Truth is Power

Women's rights activist Tarana Burke wearing a "Me too" shirt
Activist Tarana Burke

By Sierra Rothermich

“I don’t watch the news, it’s all negative.” Comments like these are said every day to justify society’s apathetic attitude towards the press. But if everything on the news is negative, shouldn’t that spark our passion for combating these horrifying issues? Why would we choose to neglect the social injustice we see in media? We cannot afford to be ignorant of what’s going on in the world.

According to Sasa Vucinic’s TedTalk, 83-percent of the population on this planet lives in societies without independent press. This means 83-percent of the world doesn’t truly know what’s going on in their countries. These people are deprived of knowing their own reality. In the United States, the press and media give us the power to tell the truth. Continue reading “Truth is Power”

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Even Now, Black Lives Matter

Black women march holding a sign reading "#blacklivesmatter."
Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement march following the police shootings of innocent black men.

By Rosemary Anderson

Like most Americans, the Black Lives Matter movement was introduced to me through social media. My Instagram and Facebook feeds were flooded with images, videos, and hashtags condemning the unjust shootings of innocent black men and women by law enforcement. I was onboard with its message immediately. However, the movement also left some people confused and alienated. For some, its online presence was overwhelming and not something they wanted to affiliate themselves with.

So what really is “Black Lives Matter” and how did it start? For those who are afraid to ask, I might have some answers.

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The Male Feminist Paradox

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The concept of male feminism seems almost oxymoronic at first. Being an openly-feminist woman is something that is becoming more accepted by people all over the world and especially in the western hemisphere, but one thing in particular that the western hemisphere boasts is its number of growing male feminists. I would speculate that the reason behind this is partly due to cultural differences and the role that males play in Middle Eastern countries. North and South America appear to be more accepting of feminism and many men are joining the movement. However, the emerging number of male feminists have brought along with them a string of controversy. I’ll be honest—I had to go bra-less and blast Kelly Clarkson for an hour to get my creative juices flowing in preparation of this post. I still have mixed feelings about male feminists, but I’d like to introduce some of my guileless thoughts here. Continue reading “The Male Feminist Paradox”