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Feminism, Real Life

End the Saying ‘Dress How You Want To Be Adressed”

“Dress how you want to be addressed”- it’s a response I’ve heard way too much regarding the issue on sexual harassment/assault. I have heard this before- in conversations with my mother where she tells me that what’s on the inside matters over anything else, but it’s also important to make sure your outward appearance is put together because people judge you on it. Once I started getting older, I started hearing this saying in conversations about

Politics, Race, Real Life

Do All Lives Really Matter?

One of the biggest debates in the media and on social media websites is whether or not it’s okay for people to say, ‘Black Lives Matter’, or should everyone instead say, ‘All Lives Matter’? Those who have a hard time deciphering why the Black Lives Matter movement is in existence are either a part of the problem or just ignorant on what the movement is actually about. The movement is not meant to exclude any

Politics, Real Life

#CollegeDebate16 Lets Students Set the Presidential Debate Agenda

Politics without partisanship—many would say it’s an almost unthinkable concept in today’s political climate. One hundred and fifty college students believe otherwise and are working to make a difference. Last month, Dominican University of California, a voter education partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates, hosted #CollegeDebate16. “College Debate 2016 is a national, non-partisan initiative to empower young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election,” reads the program’s website. At the event,

Real Life

Stolen Opinions

I’ve always considered myself to be a fairly opinionated person, but last year I began to question to what extent the opinions that I possessed were my own. For a really long time I was so caught up in showing everyone around me that I was socially aware and able to contribute to the discussions going around me, which were concerned with pressing social issues, I always found myself victim to regurgitating the thoughts and

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Myths about Polyamory that need to Go

With the rise of polyamorous relationships amongst young people comes many misconceptions which serve to demonize polyamory as a life style choice.  While many of these misconceptions stem from ignorance or fear of deviation from the norm, it is important for us to recognize and debunk them whenever possible.  Here are the main few myths about polyamory that need to go. People who practice Polyamory are just cheaters looking for an excuse. While yes, there

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“Fat” Is Not a Bad Word

From the moment an individual is capable of distinguishing body structures and the diversity of the human form, they are exposed to the social constructs of society. They are bombarded by words meant to apply to one body type and other words that apply to the “ideal” body type. The word “fat” is one of those concepts that is associated with a body type that one shouldn’t strive for because it is unattractive, grotesque, and

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Falling in Love and Falling With… Something

When I think of falling in love for the first time, I think about the stereotypical moments that happens in movies where the male and female protagonist bump into each other, their eyes meet, they both probably dropped something and their hands brush together at the same time or they have seemingly fallen on top of each other and then they’re are apologizing profoundly to each other and awkwardly laugh and then they stand up

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Love Yourself, for Yourself, by Yourself

We are all born without choice, yet in our lives we make the most crucial decisions. One of those decisions would be whether we are able to accept ourselves as we truly are, or self deprecate as a form of humor to cushion the blow. Although this would not seem like a critical decision, it is; whether you are able to love yourself or not determines a lot of things in your life. If you

Real Life

Aspired to be an author? Try Indie Publishing!

Are you dreaming of becoming a famous author? Have you ever imagined your books are sold in bookstores all across the country? Do you dream of holding your own book signing? Are you aspired to be a well-known fantasy writer like J.K. Rowling, or a poet with words that can sweep you off your feet like Lang Leav? Are you planning on publishing your book, but your script keeps being rejected by publishers or you

Real Life

Virginity Is A Social Construct

Written by Yelita Ali As a society, we teach girls to protect their virginity from very early on. It’s almost described as something that gives you more value. We are taught to save ourselves. Female sexuality is taboo. This in itself is dangerous for cis women who cannot protect themselves sexually or have access to contraceptives.  This leaves many women with poor knowledge of their own anatomy and very vulnerable. Virginity itself doesn’t really exist. It’s

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