Author: Chelsea

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself, Even the Democrat Ones

Over 78% of Americans identify as Christian. On the other hand, as of January 2015, Gallup found that 29% of Americans identify as Republican and 28% of Americans identify as Democrat (44% lean Republican, 43% lean Democrat). If there is so much similarity in religious backgrounds, why does American continue to be so staunchly divided politically? I believe refocusing on commonality in religion and morals can begin to close this severe divide. Recently, it has come to the attention of the conservative and political pundit world, that the outspoken Holly Fisher isn’t perfect. In fact, all of the gory...

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Thin-Shaming: How Feminists Further Divide Women

“Real men like curves, dogs like bones” is a common slogan passed around by feminist activists, both of the “fat acceptance movement” as well as those trying to combat “thin privilege.” I assume that most people are as shocked as I was to learn that “thin privilege” was actually a thing. According to Everyday Feminism, being born naturally thin, or working hard to obtain and maintain a fit body, makes you privileged in society. Their examples of “thin privilege” include: being able to find your clothing size regularly, not being told “’You have such a pretty/handsome face’ (implying: if...

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UVA Rape: The Ends Justify the Means?

Last month, the Rolling Stone magazine released an article telling the story of Jackie, a brutal rape victim from the University of Virginia. Since its release, the veracity of many of the victim’s claims has been challenged, and much new evidence has come to indicate there are many falsehoods in her story. However, despite this, the University of Virginia continues to punish all members of Greek life. More troubling, though, is the feminist reaction to her story. Many claim that despite its lack of truthfulness, it is okay because it has caused a discussion of rape on campus. Jackie,...

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Rape Culture and Real Victim Shaming

Last week, actor Shia LaBeouf revealed that he was raped earlier this year during an art performance. The veracity of these claims is not going to be discussed in this article; instead, the general response by media and the community alike to his claim–and claims made by male rape victims in general–will be. Shortly after the news of LaBeouf’s claims became public, Piers Morgan took to Twitter to discuss his disgust with the subject. Never one to mince words, Piers Morgan was quick to denounce his story. He claimed that Shia LaBeouf “invented” the story of his rape for...

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The Real Victims of Ferguson’s Riots

Violent protests erupted throughout the St Louis area Monday night, following the news that a grand jury did not indict the police officer involved in a well-known case from Ferguson, Missouri. Back in August, the police officer in question got into an altercation with and shot and killed an 18 year-old black man. Protesters flocked to the streets to protest the lack of an indictment, which they describe as an “injustice.” Overnight the protests led to 80 arrests–61 of those were burglary and trespassing charges–100 gunshots were fired, and at least 25 buildings were looted and burned. Amid the...

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