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The Truth about North Korea: The Effects of Ideology, Cults, and Narratives on America

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the entire world, and they would prefer to keep it that way. Historically, they have isolated themselves from ‘imperialist nations’ in an effort to determine their own fate, creating a challenge for foreign relations. One reason that North Korea remains so independent is because of a self-determining ideology that contextualizes and guides the actions and attitude of the entire country. This religious-like doctrine demonizes foreign nations, controls civilian actions, and...

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The Benefits of Diversity: How Exposure to Contradictory Perspectives Fosters Optimal Development

Posted by Shira Goldsmith on

Exposure to diverse perspectives impacts identity by changing cognitive processes and opening one’s world to perspectives outside of one’s personal environment. Provided that individual understandings of the world are reflected by cultural values, people that do not engage in conversations with other cultures limit themselves to views specific to the place in which they are situated, which hinders their ability to comprehend deeper societal issues. In other words, without a desire to understand another person’s world, people restrict themselves from...

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How Narratives and Language Impact Identity Formation and School Performance

Posted by Shira Goldsmith on

Human beings are subjected to master narratives that inform their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings about a variety of issues that serve the reproduction of a national story. Often we are unaware of how these narratives impact our lives, which speaks to the intelligent and strategic ways that powerful individuals assure these stories continue to be told. This overarching narrative is used as a means of providing a structure with which citizens can adhere to, both in the tangible and ideological...

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Exploitation and Exclusion: Exploring Race in Schools, Prisons, and the Job Market

Posted by Marcela Oñate-Trules on

Since the 1970s, America has increasingly become an unequal society in what is considered the “developed” world. Between 1979 and 2007, the income of the top 1% tripled, while incomes of median households only increased by 25% (Gordon). The richest people in society hold the majority of America’s wealth, more accurately, the richest 1% of Americans own 1/3 of the nations wealth, and the richest 5 percent own 60% (Gordon). As the rich continue to get richer, the poor only...

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Revolutionizing the Sticker: The Birth of Sticker Slap

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

“There's nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place” ― Banksy. We live in a world that is so passionate about important causes such as racial justice, gender equality, environmental activism, and marriage reform, yet many voices are left of the conversation altogether. Throughout my 22 years as a resident in Oakland and student at USC in Los Angeles, I encountered many people like myself who strongly support social movements, yet rarely do anything about...

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A Condensed History of Post-Apartheid South Africa: A Hollow Shell of Racial and Political Progress

Posted by Hadley Sachs on

The end of the Apartheid Era in South Africa signified the governmental transition from an oppressive government that did not know or care about the needs of its people to one that was made up of those very citizens who worked hardest to meet the needs of its people. This transformation was expected to turn the post-apartheid government into a near utopian society that embodied the best ideals of the social movements under apartheid. The post-apartheid government absorbed the major...

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The Suppression of Homosexuality in Africa: A History Complicated by Colonization

Posted by Hadley Sachs on

The myth that homosexuality is absent or incidental in African countries is one of the oldest and most enduring myths about African society; it is also one of the most detrimental cultural myths to human rights movements as society progresses into the twenty-first century. The 2009 Anti-Homosexuality Bill is likely the starkest example of the homophobic and draconian attempts to implement legislation to criminalize same-sex relationships in modern Africa. While the statement that homosexuality is un-African is not completely false,...

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Why SeaWorld Still Doesn't Actually Care About Whales (They Care About Making Money)

Posted by Sam Taylor on

In 2010, the SeaWorld Water Park in Orlando, Florida, witnessed the death of a killer whale trainer, Dawn Brancheau. This was not the first time the killer whale, Tilikum, attacked a trainer, thus sparking a debate over whether or not killer whales should be kept in captivity. Killer whales, also known as Orcas, are actually part of the Delphinidae family and are the apex predator of the ocean (Parsons). But in recent years, they have been known for their SeaWorld...

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The History of Stickers

Posted by Jordan Tennenbaum on

Stickers are incredibly powerful because they are adaptable, noticeable, and expressive, and people of all ages love stickers because they are fun, easy to use, and have timeless appeal. Stickers are the perfect medium to promote causes and raise awareness, be artistic, and express ideas, especially when they are affordable. While stickers are commonplace in most of our lives, they have quite a complex, interesting, and controversial history. Some historians trace “stickers” back to ancient Egyptian markets, used as a...

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Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity: Examining France’s Ban on Veils

Posted by Yesenia Rascón on

“Liberté, égalité, fraternité” are three words that are often recognizable as the French national motto, even to those otherwise uninformed on Francophone culture. Though the motto originates from the French Revolution of 1789, it continues to be instilled in French politics today, which demonstrates that the French government is still particularly rooted in the events that occurred over 200 years ago. The documents of the French Revolution, specifically “On the Social Contract” by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the “Declaration of the Rights...

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Intersex Ignorance: Expanding the Gender Spectrum

Posted by Maddie Berkvam on

More likely than not, most children of the 90s – my recent interviewees and myself included – were raised to think of only two sexes existing in the world: boys and girls. Perhaps for some there was a familiarity with the LGBTQ community and for even fewer, an explanation given for intersex conditions. According to the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), ‘intersex’ is not simply a divergence from typical ‘male’ or ‘female,’ but rather, defines a broad span of...

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Understanding Organic Food: The Struggle Between Profitability and Sustainability

Posted by Maddie Berkvam on

When you walk into the produce section of just about any grocery store, you’ll probably see the familiar scene of fresh fruits and vegetables, enticing you with their clean, wholesome allure. Spritzed with water every few minutes, shiny, unscathed – the uniformity of each vegetable is no mistake. Everything from the red barn on the packaging to the particular selection that’s labeled “organic” constructs the image of the nature in which we imagine our food grows. Nowhere to be seen...

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Native American Leaders Want Pope Francis To Rescind Bull Justifying Imperialism

Posted by Julian Brave NoiseCat on

Indigenous leaders from across the Americas -- from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in upstate New York to the Qom Nation in Argentina and many places in between -- have gathered  to urge the pontiff to rescind the Doctrine of Discovery, a series of papal bulls from the 15th century that justified European colonization of newly "discovered" lands. One particular papal bull, issued by Pope Nicholas V in 1455, authorized Christian nations "to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all ... enemies...

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Marijuana Business May Cost Native Americans Their Sovereignty

Posted by Julian Brave NoiseCat on

In what some view as a sort of second coming of gaming for native reservations, tribes from Wisconsin to Washington have said yes to marijuana. In South Dakota, where marijuana is still illegal, the Flandreau Santee Sioux will build what has been dubbed as the nation’s first “marijuana resort.” The Menominee and Ho-Chunk Nations in Wisconsin, where weed is also illegal, are pursuing legalization. They can do this because reservations constitute sovereign indigenous nations, with their own governments and laws. In...

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13 Issues Facing Native People Beyond Mascots And Casinos

Posted by Julian Brave NoiseCat on

Most of the recent headlines about indigenous Americans have had to do with a certain D.C. football team, or a surpassingly dumb Adam Sandler movie, or casinos of the kind operated by the fictional Ugaya tribe on "House of Cards." And we're not saying these issues don't matter. But beyond the slot machines, the movie sets, and the football fields, there are other problems facing Native communities -- insidious, systemic, life-or-death problems; the kinds of problems it takes years and votes and...

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A Queerspawn On Marriage Equality: Are We Really There Yet?

Posted by Julia Hannafin on

This is a momentous year. After a decades-long battle for marriage equality took the issue to the United States Supreme Court, it was declared on June 26th, 2015 that all states must allow same-sex marriage. I am the daughter of two lesbian moms. My mom, Dawn, had me, and my mom, Audrey, had my little sister, through the help of one very tall anonymous sperm donor from the California Cyrobank. My moms were together for over 30 years. They were...

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Nudity and The Changing Landscape of Gay Pride Parades

Posted by Julia Hannafin on

I recently attended a Pride Parade, which means my boobies were out all weekend. Pride is defined by many different things: parades and marches, parties and gatherings, of course dancing, and all the happily naked people that walk through the streets of San Francisco. Naturally, there are some who choose not to dress up for the occasion. But there is also a huge amount of people that commit to bearing bras, thongs, pasties, ass-less chaps, rainbow body paint and sometimes...

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How the Media Avoids Rape, Belittles Victims, and Empowers Injustice

Posted by Zoe Zimski on

Rape can no longer be swept under the rug. Rape can no longer be forgotten. Rape can no longer be ignored. It is a worldwide epidemic that we as a society must not only strive to end, but also a public must learn about in order to prevent. While rape education and awareness are touchy, personal, and emotional subjects, it is important that a collective effort is made to challenge rape culture rather than ignore it altogether, especially by influential...

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The Case for Female Body Hair

Posted by Amanda Warbritton on

Welcome to America, where ass jobs and spray tans are more socially acceptable than a woman growing out her armpit hair. In May of this year I decided I wasn't going to shave my armpits, that only lasted about 2 weeks before I felt obligated to shave because of my partner at the times preference. Two months later I got really sick and was too weak to shave, shaving no longer was a priority for me. That being said, I've...

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Student Loan Debt: Wisconsin Represents Lack of National Priorities

Posted by Eli Bovarnick on

On Tuesday, an hour before the GOP presidential candidates’ debate about the economy in Milwaukee Theatre, the Milwaukee Bucks will tip-off their NBA game in the soon-to-be-replaced Bradley Center, directly across the street. As a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and for most Wisconsinites, the symbolism surrounding the debate’s location is almost too fitting.Earlier this year, Gov. Scott Walker approved $250 million in public funds to help build a new stadium complex for the team. Meanwhile, Walker cut...

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