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History of Homosexuality

Written by Samer Alhato Spoiler alert. It’s existed. For a long time, actually. Longer than you’d think. In recent times the rhetoric being applied towards homosexuals has been pretty bland. We are dubbed as a new “wave” of “liberal teens rebelling.” Yawn. I’ve been asked to do a crash course on homosexuality throughout history, and I’m not a big fan of spoon feeding people information seeing how it’s their duty to do research, but I’ll

Feminism

6 Female Celebrities Who have Rejected Feminism

Hey! Not everyone can be Beyonce. It’s 2016 (even though we are just 4 days into 2016). People still assume feminist are just man haters. They don’t understand that feminism fights for equality among men and women. They don’t understand that feminism fights for everyone (transwomen,LGBT+, disable, and people of color (etc). Regardless of these facts, there are still women who spit on feminism and continue to think negativlely about it. Katy Perry  A strong

Mental Health

Self-Diagnosing: Do or Don’t?

Recently I’ve heard quite a lot of discourse concerning whether or not it is okay to self-diagnose mental illnesses. Many claim that self-diagnosing is helpful in some ways while others believe it is something that should never be done. I have seen many people on social media saying things such as “just because something mildly sad happened in your life years ago doesn’t mean you can self-diagnose yourself with depression.” As a psychology major, it

Mental Health

So You Want To Date In High School?

In this day and age, when is dating ok? In the past, going out when you were in middle school was seen as acceptable – I have met a multitude of adults who have stated that they started dating at the age of 13, with little to no resentment from their parents. These days, however, dating has been encouraged to start later. Kids (specifically girls) are told to focus more on their studies, to postpone

International

We Are ALL Problematic

There is one label that many modern feminists and social justice activists try to avoid at all cost: problematic. It can be described as being offensive or saying something that doesn’t coincide with socially “woke” ideals, but what many of us have failed to remember is that we are ALL problematic. Yes, even you. I am too. No one comes out of the womb fully aware of the world around us and what is right

International

No More Dragging, Twitter Says

*Content Warning: mention of self harm, suicide, terrorism, and hate/bullying* Twitter is one of the biggest platforms used in the social justice world. Twitter-famous social justice accounts (not unlike Affinity’s Twitter account) dedicate their feed through the use of hashtags, retweets, and tweet threads to educate and inform others on social issues. Twitter does a good job of supplying a multimedia platform for educating thousands of people and raising awareness with the click of a

Race

#OregonUnderAttack: What’s the Difference Between A Terrorist & A Militia? Religion + Skin Color, Apparently.

#OregonUnderAttack has been the most trending topic over the past several days after a self-proclaimed militia group occupied a US government building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Father and son, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, are the leaders of the “peaceful protest” (as ABC News calls it) in support of Oregon ranchers who faced jail time for arson. This group is armed and ready to attack to get what they want. Ryan Bundy stated that

Race

Let Odell Beckham Dance: Toxic Masculinity

Odell Beckham Jr. is most known for being the wide receiver for the New York Giants. He is also known for being (almost) every girl’s MCM. Recently, Odell’s reputation has been plagued with gay rumors. What makes Odell gay? Did he come out? No. Does he have a boyfriend? No. Most people assume Odell is gay due to his fun-loving everyday antics. A video surfaced online of Odell having a dance off with a stripper, with

Feminism

Nine Books Every Feminist Should Read in 2016

1. Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks This is perhaps the most important book to read about the intersection of femaleness and blackness. An academic but easy-to-read work, Ain’t I a Woman discusses the complex history of racism and sexism that black women have experienced in America from slavery to second-wave feminism. A powerful writer, bell hooks examines both black male sexism and white feminist racism from the perspective of

International

Being Famous Doesn’t Excuse Your Crime

Content Warning: explicit accounts of sexual abuse* Bill Cosby is an American actor, comedian, and author. In the past, he has been a well respected “father figure” and popular icon in the media. Some of his famous TV shows are “The Cosby Show”, “Little Bill” (which I personally grew up watching), and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”. He is a household name, which is why there was a huge uproar when sexual abuse accusations

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