The Black History of the Body Positive Movement

Last week Bea Atienza, a member of our team, published an article about the body positivity movement and the role brands play in that movement. After the graphics promoting her article went up on our Instagram page, many commenters were quick to point out a vital piece of the conversation that Bea’s article hadn’t focused on — Black women.
We at Zenerations realize now that we can’t talk about the body positive movement without remembering that the history of fatphobia and its roots are centered around Black people, and more specifically, Black women.

Dark Humor: Where Does it Cross the Line?

In an era where political correctness has infiltrated its way into several aspects of life, the gruesome comedy form of ‘dark humor’ has occasionally been used as a mask to hide intentional discrimination, such as misogyny, homophobia, racism, ableism, and more. Rather than being embraced as a style of comedy by certain internet users, theContinue reading “Dark Humor: Where Does it Cross the Line?”

Gun violence, the epidemic that never sleeps

by Azul Mora The sound of gunshots has become such an American thing, no matter how many lives have ended with that sound, and no matter how much suffering comes with that sound. After all, that sound has become a synonym of what it means to be American; the type of sound that American studentsContinue reading “Gun violence, the epidemic that never sleeps”

Whose History Is This?

History class: where you are taught that the Founding Fathers were godlike figures who created America. Although this may sound completely factual at first, there is much more than meets the eye; things we wouldn’t learn in any history class. Even though the United States’ history curriculum covers a wide range of time periods, from the Renaissance to modern day, they all share a similar characteristic: we learn the achievements of white people, and the downfalls of everyone else. Anything related to the discrimination and racism faced by minorities is swept under the rug and never thoroughly discussed. One would think that class about the history of the world as we know it would cover all areas of the globe, not just the United States and Europe. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be learning about western history, but we are not truly learning our history if it isn’t inclusive of everyone. As an Asian-American, it hurts to know that I will never learn about my ancestor’s history in school. Why should I have to research this on my own when I should be able to get a basic understanding of it in the classroom? Why should I have to do my own research to figure out my history, while others get it taught to them on the daily? Not only does our current curriculum leave out huge chunks of history, but it also misconstrues it.
Written by: Evie Fitzpatrick

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES: Should the United States Postal Service be privatized?

As defined by the 1971 Postal Reorganization Act, the USPS is “an independent establishment of the executive branch” of the United States Government. The USPS is responsible for providing reliable, prompt, and affordable mail service to all residents of the United States…

Toxic Relationships and Body Image

There are strong connections between toxic relationships and the way we view our bodies. Whether it be a friendship, relationship, or more, frequent interactions with toxic people around us can send our self-esteem spiraling. Read real stories about toxic relationships that make us view our bodies differently, and learn how to cope with these negative perceptions of yourself.

DEAR JUSTICE SYSTEM, BEING BLACK IN AMERICA, THE DISEASE. Original Poems By Kimberly Cross.

Kimberly Cross transforms her emotions of passion, confusion, and anger regarding the current racial climate into a series of brilliant poems. She addresses that there is not only one, but two diseases plaguing the nation: both COVID-19 and racism in “The Disease”, tells about experiences living in America from a black person’s perspective, and confronts the unfairness of the government and law enforcement in “Dear Justice System”.

Intersectionality in Fashion Industry: LGBTQ+

Fashion provides one of the most ready means through which any individual can represent themselves in their everyday lives and express visual statements about what makes them unique. At some point it has blurred the gender lines, celebrated diversity, stirred societal norms, and exemplified individuality. Although the fashion world has been hugely impacted by LGBTQ+Continue reading “Intersectionality in Fashion Industry: LGBTQ+”

Brave Not Perfect

According to Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Girls Who Code and author of the international bestseller Brave not Perfect, well-meaning adults often teach girls from an early age to be polite, ladylike, and accommodating.
Girls are seen as something flimsy that needs protecting. Meanwhile, boys are guerdoned for showing up and showing out; whoever climbs the highest, plays the hardest, jumps the farthest is celebrated as superior. It buttresses the idea that girls should be prudent and boys should take risks.

My Experiences as a Feminist Living in a Developing Country

I was seventeen-years-old, the first time someone called me a feminist. The tone of voice and body language hinted towards a negative connotation of the word. One of my relatives asked why I had not had my first boyfriend yet and before I could answer he said “You are a feminist so you hate men”.  Continue reading “My Experiences as a Feminist Living in a Developing Country”