Do You Even Makeup?

By: Zarin Hamid

“I’m so ugly without makeup.” “I was late because I had to put on makeup.” “I skipped class because I ran out of makeup.” Hold up! What I have realized recently– and it seems to be a popular trend with teens– is girls NEED for makeup to cover up their flaws. However, makeup is intended to enhance our features, not completely transform us, and it definitely should not affect the confidence of girls.

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Scout, The Innocent Feminist

By: Ava McElhone Yates

With the announcement of a new novel written by Harper Lee, many people have begun to revisit her classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. This story is centered on and narrated by a confident young girl named Scout. I first read this book in my eighth grade english class and, like many people, envied Scout for her passion and stubborn confidence. I think you would be hard pressed to find a character so innocent in her views on injustice and feminism. Scout is young and asks questions from her own heart.

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#20BeautifulWomen, Self-Love, and Narcissism

By: Leah Weigel

There has been a tag going around my Instagram feed called #20BeautifulWomen. The idea is for women to post a picture of themselves where they feel beautiful, and tag 20 other women in that photo to do the same. I love the idea of stirring up some self-love and support of fellow women; however, I noticed this tag stirred up a little more than that. Some classmates were talking about a girl who had posted a selfie, calling her attention seeking and egotistical. This got me to thinking—where is the line between healthy self-love and narcissism? So I did a little research and developed a theory on how far self-love should go before it becomes destructive to the self and those around.

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Open Letter To My Father

By: Eveline Lynch

Dad,

I want you to know that I think you are very strong. I see that you work hard for your family because you want the best for my siblings and I. You should know that it hasn’t gone unnoticed. I know that you, more often than not, mean well with the ideals that you teach us. I want you to know that those ideals have led me to be the person I am today- motivated, goal oriented. But also weak and constantly unsure of myself. This is the only way I could ever imagine expressing myself to you because my respect for you has turned into fear. I no longer see a father that I can hug and vent to, but a man that I must hide my feelings and thoughts from for fear that they will be ripped apart by your relentless views.

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A Call to (Feminist) Arms

By: Jen Carey

Recently there’s been a drastic increase in support for groups that stand for equality. Courtesy of liberated ladies in film, music, and publishing, some men (though considerably less in numbers) in the same fields, and rad new publications, movies, and music, the word feminism has settled more comfortably on tongues than it has in a while. Girls and women have found solace and comfort in the words of their idols, found homes in the arms of the movement that welcomes differences and condemns hatred. And courtesy of two teenage boys with computer and an apparent lack of parental supervision, their fellow teenage boys and, inexplicably, some grown men, have founded a Twitter community they call “Meninism” in the hopes that they will one day achieve equal rights for men. They stand for equality and against the vile, man-hating movement that is feminism. The page is (to no one’s surprise) absolute shit, a cesspool of clichés, grammatical errors, paradoxes, and rape jokes. It’s basically the cyber equivalent of a group of prepubescent boys tossing “your mama” jokes from behind chapped lips and oily faces. It reeks of testosterone and insecurity. And Axe body spray.

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ISIS and Female Oppression

BY: Ally O’Conner

As a disclaimer, ISIS is not in any way a representation of Islam as a religion, it is a minority terrorist group that should not be associated with the 1.2 billion people practicing Islam peacefully. Such associations lead to toxic Islamophobia and violence against innocent people.

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Girl Crush: Korra

BY: Ginger Mayo

(LOK Spoiler Alerts!)

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Can't we just take care of ourselves?

BY: Bella Baxter

I have a very demanding job. I love my job, but it is consuming. When I finish for the day, the gift I give myself is to run really fast and really hard on a treadmill at my local gym. As I run, all the feelings and thoughts that fill my being during the day drop away and all that is left is a very compact body whirring and clicking. The 35 minutes that I spend in the gym is my own little oasis of nothingness. No one needs anything from me, I am not late to anything, and I have no responsibility or task. I am just one blur of motion.

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Why 50 Shades of Grey is a Toxic Representation of Our Sexual Culture

BY: Maggie McMorrow

***TRIGGER WARNING, Abuse, Sex, Rape***

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Recap: Why Feminism Matters

The other day I was sitting in the cafeteria when I overheard a guy ask his friend, “Are you a feminist?” The guy replied, “Nah, man. That is for girls.” For girls? Really? Is feminism really only for girls? Just because this movement supports women, that does not make it an exclusively women supported movement. In fact, men are essential parts of the feminism movement. I highly disagreed with his logic, so I compiled a list (in no particular order) of reasons feminism matters to men.

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