“The Bachelor,” Slut-Shaming, and Cyber Bullying

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By De Elizabeth

Fans of The Bachelor franchise come in a handful of varieties. There are those who love the show fully ironically, who enjoy live-tweeting, laughing at the ridiculously lavish dates, and gaping at all the dramaaaaa. On the flipside, there are fans who are genuinely into the show, who are rooting for the bachelor or bachelorette to find their one true love, who are truly disappointed when (or if) they break up a few months later. And then there are some fans who might fall directly in between – the ones who get into it, but know it’s a heavily edited television show to take with a grain of salt. I’ve always considered myself one of those in-between fans. Continue reading

George Michael’s Death Made Me Come Out

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By Cece Flores

For as long as I can remember, Last Christmas has been my favourite Christmas song (yes it’s a Christmas song, that’s not up for debate because the word is right in the title). I don’t know what to tell you, I’m extremely emo and love a good falsetto. But more than just for the fact that it’s a poignant ballad about a holiday that always makes me feel alone, it meant a lot to me because George Michael wrote it.

I put myself onto George Michael after watching him perform Somebody To Love at a tribute concert for Freddie Mercury, my hero. I remember sitting there in complete awe hearing him crush those vocals, something I was sure no one was going to be able to do. That performance was only the beginning of my love and appreciation for George. Continue reading

Have We Gone Backwards?

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These are things we need to talk about. It seems like every day, there’s another news headline that invokes this all too familiar reaction: “What is wrong with the world?”

Whether it’s Donald Trump claiming that women who have abortions should be “punished” (or something equally Trump-esque), or news regarding the HB2 law in North Carolina, or even people losing their minds on Twitter because the new Star Wars film contains a *gasp* strong female lead, there’s an undeniable sense of hate that is taking far too strong of a grip on our society.  Continue reading