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    Immigration in the United States

    The United States has always been known as one of the most popular countries for immigrants and refugees around the world. The country is literally known as the “Melting Pot.”  America is considered a melting pot because despite all...

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    Lack of Coverage in Sports for Women

    For my first blog post, I talked about the lack of coverage for women in athletic activities and related it into our main topic of the year - single stories. I agree with everything that I said in that...

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    • Karla,

      I really enjoyed reading your post! I liked how you described women’s presence in sports and their representation in broadcasted athletic events. I completely agree that women are constantly looked down upon or viewed in the wrong light when comes to coverage in sports. Women’s sports are clearly seen as less significant, despite putting in the same (if not more) work than their male counterparts. The thing you said that stood out to me the most was the statement “most stories that are relating to sports and women usually don’t include the highlight of their careers rather the issues going on with their bodies or anything else health related.” I believe that this statement is undeniably true; it seems no matter what, women are criticized for how they look, even if they are athletes, who are some of the fittest and strongest people (physically and mentally). I found your post to be absolutely intriguing, and I am looking forward to reading more of your works in the future!

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    Fashion and Men

    In today’s society, it may seem difficult to come into terms with a lot of people's difference of opinions. Although we are all entitled to share our voice and thoughts, I believe that it all comes down to the...

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    • KARLA,
      I really appreciate how you included when Harry Styles said that clothes are something to experiment with and if you feel amazing in it, it is like a superhero outfit. Because that is truly all it is. What one wears should have no affect on others, although it often does. If one feels amazing in what they wear, WHO CARES! Let them be happy with who they are and who cares if the “gender norms” are broken! I loved this blog post Karla, amazing job!

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    The Power of Language through Texting

    There are numerous ways one can express their feelings whether it be through talking, singing, acting, or writing. I believe that in our world today, writing is a big part of our lives.  And not the kind that requires...

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    • Dear Karla,

      I am very interested in your post because it perfectly describes the significance of texting in the lives of younger generations today. It really caught my eye because it aligns with how I use this form of language and communication in my own life. One thing you said that stands out to me is “over the years, [LOL] has changed into almost a completely different meaning for kids. No one says LOL to actually mean that they’re laughing.” I think that this is a little saddening, as a simple acronym has lost its original meaning relating to humor. However, I do think that this is quite interesting to see because now it softens the blow of what would be an otherwise angry or aggressive text. Your post reminds me of how I use certain words, acronyms, or punctuation to change the tone of my message. For example, I will usually add a period at the end of my text to convey that message is a serious matter. Like you stated in your post, I also use “lol” or “hahaha” to ease tension or add a lighter tone to my message.

      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I admire how you acknowledged the effects of newer generations and technology on the world and how our society is ever-changing because of the universality of certain forms of language and communication.

    • Karla,
      I love that you chose to expand your thoughts on this very relevant topic. I liked how you campared and contrasted the ways texting postively and negatively changes our ways of socializing.

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    Single Stories and How Empathy Plays a Role in Identity

    According to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “single stories” are perceptions we form about society and its individuals.“Adichie recounts her experiences as the subject of the ‘single stories' others have created about groups to which she belongs, as well as...

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    • Karla, I really enjoyed how you related the article about gender bias in sports to the ever-present gender bias in other areas of life as well. You provided really good evidence, utilizing TitleIX to get your point across and confirm your ideas. Prior to reading your article, I knew that this strong gender bias existed, yet was relatively unclear about the various facts. Because I wasn’t educated on the subject before reading your article, I lacked the proper empathy about this situation. Your post taught me a lot about the topic and, truly, allowed for further empathy from myself on the situation. This issue is a very important and prevalent issue in society today. In the majority of spaces, such as work, sports, etc., there is an extreme gender bias that needs to be addressed and fixed.

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