As if we didn’t have enough inequalities to deal with on a daily basis, women have to fight tooth and nail to get doctors to take their pain seriously. Ask any woman about her experiences with pain and the healthcare industry, and you’re likely to hear stories like mine. But it’s not just anecdotes that point to a long history of medical professionals dismissing women’s pain — there’s plenty of academic research to back it up.
Thanks to generations of cultural messaging, many people believe that being single automatically equates to being miserably unhappy. Society treats singleness like an obstacle to overcome — an unfortunate stop on the path to coupledom. But here’s the thing: Being single can be truly wonderful; in fact, some people actually prefer it.
If you were to believe previous generations (and many do), the only way to achieve success in your career is to “climb the corporate ladder.” Starting from the bottom and working your way to the very top is the American dream — it’s what everyone wants, right?
The cosmetics industry throws buzzwords around like they’re going out of style. Anti-aging, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, natural — they all sound nice, but there are no federal restrictions to ensure these products do (or are) what they claim. Essentially, there’s no legal recourse for consumers.
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s difficult to remain unaffected by the current state of our conflict-ridden country. This is especially true for highly sensitive people (HSPs). Thanks to our extraordinarily responsive nervous systems, the constant barrage of polarizing news has left many of us emotionally raw — trapped in an endless state of fight or flight. .
Although Americans pay more for our healthcare than any other high-income nation, we have a lower life expectancy and worse health. A large majority of Americans avoid getting much needed medical care because it’s too expensive. They simply can’t afford to take care of their health.
It’s a truth no one wants to face — the United States is home to more gun massacres than any other country in the world. With each new horrifying and bloody mass shooting, we collectively wring our hands and ask, “how could someone do something so heinous?”
Unfortunately, the answer most commonly given by the media, politicians, and gun rights activists is that the perpetrators of these violent crimes are mentally ill — and most people agree.
But mental illness has nothing to do with it.
Thanks to curbside recycling programs, most Americans have developed an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude in regard to their recyclable waste. In fact, many of us are completely unaware that there are numerous materials that aren’t easily recycled nearby — and in many cases, this waste has been making its way to China.
Just why are millennials opting out of the childrearing game? Like so many things today, the answer to this question is surprisingly complex — and if you ask the members of Generation Y themselves why they’re foregoing parenthood, you’re likely to get some pretty thought-provoking responses.
Coping with and educating myself on my mental illnesses has brought me face to face with the stigma and hurdles surrounding mental health in America. As such, I’ve become an advocate for crushing said stigma and improving mental healthcare for everyone. Part of that advocacy is sharing what I’ve learned with others — and that’s what I’m here to talk about today.
It’s a sad truth, but most of the population is in the dark when it comes to all the amazing things vaginas can do. Thanks to misinformation, sexism, and a heavy dose of the patriarchy, many of us are not only unaware of just how our downstairs business works, we’re also horrifically ashamed of something that is both natural and incredibly fascinating.
Like most millennials, I can’t afford a house — at least not in the traditional sense. the idea of ever having enough money to save up for a 10 percent down payment seems laughable. Even if I did somehow save enough money for a down payment, I can’t afford a monthly mortgage payment above $600 (which again, totally laughable). The fact of the matter is, I simply don’t make enough money to purchase my own home.
Like a broken arm, mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. We can all take real steps – with very little effort – to make mental and physical health equal in society’s eyes.
When watching our favorite shows, we know both how they’ll end and how we’ll feel when they end. It essentially works as a form of emotional regulation. We know what to expect and get exactly the emotional outcome we’re looking for.
As an ally, it’s natural that you’ll want to understand everything about the community you support. However, demanding that that members of the community give you the answers you’re looking for won’t win you any friends. Don’t expect them to educate you — do the work required to educate yourself. They are not our teachers and they’re not there to hold our hands and guide us in the right direction. We need to find the path by ourselves.