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I sometimes wonder if a novel named Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Hoe would fly off the shelves the way Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man would.

Why do you need to think like a man when your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, honey? I'm not talking about the actual act of putting that juicy gripper on someone, but why don't we ever talk about the power of femininity and seduction as much as we should? Goddesses like Rihanna don't contanstanly have to talk about how great they are in bed, instead they walk around in their big dick energy that lets you know she can snatch your soul, your man, and your wallet whenever she pleases.

Often, it is not even about using your vagina to get what you want, but the promotion of it to create an exciting experience for both you and a lucky somebody. In general, it is perfectly acceptable to be sexualized by the male gaze but God forbid when we start taking charge of our bodies, sexuality, and expression. Many of us get labeled a "hoe."

People throw the word "hoe" around towards any woman brave enough to act outside socially constructed female norms. Yet, we all like to try on "hoe" when it's convenient with statements like, "Girl, imma shake my ass like a hoe tonight." We subconsciously acknowledge the power of seduction but bring it out as often as a Halloween costume.

Let me fill you in on something: Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Slut shaming is old, corny, and just plain ignorant because a woman is a multidimensional being. Sexism and misogyny teaches us that men can be sexual beings, but women can only function in a way that satisfies the male gaze at the time. If he's looking for a wife: be submissive, nurturing, and modest. If he's looking for a hot girlfriend: be spontaneous, sexy, and glamorous at all times. If she wants a man with wealth, she is a gold digger.

Well, I am here to say, F*CK That. What Are You Looking For Girl?

It is totally possible to have the sensuality, art of seduction, and fun times of a "hoe," the moral and values and life goals of a "classy lady," and the desire to be dicked down like a dumb slut, because these concepts are not mutually exclusive. I ask you a simple question: What would your love life look like if you weren't so afraid to be judged and judge yourself so harshly? Would you have more orgasms? Get your rent paid? Make your sexual fantasies a reality? Have the confidence to go for a higher caliber of men? If so, consider the following steps and start acting up!

Start Dressing To Erect More Often Than Not

You are a beautiful young woman, it's time to embrace it and have some fun every now and then with your wardrobe. Unevolved women feel intimidated by a confident woman strutting her stuff around in something sexy, but that does not have to be you. Work with what you have and flaunt what your momma gave you every once in while. This is not only for single women, but for involved and married women too! Find your personal style of being sexy. Maybe your style of sexy is showing a little shoulder here and thigh there. Go on a date night without your bra and let them nipples say hello. Give him a little visual hint that you dont have any pantes on. Walk Stank. Get him thirsty and open and act like you know that you are a goddess, because you are. Getting comfortable with your sexy side outside of the bedroom will empower you.

Let Go Of The Serious Attitude

Life is a rat race where we are constanlying hustling and bustling, and it can take a toll on our vibe. Many of us are so adamant about finding Mr. Right that it gives off a vibe of inflexibility and downright coldness.You may meet a fine man during a night out and want him to blow your back out and that's fine, every man you date will not be your husband! Practice being open minded, connected to your own feelings, present and engaging instead of focusing on what turns men on and what men are looking for. Stop constantly focusing on what you bring to the table and realize you are the whole damn table, and can manifest the man you want sitting across from you or laying up under you. You are a whole person my love, and your fun conversation and engaging body language is what reels a man in and keeps him wanting more. Step up your conversational skills! You don't have to know about the latest sports or about cars, find something to talk about outside of the daily grind that you are passionate and excited about because it is nothing more sexy and memorable than a passionate woman.

If You Are Not Seriously Involved, Stop Dating One Man At A Time

The beloved hoe-tation is something that many of us women stray away from once we get in our feelings. We start dating a man for a few weeks and then Boom! That burning feeling in your chest is not your heart falling, but your common sense leaving your body and you turn on your tunnel vision. Whether he is the man that you prayed for or if he meets your standards, don't let anyone shame you for having options, especially while you're single and just out there dating. You don't really have the time to start over-thinking and self-sabotaging the connection with one man when you are busy being wined and dined by the next one. If anything, dating more than one man at a time creates an opportunity and the distance necessary for the man of your dreams to pursue and win you over. That way when you do find Mr. Right, you know in your heart that you chose him out of desire instead of fear and loneliness. Your exclusivity is a gift that a man has to earn, don't be giving it all easy!

Be Picky, He Has To Be Able To Match You Or Progress You!

Learn how to size a man up very quickly in order to categorize him into two subcategories : potential husband and penis. Destiny's Child did not leave us "Bills, Bills, Bills" just to bop to. Can he help you out, is a serious question you really should be asking yourself. We have set the bar so low for men to the point that they still limbo under it into our hearts and beds! Him having a good job, college degree, taking care of his kids, and loving his momma is the bare minimum. If you had a financial emergency, could the man that you are giving all that sweet loving and attention to lend you a helping hand? If the answer is no, you have to really take some time and reconsider your dating habits because you can do bad all by yourself and a vibrator. Maybe finance is not the most important factor in your world however, make sure you are choosing someone who can help you on your journey of manifesting your best life, whether that be spiritually, emotionally, financially or all of the above.

This is 2018, we are looking for partners, not fixer uppers. The attention and good times he gives you will not make up for the lack of support he will be able to offer during difficult times, so invest yours wisely. As Missy Elliot once said, "Ain't no shame ladies, do your thang. Just stay ahead of the game." It is time to make your own rules to the dating game. Be safe and have fun. It's your world, these men just live in it.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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