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The Politics of Birth

By Inès

Can you imagine a panel full of brilliant, beautiful, strong women sharing knowledge about political issues that no one else wants to talk about? Well that’s what went down at the Politics of Birth event. A friend and I, along with the TORCH staff and some other great people, enjoyed listening to the perspectives […]

A Human’s Worth

By Megan

There are so many things wrong with this yet people post it all over social media, giving it appraisal as if the message it’s displaying is okay. Some do this without understanding that there is an underlying meaning to this message. As women, we shouldn’t have to “work” to be respected. As HUMANS, we […]

Gender identity, TORCH|

Self-love

By Anonymous

“Self-love is often a seed planted by others, but has to be manifested by you.”

Most people believe that self-love, confidence and appreciate comes solely from yourself. But in the instance that you cannot take any more and you’re standing on a bridge ready to have the tides from the river take your breath away; […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

After Tiller

By Teona

There is a secret war going on. Now I could be exaggerating, but truthfully this issue is highly controversial. This war is not a particularly violent war, but violence has been woven deep within the issue. Words are being used as weapons, along with picket signs and hours of protests. I watched the documentary called “After Tiller” last week. Basically, a late-term abortion provider named George Tiller was shot dead in his church. Tiller has faced many death threats and has been targeted multiple times at his office. With Tiller gone there are only four late term abortion providers left in the country and they all face violence and the possibility of being murdered. The movie made me think about why people feel the need to take action in preventing abortion, whether it is violent or not. What makes people think that it’s okay to prevent someone from making a choice? […]

Having Faith

By Kaitlyn

As Eric Hoffer said, “Someone who always thinks the world is cheating him is right. He’s missing that wonderful feeling of having trust in someone or something.” Everybody has their own types of skepticism, but to allow that to get in the way of your happiness … is it worth it? It’s good to […]

Dreams, TORCH|

A Righteous Fight

By Shahriar

This was my first time going to Lobby Day in Albany, New York State’s Capitol. I was very nervous at first, but once I got onto the bus, I knew it was going to be alright because that feeling of optimism was everywhere. Once we got to Albany, the Capitol was crowded with other activists that came for different movements. We came to fight for the Women’s Equality Agenda. The sight of seeing other people coming for a righteous cause amazed me because the causes we are fighting for affect us all in every way. It’s 2013, yet we are still struggling to fight for women rights — isn’t that absurd? […]

Women’s Equality

By Zeeva

I am a feminist. Women are powerful, women are immovable, and women are strong. Why doesn’t the government recognize this? Inequality continues to persist in the United States and is considered a normal part of American living. It needs to be put to a stop.
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A is for Adolescence

By Megan

The term adolescence is used to describe the transition stage between childhood and adulthood. I believe that our adolescent stage in life is one of the most important stages because that is when we are able to find our true selves. Throughout our adolescent years, we are spending most of our time in high school. From the start of high school all the way until you graduate, you gain and lose friends, learn how to deal with relationships, in addition to gaining a good deal of knowledge, and learning where you fit in socially. I personally feel like these are our crucial years because they mold us into who we would like to be in our later future. […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

Cultural Humility

By Megan

After watching the short movie based on cultural humility, I realized that one should never put a halt to learning and the opportunity to be educated. As shown in the documentary, although you believe you know everything, it turns out that you never really know much. This shows how the journey never ends. Cultural […]

Empowerment, TORCH|

Argo

By Anonymous

In my school we have a program called Clothesline. Its purpose is to represent those that have been abused and encourage others to speak out. I am participating in this event. My father is my abuser. For years he has tried to break my spirit. My life is a game to him. I have […]

Bullying, TORCH|