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Forbidden Fruit

Looking back on it now, I missed so many red flags about the first guy I had sex with. Of course, I wish I had noticed all of them at the time, but the one I regret not seeing the most was his views on consent. We talked it out before we actually got together. He was older than me (albeit not more experienced) and he tried to make me feel

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National Indigenous People’s Day In Elementary School

American schoolchildren learn at an early age that their country was supposedly founded on the righteous tenets of grace and friendship. The English colonists made good with the Natives, shared crops and medicine, feasted together, and Columbus and company totally didn’t massacre everyone. Many Americans will live their lives in total ignorance of the Native’s struggle, simply because they were not prompted to inquire further, or even felt bothered to.The systems embedded then that were

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We Need Straight Allies

It was National Coming Out Day on October 11th. A day where LGBTQ+ individuals received a little motivation to come out – if they hadn’t already -and not be criticized for it. Although, of course, some ignorant people had to mock the process of presenting yourself as a sexuality that was not straight, aka not completely socially acceptable. Twitter was a place where this was prominent. Through the hashtag for the event you can see

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Rape Laws Around The World

  Written by Liz Lopez There are rape laws in different countries around the world that have very different punishments for rape. Some have more stringent punishment than others while some countries have punishments for rapists that many would consider draconian. In India, the Anti Rape bill was passed in April 2013 in an effort to be tougher on crimes against women. The Anti Rape bill included more crimes such as stalking, acid violence, and

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The Powerpuff Girls: Feminist Icons

  The Powerpuff Girls was an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network Studios for Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005. The show was centered around three young girls with superpowers: Bubbles, Buttercup, and Blossom. These girls were accidentally created with “sugar, spice, and everything nice” by Professor Utonium, their “father.” In a world with predominantly male superheroes, the Powerpuff girls provided children with some of the only female superheroes in television and movies.

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Amber Rose and the New Wave of Slut Walkery

Last weekend, hip-hop artist and actress Amber Rose hosted a SlutWalk in Los Angeles. The very first SlutWalk was held in Toronto in 2011 in response to ridiculous comments by a police official who claimed that “women should avoid dressing like sluts” to not be assaulted. Since then, SlutWalks have been held in many large cities throughout the world. SlutWalks have often been criticized for excluding and ignoring women of color. This has sometimes been

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Penny For Your Thoughts Or 77 Cents For Your Insights

Our world revolves around money. You can claim that you don’t care about money or that you’re happy with what you have, but that doesn’t change the fact that our world does revolve around money. The amount of money you have determines what you can and can’t eat, what you can and can’t wear, what you can and can’t do. The amount of money you have determines whether or not you’re getting dinner tonight. The

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Not Your Laugh Track (Stop Saying Yes)

Growing up, I was eager to please. When I was seven at my horseback riding summer camp, I earned the “most helpful” award. Why? Because I made it my job to muck out the stalls. I wanted to help others so badly, even in the smallest ways, that I was happy to shovel horse shit into a pit so odorous you could see the stink lines coming off of it. Later this attitude translated to

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Listen to the Kids, Bro: Bipolar Disorder in Teens

When I was 12, I had a traumatic experience that lasted six months. Due to the trauma, I eventually was taken to a terrible psychiatrist and I was misdiagnosed with depression. However, as each medication made my behavior more and more sporadic and my moods more and more unstable, I simply stopped taking them and refused to go to the doctor. After this, I spent four years of my life self-harming. Last summer, I decided

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The Rise Of Bernie Sanders

“FEEL THE BERN!” is the phrase printed for campaigning as expressed on Bernie Sanders’ official merchandise for presidency in 2016. Among the printed merchandise on the website, there are t-shirts, mugs, hand bags, stickers, and more. According to Sanders’ official website, Bernie Sanders is a Democratic candidate running for President of the United States in 2016. Sanders’ is currently in second place among the Democratic candidates running for president, with Hillary Clinton in the lead. Clinton was originally confident

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