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Why are we punishing women for getting abortions?

Image Credit: thinkprogress.org It seems as though there is a never-ending conversation surrounding women and their right to make decisions about their own bodies. So in March when Donald Trump made a comment that women seeking abortions should be subject to “some form of punishment”, all I could think, as I heaved a sigh of frustration, was…

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The Invisible Environmental Issue

Art credit: Ricardo Levin Morales On this past Friday, April 22nd, people around the globe celebrated World Earth Day for the 46th year in a row since it began in 1970. Climate change and other environmental issues are currently at the forefront of politics in the United States with the upcoming presidential election; many conservative candidates have…

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Please, Stop Douching

I do not know how to ask this nicely, so I will just beg you to hear me. This is a PSA. This is a cry, a plea, a desperate attempt for your attention. My hope is that all of you will truly hear me. Please, stop douching. If you don’t know what douching is,…

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Why are we making fun of girls for everything?

What really grinds my gears this week is how girls, teenage girls in particular, aren’t allowed to have any sort of interest in literally anything without being made fun of or turned into a tired stereotype. But wait, you say. Not every teenage girl feels persecuted, the jokes are just jokes. Lots of girls will…

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Celebrities Are Not Activists, and Here’s Why

Lately, I’ve spent my precious free time reading HuffPost articles about the varying degrees of social consciousness from our favorite celebrities. Whilst perusing each article, I realized celebrities have a confusing relationship with social change. Either these people are considered beacons of social change or bigots fighting adamantly against any type of progressive action. Because the internet and other…

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Men, the missing actors in feminism

I am a feminist. My conceptualization of feminism aligns with the popular or mainstream definition: the social, political, and economic equality of women and men. I strongly believe that gender-based inequities is not any specific groups’ problem, it’s humanity’s problem. Men are part of the human race, and our equality in social, political, and economic spheres…

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Compassion and Minding One’s Own Business

  http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/10/17/article-0-18CCDDC800000578-616_634x379.jpg On March 23rd, 2016, the North Carolina state legislature passed a law that effectively destroyed progress previously made in the direction of protecting the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community. HB2, formally known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, has officially made it illegal for individual cities, such as Charlotte,…