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Social Media And Toxic Friendships

The summer going into eighth grade, I met a girl on Tumblr. She later ended up becoming an abusive, toxic friend. Her insults, belittlement, and mocking of my self harm addiction took a toll on me when I was thirteen. I ended our friendship and blocked her on every social media site possible, crossing my fingers that she wouldn’t come back. People began to notice my once lively, confident aura has dimmed into one of lesser

Mental Health

Mental Illness Isn’t a Costume

Halloween is a fairly awful time for anyone who doesn’t appreciate culturally insensitive costumes that target marginalized groups of people. You’ve seen it: the blackface, sexy geisha, Indian princess, Caitlyn Jenner, and so much more. However, I recently found a costume so problematic that even I didn’t see it coming: Anna Rexia. That’s right. Some costume company thought it would be soooo clever to make a pun out of anorexia. Not to mention the fact

Mental Health

The Social Stigma: Mental Illness

Written by Katie Christensen  Mental disorders are a complicated issue, easily misunderstood or misinterpreted. It has a wide range, from schizophrenia, bipolar, or depression, to anxiety or OCD. Mental disorders are actually fairly common- 25% of people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. To really understand the issue, we need to unveil the sense of mystery towards each mental disorder. Without getting too intricate, we’ll explain the main ones,

Mental Health

Love DOES Equate To Respect

Written by Katie Beer Love DOES equate to respect, and it always will. Relationship abuse in young adults is a long lasting problem. “One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.” (via This number is too high, and almost seems outrageous. Think of three couples you go to school

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Stigma Against Transgenders

I used to believe that being transgender was wrong. Then I began to feel conflicted about it. It is repeatedly said that there are only two genders and that is   the basis of the argument against the transgender community. I would like to shut down that argument by asking, if there are only two genders which category does a hermaphrodite, someone who was born with both genitalia, fall into? What about a person born with

Mental Health

Was It My Fault?

I’m terrified to go to college; it isn’t about the jitters or fear of isolation from family, or the evitable idea of not fitting in. It’s the fear of being raped, and the media scrutinizing me, while convincing the world that I deserved it–because I was at a party, or I had too much to drink, or I simply wore clothes that were deemed inappropriate. This is rape culture, the idea that victims were “asking

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