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Ezra Levinson

Ezra Levinson
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.

Op-ed

Gender in Sports Needs to be Redefined

Mokgadi Caster Semenya is a name we probably all know after a fiery scandal divided the internet, scientists, and even sports regulators. Semenya is a South African track athlete who had already been repeatedly crucified in the media for her alleged intersex characteristics. Recently the issue surfaced again and she was barred from running in most events 800 meters and below. For the time being, it looks as though the International Association of Athletics Federations

Op-ed

“I Have No Excuse”: How Ignorance Breeds Hatred

At Issaquah High School in Washington, prom season was in full swing. The first goal was to ask someone to go with you, obviously enough, but having the funniest sign was just as important to many students. All was well until one girl, whose name will remain undisclosed, showed up with a sign bearing a blatantly racist joke. The sign was emblazoned with the multicolored words “if I was black I’d be picking cotton, but

Op-ed

The History Of Masculinity & How We Can Save It

In the Middle Ages, a man was judged by his chivalry: his respect for women, his loyalty to his people, and his willingness to do what was right. This led to tales like those of Lancelot and Gawain, placing the needs of others before their own and channeling their machismo into doing good work. This couldn’t last forever, though. The rules of chivalry fell in the 15th century, and by the 1900s the word “chivalry”

LGBT+

Title VII: No Longer A Barrier For LGBT+ Discrimination?

Title VII is a section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that prohibits discrimination by employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This act has very few exceptions, and has grown in importance over the years since it was put in place. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that in three upcoming cases it will make a decision as to whether or not the Title VII law bans discrimination

Feminism

In Sexism’s Pocket: What’s Up With Women’s Pants?

Watching my girlfriend struggle to hold on to her phone while putting on her backpack, I didn’t hesitate to ask: “Why don’t you just put it in your pocket?” Needless to say, this kicked off a very educational discourse about pockets that didn’t end until she got on the bus home, phone still in hand. I was aware that this was a recurring theme in women’s clothing (full disclosure: I’m a cis guy), but I

Real Life

The Slow Burn: Peak Indifference, Climate Change, And The End Of The World As We Know It

Climate change is real. Our planet is warming up at an alarming rate, and evidence clearly shows that humans are at the root of this drastic and dangerous change. According to NASA, ice melt rates in the Antarctic have tripled in the past decade, while nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2005. We are at a point where it is virtually impossible for anyone to deny that there is a

Real Life

Is Social Media Forcing Teens Into Unhealthy Relationships?

The ever-present red heart emoji can be found in Instagram bios of teens and even children around the world, often accompanied by a “mention” of their significant other’s relationship. This is simply another way of expressing one’s caring for another person, just like a card, t-shirt or tattoo. It might, however, be one calling card of an interesting effect social media can have on teens around the world. According to Pew Research Center, 44% of

Real Life

Bound To Happen: The Changing Role of America’s Public Libraries

Do kids even go to the library anymore? It’s easy to assume that the relevancy of public libraries in America would diminish in the age of memes, Fortnite and information whenever and however you want it. However, that is not the case at all. Libraries are rapidly changing from stuffy, quiet rooms run by strict librarians to unique, high-tech and efficient centers for community and resources. The archetype of a library is a one-story building

Op-ed

Testing The Limits: Will Americans’ Right To Vote Be Taken Away?

The issue of suffrage has been dividing the nation since the 1950s. Voting is the most political power that a normal American citizen can hold and the debate over who exactly gets to have it continues to this day. Modern issues like the Vote16 movement (working to lower the minimum voting age) are especially polarizing with older adults and that’s understandable. As a demographic, younger teens’ opinions differ drastically from those of 18- and 19-year-olds,

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