Palm oil: the ubiquitous conflict

Palm oil: the ubiquitous conflict

A tradition among corporations and a new-born tribulation for the masses—palm oil—what we don’t know may still hurt us?

What is defined as “an edible vegetable oil derived from the mesocarp of the fruit of the African oil palms” is about as random as oat milk: a new fad at your local bistro. However, palm oil has been esteemed controversial on both health and environmental grounds, so when it comes to rustic pasta sauce stick to your common kitchen oils and you may just save the world a little. 


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Actor’s hoax attack exposes the desire for relevancy

Actor’s hoax attack exposes the desire for relevancy

“Sweetie, they’re not going to find them.”

These are the words of Good Morning America host Robin Roberts in response to Jussie Smollett’s assertion, “I was talking to a friend and I said, ‘I just want (the police) to find (the attackers),’ said in an ABC exclusive interview prior to Smollett’s recent Feb 20 arrest. 


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Should menstrual products be free?

Should menstrual products be free?

Growing up, young girls and women are taught to keep their period problems quiet and to themselves for the sake of not grossing anyone else out.  We have to be prepared for an unexpected start to our period by keeping a pad and tampon in our bags at all times, and when the moment comes we are forced to ask permission to use the restroom in front of the whole class.  We should not feel ashamed about something that is natural, and we shouldn’t be paying outstanding prices for the hygienic products necessary for menstrual cycles.



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Child sex robots are a problem

Child sex robots are a problem

Child pornography has always been a disgusting topic, and the topic always goes back to the question: who would do such a thing? Well, apparently many men in the world. Professor Margo Kaplan stated “By some estimates, 1 percent of the male population continues, long after puberty, to find themselves attracted to prepubescent children..” One percent of the male population is over 1 million men who are attracted to children. Now, most of these men do not act on this lust, but some do, and that is where the disorder is diagnosed. 



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The complex ideology of cheaters repeating their offenses

The complex ideology of cheaters repeating their offenses

The hint of perfume, coming home late from work, the sudden distance, the fears of many in committed relationships stem from the telltale signs of infidelity. Whether it be 2 months into a college fling or 10 years into a marriage, humans everywhere have time and time again proven that intimate temptations can often be succumbed to. Alfred Kinsey, famous for pioneering human sexual nature research, found that infidelity is widespread (yet hard to measure) at 27% to 72%. 


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Abusive relationships impact individuals of all genders

Abusive relationships impact individuals of all genders

It may come as a surprise, but a significant amount of men have been abused by a romantic partner. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence... and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.” It’s not unusual for a man to be abused by his romantic partner, however it can be hard for them to identify the signs. 


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Plastic surgery addiction is not only for the rich and famous

Plastic surgery addiction is not only for the rich and famous

At what point do people realize they have gone too far with plastic surgery? After giving birth, many women turn towards a tummy tuck or breast lift. This creates an ongoing desire to alter one’s perception. The process of plastic surgery can be time consuming and brutal yet makes one feel better and happier in the end. There have many endless amount of cases that include plastic surgery, however some have been very crazy.

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Brad Pitt's face will tell you lies

Brad Pitt's face will tell you lies

We live in an age of ever-growing distrust and misinformation. Whether sanctioned and spread by political parties or disseminated by independent citizens via one of the many platforms available, the intent is usually clear: to mislead the public. This growing activity has led to a rising distrust in the media and press, a very dangerous and slippery slope seen frequently as a step taken in authoritarian governments rise to power.

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The millennial version of family planning

In our generation today, the norm is that the cost of living is simply too high for us to live on our own after college.  The previous generation before millennials (generation Y), generation X, lived their twenties much different than millennials do.  In fact, millennials aren’t just living much differently than our parents, but they aren’t having kids anymore.


”The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released new data showing that the birth rate has dropped to an all-time-low in the United States. It seems that the Millennials just aren’t having kids, or at least they’re not having them yet.”  


There are many reasons why millennials aren’t having kids anymore, and the main one seems to be financial stability.  After college, most millennials are now paying off their student debt, making it impossible to move out of their parents’ home.  It can take years to find a stable career, and even longer to pay off student debt. For previous generations, by age 29 most people were married, owned a home, had stable careers, and were already parents of two kids.  It’s no secret that the norm is moving back in with your parents, simply because of the high cost of living. “Although the recession has been over for nearly a decade, there may be a lasting economic insecurity that is causing young would-be parents to think twice before procreating,” states a Forbes article.  


Some other reasons for millennials not wanting children are staying single longer and getting married later in life, overpopulation, travel, work, or simply just not wanting kids.  But the real reoccurring issue seems to be financial and economic stability. In the Bay Area, the average monthly rent for one bedroom apartments ranges from $1,900 to $4,000. Besides rent, there’s utility bills, car payments, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone bills, student debt payments, and etc.  Understandably, it is just too expensive to procreate. Whatever the reason may be, millennials delaying procreation might have an effect on Baby Boomers and generation X.


“The majority of Baby Boomers’ wealth is not in the bank, in a pension plan or in an investment portfolio, but in their homes.  Despite the popular urban mythology of Boomer life in the big city, more than 70% of Baby Boomers are still living in suburban and rural areas.”  Because of the Baby Boomers and generation X, the demand for suburban areas was at an all-time-high, but it is actually the opposite for millennials.  Most millennials are looking for a one bedroom apartment, just for them and their pet, while baby boomers are looking to sell their homes and cash out on decades of equity so that they can survive the rest of their lives financially; but no one wants to buy their homes, or can buy their homes rather.  


Although millennials aren’t having kids or are delaying having kids, many dream of buying a home, getting married, and having children.  But because of the competition in the job market, student debt, and extreme high costs of living, many aren’t able to live out that dream until later in life.  This may be the new normal, especially with predictions that the next economic recession is coming in the year 2020, greatly affecting those of generation Z.

Vaginal Myths create a dangerous narrative

Vaginal Myths create a dangerous narrative

Vaginal modification has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s no surprise that it’s still around with so many myths surrounding sex and the vagina’s role in it. One of the most common myths is the idea that the vagina becomes looser the more sex the woman has. Another common myth is the idea that the husband stitch is effective for increasing sexual pleasure. Both myths are false, and both maintain a dangerous narrative, intentional or not.

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Ancient illnesses resurface due to lack of vaccines

Ancient illnesses resurface due to lack of vaccines

Diseases such as measles and smallpox have recently outbroken because of many parents deciding that it would be best if their kid does not get a vaccine in case it gives their child a mental disorder. These ridiculous claims need to be silenced, as many people are now suffering from diseases that have been long forgotten about because of the vaccine that was created for them. Measles very recently has been scouring the news because of an outbreak that recently occured in the Philippines.

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