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Plan B for all

By Sheniece

I think that Plan B should be available over the counter for people of all ages. It’s important that people have access to emergency contraception so that they would not get into any situations like unplanned pregnancy. Giving all people access to Plan B would not promote careless behavior. People would more likely […]

Parenting Paradox

By Morgan

Yesterday I was on the train when I overheard a teenage boy talking to his friend about gay parenting. He said “I think it’s fucked up when two men or two women try to raise a kid. Their child is bound to end up fucked up.”

His friend replied “Word. If I didn’t have a mom and a dad who raised me I don’t think I would have ended up normal.” […]

LGBTQ, TORCH|

Bullying Gone Way Too Far

By Tamara

As I was getting ready for school Friday morning, I performed my morning routines checking myself out in the mirror as I tuned into Z100. To my surprise, they were reporting a story about a 15-year-old girl who deliberately jumped in front of a bus, committing suicide on December 27, 2011. Her name was Amanda Cummings and she was a victim of bullying. What continues to shock people all over is that Amanda is still being bullied after her death. A memorial page was set up for Amanda and people posted disturbing messages, videos, and pictures mocking her death. Amanda’s Facebook posts had shown signs of her depression, directly saying that she would end her life.
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Bullying, TORCH|

Less Sex, More Reality of Your Cause

By Sheniece

Recently I saw an advertisement with Angela Simmons and was confused by the message they were trying to portray. The only thing that was running through my mind was how nice her body looked. It turns out that the ad was about becoming a vegetarian and was sponsored by PETA. I noticed that many […]

Sexism, TORCH, Uncategorized|

Hook Up Culture

By Morgan

Sex, and the implications thereof, differ from culture to culture, from era to era, and from individual to individual. For most Americans, the notion that one should wait until marriage to have sex is uber conservative and outdated- even my parents and grandparents admit to having engaged in premarital sex.

While it does seem like the rules governing proper sexual conduct are loosening up and allowing today’s American youth (and the youth of citizens of virtually any relatively secular nation) to feel free to experiment sexually to a certain degree, it seems to me that, as a general rule, I find that from year to year, sex means less and less to teens of comparable ages. […]

Sex, TORCH|

Lost One

By Brandon

I lost one
The one thing that kept me up at night.
The lucky charm I always wanted.
I lost the questions marks at the end of each sentence.
The thing that shined so beautifully.
But sadly this thing was never meant to get lost in my hands.

Poetry, TORCH|

Nobody is Pro-Abortion

By Morgan

To be pro-choice is not to be pro-abortion. There is no such thing as pro-abortion.

When a husband takes his comatose wife off of life support, that does not mean he wants her to die. When a mother takes care of her sick child, that does not mean she derives pleasure from the vomit of her kin. Every day, people do things that are hard for them, things that they don’t want to have to do, things that make them question their moral codes and their priorities. Every day, people have to make decisions that impinge on their lives not just for that day, but the entirety of their lives. These decisions, within the parameters of the law, are our own prerogatives, as we are the only ones who are equipped to understand our very own unique circumstances.

Abortion is not something that anybody enjoys or takes pleasure in, but are a necessary reality nonetheless. Abortions are personal, emotional, and pragmatic. Abortions have to do with quality of life, both for the pregnant women and for the zygotes that are provided with the controversial fate of never being given life, versus being given a life that won’t be able to treat them well, and that might not allow them to thrive.

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Abortion, Reproductive rights, TORCH|

Now is Your Chance

By Amy

MTV is trying to cast LGBT teens aged 15-25 for an upcoming special about being gay!   Now is your chance to speak out about being gay.  Millions of gay teenagers are being bullied for their sexuality just because people are ignorant about what it means to be gay and how hard it is to be something […]

Bullying, Gender identity, LGBTQ, TORCH|

Urgent help needed: protect the future of working women

By Sheniece

Call The White House Today:

Support Access to Birth Control for All Women

Health care reform will let many women access birth control without copay.

But women whose bosses oppose birth control are at risk of having that coverage taken away.

Call The White House Today!

Dial (202) 456-1111 right now.

Here’s your message:

“I am calling regarding the […]

Reproductive rights, TORCH|

Why Blame Us?

The following is a letter that Omar submitted to the Daily News in response to an editorial they published about the high rates of teen pregnancy in the Bronx.

By Omar

A new study reports that teens in the Bronx have high pregnancy and STI rates, even though they have the same amount of sex as teens […]