War on Women Breeds Self-Esteem and Superficiality Issues

From our earliest memories to the day we die, women and men are bombarded with society’s expectations, including and especially those involving beauty. As a seventeen year old girl, I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed by so many different influences from so many different sources — and I still don’t know what to make of it.… [Read more]

Why the Bible ≠ Outlaw Gay Marriage

Let me start by saying that I think it’s okay if you don’t like gay relationships.

It would bother me to know that you have a problem with them, but there’s nothing I can do about your opinion in that case. Some people are uncomfortable with the concept, and that’s okay. I don’t know what kind of upbringing you had or what kind of culture you’re part of,  but if gays just aren’t your thing, that’s perfectly fine with me.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 3

Today, in the third and final segment of this series, we will explore the political side of female rights.

When people are questioned about the role of women in our world and in politics, a typical response such as this can be expected:

“Women have made a lot of progress in the world. Treatment of women, today, is far better than it was in earlier times, even as recent as a decade ago.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 2

In this second installment of my female rights series social issues across the world will be discussed. There are a vast number of problems in our world that this series cannot even hope to encompass: perception of beauty, make-up, rape, media portrayal, and outdated gender roles – the list goes on and on.  But what I can hope to achieve is to point out that no matter where you go, women are thought of automatically as the weaker sex.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part I

From the written laws of the land to their social consequences, much of the power and privilege across the globe is geared towards males. It has been this way since the beginning of civilization itself, existing in nearly every culture. Though it’s often said that things have changed in that the rights men and women enjoy in this, the 21st century, are no longer unequal, if we were to ask ourselves whether equal rights exist now, what would be the response?… [Read more]

The Strains of Education

Nearly everyone says that it’s important to hold on to youth, because those are the best years of one’s life. But nowadays, life for teens isn’t as magical as many seem to think it is.

In addition to going through the painful transition from child to adult, teenagers face common hurdles such as drugs, alcohol, sex, peer pressure, and just as important: the burdens of education.… [Read more]

What Should Weight Mean?

Would you rather lose some of your life than be fat?

Almost 50% of the people who took a Yale survey said yes; they would give up a year of their life to be skinny. Think about the implications of this. Our society has become so warped that people would willingly live shorter lives as long as they look better.… [Read more]

The Plight of Vegetarians

“Is this dish vegetarian?”

“Yes! It just has chicken stock, but it’s vegetarian.”

This is a common response my family gets when attempting to order food in restaurants in America. My Hindu parents immigrated from India a few decades ago and abstain from eating meat of any kind. Locations that we are able to dine at are limited because we live in a society that is dominated by meat-eating.… [Read more]

The Unlikely Bully

About 77 percent of all students have experienced verbal bullying of some sort. But when asking students about bullies, has anyone ever considered looking at the least likely source: their friends?

Verbal bullying itself is a growing problem in school; the physical fighting of the past is slowly turning into the silent, stealthy, and sinister passing of words.… [Read more]