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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.


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


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


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


Hate in 140 Characters or Less

On November 1, 2015, Affinity Magazine published an article I wrote entitled “Counterculture is the New Black.” I wrote this article about a certain superiority complex that seems to surround teenage fans of bands like Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac. It was meant to be a satirical piece, analyzing this pretentious attitude kids who proclaim these bands as “indie” seem to have. It was an issue that personally annoyed me, and when I get annoyed, I write.


Why It’s Important to be Pro-Hoe This Halloween

The sexualization of women’s Halloween costumes isn’t a new concept, and I’m sure almost all of you are familiar with it. Last year, in the midst of the Ebola outbreak, the “Sexy Ebola Containment Nurse” costume turned some heads, and this year there isn’t a costume in the book that hasn’t been made sexy in some way, shape, or form. On Amazon alone, you can buy a sexy Red Riding Hood costume, be a sexy


Día de los Muertos and Gringos

Sugar skulls are popping up everywhere. Target, Walgreens, Party City. Cartoon Sugar skulls are skulls with flowers for eyes adorn socks and plastic skeleton mariachi bands decorate front­porches. “Sexy” skeleton costumes complete with cheap flower crowns and colorful face paint dominate the market for both adults and children. Capitalism meets appropriation. A culturally significant and deeply religious holiday is reduced to a vapid trend. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English,


Staying Safe This Halloween

Halloween is one of the biggest nights of the year. Thousands of children flood the streets going door to door asking for candy and maybe even a scare. Teens throw huge costume themed parties and go to local haunted houses. Adults decorate their houses and tend to take the festivities to extreme. Many people neglect to realize that along with all this excitement, comes quite a bit of danger. Let’s focus on having fun and


Hurricane Patricia: Strongest Hurricane On Record

Powerful. Intense. Destructive. Fast. Hurricane Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere. Two days ago, Patricia was a tropical storm. Today, she’s a category five hurricane.     Weakened slightly but sill immensely powerful, the storm touched down in southwestern Mexico only hours ago. Depending on which source you find the most reliable, the death toll varies, but it seems safe to say that it’s still a low number, but for how much longer can


The Truth Behind Christopher Columbus Day

It is next to impossible to find someone who is from the United States of America and does not know who Christopher Columbus is. Starting in elementary school, children are taught about the man who “found” America. Personally, I find it all to be quite disturbing that this type of brainwashing is occurring. Not only is this information inaccurate, there are a ton of facts that students are not taught about Columbus and why he

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