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  • Aurora, Illinois, USA
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  • Megan commented on the post, Education Reform

    Peyton,
    I really liked your post! I think that it was very interesting that “he believed that 90% of what they teach their students will never be used in their lives and they are wasting their time.” I thought this was so interesting because this is coming from a teacher’s perspective. I also think that this becomes more true the older a stude…Read More

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    The Invalidation of Teen Girls’ Interests

    Try to name one thing that girls can like and won’t get made fun of for it. Harder than you think right? Teenage girls aren’t allowed to have any sort of interest in anything without being ridiculed for it...

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    • Hi, I agree with what you said in your post. I also agree that women are constantly criticized and attacked for what they wear and what we do. Women have always ridiculed by others about what they are supposed to be doing. Your blog post describes the situation and problem very clearly and well.

    • This is a really great article! It’s super intriguing and challenges a new way too look at young girls and the challenges they face with finding interests. I agree with what you said about how girls often find themselves getting ridiculed or made fun of for their intrests. Having brothers I definitely notice that my parents and other family take more of an interest in what they’re doing, and are willing to invest more time and money into their activities. Your post clearly describes this situation and makes it interesting.

    • Hi Megan,
      I like how you addressed the issue of girls being ridiculed for their interests no matter what it is. I think you are right in focusing on how it affects mainly teenage girls. However I think you could even farther to say that it begins at a much earlier age. Maybe you could explore the impact that activities or sports that girls are involved in during elementary school has on their interests in their teenage years.

  • Maddie,
    I really enjoyed this blog post! I definitely agree that there is a stigmatism around mental health in which people believe they can simply fix it. I think that it is important to realize that sometimes when you are trying to help, you may end up making things worse. This is why it is very important to be informed on mental health and why…Read More

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    Why are we likely to empathize with anti-heroes?

    In one of my previous blog posts, I discussed some key differences between heroes and villains. Heroes are typically portrayed as “perfect” characters who empathize with others and work to protect these people from the villains. However, the concept...

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    • Megan –
      I really liked how you mentioned that the concept of heroes and villains isn’t always black and white. Generally speaking, I think it is really important to understand that there is a grey area when it comes to good versus evil. As you said in your blog post, “people cannot be defined as completely moral or completely corrupt”, hence the grey area. I also agree with your point that we empathize with the antagonist more in a hero vs. villain story because we tend to relate to them more. We often see ourselves in the anti-hero and aspire to be the hero in the story which is part of the reason why we are so drawn to the anti-hero character. You did a great job of thoroughly explaining this concept in your blog post.

  • Mary,
    I really enjoyed this post because I am a really big fan of Harry Styles. I think that the topic you discussed within your blog is a very important and relevant theme today. I believe that the fashion norms are becoming more diverse and accepting of pretty much anything. I agree with you that “Harry is blurring the lines between fashion s…Read More

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    The Positive Impact of Law and Order: SVU

        Even if you are not an avid fan of the show Law and Order: SVU, you have probably heard of the show or seen a few episodes as it’s frequently being broadcasted on tv. Throughout the 21 seasons...

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    • Dear Megan,

      I am very interested in and excited about your post about the positive effect of Law and Order: SVU. It is one of my favorite shows. Although it can be very gruesome at some points, I agree that it is very informative and helps in the breaking of the stigma around coming forward about sexual assault.
      One thing you said that stands out for me is the statistic that “there are an average of 433,648 rape and sexual assault victims above the age of twelve who are raped or sexually assaulted in the United States each year.” I think that bringing up this number helps further your post’s specificity. This statistic also helps emphasize the need for advocacy against sexual assault and shows victims that they are not alone and are always supported.
      I also liked the fact that you mentioned a couple of the characters and highlighted their importance not just as detectives solving heinous cases but as role models for other characters and members of the audience, and I agree that Lt. Benson and Detective Rollins perfectly embody perseverance and determination.
      Thank you for your post! I look forward to see what you write in the future because I was intrigued by your use of a popular TV show and statistics to uphold the ideas of advocation, support systems, persistence, and overcoming life’s challenges.

      Jessica

  • Amarylis,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog post! I definitely agree with the idea that language is essentially our culture and identity in that without a way to communicate, all our traditions, customs, and the spread of ideas would not be possible. I also think that it is important to note the different languages of each culture are unique…Read More

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    The Impact of Language on Emotions

    Have you ever been so angry or completely overcome with joy that it took you forever to string together a sentence that properly described the way you were feeling? Now imagine a scenario in which your language was completely...

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    • Dear Megan,
      I am very intrigued in your post because I personally loved the movie and book The Giver! It is so interesting to think about how different life would be without something that most of us take for granted everyday: the ability to speak our minds through whatever words we please. One thing that you said that stands out to me is that “Without this freedom, you would eventually lose all sense of true emotion, which would then greatly impact your language and your perspective of the world” because I completely agree that our ability to express ourselves in our own words is what makes us our authentic and true selves. I enjoyed reading this post because it is crazy to imagine our life without the ability to express all of our emotions in our words, because that is an integral part of what makes us humans. Clearly life would be so boring and basically lifeless without this freedom of speech and expression, which reveals how powerful language is. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • I think that this article touches on all the points on how language is so important. not only does languagebe help us communicate with others but it also helps us express ourselves in a much deeper level. As Megan said without language we wouldn’t be able to express ourselves and communicate with others as easily as we can now.

  • Maggie, I really enjoyed reading your post and found it very interesting! I really like how you focused on the positive impact that technology has had on empathy, especially the ability to further communicate through technological advances. I have always assumed that technology would have more of a negative impact on empathy, as it seems to be…Read More

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    What Sets Heroes Apart From Villains?

    Having empathy gives seemingly normal people the ability to be heroes through their bravery to understand those who feel misunderstood and alone in the world. All heroes are opposed by villains. The main difference between the two is the...

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    • I really like how you explained the differences between villians and heros and how they can relate to that show. I thought that it was a strong comparison because the characters in that show have to deal with seeing the lack of empathy in people on a daily basis. I agree that watching shows can help us develop empathy and understand different points of views!

    • Dear Megan, I am impressed with your essay because I didn’t think that an FBI agent would ever empathy a killer. Also, I never realized that FBI agents deal with horrifying cases. One sentence that stands out for me is “It is very difficult to sympathize and empathize with a killer, however, at the end of the day they are all better people for it.” In my opinion, I don’t agree with this statement because most killers are not good people at the end of the day. They love to hurt people and they know what they’re doing are wrong. It doesn’t matter if they apologize repeatedly, to me they are bad people. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like how you showed the difference between a hero and a villain and how you provided examples like Criminal Minds.

    • Dear Megan,
      Im interested in the way you explained your point and how you described the word “hero”. One thing that you said that had stood out for me was “We don’t have to rescue someone from a burning building or put our lives in danger in order to be considered a hero. Real heros are made through the ability to look at both sides of the story.” I think this is true because in order to fully understand a situation and see where there was an issue/ an issue occurred, you have to look at it from both point of views. I look forward to see what you will write next due to how open minded this post is.

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  • Ceceli, I really liked how you showed both positive and negative aspects of being an only child. Having multiple siblings, I’ve always wondered what being an only child was like, and I had never considered that only children would have increased intelligence and creativity. I think it would be interesting to see if growing up with your cousins m…Read More

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