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Anais Rivero


Movements like #MeToo Need to Protect Sex Workers

With movements like #MeToo, we are finally giving issues of sexual assault and harassment attention. Victims are now more comfortable speaking up and revealing this epidemic in our society. However, a certain group of people must still fear retribution for speaking out: sex workers. Paid sex work is currently illegal in the United States, making it difficult for sex workers to reach out to law enforcement when they are sexually and physically abused. Sex workers


Hey Men, Your Time’s Up Pins Don’t Prove You Care About Women

Women in Hollywood are now more than ever using their platform to speak out against injustice and abuse. Movements such as TimesUp and #MeToo are working to evoke change. The TimesUp Movement is raising money for a legal defense fund to provide legal representation for those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. The organization is also working to bridge the wage gap for women in the entertainment industries. TimesUp is


Despite GOP’s Attacks, Nearly 9 Million People Signed Up For Obamacare For 2018

One of the Republic Party’s ultimate goals has always been to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. Recently, the GOP’s new tax plan includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, an obvious attempt to undo the healthcare act since Congress has not agreed on a new healthcare bill. However, despite the barrage of attacks on the longtime healthcare insurance, 8.8 million new subscribers have enrolled in Obamacare. The


School Dress Codes Target Women, Especially Curvy Ones

I wake up every morning and have to consider what I choose to wear. I must cover my shoulders and make sure my dress reaches my fingertips. I must be careful that the neckline of my t-shirt is not too deep and forgo the leggings. I cannot wear shorts because then my curves are too noticeable, too distracting, deemed not appropriate for the school environment. Every morning I must go through a gauntlet of thoughts

Mental Health

Are We a More Anxious Generation?

With eyes filled with concern and uncertainty, students scramble across the hallways clutching papers. They chatter nervously with their friends about the latest difficult assignment, the most recent dilemma that had them tossing and turning at night, and about how tired they feel. This is the stress and anxiety found in the average student and in recent years, the average teenager. The reality of adolescence seems to be a contrast to the fun and light


Opinion: Fraternity Culture Is a Hotbed for Racism, Misogyny and Homophobia

Within the boundaries of your college campus, there is a menace lurking in the shadows. More likely a menace lurking in a large two-story house with Greek letters emblazoned on it and red Solo cups strewed across the lawn: fraternities. When many college-bound young men think about college, many will consider joining a fraternity. I completely understand the appeal of fraternities; they provide a sense of brotherhood, a guarantee of parties, and a big house much


Annual Halloween Reminder: If You’re Wearing Someone’s Culture as a Costume, You’re Part of the Problem

As Halloween rapidly approaches, we look forward to binge eating candy, watching horror films and seeing completely racist costumes. Unless you live under a rock, you know exactly what costumes I’m talking about. The ones where pasting on a fake mustache and a sombrero makes you a Mexican or the ones where you can paint your face “black” and finally dress up like Kanye West for a day. Yes, sometimes the scariest thing about Halloween

Real Life

I Used to Be Afraid of My Own Body

When I felt the blood rushing between my legs, I thought I was dying. It looked like a carnage had unleashed itself in my underwear and I still felt blood dripping, my body aching. My voice was shaking in fear pleading for answers, amidst the jubilant cries of my grandmother. “Estas una mujer ya!” (You’re a woman now!) she yells, searching through the cabinet under the sink. I couldn’t help but think I was being punished for


5 Everyday Examples of Male Privilege

Life is easiest for straight, white men, but there is no denying that all men have varying degrees of male privilege over women. Throughout our entire lives, women must fight against injustices simply for being women and many of the times also deal with discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic class, sexual orientation and other intersectionalities. As sad as it may sound, I know if I choose to have children, my sons will


I’m Tired of Not Being “Latina Enough”

If it’s not my music taste or the clothes I wear it’s my ‘American’ accent that betrays my tan skin and long dark hair. No matter what, I have never been “Latina enough,” at least not in the way we typically perceive Latinas. Being the daughter of immigrants I am straddling two identities, never being fully Latina but never fully American either. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida; the city with the third

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