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International, Politics

Let’s Fight Rape Culture

“She was asking for it. Did you see what she was wearing?” “She was asking for it. I mean, she was definitely hitting on me.” She was wasn’t asking for it. She never asked for it. Our clothing does not equal our consent. It never has. It never will. A crop top and short shorts does not equal consent. A flirtatious attitude does not equal consent. Having sex with you on Friday does not equal


Hey Washington, Let’s Talk About Vaginas

FGM. Female genital mutilation. We’ve all heard of this third world horror–the removal of a girl’s outer sexual organs, including the clitoris and labia, as well as the closure of the vulva–but what if it isn’t such a “third world” horror, after all? FGM is growing in popularity within the United States. According to a study released by the African Women’s Health Center at the beginning of this year, over 500,000 girls and women in

Politics, Race

All (White) Lives Matter According to Donald Trump

Mercutio Southall Jr. a locally known activist, interrupted Donald Trump’s rally by shouting “Black lives matter!” After a fight broke out Trump demanded that the protesters be thrown out saying, “Get him the hell out of here, will you, please? Get him out of here. Throw him out!” According to the video by CNN, Southall fell to the ground where, from what it looks like, several white men proceeded to kick and punch him.


Hillary for Who?

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was interrupted by student activist group, AUC Shut it Down, as she attempted to bring light to issues regarding race, police brutality and other matters directly affecting the African-American community. Although the protest was short lived, “The hell you talmbout?” seemed to be the question on everyone’s mind after the activists were physically escorted out of the building. “Hillary Clinton will do anything to get elected,” Spelman sophomore Jill Cartwright


The Imminent Fascism of a Trump Presidency

Donald Trump recently came out in support of multiple discriminatory policies aimed at Muslim Americans. He told NBC news that he “would certainly implement” a database system, which all Muslims would be required by law to register for, in order to track all Muslims in the U.S. Trump has also suggested monitoring and even closing mosques, claiming, “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

Feminism, Politics

Sex in Society

I’d like to propose a question: what are the negative consequences for a woman resulting from safe sex with multiple partners?  Let’s examine that. After sex with three men, does my intellect suddenly begin to experience a severe decline? After five partners, do other components of my worth begin to magically disintegrate into thin air? My sense of humor: gone?  My fundamental values such as family and education: abolished? Am I no longer the ambitious


10 Most Socially Progressive Cities In America

As the cogs and gears of the United States of America continue to grind, recognizing, processing, and ultimately bringing to fruition the hopes and wishes of democracy’s citizens, the political affiliation of the American public slowly changes. According to Gallup, who asked Americans whether they considered themselves a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent, 25% answered Republican,  29% answered Democrat, and 42% answered Independent. This read on the national political identity is much different than


The First Lady’s Addresses The World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar.

  This past week, our First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Jordan and to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where she spoke at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Here, she addressed an audience of 2000 education leaders from 120 countries from the region and around the world.  The First Lady discussed girl’s education globally, as well as her Let Girls Learn initiative at WISE, a Summit that works to find ways to improve education worldwide,


Gender Bias For Women In STEM

What do the names Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and most well-known inventors have in common? Other than the fact that they all made major contributions that changed the way we live, they are all male. I have noticed that all throughout high school I was taught about these scientists and inventors who changed the world yet I can’t remember one instance in which I was taught about the women who did the same. The gender


Is Socialism Good for America?

With the upcoming election, a lot of people are asking themselves, “What is socialism?” Socialism is like if communism and capitalism had a baby. It is a lesser form of communism where it allows some free market trade but not so much that fortune 500 corporations can take advantage of workers. Socialism tries to implement complete and total equality for everyone regardless of race, gender, religion, and economic class. Even though many may say America is socialist enough, America is

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