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The Problem With Girl Power

The failure of the girl power franchise comes from the idea that for a woman to have power she must be more like a man, able to punch hard and sword fight with ease. But by using another gender's strength as our target rejects and neglects all the strengths women already innately bear. Ironically, the qualities the girl power culture neglects to highlight are the qualities that could empower females the most.

The Girl Power movement we know conjures images of Wonder Woman, Powerpuff Girls, biceps decorated in pink, Rihanna rocking stilettos on a runway, The Spice Girls kickboxing. But the image of girl power desperately needs an upgrade. Like a marketing campaign, the connotations of girl power need to evolve with the times. In light of …

South Florida’s Social Snake: Sneaky Forms of Sexual Harassment on the Street

6 Sneaky Forms of Sexual Harassment:It's unbelievable. It feels like a time warp. This also highlights the major behavioral gap between professionals and non-professionals. While sexual harassment is less tolerated in a professional work environment, it still reigns our streets. Most noticeable are the loudest forms. For example, a few quick honks, basic cat-calling or whistling and my least favorite, the looooong squeaky kiss. The other day as I waited for my dog to finish her business, I was labeled a "mami" by some shirtless hairy gut riding his bicycle.

The bright green flier hangs proudly on the bulletin board just across my office door. It offers a quick overview of sexual harassment in the workplace and useful phone numbers. Luckily, I work in a place that has little tolerance for unprofessional and unwelcome behavior so I’ve never had to read it too closely. But …

How Defunding Planned Parenthood Damages Men’s Health

It's name "Planned Parenthood," labels it as a center for two parents; categorizing this healthcare service as a women's issue overshadows the crucial healthcare it provides for men. Lesser known are the many services Planned Parenthood offers men and couples. Rather than stress the negative effects of defunding Planned Parenthood on one gender, it is much more lucrative to focus on both genders, both parents. Men rely on this healthcare service as much as women directly and indirectly.

Trump’s signature has (once again) ignited global concern about the state of women. Today, Thursday 4/13, President Trump signed a bill that gives states the option of defunding their Planned Parenthood programs (New York Times). Planned Parenthood is a global healthcare provider that offers medical services associated with reproductive health. It has become a symbol for …

How Fowler Gives Me Power: Reflections on Susan J. Fowler’s Reflecting on One Very Strange Year at Uber

In line with Fowler though, I am writing from a place of reflection. I'd like to write an honest and open letter about my past experiences with certain companies and institutions. In other words, I'd also like to tell my story, and I'd like it to come from a place of truth not judgement. Fowler doesn't "badmouth" Uber; she discloses and informs.

Last Sunday, Susan J. Fowler, a former employee of Uber, published a post on her blog revealing numerous counts of sexual harassment and discrimination she experienced while working for the company. Her post is straightforward and pretty bias-free; her tone is calm, but frank. While some of her experiences at the company might appall readers, …

Melanoma: Another Reason For Me To Stop Drinking White Wine

new studies show an even more dangerous association with white wine which affects both women and men. Drinking white wine can increase the chances of getting the dangerous skin cancer, melanoma.

White wine is a thick slice of your favorite birthday cake waiting for you in the fridge, a chilled, sweet taste of stress relief. After a long day, sometimes a handful of dark chocolate M&Ms or a good workout doesn’t quite cut it for me. White wine is a very specific vice because other types …

Exploring Trump’s Effect on Teachers

Teachers and educators have noted increased incidents of bullying and verbal hostility. One of the challenges American teachers face is teaching tolerance during classroom discussions; the examples displayed throughout this campaign (regardless of political party affiliations) do not align with the lessons many educators try to teach.

You may have heard the phrase, “The Trump Effect” recently. It refers to an “emboldened” attitude permeating the student bodies of many schools. Teaching Tolerance and The Southern Poverty Law Center completed a report based on a survey of over 2,000 teachers, posing questions about student behavior and culture since this the start of this …

10 Signs You Live in a Zika Zone

Zika, like a strong stubborn vine, has wrapped itself around my life. I've had to modify daily routines. My running mileage has been replaced by indoor workout videos. Zika is a resident the neighborhood can't wait to get rid of.

Zika, like a strong stubborn vine, has wrapped itself around my life. I’ve had to modify daily routines. My running mileage has been replaced by indoor workout videos. Zika is a resident the neighborhood can’t wait to get rid of. You Know You Live in a Zika Zone When: 1. You don’t remember what wearing …

Why We Really Shouldn’t Blame Trump for his Sexist Talk

Trump's perception of women is a cliché. Our culture connects sex to power on a regular basis. Increased availability of sex as a sign of wealth, power and control reside within a strain of American culture. You know it, and I know it. Money and sex are so deeply twisted together in pop culture that it's nearly impossible to distinguish between the two.

Trump’s perception of women is a cliché. Our culture connects sex to power on a regular basis. Increased availability of sex as a sign of wealth, power and control reside within a strain of American culture. You know it, and I know it. Money and sex are so deeply twisted together in pop culture that …

College Football Player Opens Up About His Eating Disorder

It's hard to imagine that a successful athlete with a bright future struggles with an eating disorder, depression and anxiety, but the pressure college athletes face is enormous. Also, because of his unique look and signature size, he deals with additional stressors. People look at his body; they talk about it. His body is on the radar.

When you think of an eating disorder, you might imagine a frail sickly teenage female struggling with anorexia or a woman secretly binging on donuts in her car on the way home. However, these are stereotypes that limit our understanding and encourage us to only notice the most obvious cases. A talented college football player …

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