A life spent hating my body because of social constructs like the “ideal body type,” which can’t seem to make up their mind, is a life I don’t want to live. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when I look in the mirror, I see beauty, but I also see more than just external, physical beauty. When I look in the mirror, I see a person who has the bravery to keep moving forward every day, the bravery to be unapologetically herself, the bravery to dare to love herself for what’s inside as well as on the outside of her body.
To all non-Asian allies: keep listening, keep caring. Don’t dismiss our experiences. Hold others accountable for racist remarks and actions. Hold yourself accountable for speaking out against anti-Asian racism and for uplifting Asian voices. To all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: stay angry, stay strong, and stay awake. Don’t let people stop talking about anti-Asian racism.
Even with such big wins for countries in each continent concerning abortion rights, there are still countries in the world, like Malta with the most restrictive ban on abortion in the EU and little hope for a reversal of this ban, with women who aren’t as lucky to be given governance over their own body, unobstructed rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s time that abortion-rights grow into movements spanning each continent from top to bottom, left to right. It’s time that women everywhere finally feel in charge of their own existence on Earth.
No stereotype will ever give Asian women what they deserve: just to be allowed to exist without having labels slapped onto them. Multifaceted with varied personalities and interests like the women of every ethnicity, Asian women should never be forced into a box, and that’s what these stereotypes are attempting to do.
Today, our schools work under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act that prohibits public schools and their staff from discriminating against students on the basis of race, color, or nationality. While this law definitely reflects tolerance more than our nation’s laws once did, this isn’t enough.
“Tick, tock. Tick, tock.” As the hands of the clock on the wall above slowly inch towards giving them ultimate freedom, the characters in High School Musical 2 can’t help but stare at them, already wistfully dreaming of summer.
Embodying hypocrisy at its finest, the people who complain about the presence of same-sex relationships in TV shows because they worry that this will “turn their kids gay” are the same people whose sexuality is forced down the throats of LGBTQIA+ youth by all aspects of media.