All posts by Crystal Harrison

Social Media and the Denigration/Sexualization of the Woman

I am a habitual user of social media and spend a great deal of time browsing the popular pages. However, I have noticed an increased amount of pictures portraying women as mainly sex symbols. To make matters more interesting, its women that post half naked pictures of themselves on their social media accounts for whatever type of gain they are looking after. I find it disturbing and had a few questions regarding this growing trend…
Has social media made the woman a sex symbol, filled with followers and friends that glorify fake butts, bigger breasts and the tiniest waists?
Does the lack of bigger butts and breasts and slim waist make a woman insecure and inadequate and force them to get those “assets”?
Is it because that it seems as if the less clothes you wear or the more designer items you own, the bigger your follower base which increases your chances of greater income (whether its in advertisement, endorsements, hosting gigs, or possible reality TV show offers) ?
Why does the number of followers and likes you get validate your existence?
Why do women praise/applaud other women for showcasing their “curves,” whether natural or not? Does it makes a woman a woman?
Looking back on previous posts, have you noticed that unconsciously you have fell into this trend?
Because of this social media proclaimed “ideal body image” is the current standard, do you think that depression and eating disorders have increased in recent times?
Some may say that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram nor Snap Chat, themselves, have such power to make the woman a sex symbol, but with its rising popularity, many women are shown with less clothing on. How can we as an organization that prides themselves on educating, exploring, enhancing and celebrating womanhood addressing these issues?

I look forward to hearing your answers!

Comparison is the thief of Joy

When she stopped comparing her life to others, it made it easier for her to see her blessings.

Do not consume yourself with someone else’s blessing, especially if you are unaware of the fight and battles she endured to get to where she is now. Instead, focus on counting your own blessings and take advantage of the opportunities that await you. Remember what is for you, is for you. No one can interfere with it but you. Keep your eyes on what is real and focus on the bigger picture. Do not get caught up in the smoke and mirrors. Focus on your journey and work to increase the quality of your reality.

Happy Black History Month!!!

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
― Marcus Garvey

On January 31, 1865, the United States Congress passed the thirteenth amendment which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude. Thus, we celebrate 150 years of freedom from the physical chains of bondage.

What a wonderful way to start Black History Month 2015.

In keeping with the history of Blacks in the United States of America, in what ways will you celebrate this year’s BHM? When Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year rolls around there are many ways that they are celebrated: parties, community service, resolutions to become better people. But what will you do to commemorate the legacy and history that your ancestors have established?

Ideas: learning more about Blacks that are not talked about as much, reevaluating your purpose and getting more in touch with your culture and history are just a few. And these ideas can be whatever you make them out to be. As long as its meaningful, it is worth having/doing.

Again, Happy Black History Month!!!

Self-Inflicted Limitations

“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.”
-Mary Kay Ash

I challenge you to never fall victim to self-inflicted limitations. Believe in yourself; believe in your ability to accomplish what your heart desires. If you think that your goals are too big, that is great! If God placed it in your heart, then He will give you the tools to achieve them. “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing in the game.”

Go be great!