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Marielle Devereaux

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

Real Life

Know Your Rights: Stand Your Ground With Law Enforcement

Remember that it is always easier for people who are white and cis to exercise these rights. Thus, allies and members of the majority can and should use this privilege to stand up to law enforcement. To support both themselves and minority groups. In a country with an abundance of accessible, clearly defined rights, it would be ill-advised not to familiarize oneself with the legal tools at one’s disposal, or take advantage of their power.

Op-ed

Why Urban Liberals Need To Stop Dismissing Rural Communities

White, bigoted, uneducated, isolated, incestuous, extremely religious, redneck, conservative, farmer, broken-down, Trump country. If liberal people from urban areas were asked to name concepts they associated with the word rural, their list would undoubtedly include phrases similar to these. For members of the LGBT community and people of color, less-populated areas have negative connotations. The rural reputation, from an urban and suburban viewpoint, is generally one of intolerance and ignorance, an unwelcoming place to be

Feminism

Feticide And The Problem With Laws Protecting Fetal Personhood

Originally implemented to protect pregnant women, feticide laws become tricky when they are used as a way to criminalize these same women. By definition, fetal homicide is the act of killing an intrauterine fetus accidentally or purposefully, outside of the context of a legal abortion in accordance with state laws. Under feticide regulations, anyone who is thought to cause a fetus’ unnatural death within the womb, even if inadvertently, can be charged with murder. Since

Op-ed

U.S. Army Ads Are Video Game-Themed Propaganda And No One’s Talking About It

A disturbing lack of conversation and sources surrounding the increasing promotion and glorification of the military speaks volumes about America. There are some concrete ideas advertised in the modern era that feel odd when marketed to the public. For instance, milk. Something that’s been around since the dawn of time, and yet companies are compelled to hype up this well-established beverage in order to drive sales. Similar to the “got milk” campaign, the military has

Real Life

College Homelessness, Hunger and Lack of Healthcare are Epidemics

For students battling the ever-increasing costs of college tuition, many are forced to choose between higher education, and their physical wellbeing. It’s alarming that a growing number of students are opting for the less obvious choice, school, over livelihood. Almost as alarming as the fact that, on a systemic level, virtually nothing is being done to combat this. Too often college students have become the subject of jokes, usually for the way they have to

Op-ed

How A Society That Roots For White Male Underdogs Created Incel Subculture

Hell hath no fury like a single cis-het white man scorned. The Context One of the more dangerous trends to arise in recent years is characterized by the public sympathizing with and analyzing evil, sociopathic men. Specifically, ones that have targeted women. This is made evident by television’s overwhelming coverage of serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as Star Wars fans’ affinity for Kylo Ren that extends past just liking him “as

LGBT+

What Jussie Smollett’s Felony Charges Mean For LGBTQ Victims of Assault

Falsifying claims of homophobic and racist actions can lead to grave consequences for those who regularly face persecution. On the morning of Jan. 29, actor Jussie Smollett was approached in Chicago by two people in ski masks who yelled racist, homophobic slurs at him, beat him, poured an unknown chemical (rumored to be bleach) over him, and even fastened a noose around his neck before fleeing the area. Smollett fought back, and once his assailants

Politics

Kamala Harris Is Officially A 2020 Presidential Candidate “For The People”

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, California Sen. Kamala Harris has announced she will be joining the ranks of Democratic candidates campaigning for the 2020 presidency. Other women running for president in the Democratic Party include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who all hope to succeed where Hillary Clinton ultimately failed in 2016. I'm running for president. Let's do this together. Join us: https://t.co/9KwgFlgZHA pic.twitter.com/otf2ez7t1p — Kamala Harris

Politics

The Longest Government Shutdown In History Could Become Dangerous

Twenty-five days. That’s how long the U.S. government has been shut down over President Trump’s unmet demand that Congress supply $5.7 billion to be spent on a Southern border wall. These funds were expected by December 21, 2018 in order for the new federal spending legislation to be passed and for business to go on as usual. However, since Democrats, Republicans and Trump could not agree to any compromises concerning “The Wall” or its budget before this date, Trump

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