Talking All Things: Euphoria

Is the visually stunning, Zendaya-led show an accurate portrayal of our generation? Talking all things euphoria, from the dangers of the glamourized ‘euphoria aesthetic’, to our cassie-bathroom and euphoria high inside jokes, to their crisis text hotline. 

The Constitution and its Relevance in Modern Society

  The Constitution was written to replace the Articles of Confederation. The motive behind it was to grant the central (better known as federal) government more powers while not giving it so much power that the states and the people had no rights. While the Articles of Confederation had the power to declare war and handle diplomatic affairs, only state governments had the power to handle currency. Thus, had every state refused to give any funds, the federal government would ultimately fail, and because passing legislation required every state to vote affirmatively, it was almost impossible to enact anything.

An Overview of Antisemitism: It’s Tropes, Effects, and Current Examples

TWs: antisemitism, antisemitic attacks, the Holocaust and Nazis, gun violence.
Before I start talking about antisemitism, I want to write a disclaimer about myself: I do not consider myself to be religiously Jewish and I have not personally experienced antisemitism. That being said, my father’s family is Jewish and I’ve grown up around Jewish friends. I also try to connect to my Jewish culture and ancestry. So, while I’ve never experienced antisemitism myself, I have been surrounded by Judaism my entire life and it is an important part of my family’s history that I always enjoy learning about and experiencing. 

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”

How Heatwaves Affect Low-Income Communities

    For the past two weeks, the northern and western United States have been facing an incapacitating heatwave. Temperatures have reached over 100°, and many people do not have access to the appropriate methods of dealing with this extreme heat.  These temperatures disproportionately affect low-income neighborhoods, BIPOC, and the homeless.     The heatwave is murderous. Continue reading “How Heatwaves Affect Low-Income Communities”

The Dilution of Academic Terms in Pop Culture

An Analysis of Social Media’s Role in the Overuse of Certain Words     Normalization, romanticization, gaslighting, toxic, trigger: all of these words have something in common.  You are likely quite familiar with them, as you have likely seen them plastered over social media, being overused and diluted to the point where you are no longerContinue reading “The Dilution of Academic Terms in Pop Culture”