Sound Off: Serena Williams

Just a year after giving birth to a daughter, Serena Williams rallied her way back to the finals of the U.S. Open. Her win would have been the icing on the cake in comparison to where she was a year ago, fighting for her life. While the finals did not turn out the way most expected, the turn of events throughout the game is the topic of conversation.

There was a lot of controversy during the finals of the U.S. Open when the umpire insinuated that Serena was cheating when she received a hand signal from her coach.

I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose.

She went on to tell him he owed her an apology and the situation began to spiral from there. As Serena lost to Naomi Osaka, the attention was on her actions versus the success of the winner. Yes, of course everyone was rooting for Serena. She’s dominated the game of tennis, transforming the sport in her own right. Still, the trials and tribulations and disrespect she receives should not go unnoticed.

Unfortunately Serena has been under fire her entire career. Before the finals even occurred, her catsuit outfits were banned in France. Furthermore, let’s not even get into the constant drug tests. Is this just something that happens to black athletes? Now I know many may say,

  • Not everything is racist.
  • All lives matter.
  • It’s just a sport.

It honestly goes deeper than that. Unfortunately this is a society that is not only filled with racism, but sexism as well. Serena Williams is not only a black athlete, she is a female black athlete. If you look at men when they argue with officials, it’s as if they receive praise. Serena Williams on the other hand is represented with images like this:

To see this on my timeline is beyond offensive. Put aside the depiction of her throwing a temper tantrum. The appearance of her is what angers me. I don’t care if it’s a “cartoon.” It’s racist and sexist. Why does she have be drawn oversized for one just because she has curves. Also because she’s black she has to have giant lips? No, I’m not taking this personally. Unfortunately, an image like this is something you won’t see spread all over your local news. Instead, they’ll discuss Serena being fined for her actions. Images that portray our heroes like this are disgusting and shouldn’t be tolerated, but everyone seems to turn a blind eye. What’s the big deal?

On the other side of Serena losing, they tried to ignore the true ancestry of Naomi Osaka. Yes, she’s Japanese, but her father is Haitian. No need to draw attention to that side though right? Let’s ignore this multicultural athlete that has stunned the nation winning the U.S. Open.

It sucks that for Osaka, this moment will go down as one filled with controversy with the attention directed away from her win. Still, the astounding negativity against Serena is uncalled for and speaks volumes in regards to how black people are perceived.

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New Mini Happy Planner

I’m back on the Happy Planner bandwagon. I haven’t used on in over a year, although I’ve been inspired by the various ways they’re being used in the planner community. I used a classic size when I was using it daily. I have a BIG Happy Planner for memory planning. All I was missing was a mini HP. So, when I found one on sale at Tuesday Morning, I couldn’t pass it up.

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Planner Haul | Summer Edition

Finally, a new post! I know, right? Well, this time around I have another hail to share. I’ve been accumulating quite a bit this Summer, especially since I’ve changed my planner style. Still, I wanted to share the odds and ends I’ve collected as they’ll be popping up quite a bit in my future posts as we transition into the latter part of 2018. Ready? Let’s get started.

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Summer 2018 Fashion Haul

Back at it with another post on the blog. This past week has been life changing (which I’ll touch on at another time). I’ve been shopping quite a bit over the last few weeks and so it’s time for a haul. I love clearance racks and finding deals and I don’t see the harm in sharing what I find.

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Time to Refocus

I’ve been contemplating on whether I wanted to get back into the blogging game or whether I should leave Chaotic Critic as is. I feel like I’ve been reintroducing myself far too much within the past year. I’ve drifted away from why I’ve started this blog to begin with. Chaotic Critic is me. The crazy girl that has something to say about everything. Still, in the midst of it all, I’m still trying to find that drive. I’m like a candle that won’t stay burning.

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Tracking my Anxiety and Migraines

May is Mental Health Awareness month so what better time than now than to share how I track my anxiety. There are many different ways that people do it. For me, I’ve begun tracking it on pen and paper in myΒ planner. It’s been working thus far and I’ve been able to pinpoint when it happens and really monitor it as best I can.

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Planning In My Ring Planner

Cheers to another blog post. I’ve finally figured out a schedule. I will have a planner related post to share with you all every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. Of course I’ll have other post sprinkled in here and there, especially my Sound Off series. I hope you all stay tuned and if you have any particular requests, just leave a comment.

I previously shared a flip through of my ring planner and I wanted to share how I plan. This is not like my Happy Planner in which I had an overload of stickers. This is a bit more simple with decorative touches.

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