Sock Panda – Toes On A Mission For Good

Sock Panda Kids SocksWho doesn’t love socks? We all wear them! From babies to children to teens, and adults. Socks seem to be a constant in our lives.

And they are consumable, too! What? Who thinks of socks as a consumable product? Well, ok, dryers do seem to eat them, but other than that, they’re just another piece of clothing, right? But we go through them and need new ones more often than most other items in our wardrobe.

It used to be that socks were boring. Basic white and black. Oh, and maybe the sports (gym or “tube” socks, we used to call them) kind would have a solid color stripe on them. But that was about it. If you were really fashion-forward you bought navy blue socks.

Wow.

Then argyle came into style.

For about a minute.

But men’s dress socks could have a subtle pattern to them, and that was nice. But for business. Nothing fun.

I remember when LOUD socks became popular! Toe socks! Do you remember those? Thick, knit, black knee-highs with neon pink, green, yellow, and blue individual toes and multiple matching stripes up the length of them? They weren’t very comfortable.

Well, things have changed, and for the better where footwear is concerned!

Enter SOCK PANDA and suddenly socks become COOL!

Not only are the designs fabulous and funky, but you buy them on a monthly subscription basis, so new socks show up at your door every month, and you are totally surprised by the designs that arrive!

You can choose how many pair per month, can stop at any time, AND (this is the really awesome part!) Sock Panda will DONATE a free pair of socks to people in need with each new sock subscription!

The Sock Panda’s creations are inspired by the latest trends in fashion and will make you look good at work or at play!  Sock Panda partnered with Indutexa S.A., the top sock manufacturer in Lima, Peru. They picked Indutexa because it’s a family run business that treats it’s workers well and use high quality materials. Indutexa also makes socks for big names like Adidas, Reebok, and Fila. The Sock Panda team is dedicated to using it’s socks to make the world a better place, and that’s something I can stand behind. (Yes, I’m a Sock Panda affiliate and I will earn a small commission for sending you their way. But I’m really happy to encourage you to support such an awesome company and concept. And the small amount I make helps to support my efforts in bringing you these great ideas! And I really appreciate you for that!) As of October 2015 the company had donated almost 50,000 socks to homeless shelters, low income senior centers, and under-privileged classrooms all across the USA. And they hope to 100,000 pairs this year.

Click on any of the images below to visit their website and check out A LOT MORE really fabulous designs! Think about what an awesome gift this sock subscription would be for your kids, your spouse or loved one, or especially for your kids! What a great “feel good” opportunity! Not only do they get an amazing, fun, and useful gift! But their gift also gives to someone else who really NEEDS a yummy, delicious pair of brand new socks!

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Contraception or Abortion: The Lesser of Two Evils?

Tracy Partridge-JohnsonI was shocked at age 35 while having a phone conversation with my mother regarding the dilemma of my teen pregnancy 18 years prior.

I was very happy to be having the first, real discussion “as an adult” with her about it since the situation occurred. I had many feelings, emotions and questions that had been unresolved and unaddressed over those many years and it felt freeing to finally be able to have a candid conversation with her about the reality of the situation; her experience as well as my own.

I remember she expressed feelings of shame and embarrassment, living in our very conservative Mormon community of Orem, Utah in 1979. The year really isn’t so relevant because of the culture. A teen pregnancy or pregnancy out of wedlock, regardless of age, would be seen as socially unacceptable in the ultra Mormon culture of which we were an active part even in today’s society.

Image is everything. A popular cultural slogan goes like this; “Avoid the very appearance of evil.” So, needless to say, once I “appeared” pregnant at age 17 it would be clear to the entire community that I had been engaging in “evil” activity. Of course, a pregnant teen is “technically” to be loved and embraced by the membership of their congregation. Especially since they are clearly “lost” and need guidance to be brought back into the fold.

But, I digress.

I was shocked during this conversation because as I tried to explain that at the time I had desperately needed to feel love and emotional connection to a male in my life (this connection unavalable to me from my father at that time) and that now, looking back on it, I didn’t understand why, given the fact that they knew I had recently become sexually active, they hadn’t talked to me about options for protecting me against the possibility of pregnancy?

Her response floored me.

She told me that even today, all these years later, she still wouldn’t even consider talking to me about the option of using contraception.

WHAT?

I was astonished. I asked her what her reasoning was for this decision and she explained that, in her mind, allowing me to be on contraception would suggest that she “condoned my behavior” which she clearly did not.

My response was to tell her that whether she “condoned” it or not, the fact of the matter was that I was sexually active. Didn’t it make more sense, I asked, and wouldn’t it be more loving and compassionate to protect me from pregnancy, whether she was ok with my behavior or not?

Her answer was still no.

And she is not alone in this thinking. Which in 2009 is not only unbelievable but practically obscene. When you stop to think about all the unwanted pregnancies and the impact that issue has on our society, it’s patently offensive.

So, here is my core question:

If young girls were informed and educated about their options regarding sexual activity, contraceptive choices and protection from pregnancy, and these options were made readily available to all women, would we even need to be having a debate over Pro Life or Pro Choice? It seems that if all “fertile” women were on contraception until they CHOOSE to have children, the whole abortion issue would almost go away.

True, there are those cases where an unwanted pregnancy occurs even when contraception is being reliably utilized. But, over-all there would be a HUGE reduction in the need or desire for abortion.

So, what is the REAL moral question here?

Many parents seem to cling tenaciously to a sense of artificial morality taught to them by their parents and religious leaders endorsing a sort of head-in-the-sand attitude. This attitude goes something like this; “If I try to force my teenagers not to listen to their natural bodily urges then, hopefully, they will get through their teenage years without an unwanted pregnancy.” This mindset tends to implement huge piles of shame and guilt on the teen in order to try to keep them from participating in sexual activity. But the fact of the matter is, when they find themselves in an emotionally and sexually charged situation…and they aren’t protected…they will choose to have sex, anyhow.

So, back to my question:

Which is better? To have more sexually active teenagers who are on contraception thus resulting in significantly fewer abortions, unwanted children, STD’s and unwed mothers on welfare programs? Or to continue doing what has been done for ages and try to enforce this religious moral will, which is completely ineffective anyhow, as is clearly evident by the number of unwanted pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, state financed welfare programs to support the unwed mothers, etc.?

I think my vote is clear.

Sex is a natural and beautiful thing. The only part that makes it “bad” is all the baggage accompanying unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. And we have the technology to resolve both of those issues simply, effectively, and affordably.

Isn’t it about time we lose all the shame and guilt associated with expressing our sexuality and instead, educate and inform our youth about their choices for participating in an environment of love and protection?