persecuted I try to empathize with their situation and figure out a way to help.

This post was brought to you by Trump’s actions towards the LGBTQ community, lifting the the protection act that forced schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that matched their gender. I used the words forced, because many of the schools where this act was set were likely going to ignore the needs of these students or force these students into difficult situations that made them feel unsafe.

Now, the reason for Trump’s administration lifting this act is stupid. Their biggest fear is that if this act in put in place sexual offenders will say they are trans to gain access to the restrooms to harm women. Right there, is a huge issue, actually several issues.

  1. Not all sexual offenders are men.
  2. Trans-individuals are more likely to be assaulted in restrooms.
  3. If someone wants to sexually assault someone a law isn’t going to stand in their way.

What this act is doing is forcing trans-individuals back into hiding and limiting their rights as human beings. If you don’t allow someone to use a restroom in a public space that means you are limiting their life and experiences. You are also targeting cis-individuals that don’t fit within gender norms. Women with more muscle, who are taller, may have thinner hair, or facial hair may be targeted. Men who are smaller, dress more feminine, or have a lack of facial hair may be targeted for not fitting in.

Students who are beginning to find themselves are forced to use facilities that don’t make them feel safe, which should be the number one concern of a school.

I have never had a problem with anyone using a bathroom. When I go to the bathroom the last thing that crosses my mind is ‘how is the person going to the bathroom right beside me’ or ‘is the person beside me going to hurt me?’. I don’t care! I’m too preoccupied with my own bodily functions to be concerned about anyone else.

Plus there are already laws in place to protect people in bathrooms, which I hate to say, don’t stop those who want to break them. Forcing a group of people into dangerous situations because you think there’s a problem – that doesn’t have any statistical evidence to support – doesn’t help but instead harms people. This kind of thinking makes you a closed minded person, who needs to realize the world is filled with a diverse spectrum of genders, races, beliefs, and ideas.

I am cis, white, and woman. I have had the privilege of not having to go through the challenges those within the LGBTQ community do. I don’t have to face the difficulties of people not accepting me or the loss of friend/family because they don’t understand me. I know I will never have to face these challenges head-on but I also know that I can’t ignore them either. I educate myself about the issues facing LGBTQ youth. I use my writing and the information I’ve learnt to try and shed light on issues facing the world today. I show empathy and explore opinions that are not my own because I believe everyone should have the same rights no matter what. #TRANSRIGHTSAREHUMANRIGHTS

All I ask from you is for you to try and see this situation through another person’s eyes.

Educate yourself.

To get started I’ve put two of my favourite YouTube channels down below. You’re welcome to start a discussion in the comments, as I love to hear what my readers have to say. Until next time remember to stay safe, be creative, and as always toodles! ^.^

 

If only they understood…

There are those in life that won’t accept you, but there are many you’ll meet that will happily be by your side.

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Children of Sirphan: I’ll Try

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CHILDREN OF SIRPHAN IS NOW OUT! BUY YOUR COPY TODAY!

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Book Two Is Out And It Wasn’t Without Its Challenges

Hello World!

So, the day has finally come to announce the release of book 2 – Children of Sirphan.

Right off the top I’ll tell you I like this book more than my first. I learnt a lot from publishing my first one but the second one has a stronger story and better character development I find.

That, though, isn’t the challenge I am speaking of.

My laptop of eight years has officially died. It took me through university and two books before it decided to go out with a bang. You can say I burned it out… literally…

As I was sitting down yesterday, (December 19th), getting ready to set things up for a smooth launch my laptop had other plans. Within seconds of leaving it on my father-in-law’s couch Mr. Canuck smelt something burning… and well… it wasn’t long before my laptop ended up outside in the snow. Turns out the connection wire burnt out causing all the smoke to happen and the screen to die. I was also lucky to have back ups of the laptop on either online storage or other devices. That meant I was a little behind but not enough to delay the release today!

So, without further delay I want to introduce to you my second book – Children of Sirphan – which is now available for purchase on SMASHWORDS and AMAZON for ebook online. The price for the ebook is $2.99 USD and $3.99 CAD.

Paperback versions will be available closer to the summer as I want to add some special things to the paperback that you won’t be getting with the ebook, (like images for chapter headings and section headings).

If you wish to purchase the newest book of the P6 Series click the links below to be teleported to the shop of your choice. If you have any questions leave them in the comments down below and I will answer them as soon as I can.

Until next time be creative, stay safe, and as always Toodles! ^.^

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1 Month Until Children of Sirphan is Released!

Hello World Out There World!

As you can tell from the title I have exciting news. Children of Sirphan, the second book of the Prophecy Six Series, is being released 1 month from today – December 20th, 2016. I am so pumped to be able to add a second book to the collection and I hope all of you are excited to continue following Liora on her adventures!

With that said I want to give you a little information about Children of Sirphan:

Children of Sirphan follows Liora learning more about her powers and about the Prophecy Six. She soon discovers that she isn’t the only one with powers and that there are five others chosen by the Gods. As she is the first of the Six it is up to her to find them and help them understand/ control their new abilities.

While learning more about her role as the Six’s leader, and fighting with guardians on how she is to act within the Castle of Demor, Liora begins having dreams of a white haired girl standing on a rocky shoreline being swallowed by a flood. Plagued by her dreams and trying to remember/ recover from her own trauma of losing her people Liora is determined to find the answers through finding the strange girl and discovering why she continues to haunt Liora’s mind.

A mystery wrapped in a world of fantasy, approaching social issues in a creative manner with lighthearted/ realistic characters. Find the first chapter of Children of Sirphan HERE.
Want to start from the beginning? Find the first book – Child of the LightHERE.

Diary of a Socially Awkward Introvert: Parties

To you parties may sound like a fun word.

For me or anyone like me… it instantly raises our blood pressure.

Introverts aren’t the type of people that like to party or being in a group of strangers. We are people that want to Netflix with their best friends and eat junk food, or stay at home and play games online.

When an introvert is dragged out to a party they are doing it because:

One – they want to make a good impression on a friend.

Two – they want to get out of their comfort zone.

Three – didn’t know that they were going to be going to the party in the first place.

Social situations can be very tiring and stressful for an introvert, add in being socially awkward and you have yourself a panic stricken blubber ball.

When I somehow find myself at parties – usually dragged out of the house by friends – I do one of four things.

One – cling to my friend like a baby koala for the whole night.

Two – nervously talk your way through questions asked to you by strangers while trying to locate the friend that dragged you to the party.

Three – locate the food. No one will talk to you if you have food in your mouth.

Four – hang out with the pet of the house cat, dog, bird… doesn’t matter. (You know they won’t judge you).

My usually choice is three. There always something at the food table that I like and it is easy to ignore people when your back it facing the crowd and you are facing the food. It is also easier to play off people’s questions when you have a mouthful of food.

If – Gods forbid – a person catches you away from the food table and starts asking me questions I usually am able to stumble my way through a conversation with them. If a person expects me to start a conversation… well they will be waiting a very long time since while it may take them a second to think of something to ask me I’m running through hundreds of possible suggestions, each being reviewed for any possible negative responses, while my mind is preparing responses to those negative responses.

Fun? Not really. Stressful? Totally.

Another fun thing is when you finally settle on something to say and it comes out wrong. The joys of your cursing yourself as you try to recover the conversation as you notice the person you are talking to staring at you… possibly thinking what is wrong with this person.

Scurry away, back to the food table where you are safe little over-thinker. It will be okay.

Or, will it?

The chances are, that interaction will be playing over and over again in my head for the rest of the night. It will haunt my dreams and whisper in my ear while I’m drinking my tea at breakfast. I may even do mock conversations on how I should have responded to the person while in the shower before heading to work.

Am I crazy? Yep… but admitting it is the first step to recovery… right? ^.^

I am find with small interactions with people on the street. Someone asking for directions or asking the time are fine. I can even handle being in a small group of four people that I know. I’m part of several communities and volunteer… so I am not completely useless. I just know that after a long day in the office or working with my volunteer groups I will be tired.

While people go out to dance or party to boost their energy or cut loose… I read and write books.

So, when you ask one of your friends if they want to go out to party or stay in and watch a movie – consider that maybe their way of fun doesn’t include a lot of people and that wanting to spend time with you is a big step outside of their usual comfort zone.

Until next time stay safe, be creative and as always toodles!

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