There’s No Such Thing as Goodbye

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Draw your life as a line. Does it go in a straight path? Does it twirl in the midst of those lively, indecisive years? Does it zigzag between ups and downs? When we move along that line of life, it can appear as if moments are constantly ending. We move to new places, which means we left an old home. We meet a new person, which means we have older friends who we may not be in touch with anymore. We constantly experience new things, which also can seem like we constantly end old...


An Ode to Moments

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Sometimes I think that all my blog posts have to be about changing the world. I have the opportunity to say something, so I have to pick something worth writing about. However, throughout my Voices of Youth blogging internship, I realized that everything is worth writing about. The way the purple flowers bloomed today or the time my friend attempted to point out the Orion constellation in the sky and accidentally slammed the pizza box in my hands on the ground. Every moment, ev...


Sex Workers Need Rights Not Saving

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Foreword: Sex work is an extremely complex topic. It is an occupation that leads to upward mobility for many women in a masculine society. Therefore, it can be a choice but that choice may be within a constrained patriarchal society. The angle for this blog post is less on the discussion of free choice, but on the stigma sex workers have to confront. Nevertheless, I find it an important statement for readers to understand before reading this piece. The image of a dirty wom...


A Gender-Free Beauty Everywhere

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This blog post is a collaboration between Begimai Sataeva and Anna Weber. Gender is a boundless societal construct. At least, that is what we learned when we, the dual writers for this blog post, started writing about our own countries’ definitions of beauty. Anna lives in the United States and Begimai lives in Kyrgyzstan - two places nearly 7,002 miles away or a 12.5 hour plane ride. Yet, our experiences were shockingly similar. We’ve outlined our two stories below so that...


Colorblindness Makes Us Blind

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I have privilege. I am a white woman from a middle to upper class suburb. I attend an elite liberal arts institution for my education. When I walk down the streets in protest, I can face a police officer. I have privilege. In recent years, the concept of privilege has spearheaded debates about racial justice in the United States. Sociologist Allan Johnson describes the concept as any advantage that is unearned, exclusive, and socially conferred. Many respond to s...


8 Reasons To Screw the Patriarchy

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1. It’s about equality As a feminist, I often receive the complaint that I am “trying to bring men down in order to raise women.” My main issue with this hackneyed portrayal of the feminist movement is that it doesn’t even make logical sense. If I want increased rights, lowering someone else’s’ rights doesn’t get me my rights. I want to be at the high level of men. I don’t want to stay at the lower one. Giving minorities equal rights with the majority does not take away the maj...


Inspire! With Professor Atshan: Teaching Peace

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I walked into my Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies class unsure. I was unsure if I had any of the answers to the conflicts we would study, unsure of the conflicts in my own life, unsure if this class would help me or leave me to continue to spin towards answers I couldn’t name. But the most eminent question once I walked into the class was where I was going to sit—front and invoke the possibility of having to speak or back and hide from the questions. I changed my seat...


The Superpower We All Have

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I’ve never liked writing about myself or really writing about anything I experience personally for that matter. Now that I think about it, in every college application, every job interview, even my very first blog post for Voices of Youth I wrote about myself in the third person and then changed the subjects and verbs. The pretense of another person, a different character, made it easier to write about me. But I think I’m cheating—using words to face myself like an edited photo...


Warning: This Post May Contain Triggers about Triggers

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Forewarning: a trigger warning may be defined according to Oxford Dictionary as a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content). I first contemplated trigger warnings as I listened to my English professor detail the story of Atena Farghadani, an Iranian illustrator who was jailed for depicting politicians as animals. A...


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    Carrying a stack of books between my arms, blowing blonde, stringy hair out of my face, swinging back and forth to music, contemplating the recent news headline that I’ve just read, and most likely about to run into another person, that is me. I’m a student, a writer, a reader, a traveler, a listener, and an activist. I’m here because I have a voice and I want to start a conversation with you.


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    Student, Freelance Journalist for Education Network Magazine based in Kenya, United States