The Problem with “Stan” Twitter

If you have any online presence, more specifically, if you are a Twitter user, you are likely to be familiar with the subcommunity of “Stan” Twitter. “Stans” or users that categorize themselves in this cult-like subculture often run fan accounts for specific franchises of entertainment. Popular “stan” groups include Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, Korean Pop or “K-Pop,” anime, and Ariana Grande’s fanbase. Thought these are … Continue reading The Problem with “Stan” Twitter

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Our Addiction to Dirt, Drama, and Calling People Out

The internet is an interesting place – it can be both really great or really awful, depending on what’s happening. However, one of the things that adds to the not so pleasant side of it is the culture of finding “dirt” to cause drama, or “calling people out/exposing” them. Many celebrities have found themselves as a topic of drama, and have been called out by … Continue reading Our Addiction to Dirt, Drama, and Calling People Out

In Praise of Online Teen Zines

Gone are the days where our fingertips have felt the smoothness of glossy paper. Our noses no longer recognize the scent of fresh print. Eyes no longer skim through horoscopes and anonymous confessions–on paper, at least. For generations, print magazines have been safe spaces for many, teens especially. With the with the advancements of technology and our dependence on it, unless you’re a technology-hating purist … Continue reading In Praise of Online Teen Zines

What Is Pastel Feminism?

Googling the term won’t give you the exact results, but what you’ll get won’t be unimportant in this context.  Recently, someone on Twitter reacted to a dismissive article on the progress of Filipino feminism by asking what the Filipino equivalent of white feminism was because the article in question was the epitome of it.  Exclusive feminism has always been something that has angered me and … Continue reading What Is Pastel Feminism?

Melanin Mix-Up

In an entertainment industry where lack of diversity remains a prominent issue, films such as “The Hate U Give” carry a lot of weight. Within the last month, actress and model Amandla Stenberg released the official trailer for the new movie on her Instagram and was immediately faced with criticism on many social media outlets. The #1 New York Times best-seller, which follows the rise … Continue reading Melanin Mix-Up

Can You Measure “Wokeness”?

Almost every day we see men in power take advantage of and continuously harass women just because they can.  Not only that, but it seems like everywhere you look, instances of abuses (especially of minorities) are often present. You may see people defending and coddling them and their actions for whatever reason they make up, but luckily, feminism has become more widespread and accepted in … Continue reading Can You Measure “Wokeness”?

An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

After one of the most arguably obscure, insane, and frankly unbelievable first halves of a presidency America has witnessed, change might be upon us come the November midterms. And this change will be driven by women.   This female push follows the highly controversial reign of 45th President, Donald Trump. After seeing his administration implement atrocious and unjust policies, such as the latest immigration policy … Continue reading An Increase In Female Candidates For November’s Primary Elections

Developing Countries Should Not Be Punished for Global Warming

With every tree cut down, the world is growing more and more concerned. We are slowly starting to realize the unavoidable price of destroying mother nature. The conversation around global warming is getting more and more substantial among us with each passing day. The Paris Climate Accord is one of the most common examples of global initiatives taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a global … Continue reading Developing Countries Should Not Be Punished for Global Warming

Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

A lot of high schools now have made learning languages mandatory, at least for the first few years. My school, in particular, is a language school, so for the first three years of high school, I had to study two languages, and I studied Spanish and French, and later chose to continue Spanish to a higher level. However, something that I’ve noticed is that a … Continue reading Learning Languages – Here’s Why I Think It’s Important

What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

Trigger warning: mention of rape and other sexual violence. As we look at what’s going on today, there’s no question that our society is a society of rape culture. With the victim-blaming of women that stand up for themselves after they’ve been sexually assaulted, we know that our society does not treat men and women equally. Of course, we say that, but what does rape … Continue reading What is Rape Culture? An Examination on How Our Society Works

8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

For more than 6 months, each Wednesday my ACT tutor has sat with me at my dining room table teaching me to guess the same letter when I run out of time, and how to get around reading passages by looking at the answer choices first. In other words, how to beat the test at its own game. On one hand, this strategy is what … Continue reading 8 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Not a Fair Measure of Brilliance

Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

I’ve been following Sophie on @catcallsofnyc through Instagram for a year or two before deciding to reach out to her for an interview. She willingly and happily agreed to a set of 6 questions answered through email. My thanks to Sophie for being kind enough to allow this interview to happen! What is @catcallsofnyc? @catcallsofnyc is an Instagram account that collects stories of street harassment … Continue reading Interview with Instagram’s ”Catcalls of NYC”

Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

I don’t remember the last time I met a young person who didn’t have an Instagram account, yet I can recall just yesterday overhearing a group of friends discussing how to get their feeds to “look better”, whatever that means. About three billion people have social media, and it feels like most of us are totally preoccupied with it. Now, I’m not bashing Instagram, or … Continue reading Why You Should Give Instagram a Break, and Soon.

Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

On Thursday, April 26, Arizona educators marched in a sea of red to demand more funding for schools and pay increase. In 97-degree weather 10,000s of teachers, students, and supporters marched to the Arizona Capitol. The movement started a few weeks back. Arizona teachers wore red shirts to school to show their involvement and support towards Red for Ed. They staged walk-ins before school, protesting … Continue reading Red for Ed: Arizona Teachers Protest

Here Is Why I Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized Worldwide

The decriminalization of marijuana has been a hot topic recently. The liberal party of Canada has been at the forefront of the conversation regarding marijuana legalization. Prime minister Trudeau’s Liberal government will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. In the United States, it is legalized in nine states and Washington, DC and decriminalized in 13 states. I personally think marijuana should be legalized and here is … Continue reading Here Is Why I Think Marijuana Should Be Legalized Worldwide

#MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

Classes are resuming as American students return from a spring break consisting of weeks that have captured the nation’s attention – in two very, different ways – regarding the exact same issue: gun violence. On March 24th, 2018, members of Never Again MSD in coordination with Every Town for Gun Safety led the March of Our Lives rally in Washington, with young student activists leading … Continue reading #MarchForOurLives and #BlackLivesMatter – an OpED

The Problem Of JUULing and Vaping In Teens

Recently my school district shared a blog post detailing the characteristics of JUULs, a brand of vape, most likely as a guide to oblivious parents whose children may have been keeping one right under their noses. It’s easy with that brand — they are shaped as USB chargers and can charged in the same ports as USBs as well. It’s a clever device; clever enough … Continue reading The Problem Of JUULing and Vaping In Teens

So, How Many Boys Have YOU “Hooked Up” With?

High school is full of “memories”. Depending on who you are, these might range from the best party to the best musical, to the best game, or even the best grade. All of these aspects are important, and I for one will take away something from all of these different facets of the crazy thing called high school. I, however, want to focus on the first: parties. … Continue reading So, How Many Boys Have YOU “Hooked Up” With?

The Dangerous Phenomenon Known As “Juuling”

After asking ten student’s at my own high school about their experience with “juuling,” all but one shared previous experiences of “juuling”, while six of the ten admitted to owning one of their own. For those unfamiliar with this up and coming sensation, the Juul is one of the many alternatives to e-cigarettes. Shaped and often confused for a USB flash drive, Buzzfeed News identifies … Continue reading The Dangerous Phenomenon Known As “Juuling”

The BENEFIT of PROCRASTINATION

Unfortunately, we all do things that grant us inevitable stresses. Now, feeling stressed isn’t necessarily something you have to feel, but let’s face it, most people get shaky from time to time, some of us more than others. A few go with the flow and shrug off the anxiety. A hearty kudos to them. But whether it be work, school, family, friends, hobbies, or whatever… … Continue reading The BENEFIT of PROCRASTINATION

Nova Scotia Teachers Union Looking at Potential Job Action After Government Accepts Glaze Report

2018 in Canada has already gotten off to a bad start. After a happy and uneventful January, members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union are preparing for an illegal strike after a report submitted to the provincial government by consultant Avis Glaze containing life-altering recommendations that could be fatal for the education system. “Our education system is once again under attack from the McNeil government,” … Continue reading Nova Scotia Teachers Union Looking at Potential Job Action After Government Accepts Glaze Report

GUNS: What Now?

In the United States, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding anything “gun” lately, and rightfully so. You name it; police brutality, gun violence, school shootings, gun laws… The list goes on and on, and as time progresses, it almost feels as though the issues worsen. In light of recent events, many have been looking over gun control laws perceptively. However, “gun control” almost … Continue reading GUNS: What Now?

Where Is Our Much Needed Gun Control?

Parkland, Florida. St. Johns, Michigan. Italy, Texas. Benton, Kentucky. These are only 5 of 18 school shootings this year, according to the New York Daily News. Parkland became one of the most major school shootings this year when Parkland, before yesterday, was named one of the friendliest and wealthiest schools in America. What happened? What went wrong? Why was the shooter in possession of an AR-15 … Continue reading Where Is Our Much Needed Gun Control?

We Need Policy and Change NOT “Thoughts and Prayers”

On February 14, 2018, seventeen people lost their lives and many others were wounded in a deadly school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Mass shootings have become so normalized these past few years that we have become almost desensitized to the horrific incidents. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, and now Stonemason Douglas. When will it end?  In fact, there have been 18 … Continue reading We Need Policy and Change NOT “Thoughts and Prayers”

Appeals Court Rules Undocumented Children Not Entitled to Government-Paid Lawyers in Deportation Hearings

In response to a case involving a teenage Honduran boy, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that undocumented immigrant children that come to the United States with their parents are not entitled to government-paid lawyers in deportation hearings. In all criminal cases in the United States, defendants are legally entitled to government-paid lawyers. However, that does not apply to immigration cases now. Judge … Continue reading Appeals Court Rules Undocumented Children Not Entitled to Government-Paid Lawyers in Deportation Hearings

What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

One score and ten years ago our fathers brought forth the antidote to the monotony of vapid teen movies: Heathers. The 1988 cult classic stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as a high school couple who want to end the evil reign of the popular girls (all named Heather), by any means necessary. Beloved by Gen Z and Gen X alike, the film set a baseline for … Continue reading What’s Your Damage? Thoughts on Heathers

Why You Shouldn’t Be Defending Aziz Ansari

This past weekend, babe.net published an article titled, “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.” The article has since gained massive traction and gone viral, with the author of the article, Katie Way, appearing on CBS News. Since the publishing of the article, Aziz Ansari has issued a public statement, as seen below: “In September … Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Be Defending Aziz Ansari

Big Brands Are White Supremacists and Sweatshops Are Proof

I was preparing to post an Instagram photo with the caption “Favorite New Coat” when I realized that almost every single piece I was wearing in the image was from Forever 21. The first thing that came to my head was that I could easily become a walking Forever 21 ad campaign if they needed one. But then I remembered a documentary I had recently watched … Continue reading Big Brands Are White Supremacists and Sweatshops Are Proof

The Drama of the Fakeness Within Teen Television

The terrible trauma of teenage tenacity is a moment that those who go beyond it hope to never live again. Overheated hormones, untreatable acne, and tepid academic inculcations – on paper the horrors of adolescence seem to have stepped out of an Edgar Allen Poe story. However, teen dramas created to depict the constant crises of youth have been on the rise ever since the … Continue reading The Drama of the Fakeness Within Teen Television

“Writer’s Block”? Get Over It.

Contrary to popular opinion, writer’s block isn’t some unbeatable and tragic issue. All of the contributing factors can be remedied with properly scheduled time and consistent effort to produce content. Creativity does not come easily and in abundance. It takes time and thought to write something that is not just sufficient, but has value and significance to both yourself and your targeted audience. Creating something … Continue reading “Writer’s Block”? Get Over It.

The War on Christmas was Already Won

Walk into any store from the end of November to early January and a very familiar scene will unfold. Christmas music blaring out from every speaker, exhausted assistants in gaudy jumpers, aisles of cards and paper emblazoned with ‘Merry Christmas’, special offers on Christmas food and Christmas drink and Christmas clothes… You would never guess that over a dozen other religious holidays are celebrated during … Continue reading The War on Christmas was Already Won

Things Only Speech Kids Understand

Speech team, or Forensics, seems to create a different world every Saturday, in which the norm is professionalism and friendly respect among teenagers for their strengths. The competition itself is only one facet of the powerful love speech kids have for the activity. Between the spoken and unspoken rules and standards, speech kids are brought closer together in all areas of life, like no other … Continue reading Things Only Speech Kids Understand

Redefining Masculinity

Masculinity has been regarded as the ultimate attribute of a human male throughout the course of time. In historical times, masculinity was deemed as the traits inherent to human males. from birth. While masculinity used to be classified as a biologically-created construct, it is widely apparent that the traditional definition of masculinity is false. However, today’s definition of masculinity still reflects masculinity as a biologically … Continue reading Redefining Masculinity

Jesse Rutherford’s New Sound Is a Departure from The Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood’s frontman Jesse Rutherford strays from the established band sound with November solo album “&.” We’re dealing with a mixed bag of an album. The record is drastically different from past Neighbourhood albums but is simultaneously eccentric and fresh. Rutherford is clearly attempting to develop a more individualistic body of work. Listeners will initially pick up on the less indie-alternative rock aspect so common of … Continue reading Jesse Rutherford’s New Sound Is a Departure from The Neighbourhood

Advantages of Being Multilingual

Living in the hyper-connected, fast-paced world that we live in, being able to speak more than one language, has become a necessity. As our world becomes more and more connected through technological advances, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that learning a foreign language is beneficial for a large number of reasons First of all, being multilingual makes a person more open to other cultures. Since a … Continue reading Advantages of Being Multilingual

Poland Shows the Price of Patriotism in Contemporary Europe

For many, patriotism is a way to express pride and love for their home country, and nothing more. It’s something that when dealt with correctly, can unify small communities and whole countries. But as Poland’s Independence Day on Saturday showed, there is a very fine line between pride and prejudice. It’s not that all patriots are racist or xenophobic, but in recent times it has begun … Continue reading Poland Shows the Price of Patriotism in Contemporary Europe

The Erasure of People of Color in Health

One part of the human experience is health, more specifically illness. Health issues will affect everyone during their lives, whether it is personally or via someone they know. For example, in the UK, 1 in 6 adults have a common mental disorder. When I say health issues, I don’t mean the flu or food poisoning. I mean long-term health conditions that are physical or mental. … Continue reading The Erasure of People of Color in Health

Let the Players Protest

America – a country built on the backs of minorities and slavery. The land of the free that to some, may not be so free. With terrorism, poverty and other casualties within America, NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem should be the least of your worries. It started with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality. That is … Continue reading Let the Players Protest

How Will Brexit Affect the Environment?

More than 17.4 million Britons voted on June 23 to sever ties with the European Union, compared with 16.1 million who voted to remain, according to The New York Times. The referendum came about as a result of a promise made in 2013 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to conciliate an increasingly vocal anti-European Union wing of his Conservative Party. Many people have expressed their … Continue reading How Will Brexit Affect the Environment?

We Need to Stop Calling Microaggressions ‘Micro’ and Address Their ‘Macro’ Impact

The word ‘microaggression’ has only been blasted into the social stratosphere of the world as of the recent 2010s,  although somewhat mainstreamed from race theory work done by Madonna G. Constantine and Columbia University Professor Derald Wing Sue in 2007. Microaggressions are words, sayings, and actions that can be expelled in casual settings although they are derogatory in nature towards a person’s race, gender, sexuality, etc. Common … Continue reading We Need to Stop Calling Microaggressions ‘Micro’ and Address Their ‘Macro’ Impact

On The Current Identity of Identity Politics

Some might argue that in 2017 the case for identity has become a crisis belabored over for too long. Perhaps an opinionated animadversion in direct response to this claim would be that such a misconception of preposterous bounds could only be crafted by a person with a myopic world view. But within both of these pejorative remarks, it is obvious that there can be no … Continue reading On The Current Identity of Identity Politics

Hate Speech Isn’t Free Speech

It’s hard to accept that someone has the right to spout vengeful hatred under the Constitution. But even so, the First Amendment protects speech we hate to hear. Of course, you shouldn’t crash your car into someone who expresses opposite opinions. The fact that hate speech isn’t free speech is something that’s been said for years, but in light of recent events, many just don’t get … Continue reading Hate Speech Isn’t Free Speech

How The United States Can Learn From Cuba

In 2013, my family and I traveled to Cuba, a communist society led by a dictator, Raúl Castro. In Cuba, citizens are restricted from freedom of expression, meaning that the government controls all media output and input. The government claims this is for the “public security, the integrity, the economy, independence, and national security” of Cuba (“World Report 2015: Cuba”).  Even though the government restricts … Continue reading How The United States Can Learn From Cuba

Why Are We So Quick to Dismiss the Religious?

First off, no, I do not have a problem with anyone being religious; I’m just not religious myself. My own experience with religion is not a negative one, in fact, all in all, it’s been positive. Both of my parents were atheists but allowed me to forge my own path when it came to this topic. I was allowed to openly explore different religions and … Continue reading Why Are We So Quick to Dismiss the Religious?

Please Shut Up: White Complaining Is Still Silencing Minority Screaming

Going to a predominantly white school has caused me to feel anxious when I hear the words “race” and “class discussion” used in the same sentence. It is not so much that I’m afraid of someone asking “Why can’t I say, nigger, if you can”, (although that has been asked at least once every school year since eighth grade), but instead I am terrified that the … Continue reading Please Shut Up: White Complaining Is Still Silencing Minority Screaming

The Detrimental Effects of Eurocentric Beauty Ideals

We are all familiar with what Eurocentric beauty ideals encompass: pale skin, straight hair, light eyes etc. You would think that in 2017 these beauty ideals would not be as prevalent in our society but somehow they still are. Essentially, they are ideas that have stemmed from the Western world and have been imposed on the rest of the globe for decades, if not centuries. … Continue reading The Detrimental Effects of Eurocentric Beauty Ideals