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Shame, Dignity, & Catholicism

  Shame: that embarrassing feeling. By definition, shame is the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, or ridiculous. According to Catholic theologians (and John Paul II specifically), shame is a natural defense mechanism that arose due to “The Fall” (Adam and Eve disobeying God). I attend a private, Catholic high school in Kentucky. Recently, during one of my “Theology 102” classes, we were discussing The Fall of Adam and Eve. To

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From Standardized to Modernized?

School’s in session once again and although the time has not arrived yet, soon enough we will be hearing the cries of PARCC. Those cries do not go in vain; rather they represent the mindset of most of the parents and students within my high school and even the majority within my state, New Jersey. PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is as they choose to call themselves “the next generation…of

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Having a Uterus is Not a Luxury

If you haven’t heard by now, the UK has put a luxury tax on tampons, pads, and other period related products. What does this mean? It means that people with vaginas have to pay a 5% levy on their tampons and pads because they are “luxury items”. Nothing about having a period is luxurious. In an article on this topic by Natasha Preskey for independent.co.uk, she says the following: “The average woman buys, uses and

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French Girl on the Paris Attacks

The war. We’ve heard it all before. I’ve learned all about the First and the Second World War in high school. That’s what I thought war looked like for a long time. I mean, if it didn’t look like that, it wasn’t really war to me. And then I learned about the Iraq war. I don’t know much about this one, but I think that was pretty murderous. And then, around 2 years ago started

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Terrorism Has No Religion!

After the attacks on Paris, the hashtag #TerrorismHasNoReligion spread around twitter. But, looking into this hashtag, it is evident that the majority of people do not agree. Anti-Islamic groups blame all the Muslims, failing to recognize that ISIS does not represent Islam. Would you blame the entire Christian faith for the Holocaust, Charleston Church Shootings, school shootings, movie theatre shootings, Holocaust memorial shootings, etc.—which were done by followers of the Christian faith? NO! Muslims do NOT

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Let’s Pray It Ends Here

The first bombing happened just before 6 pm. The second went off exactly seven minutes later. I was lucky enough to not have been anywhere near the site of the tragic massacre. The same cannot be said for those 44 innocent souls who were killed and 240+ more who were injured in the twin suicide bombings in Beirut. I was at home; completely oblivious as to what was happening outside, until one of my friends texted

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Dear World, I’m Not a Terrorist

Dear world, today I realized that I follow a religion called Islam. It says to be kind to everyone; to smile to whomever passes you. Islam says that I must always be respectful, good, caring, loving, and treat everyone the same. Islam says to love God, Allah, because He loves us, every one of us and that He cares so much about us, wants us to be good, to be the best we can be.

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Save The Victims. Not ‘The Boobies’

While the “I Heart Boobies,” “Save the Ta-Tas,” and “Save Second Base,”  movements certainly mean well, as the saying goes, the road to hell is often paved with good intentions. These campaigns not only hypersexualize breast cancer, they also completely ignore victims outside of the gender binary. The implication of “saving the boobies”, and the entire breast cancer awareness movement, is highly focused on women and creates the idea that men can’t have ‘boobies’ and

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Jace Reid of Superhero Feed Talks To Affinity

Superhero Feed is a Twitter account that focuses on sharing news and media related to every superhero in the book. Comics, movies, TV, there’s no discrimination on the account. And that statement extends further than just characters. The account has become notable for their activism and recent support for the LGBTQ+ community after the announcement that Marvel’s Deadpool would retain his comic book pansexuality in the movie adaptation. I interviewed the Jace Reid, owner of

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Internalized Racism Is Real — By A Filipina

Written by Aryanna Bengan I was that sort of child who wished for a radical change, and hoped it would happen overnight. Well, the thing is, instead of wishing for a pet unicorn or a robot dog, I used to wish I were American. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my childhood. I loved spending Christmas with my grandparents, I loved playing underneath the sun, I loved being a Filipino. All that changed when the

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