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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 …

The Ultimate Fight: My Depressed State of Mind vs. My Normal One

If I were to put two of my selves in the ring, my authentic self vs.my depressed self, it would be an epic fight. My depression can be so powerful that it knocks out my sane thoughts and replaces them with negative ones, but not just any negative thoughts, negative thoughts that disguise themselves as logical, realistic and correct. My depressed self thinks my authentic self is naive, frivolous and in denial.

If I were to put two of my selves in the ring, my authentic self vs.my depressed self, it would be an epic fight. My depression can be so powerful that it knocks out my sane thoughts and replaces them with negative ones, but not just any negative thoughts, negative thoughts that disguise themselves as …

What It’s Like To Be Stalked in Graduate School

When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn't realize it. The stalker was a classmate in our program. This complicated the situation because as students we are all forced to work together and share contact information for group projects and school events. Initially the flood of emails I was receiving from this one person arrived enmeshed with all my other emails, camouflaging the oddity of his behavior. When his next avenue of communication became texting, I really started to feel the burden of being stalked.

Being stalked is like getting locked into a room that no one knows you’re in. It can feel incredibly isolating because it’s a solitary experience. The stalker, obsessed with you, only affects you, making it difficult others to fully empathize. When I was stalked in graduate school, at first, I didn’t realize it. The stalker …

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, …

9 Creative Ways To Reduce Waste

I can't believe I had not thought of these earlier!

That one little snack of blueberry yogurt you devoured in two minutes yesterday will cost the planet 500 years of work, so will the one Diet Coke you had years ago. At least the banana peel from this morning will only take about 3 or 5 weeks to decompose. But how disgraceful is it that one …

4 Ways to Get Your Husband or Wife to Finally Understand You

Like an astronaut meeting another life form, each gender struggles to communicate. However, this struggle can actually become a moment of harmony.

We are like two different species suddenly. We can feel each others’ vibes and energies just like animals do, but as we struggle to assemble the right phrases, we morph into cats and dogs, howling and hissing. Maybe it is true that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Based on the evidence …

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 …

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