“Man Up, Don’t Cry”: Hypermasculinity and Its Pervasive Affect on Black Men

“Man Up, Don’t Cry”: Hypermasculinity and Its Pervasive Affect on Black Men

When we talk about gender equality or gender oppression, generally we think of the female experience and rarely do we address nor consider the male experience. When we think of hypermasculinity and the patriarchal narrative that exists in our society, we don't think that it could negatively affect the men that are subject to it [...]

Worth, Self-Love, and Self-Deprecation

Worth, Self-Love, and Self-Deprecation

Self-love was not something that I had found until just a few months ago and it was truly an uphill battle to finally get there. Throughout the majority of my life I was always constantly reminded that I was unattractive, or not thin enough, or that my skin wasn't light enough, or that I was"pretty, for [...]

Under Pressure: Racial Bias in America

Under Pressure: Racial Bias in America

Racism exists. It lives and breathes in the bodies of persons offering me forced smiles and synthetic checkout line conversation. It reveals itself in comment sections on news threads and social media sites. It is surviving through inherited hate, infiltrated political systems, and manufactured generalizations of what might be a person of color. I am not violent. I do [...]