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Once Upon A Time There Was Gender Bias

Written by Riley Endicott Most fairy tales end with a masculine knight saving a beautiful, but victimized damsel in distress. Literature has always set the standards for the “idealistic woman”. Children grow up listening to the tales of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty not realizing they are being subconsciously affected by the often skewed content of these stories. By portraying females as a submissive, weaker class, and men as strong, dominant, icons; literary works have molded

Mental Health

Thank You For Making Me Hate My Body

Written by Maddy  Dear Mrs. H, I stepped foot into the halls of your dance academy for the first time with doe like eyes, strawberry blond curls and a very impressionable mind thirteen years ago. The last time I left was with bruised knees, tear filled eyes and self-hatred cursing through my veins, with your signature tattooed on my mind and your screams ringing in my ears. It wasn’t always like this, I remember running

Mental Health

Fat Isn’t An Insult

Written by Megan Carlson  Just like many other people, I have been fat my whole life. Every time I tell someone this I hear comments like, “Stop! No you are not!” or, “You’re not fat!” But, I am. When I use the word “fat” I don’t think of it negatively. I don’t associate it with ugly or undesirable. All it does is describe a body type. Just like skinny or thick or curvy. The difference

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You Are Not Alone

Written by Emily Hammer  As our society advances and we learn new things about the human brain every day, we learn about and become more familiar with mental illnesses. However, the negative stigma surrounding them continues, making it hard for neuroatypicals to feel welcomed in society. This effect can especially be found in teens who suffer from mental illnesses as they make their way from an already stressful life: peer pressure, media influence, family life,

Mental Health

Yoga Helped Me Love Myself

Written by Paige Readmond  YOGA. Please do it. Throughout high school, I had a very bad sense of self-worth. Add onto that a horrible body image and an eating disorder. I know I am not alone either,you guys feel me right? We all have (or have had) something we would like to change about ourselves. It has become such a normal thing for us to compare ourselves to others, and judge ourselves based off of

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Sex Education The Misinformed Teens

Written by Sommer Lawrence  During high school I personally only had one Sex Education class and let’s just say it wasn’t at all educational–a woman came into the classroom with a box of condoms and a banana waffled. For about 15 minutes, she talked about how contraception is important because we ‘don’t want to get pregnant’.  To be completely honest it was highly underwhelming, she then asked who wanted to ‘wrap the banana’, and who

Mental Health

Why Consent should be Taught in Sex-Ed

In 1892, the National Education Association began promoting that teaching sexual education was necessary in the national education curriculum. Fast forwarding to 1940, the U.S. Public Health Service claimed sexual education to be an “urgent need.” The topic of sex-ed has always been widely debated, as some people find it to be a necessary course for teenagers to learn, while others argue that they can just learn as they grow. Teaching sexual education in schools

Mental Health

I Can’t Have Stable Friendships Because Of My Mental Illness

If you have a mental illness, then it will affect nearly every single part of your life. Mental illnesses are hard to put aside or escape from because they are a part of your brain, which makes up who you are and how you act. One of the biggest parts of a person’s life is their social life, which includes friendships. Mental health plays a big part in deciding how well a person’s social life

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Is Social Media Real?

Earlier this November, Essena O’Neill, former Australian model and Instagram star quit social media, saying it “isn’t real” and posting a video explaining how social media has limited the way she lives her life and reduced her worth to just her looks, leading to an obsession with views, likes and approval. She then edited her Instagram captions, revealing how much effort it took to portray a seeming effortless, yet perfect life. Although the video raised

Mental Health

Merry Christmas, Time to Trivialize Your Mental Illness!

It seems as if the mental health community has yet another thing to combat: big name brand companies that use their clothes/accessories to belittle mental illnesses. Companies like Target and Urban Outfitters are widely known and well liked so whatever trend they put out is going to be noticed by many people. If you are offended by what a company sells, you can petition, boycott, and show your disgust in numerous ways, but it is

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