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The academic research article “Interracial Relationships and the Transition to Adulthood” has as its purpose to demonstrate and justify the change of patterns of the involvement in interracial sexual relationships during the transition to adulthood. This analysis is based on the data collected by the National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS, 1990s) and by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health, 2000s). The main hypothesis of Joyner and Kao (2005) is that the involvement in interracial sexual relationships decreases with the increasing age of young adults.

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Nowadays, it is rather unusual for me to experience or see some explicitly racist actions. Implicit racism is the more common type that I witness, such as when someone decides to stay standing up in the bus instead of sitting down next to a “Black” person. Yet, for Alrick Bowen, explicit racism was what he had to undergo for many years before his case went in front of the tribunal.  

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Do we as individuals choose what we look like or is it decided for us by our judgmental form of society? From eating disorders, issues concerning body image, and exploitation of beauty standards, society's definition of perfection is not only unrealistic and harmful, but ultimately corrupted. Athletes like Serena Williams and Misty Copeland are advocates for ending the use of hurtful body shaming in the media and strongly believe that we need to rethink our ideals of female beauty.

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As a child, learning about the term “race” and gradually understanding what racism implied was somewhat terrifying and mesmerizing: why did we separate people, I thought we were all part of the same family? I was curious as to why the concept even existed. As the years went by, I sort of ignored the fact that people were categorized into “races” as my parents never supported this “arbitrary system of racial classification” (Diamond, 1994, para. 39).

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