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Rory Popp


Rape Culture Is Alive and Well and It Doesn’t Just Affect Our Celebrities

About a week ago, I started attending Krav Maga classes at a local studio. Before the class started, one of the instructors sat down with me to talk about what I wanted to gain from the classes. The question of why I was drawn to Krav Maga in the first place was brought up, so I told him I wanted to learn how to defend myself, he asked why and I responded: “is it too

Mental Health

Expectations, the Never-Ending Battle Against Academia

Have you ever felt insecure, downtrodden or like a disappointment because you can’t meet up to the expectations put upon you by those around you? If so, you’re not alone. Both teens and adults agree that the amount of academic, parental and societal pressure placed on teens is insurmountable. So how should we deal with it? There are many things related to school that can cause stress. Often, due to early school start times and


Trump’s Comments on Kirsten Gillibrand Are Further Proof of His Misogyny

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently called for United States President Donald Trump to resign due to the “credible…numerous” allegations of sexual assault he is facing, and in response, he turned to tweeting sexual insinuations about her. Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting

Mental Health

How To Take Care of Your Mental Health When It Feels Like the World Is Going to Shit

*This article is not a substitute for therapy. If you suspect you are struggling with mental health issues please seek the help of a professional* In today’s world, it’s difficult to look anywhere without feeling bombarded by depressing news about the events happening around the globe, which is stressful enough for those without issues like anxiety or depression. But can make someone who does struggle with issues like those feel even worse. A world filled


The Fear Behind Oppression

The common thread between all forms of oppression is the fear of those who are oppressed by those with power. Men feel threatened by women in positions of power, Muslim people are all viewed as terrorists, black people are seen as feral and the main argument against the humanity of LGBT people is that we’re all predatory in some way. Every stereotype, every hateful word, every law designed to restrict us from existing as human


The “Violence on Both Sides” Argument Excuses White Supremacy and Nazism in America

If you’ve been paying attention to the world this past week, you’ll know that in response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States President Donald Trump blamed violence on both the white supremacists and neo-Nazis as well as those who opposed them, stating, “you had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent.” The problem here is that


We Need to Stop Being Silent in the Face of Adversaries

“I advise you, Loddfafnir, to take advice, you would benefit, if you took it, good will come to you, if you accept it: when you come upon misdeeds, speak out about those misdeeds, and give your enemies no peace.” The above is a stanza from the Hávamál, a long poem containing sage and moral advice for the common man, that I feel should be a sentiment important to all those fighting for change. The idea

Mental Health

We Need to Talk About Student Mental Health

With July coming to a close and the school season creeping up faster than I’m sure most of us would like, we need to start talking about how school affects our mental health. According to statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, a little over 21% of American adolescents, aged 13-18 years, have a serious mental health issue. That means over 21% of American high schoolers have to manage their mental health on


LGBT Characters Aren’t Just Characters

Recently I found myself in an argument with someone after telling them that taking a canon gay character and shipping him with a woman was a homophobic act because it erases his identity and the struggle he went through to be openly gay in a homophobic culture, and takes away from the representation the character gives to gay people, young and old alike. The person claimed that straight people needed representation because of how much


It’s Necessary To Start Acknowledging LGBT+ Identities in Schools

Given that the world we live in so often erases queer identities from the lives of young people, it is imperative that young queer children see themselves throughout history just as much as straight and cisgender students do. We live in a world that constantly demeans LGBT+ people just for being who they are, and hardly any straight, cisgender adult is willing to discuss LGBT+ identities with children because they’re still thought of as “adult”

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