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Sexuality or gender is not an insult, so don’t make it one

Sexuality or gender is not an insult, so don’t make it one

Megan Tao, Highlander Editor/Columnist

May 18, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society, Top News

"That's so gay." I hear those three words and I can't help but cringe. Those three words are, unfortunately, commonly used by one person to insult another. Those three words are an insult because they are meant to indicate that if you're gay then you are somehow less than a man. According...

Unrealistic expectations make for a heartbreaking reality

Unrealistic expectations make for a heartbreaking reality

Megan Tao, Highlander Editor/Columnist

May 1, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society

A heartfelt but cheesy scene from a Nicholas Sparks movie is posted on social media with the caption "relationship goals." We try too hard to live up to expectations we see in movies and read about in books without realizing that they're fiction. Movies and books try to convey that their main...

The battle of good versus evil is won by perspective

The battle of good versus evil is won by perspective

Megan Tao, Highlander Junior Editor/Columnist

April 12, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society

The hero, the villain, and the epic battle between good versus evil are all universal aspects of stories that we take a little too seriously. Everybody strives to achieve the characteristics of the the hero because that ultimately means you're a good person. Nobody wants to have the characteristics...

Young adult literature is under appreciated

Young adult literature is under appreciated

Megan Tao, Highlander Junior Editor/Columnist

March 29, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society, Top News

The biggest reason for young adult (YA) literature's bad reputation is within the name itself: young adult. For a book to be labeled YA is to degrade the book of its literacy value and makes it not good enough for anybody but teens. The title of YA literature is associated with the stereotype of...

The desire to fit in causes the loss of individuality

The desire to fit in causes the loss of individuality

Megan Tao, Highlander Junior Editor/Columnist

March 16, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society, Top News

If your friends jump off a cliff, would you jump off the cliff too? The social desire to fit in is insatiable, especially among teens. In addition to the always lingering shadow of peer pressure and the fear of being judged for being different, the desire to fit in is also self induced because...

Society needs to stop supporting gender inequality

Society needs to stop supporting gender inequality

Megan Tao, Highlander Junior Editor/Columnist

February 27, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society, Top News

"I really want to help people, so I want to become a nurse," he said. "I want to keep our communities safe, so I want to be a police officer," she said. "Wait, you can't be a nurse that's a women's job and you can't be a police officer, you're not strong enough," said society. According to the...

The desire to never grow up only exists in Neverland

The desire to never grow up only exists in Neverland

Megan Tao, Columnist

February 14, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society

The story of Peter Pan and his everlasting childhood has lost its impact on children today. The idea of "never growing up" has lost its appeal as children forget to just enjoy their childhood. We're often asked throughout elementary school: what do you want to be when you grow up? I remember...

Originality is lost in Hollywood

Originality is lost in Hollywood

Megan Tao, Staff Writer

January 31, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society

Based on the worldwide best seller by... In the past couple of years, there has been a surge of movies based off of best selling novels, remakes of old classics, and sequels. According to Short Of The Week, the reason for the glut of unoriginal movies is because box office numbers are down. Takin...

Social media dictates our status

Social media dictates our status

Megan Tao, Staff Writer

January 19, 2015


Filed under Opinion, Stabs at Society

A girl takes 10 photos of herself and chooses one that looks identical to the rest, she uses three filters, captions it with a hipster quote from a John Green novel she hasn't read, and finally posts it while praying that she will get more than 100 likes on her selfie. Nowadays, we can tell how popular...

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