Texas Abortion Ban

As Texas seems to push forward without challenge in enforcing a near-total abortion ban, young people are in grave danger. Known as Senate Bill 8, a law banning abortions after 6 weeks in Texas went into effect on Wednesday, September 1st. Although up for a Supreme Court ruling (as the law challenges the previous ruling in Roe v. Wade), the resulting 5-4 ruling refused to block the law. 

Hustle Culture Today

At precisely 6:30 a.m., you wake up. You check your phone for messages and rise out of bed to get ready for work that day. While on your commute to work, maybe you check your emails and eat a quick breakfast because you didn’t have any time to do so at home. Right before work, you stop by a coffee shop and order a steaming hot cup of coffee to last the entire work day. You go to work, do what you’re assigned, and attend some meetings. At 5 p.m. you get off work, but work still follows you. In your free time at home you are constantly scrambling to meet deadlines. When you are finally able to sleep, you wake up again to the sound of your alarm and repeat the same jam-packed schedule as yesterday. 

By: Amy Feng Zhang

Disney’s Legacy of Cultural Commodification

A deep dive into the Disney corporation’s long-standing history of appropriating minority cultures.  What is Cultural Commodification? Cultural commodification is the act of a group of people, usually colonizers or historically privileged people, picking and choosing parts of a minority culture to represent and profit off of. Ultimately, it is orientalism, a term that refersContinue reading “Disney’s Legacy of Cultural Commodification”

Masterpieces: The Othering of Trans Bodies and Minds

TW: transphobia, homophobia, violence, suicide, discrimination
The trans body, as perceived by the cisgender majority, has become a piece of art on display in a museum. For most, being trans necessitates the body, and often the mind, to be critiqued like a craft by the crafter, a drawing by the artist. The average trans person is painted by themself with meticulous care to the perceptions of others for the main reason of safety; the protection of “passing” a priceless sculpture: the carved, collected, or lucky body has the privilege of assimilation, the threat of violence, discrimination dwindled. However, when the body does not “pass,” when the body is a work of art on display to be critiqued by the public, by men, it is a political statement like most art, a statement made, most often, against the will of the trans person.      

Sexism in Gaming Communities

Sexism against women is an enduring problem in video game communities, ranging from overly sexualized depictions of women in games to online harassment and threats. In June 2020, over 200 allegations of sexual misconduct were made against people in the gaming industry with many of them being streamers for Twitch, the largest game-streaming platform, asContinue reading “Sexism in Gaming Communities”

No, mass imprisonment doesn’t actually improve society. in fact, it’s a public health crisis, and it targets POC.

Most of us would expect that removing criminals from a community would result in an overall improvement and better development of the community. However, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that this may not necessarily be the case due to the effects incarceration and imprisonment has on individuals and their communities. 

A Deeper Look Into India’s COVID-19 Crisis

Debate is emerging over the role of wealthy nations in creating an inequitable vaccine rollout, including restrictions on exports of vaccines, raw materials used to make them, and intellectual property held by vaccine companies, and the stockpiling of vaccines, all leading to a shortage of vaccines in developing countries. Globally, around 75% of the vaccines have gone to only 10 countries. In addition to pointing out how unjust this hoarding of vaccines is, people have highlighted how it may prevent the end of the pandemic. Rapid community spread in developing countries without sufficient vaccines can lead to new mutations of the virus that may become resistant to existing vaccines. To see an end to this pandemic there must be global cooperation and accountability for wealthy nations who choose to act selfishly. 

The Rise of Youth Led Media Organizations

POV: It’s a regular day. You’re scrolling through Instagram casually, as most of us do, when a post comes up on your explore page. An infographic from an Instagram account you’ve never seen before, explaining an issue you’ve heard about briefly during lunch with your friends, or from somebody else’s device in a passing fleet. It’s interesting! It really is. You tap the ‘heart’ icon to like it, even going to the extent of saving the post. As a reminder, you tell yourself.