Real Life

How CollegePoint is Changing the College Admissions Game for High-achieving, Low Income Students

No sooner had I pressed the call button, than Oge’s brilliant smile lit up my screen. She radiated confidence and bliss, and I found myself grinning right alongside her as she detailed her summer agenda. As a rising sophomore at the College of William and Mary (WM), Ogechukwu Okali is already knee-deep in lab research investigating social trends, including everything from implicit bias in in-group and out-group members to the consistency and severity of school-assigned

Op-ed

The Uncanny Idiosyncratic Behavior of the Media: The Toxic Vice Doctrine

In a world so PC, so misbehaved and so unpredictable, a world where comedians and reality TV stars become world leader and mothers don’t believe in vaccinating their children, I find that we have arrived at the front door of the beloved quirky Vice media and have had the welcome rug pulled from under our feet. Vice media, in the beginning, was unique, bold and a refreshing concept. It had a bite and it was

Op-ed

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was Really, Really Bad at her Job

“I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job … to be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during an interview last December. She couldn’t have been more wrong. Last Thursday she announced that she would be leaving her White House post

Feminism

Jean Purdy: The Forgotten Female Pioneer Snubbed Of IVF Breakthrough

In 1978, the late British nurse and embryologist Jean Purdy, along with physiologist Robert Edwards and gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, became the first in the world to achieve in vitro fertilization, an artificial procedure where a sperm makes contact with an egg, outside the womb. This first successful attempt at IVF lead to the birth of Louise Brown, the first human to ever be conceived by artificial reproduction. Being the first person to recognize and describe

LGBT+

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Histories and Stances on LGBTQ+ Rights

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates LGBTQ+ Stances & Histories June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the power and history of the LGBTQ+ community. June also means that presidential hopefuls are gearing up their campaigns, as the Iowa caucus grows nearer. Let’s take a look at each major Presidential candidates’ (Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, O’Rourke, Harris) history and plans surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Joe Biden Joe Biden, known for his love of ice cream, President

Politics

Georgia’s Abortion Ban Opponents Find Unlikely Allies in Hollywood

Georgia’s most recent ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy comes as part of a wave of regulatory rollbacks on female reproductive rights in America. The Georgian governor, Brian Kemp, mandated a bill in May which would prohibit virtually all abortions after a detectable fetal heartbeat. The policy has been met with severe backlash from protestors, who are taking their indignant outcries to streets and social media. However, they have just acquired solidarity

Real Life

How To Seriously Write For Yourself

You’d think that this would be a no-brainer for most writers. We are always writing for ourselves, right? Not necessarily. For some of you it might be true, but for me it isn’t. Since I’m trying to become a published author, I’m constantly nit-picking about everything I write. Does it fit into the page length for this genre? Will someone interpret this the wrong way? How many rewrites is too many? And on and on.

LGBT+

The History of Pride and Why We Don’t Need ‘Straight Pride’

A recent attempt (which may actually come to fruition) by three men in Boston to start a ‘straight pride’ parade has sparked vitriol and debate all across the internet. After all, why should straight people not be allowed to express pride in their identities in the same way that LGBTQIAP+ individuals do? Well, for starters, straight people have never been oppressed. There is no country in the world where heterosexuals are under threat or where

Race

An Accurate Representation of the American Black Male

Growing up as a young black male in America, one is faced with an inaccurate negative narrative about themselves. While it is not good to simply ignore all the negative, it is demoralizing to only hear negative about one’s own particular demographic, as well as negatively affecting the public’s understandings and attitudes related to black males. Negative stereotypes such as portrayal of black men as thugs, criminals and fools reduce self-esteem and expectations. Research into

LGBT+

Was Chris Evan’s Tweet Problematic?

After the recent announcement that a group of straight men were attempting to host a “Straight Pride” in Boston, people took to social media to discuss the issue. Many took different angles on the issue, focusing on the historical significance of pride to LGBTQ+ members and how Straight Pride disrespects that through ignoring the privilege non-LGBTQ individuals have. Happy straight pride to you, I guess 🙄 pic.twitter.com/o1D0Omf0RO — Alfonso Manalastas (@not_alfonso) June 6, 2019 Source:

Sex-ED

Abstinence, Abortion Rates & America’s Disastrous Sex Education

Incomplete sex education programs don’t always lead to pregnancy or abortion. However, research shows these factors are highly correlated. In light of recent legislation passed in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri to essentially ban abortions and place harsh restrictions on women seeking to terminate their pregnancy, it is worth paying attention to the context that led us here. How our country’s conservative attitude towards sex and positive views of religion and family relates to the education

LGBT+

It’s Pride Month, And Corporations Are Looking To Profit Off Of It

The words “life, healing, sunlight, nature, peace, harmony, spirit” have been plastered on Listerine bottles that are decorated with the original LGBTQ+ flag, alongside the phrase “Care with Pride” as the marketing campaign by the company for the month of pride. Though perhaps perceived as an approach to distributing support to the queer community by hetero/cis individuals, Listerine is merely evident of the annual LGBTQ+ capitalistic effort my corporations to profit off of queer peoples

LGBT+

Here’s Why Straight Pride is Discriminatory

One single recent Facebook post about a planned “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston has caused massive internet backlash and spawned many arguments. Posted just in time for the beginning of June, which is LGBT+ Pride Month, the proposal is clearly a deliberate slap in the face to the LGBT+ community and its allies. Amid allegations that parade planners are linked to racist and anti-Semitic organizations, it’s important to take a look at the bigger picture.

Politics

Why Modi’s Return to Power in India could Spell Further Misery for Queer Citizens

On the 23rd of May 2019, Narendra Modi’s BJP led NDA government returned to power. This has grave implications for the LGBTQ+ community in India. With its divisive policies and support base composed primarily of the orthodox Hindus, its consideration of queer people within India has been greatly lacking. When we talk about queer people in India, the conversation remains incomplete without discussing the decriminalisation of section 377– a part of the Indian penal code

Op-ed

Does Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alleged Hypocrisy Outweigh His Contribution To The Civil Rights Movement?

Despite Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against discrimination in the 1960s, a current report stated that a secret FBI recording depicted the civil rights activist having an affair with 40 women and watching a pastor sexually assaulting another. Meant to be opened in 2027, the tapes were disclosed—holding recordings from King’s hotel rooms in the 1960s. The bugs were situated in the rooms because King’s aide, Stanley Levison, was accused of being a Communist. According

International

Taiwan’s Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Serves as a Milestone for Asia

Despite the relentless sheets of rain pouring down, protesters in Taiwan still gathered outside the Legislate Yuan in Taipei to commemorate parliament’s vote on the legalization of same-sex marriage. It marked a historic moment in history as the first Asian country to ratify it. Same-sex couples will be able to get married starting on May 24th. In the future, however, Taiwanese LGBTQ+ members still face an uncertain path in terms of their country’s divided stance

International

Theresa May’s Resignation Could Mean Doom For Brexit Negotiations

In the waking hours of Friday, May 24, Theresa May stepped out in front of Ten Downing Street, and in a tearful speech, announced her resignation from the post she’s held since 2016. May, the second female British Prime Minister, has been repeatedly bashed for her position on Brexit. The British Parliament has arrived at a basic standstill, and May’s three bills have all been rejected. May’s resignation follows after around 50 members of her

Politics

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Feminism

Making Abortion Free Works: The Netherlands

Abortion is an issue at the forefront of American debate. The two prevailing arguments being pro-life and pro-choice, with pro-life supporters believing that a woman should never be able to have an abortion– even in the circumstances of rape,...

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