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Why I’m Not a Feminist

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My name is Justine. I’m not a feminist.

I fight for the right for both women and men to be treated equally. So I guess I’m an equalist.

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Justine, pictured left, is not a feminist.

This doesn’t mean I do not fit the characteristics of other feminists. Yes, I want women to be treated with the same respect as men. Yes, I want equal pay in the work force.

I grew up in a house with four brothers. As I grew older, I started to realize my brothers were allowed to do things I wasn’t allowed to do — even my younger brother — because I was a girl. They were allowed to stay out later. They were allowed to go certain places I wasn’t allowed to go. I was, to say the least, outraged!

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So, I called my parents out on the inequality I faced as the girl in the family. “That’s just how it is,” I was told. “Your brothers can protect themselves. People come after females more often than males and we will not allow you to be put in that position just for equality.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love my parents for trying to protect me, but I feel when you’re raising children, they should be raised under the same rules. When the rules apply based on gender, then it sets a tone for inequality among the sexes that carries through to adulthood.

I will not be patronized for being a woman. I can do just as much as a man and still look good while doing it! Men can do just much as me and still look good while doing it!

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Gender roles are so last season. Women should be equal with men from day one.

Men shouldn’t be looked at as being weak if they cry or not masculine if they stay at home with the kids. Women shouldn’t be considered a bitch if they show strength or looked at as selfish if they work and don’t stay home to raise a family. And for the love of God, why is it alright for a man to take his shirt off at the gym but not a woman?

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I embrace girl power, but I don’t put it above empowering men. I’m not a feminist. I am an equalist.

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Watch This Solider Dunk for Donuts

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Jason Ciesielski is a Field Artillery Soldier in the Army National Guard and an athlete making his mark on social media. When he’s not busy serving his country, the 20-year-old can be seen on his Instagram and Facebook page showing off high box jumps, dead lifts and freestyle dunks.

“I want to empower people to be the best, strongest versions of themselves,” he says.

Jason recently went Live on Facebook with Better than the Weekend to dunk while treating himself to one of his guilty pleasures — Dunkin’ Donuts. He picked out four of his favorite fried cakes of sweetened dough and made sure he dunked before indulging his sweet tooth. Moral of the story: You can still be fit and eat what you want, as long as you work for it.

Watch and see how he did. Ladies, you’re welcome. 😉

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Real men earn their donuts 🏅Ask Jason Tyler Ciesielski

Posted by Better than the Weekend on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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How to Stop Being a Pussy and Be the Lion You Were Born to Be

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Gentleman,

We are hard-wired to be lions; to go after something we want.

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It’s in our nature to be a total savage when chasing after our desires — despite the consequences. In modern culture, where social media is redefining our lifestyle, we seem to be transforming into this fear-based robot who stays in their comfort zone and doesn’t reach too far.

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My name is Jesse Mundt. I’m a 23-year-old realtor from New Jersey. I’m not worried about remembering Harambe, learning the fucking Juju dance or getting blackout wasted. I’m focused on hitting my goals. I want to see other millennials get as excited as I am about hitting their goals. That’s why I’m here to offer some advice on how to break this formula of being a pussy and finally be the lion you were born to be.

Don’t be a dick. Hear me out.

You’re probably a lot like me, actually. I want to be rich and successful.

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But before we move forward, I believe we have to go backward.

First step in being a fucking lion is to sit down and be your 6-year-old self again — this time with some intellect. Ask yourself these questions: What do you want your life to look like if you couldn’t fail? How much money do you want to make? How big do you want your house to be? What’s your dream car?

Be specific. Your answers should give you butterflies and chills just thinking about them.

Next, dust off the creativity and imagination of your childhood self and dream BIG. Imagine your adult life if your childhood dreams became a reality. (Remember, you only limit your own thoughts. So go fucking wild while dreaming what your life could be like.)

Lastly, find a mentor. Someone who has what you want and is willing to teach you how to get it. Keep in mind, you can’t teach what you don’t have so be careful who you take advice from, especially those close to you. (For example, if you want to make $100,000 each year but the person teaching you makes $60,000 a year, it’s impossible. You get it.)

Being a gentleman isn’t limited to how you respect a woman. A true gentleman works on himself and constantly strives for growth. It’s not only our duty as gentleman, but as human beings.
That’s how he become a fearless lion and takes on the world.

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Are you willing to give up your comfort zone to go up?

I am.

From one gentleman to another,

Jesse

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How to Be Philanthropic Without Breaking the Bank

You don’t have be a celebrity with a $1 million check to make an impact on someone else.

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Philanthropy became an essential part of my life during my fraternity days. Believe it or not, giving back to the community is a key element in Greek culture.

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Sure, most of our money went toward books and beer, but it was important to us to spend a generous amount of our time being charitable. Participating in philanthropy, as I learned, benefits underprivileged people, helps promote the reputation of yourself or your organization, and just makes you feel good.

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Better than the Weekend decided to get involved and give something back by spending a morning at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton, PA. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. me and two of my interns, Justine and Dana, prepped and served lunch to guests in need of a hot and nutritious meal.

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You don’t have be a celebrity with a $1 million check to make an impact on someone else. And it doesn’t have to be National Philanthropy Day to give back. Here are some ways you can be philanthropic without breaking the bank.

1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, nursing home or children’s hospital.

At the soup kitchen, some of the people who came to get a meal thanked us individually for being their to help them. That feeling they felt didn’t cost a penny on our ends.

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2. Take some cookies to the local police or fire departments.

Let people who risk their lives to serve and protect us know they’re appreciated it. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make some cookies and it doesn’t take much time. It’ll likely make their day!

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3. Invite someone for a walk.

When you see a friend or co-worker stressed out, let them know you’re there for them by inviting them to do something that can get their mind off whatever is bothering them. A person doesn’t have to be homeless and living under a bridge to need someone to reach out to them.

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4. Listen!

We’re so often caught up in our own lives that we don’t always take the time to listen to someone who is going through something. Making someone feel heard and worth being listened to can make them feel better.

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5. Pay for the person behind you.

It could be a cup of coffee at Starbucks or the toll on a road trip. Spotting the person behind you in line will surprise them, make their day and remind them there’s good in the world.

That’s what philanthropy is all about.

Cheers to putting some good out there.

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