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Real Life

America is Covertly Profiting From School Shootings

You would think that with every incident of gun violence, there would be a push for policy. Instead, there’s only been a growth in profiting. In the wake of so many school shootings, security companies and defense associations have thoroughly increased their revenue after a boom in the industry. Instead of the demand in gun reform increasing, there’s only been a demand in security mechanisms for schools. While implemented with good intentions, the problem with

Finance

The War Between Minimum Wage-Earners and Billion-Dollar CEOs

As our capitalistic society progresses, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, it is becoming increasingly difficult for hard-working people to survive. The minimum wages in every state are not enough to cover an independent person’s expenses, and even a living wage isn’t enough to factor in elements such as student debt or extreme health emergencies. In 2016, 2.2 million workers comprised those in America making at or below the hourly minimum

Real Life

Are Brands Using Our Outrage to Market Their Products?

Over the past few week s social media has gone through several different battles with well-known brands such as H&M for their advertising displayed on their U.K. fashion site displaying a young black child in a sweatshirt that stated: Coolest monkey in the jungle. Unless you were born two minutes ago, everyone is aware that monkey is a racial slur used against black people to say they are not human and are just slightly advanced

Real Life

Classism Seeps Into California’s Prison System

Monique Fronti met “So You Think You Can Dance?” choreographer Shane Sparks at the Los Angeles dance student at which she studied. A week before she turned thirteen years-old, they started having sex. When Fronti’s therapist reported the abuse to police in 2009, Sparks claimed the relationship was consensual, despite Fronti’s statements about feeling powerless. Later, Sparks pleaded no contest to intercourse with a minor under the age of sixteen; he served 135 days at

Real Life

Santa Feeds Into the Hands of Consumerism

Santa is a capitalistic icon who promotes consumerism around a season that originally began to commemorate the birth of Jesus among Christians and later included sentimental gift giving; however, it has changed over time. The creation of Santa is one of the main reasons for this remarkable shift, along with cultural changes. Let’s start with the creation of Santa. He developed harmlessly from Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was a Greek Bishop who was notorious for

Mental Health

Research Supporting Mindfulness Is Surprisingly Lacking

Mindfulness seems to be one of the most hyped-up health trends right now. But does it actually work? Unfortunately, many psychologists are afraid that some of the claims made by proponents of mindfulness aren’t supported by real research. In fact, it became such a problem that recently 15 respected psychologists and cognitive scientists published an article detailing all of the issues with current assertions. Many of the studies used lacked a standard definition of what “mindfulness” really

Entertainment

Should You Watch ‘Girlboss’ Or Not?

Girlboss. Everyone’s been talking about it – Just Google ‘Girlboss reviews‘. From a quick scan of the results, you can infer that people have mixed views. IMDb gave the new Netflix series a 7.2/10, while Rotten Tomatoes only gave it a 32%. One article for The Guardian says the show is “a tone-deaf rallying cry to millennial narcissists”. Ouch. Another article for Vox pretty much just claims that the show gets boring, because it’s trying too

Europe/UK

A Letter To The Tories: Why The Arts Matter, Too

As I’m writing this, I am 16 years old. I’ll be taking my GCSEs in a couple of months, then my A levels in two years time. I’m the prime age for Michael Gove’s (and subsequently Nicky Morgan, and Justine Greening’s) absurd policies about a ‘British education’ to be of heavy impact. And I’m not happy about it. At the age of 12, I was offered the chance to take Spanish, as well as French,

Asia

China Steals Organs from Political Prisoners

China runs one of the largest systems of organ transplantation in the world. The program supposedly awards transplants to an estimated 20,000 people annually. However, the number of organ donors are far less. Even fabricated statistics make it obvious that the donations are fewer than the actual hospital procedures. Huang Jeifu, who was the Deputy Health Minister in 2005, offered numerous contradictions to the actual numbers of transplants and donors. He mentioned how in China, the average organ

Feminism

Your Feminist Icons Might Be First World Feminists

Your favorite intersectional feminist might very likely be profiting off of the same oppression they claim to abhor. “SLAY QUEEN, SLAY!”, we comment on our icon’s posts, with them rocking a new outfit from a fashion label they adore, maybe posting a cute selfie with their new favorite food, or even creating a body-posi post. This love, and supporting this new era of the flooding of media with diverse feminist voices is vitally important for

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