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Does Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alleged Hypocrisy Outweigh His Contribution To The Civil Rights Movement?

Despite Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against discrimination in the 1960s, a current report stated that a secret FBI recording depicted the civil rights activist having an affair with 40 women and watching a pastor sexually assaulting another. Meant to be opened in 2027, the tapes were disclosed—holding recordings from King’s hotel rooms in the 1960s. The bugs were situated in the rooms because King’s aide, Stanley Levison, was accused of being a Communist. According


Why I Don’t Stand For the Pledge of Allegiance

I learned the Pledge of Allegiance in kindergarten, at the age of five. It is so ingrained in my head that I could recite it in my sleep. And now, eleven years later, I no longer stand up at the beginning of each school day and pledge my allegiance to the United States of America. I remain in my seat. Why? Here’s my reasoning: I refuse to pledge my allegiance to my country if my


Why The World Wants #JusticeForNoura

It’s heartbreaking to think that we live in a world which sentences a teenage girl to death because she killed her rapist husband; this is the story of Noura Hussein, a 19-year-old Sudanese girl that is facing, in these days, the terrible sentence the court has given her, hoping that there will be changes and that she will decide her own fate. Noura was forced into child marriage, an issue that is still, sadly, common


An Interview With Rachel Dodson: The Founder Of A Jewelry Company Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Cambodian Women

One look at Penh Lenh jewelry and you know it’s something special. But for some, it’s more than a collection of colorful, vibrant jewelry, it’s a life-saver. Penh Lenh is a jewelry brand dedicated to funding opportunities in education and the work field for at-risk Cambodian women. 100% of all sales are returned immediately to the organization and help improve the lives of the artisans women who create the pieces. Affinity sat down with the


At Catholic Schools, Sex Ed Turns Into Shaming Young Girls

In my opinion, sex-ed is one of the most useful things which should be taught in school since kids reach puberty, and even earlier. But bad sexual education is worse than not receiving it at all; it indoctrinates young people with false, dangerous information that can have disastrous consequences. I had the misfortune of being taught sexual education in a workshop at the Catholic school I attended: it was two days filled with sexism, slut-shaming,


It’s Songkran: A Look Inside The Festival Of Victim Blaming In Thailand

Each year Thailand prepares itself for what has been regarded as one of the most dangerous public celebrations – Songkran. Marking the beginning of the Buddhist new year, Songkran begins on April 13 this year and spans the course of three days. The celebration, however also brings to light the deeply rooted misogyny that pervades the nation. In the days leading up to the riotous festival, every year women find themselves being warned to dress conservatively in order to


Kenya’s IMpower Program Helps Fight Gender-Based Violence

Kenya’s rape culture is rarely discussed in the news, but it is a very serious and emerging problem in the country. Back in 2016, it was said that there are at least 300 rapes in Kenya a day that are actually reported, while the unreported rape amount was left unknown. The problem stems from the fact that in Kenya, rape culture is very much normalized and it is common to hear rape jokes among men.


These Hollywood Women are Starting an Initiative to Combat Sexual Harassment

Hollywood took a hit in 2017 when several of its most powerful figures were accused and found guilty of sexual misconduct. The revelations paved a path for many women in the entertainment industry to find the courage to come forth with their personal experiences of sexual harassment and assault. However, for many women, the journey of healing and being open about their stories is not as simple. Not every woman has the privileges and positive circumstances


You Can Listen to Victims of Sexual Abuse Whilst Preserving “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” Ideology

With a current surge in victims coming forward to make allegations of sexual abuse, there are irritating outbursts of refusal to listen to these victims on the grounds that a person is “innocent until proven guilty.” On the surface, this seems fair enough, but people have failed to acknowledge the damage this kind of response can have on victims who come forward and victims wondering if they should do so. We live in a society


Satire: A Modest Proposal About Rape Culture

A Modest Proposal- A Satire In Order to Eliminate the Unjust Limitations Put Upon Men and Women Just Because of the Lying, Victimizing Whores Who Are Seeking Attention Within Society Fact: one in every four women and one in every six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and  one in every six women and one in every thirty-three men will be victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes. However, sexual assault

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