Sex and the Sun: Hyper-sexed media wrecks women’s image

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While models and celebrities airbrushed to perfection and photoshopped beyond recognition flood the media, a regular lady’s self esteem takes more hits than Facebook. While women are making impressive progress in education, professions and politics, body issues are worsening. Unrealistic beauty standards bombarding TV, movies and magazines are damaging the esteem of girls as young as 5. While objectifying pictures and advertisements are most likely to appear in men’s magazines, teen girl publications are a close second.  Cartoons, shows and commercials stress the importance of being tall, thin and perfectly made up. Between 40-70 percent of girls are unhappy with at least two aspects of their bodies and their self image plummets between the ages 12 and 15. These messages…

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The Give and Go: Time to end hazing in all pro sports

Hazing has a long tradition in the military, fraternities and locker rooms. That does not make it right. Slavery was once an American tradition and so was child labor, racism, homophobia, sexism, child marriage, indentured servitude and share cropping. That does not make them right. The case of Miami Dolphins teammates Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is a blessing in disguise because it has surfaced an ugly cancer in the NFL. Incognito’s flurry of racial slurs and threats against Martin …

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Sex and the Sun: Ubiquitous porn can be destructive

In 2012 the pornography industry brought in more than $100 billion worldwide and had an enormous profit margin. Sex really does sell. Porn was in the $100 billion club with the Fortune 500 behemoths like Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, Volkswagen and Apple. Some porn traders are richer than drug lords, robber barons and corporate raiders. Some do almost as much damage. Like heroin, pornography is addictive. Americans, on average, are exposed to porn by age 11. Many teenagers are addicts. Constant voyeurism …

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

The Give and Go: Cerebral Palsy cannot diminish love for sports

Growing up with Cerebral Palsy was difficult, especially for a kid who really wanted to be an athlete. Sitting in my wheelchair under Friday night lights while my friends played out our childhood dreams was four quarters of torture. Smelling the fragrant emerald grass of the spring diamond without throwing some inside heat was a cruel tease. I was hard to sit and watch. If absence makes the heart grew fonder, my heart swelled with passion for sports.  I fell …

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Sex and the Sun: Technology can be detrimental to relationships

Facebook is one of the biggest detriments to modern relationships. Millions of people use this social media site daily. It has changed the way many people think, communicate and feel, often for the worse. Facebook fuels a new level of stalking. In less than 30 minutes on someone’s profile, a person can learn their likes, dislikes and everything in-between. Sadly, this eliminates mutual exchanges relevant to relationship growth. Learning new things about one another is enjoyable, but the process is …

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The Give and Go: Time to pay star college athletes

An $871.6 million pie sits on the windowsill of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and athletes from all over the country can only get a whiff. When they try to take a bite there is a penalty. Athletic programs across the country have been severely punished for violating the amateur clause, which prohibits players from gaining benefits from an agent, their likeness or licensed products like jersey sales. This has created a system of dirty money and corruption that is …

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Sex and the Sun: Casual sex invites many serious dangers

Too many men and women in their late teens and early twenties do not consider the implications of their one-night stands and first-date hookups. Casual sex is not a problem of promiscuity as much as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). Past history is a fair topic. As embarrassing as it may be to have that talk with a partner, it is worse to end up having that talk with a doctor. Having sex with someone is comparable to having sex with …

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The Give and Go: Football is headed for extinction

  For some, it is a way of life—a religion. Teeter tottering between sobriety and indigestion, football Sunday–or simply referred to as Game Day–is church for the diehard, where homes become cathedrals and big-screen TVs are shrines of prayer. When Joe Namath signed the first million-dollar contract the fuse was lit and professional football would explode and crumble baseball’s pedestal as America’s favorite pastime. But beyond the glory days of the National Football League are darker, more ominous times. A …

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Sex and the Sun: Eating disorders affect men as well as women

Here’s the skinny—Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents. No longer just the scourge of women, eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating are on the rise in the male community. “One-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting and taking laxatives,” according to a study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Boys as young as 10 years old are …

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Sex and the Sun: Healing after sexual assault can take years

Sexual assault is devastating, as women’s rights advocates and health professionals have shown. Young healthy women, however, are not the only rape victims. Elderly and people with disabilities are just as likely to experience sexual trauma and are considered vulnerable, easy targets by predators. Research shows that one in four women will be assaulted in their lifetime. That number more than doubles for women with disabilities and is 33 percent more likely for a male with a disability. A person …

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SWC has many great teachers, fine role models

Very soon my generation will define what the world will be like. It is up to us to make it a better place. I don’t want fame or fortune. I want to do something meaningful. I want to inspire my community. I want to make a difference. The best way to help shape the future is to become a teacher. My dad barely graduated elementary school and my mom earned a high school diploma, but my parents never truly realized …