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Mental Health

I’m Autistic, but Autism Speaks will Never Speak for Me

Ableism is a part of society and government now. No matter how many laws and documents are in place, there will always be a prejudice against something people with disabilities cannot control. A good, and deeply discussed, example would be the autistic charity organization, Autism Speaks. Autism is a mental disorder that effects the corpus callosum (affects communications between both hemispheres of the brain), amygdala (affects emotion and social behavior), and cerebellum (affects motor activity,

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I’m A Boy, So I Can’t Have A Mental Illness

Written by Jacob Hood The first step to combating my depression was not seeking help, but remembering that I was a boy. Boy– supposedly synonymous with stoic, emotionless robot who drips testosterone and scoffs at the very notion of weakness. Dictionaries had their definition, society had another. And mental illness did not fit into that puzzle of societal expectations. My upbringing in a southern home was naturally engulfed in hypermasculine ideals: the walls of my

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Pink Is For Girls!

Written by Sami Reeves Society generally loves to put us into categories. Dumb and smart, young and old, beautiful and ugly and so forth. The worst part of it is that we let ourselves conform to it. Gender is one of those categories, while we’re lead to believe that gender roles are completely biological, they truly aren’t. Gender roles are sets of socially constructed norms determining the way you act whether you’re male or female sex wise,

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Delete Sam Pepper

Between tortuous and harmless. There is a line between an act of harassment and a joke. Sam Pepper dances across this line every time he uploads a video. The video “Killing Best Friend Prank,” opens with an introduction from Sam Pepper briefly talking about how he collaborated with fellow Youtubers Sam Golbachh and Colby Brock. Brock was in on the plan with Sam Pepper while Golbachh was clueless. While staring dead into the camera, Pepper

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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