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Growing up in a community where the majority of the people are a certain race—one not of your own—can be very difficult. In some scenarios, being a different race from the community isn't really something pointed out, however in others, people sometimes make it known that your background is not the same as theirs. In the documentary Somewhere Between (Goldstein Knowlton, 2011), a film about four different girls and how their lives have been after being adopted in the U.S. because of China’s “One Child Policy”, being identified solely by your race in a neighborhood is pretty common. The documentary highlights many of the ways that race was the first, if not the only, thing some people saw when looking at an Asian girl in a White community.

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Diouana is a young woman from Dakar who ends up moving to France in order to work for a French family. She works for the family as a “care taker” for the children in Black Girl (La noire de) by Osumane Sembène (1966). Diouana was thrilled when she was given the job because she had expected it to be everything she had ever dreamed of and more. Diouana’s expectations consisted of a better social standing, more opportunities and a sense of freedom. To her surprise she was greatly disappointed with almost the opposite of her anticipations. The film focuses heavily on culture change, identity and discrimination.

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It is very well known that Chinese families put extreme pressure on their kids to be good, if not the best, at school. This results in students working astonishingly hard to  study and to overwork to an unhealthy level. As for the parents, many of them downgrade their way of living in order to offer their kids an education a shot at obtaining the ''Chinese Dream'', which is the ideal lifestyle valued by the Chinese population.

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Over decades arguments have always been formed about what type of sexual education should be taught in schools. As pregnancy rates go up so does the amount of people joining the argument about sex Ed. Can sexual education in high schools be the cause our kids to get pregnant at a young age?

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Alcohol use generally starts at mid to late teenage years causing several issues relating to motor vehicle accidents, binge drinking and even fatalities. 21 is the minimum national drinking age which has become a policy in the United States in order to have some control within alcohol consumption. There has been much debate over the past several years on whether or not the legal drinking age should be lowered to age 18. Even though many adolescence and college students agree with lowering the drinking age there is plenty of evidence which supports the legal age of alcohol consumption remaining at 21 years old. A concerning statistic states that alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of death here in the US. Alcohol kills about 75,000 youth and young adults due to accidental injuries each year. Not only does alcohol increase the likelihood of a young death, but also to several other factors including sexual assault, unintended pregnancy, STI’s, violence, crime, mental health issues, overdose and other substance abuse. It is true that underage drinkers tend to drink on less occasions, however these occasions consist of heavy binge drinking which ultimately is the cause of these serious matters.

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In purpose of this article is to bring attention to UNICEF wanting to end female genital mutilation. Female genital mutilation is a ritual of cutting girls’ genitals. This ritual is practice by some African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities (BBC New Africa, 2013). One of the main points and certainly needed when trying to understand these communities is the reason behind the ritual. These communities practice FGM with the belief that it protects women’s virginity and woman marriageable (BBC New Africa, 2013).

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For my blog research assignment, I chose an article that had to do with the negative stigma of tattooing. Tattoo recipients have been looked at by many people in society as socially deviant because they are going against the norms by cosmetically adding to their natural body. Tattooing, according to this article, is seen as negative behavior and is done by non-conformists. The article indicates that individuals get tattoos for a number of reasons including religious self-expression and having a feeling of power over one’s self and reflect self-concept.

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What is “hooking up”? The answer varies from person to person, but especially to students in the college scene. Kathleen Bogle’s Hooking up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus explores the meaning and reasoning behind hooking up giving us answers that we may have never thought about. Bogle has determined that hooking up is considered a sexual script rather than a social problem; therefore making casual sexual interaction a norm on college campuses. To get answers to her questions, Bogle conducted a research experiment by thoroughly interviewing 76 college students. She took a group of 51 college students, 33 women, 18 men, and another 25 recent college graduates. The graduates were broken up into 9 women and 16 men all under the age of 30. Bogle’s research uncovers many interesting facts that back up the acceptance of hooking up.

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In the article on BBC News written by Nina Lakhani, the situation of abortion that El Salvador is facing is exposed. It is said that women have the obligation to keep a baby if pregnant, and therefore abortion is illegal. Not only it is illegal but the women who are denouced are accused of murder of their child, and a case of miscarrying is therefore considered suspicious. Women who are denouced are sent to women's prison where they face their sentence for years. Even if a women is pregant by the result of a rape, abortion is not accepted.

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The importance of SAT testing and its correlation to college admissions.

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The purpose of this article was to shame with the anti-gay laws in Russia. The main point that the author used to support his idea was that Russia’s failure to honor the Olympic Charter’s requirement of non-discrimination. The author also used Putin denying discrimination against the LGBT people to support his main idea. What makes the issue chosen a social problem is that it affects a group of people.

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After hearing Jennie Linn McCormack’s story, Ada Calhoun looks into abortions in her article “The Rise of DIY Abortions”. Jennie Linn McCormack is an Idaho woman charged with felony after self-inducing an abortion. McCormack ordered abortion pills offline, and gave birth to a dead fetus that she ended up hiding. Although abortions are legal, they are also expensive and difficult to obtain. Aside from the difficulties, there are proper ways of doing so and when dishonored, the law gets involved.

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