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Celebrating Women's History Month
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Celebrating Women's History Month

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.People aren't feminists for the praise or the attention; they're feminists because they believe. They stand up to the harsh claims that society throws at them, united. As shown in the picture above, they stood side by side and walked in unity, chanting for equality in New York City, August 26, 1970. They didn't try to dodge the horrid remarks, they fought back with their voices and they continue to this day.
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In TKM, Jem is called "mister Jem" by Calpurnia which surprises Scout making her feel a little bad. Jem has called Scout "you act like a girl" because she's scared and naive. Scout cries in the beginning and Calpurnia said when Jem is doing whatever grown boys do, Scout can come into the kitchen and hang out with her.

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Age Discrimination
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Age Discrimination

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In the survey of 84 people, over age 60, 84% said they experienced ageism. Older people are treated differently in their workplaces because people think they have mental or physical issues. "Whether battling "old geezer" stereotypes or trying to obtain equal standing in the workplace, those who are 60 or older may all too often find themselves the victims of ageism." (Dittmann). They are even laughed at and poked fun of. Not only does it hurt, it can shorten the life of an elder but with positive attitudes towards them can boost their mental health and confidence. "Not only are negative stereotypes hurtful to older people, but they may even shorten their lives, finds psychologist Becca Levy, PhD, assistant professor of public health at Yale University. In Levy's longitudinal study of 660 people 50 years and older, those with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those with negative self-perceptions of aging. " (Dittmann). Psychologists respond the same way when someone is discriminated, some organizations are working to increase the number of doctoral-level neuropsychologists as well as making age-related information more available to researchers. Ageism towards elders, it can even affect kids as well.
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Jem always told Scout that she asked like a girl, scared and naive. Jem's growing up and is called 'Mister Jem" by Calpurnia, which surprised Scout. Jem's only twelve but is treated like an adult which makes Scout feel a bit bad. "He ain't that old, all he needs is somebody to beat him up, and I ain't big enough." ( 153 Lee).

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The Struggle Of Loving Their Eyes
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The Struggle Of Loving Their Eyes

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"I used to use Scotch tape to make my eyes bigger." In this article written by Jessica Prois, talks about the struggle of self-acceptance, disenfranchisement, and prejudice toward Asians. Westernization affected the looks of many Asians because of their eyes. Asians are known for their skinny eyes and monolids, frankly, historic Asian painters emphasized how little their eyes were on their paintings. Especially with the internet, many Asians have altered their eyes through surgery, makeup, and even through the use of glue. In the article, a 23-year-old, Gloria said that when she was younger she would scotch tape her eyes to make them look bigger. People feel the need have the ‘western’ look, big eyes and lighter skin. “Western trends have touched us in many ways, but have also taken away from our own culture."

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In the book To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, Bob Ewell accused a black man named Tom Robinson of abuse and rape, knowing that he would lose the trial because of his race. Racism existed and still exists. The judge didn’t take the trial seriously as Tom and Atticus would’ve appreciated because everyone knows whos going to be innocent and whos going to be guilty. People looked a black people with disgust because of their skin color. The people dehumanized black men and women and brought down their self-acceptance.

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I grew up in America around people with different ethnicities, but what really surprised me was that every race except for Asian has wide cut eyelids. Some days I would wake up and add some glue to my eyes, pull them up and wait for the glue to dry. I felt happy, I felt like I could change my appearance. “I wish I was an American." Cohasset doesn't have much diversity compared to places I used to live, so it made me feel self-conscious. Going into 7th grade, I stopped putting glue on my eyes and began to embrace who I am, and started believing that I was unique rather than 'different'. But my insecurities blossomed again and whenever I come to school in the morning I would never look up or make any eye contact with someone because my eyes were puffy from waking up, which the mono-lids only emphasized it. I came to the realization that I'm never going to be an American, and that's okay. So why not embrace it?

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