Feminism in America by: Sherilyn Drexler

        Feminism. What comes to mind? For Americans, probably women’s marches, social media campaigns, and social or political activist speakers. Probably some controversy, based on debate over recent causes that have come to the forefront of the movement. Often, the true meaning of movements in America can become clouded by media sensationalism and social media hype. In its most basic form, feminism is really much simpler than one would think. Mady Nutter, PR and Marketing Representative of StrongHer, a feminist club at Seton High School, describes feminism as, “the economic, social, and political equality of the sexes”. And while that is the most basic meaning, in America, feminism reaches much farther than just that, and has been running deep for women since early American society.
While in the last few years the term feminism and the wave of feminists have taken the forefront, feminism has been central to America for many, many years. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was about simply giving women a voice to those who didn’t have one. Movements arose to fight for basic rights; such as the ability to vote; the ability to receive the same education as a man; and for women to be able to hold employment positions that were previously only allowed for men. Now, it has become about using that voice to fight for inequality- especially ones that have become normalized in our culture. Beth Lauber, an English teacher at Seton High School, says that “In the beginning – late 1800s women just wanted to have a voice.  Now that we have a voice, it’s about using the voice to create a better, more equal, society for women around the world.” That couldn’t be more true for American women today, and social issues such as wage inequality and sexual assault have taken the forefront as issues in the western culture today.
One of the biggest examples of feminism in motion today is within the women’s march; a coordinated rally practiced throughout the nation, in hundreds of cities, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants, all protesting for a wide range of women’s issues. Speakers across all platforms came to speak on a wide range of issues: from the entertainment industry to government officials to leaders of social activism. The underlying message of the effort fights for inclusivity, possibility, and now more than ever, giving women of the next generation a world where they will be heard, respected, and have the freedom to brave their own paths without barriers.

March for Life: The End to Abortion by: Audrey McQuillian

This year marks the 45th annual March Life Protest to ending the option of abortion. According to Merriam Webster, abortion is defined as “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus:” Over the last forty-five years, over 60 million babies have been aborted. Many protest that it is the woman’s choice, since it is her body. Others argue that abortion should be legal because, many woman become pregnant from rape. Our country has gone back and forth with this issue for forty-five years. Seton high school each year send about thirty to forty students to Washington DC to participate in this annual protest.

Senior Hannah Beiting discusses the reason she attended to March For Life this year, “I decided to go on the March because, I wanted to do something about the issue at hand. I wanted to go out and be a voice; instead of just saying I believed in an issue, and do nothing about it.” Many people who make the decision to participate in the March for Life feel very passionate about the issue. Sophomore Meredith Lindle discusses how she decided to participate, “I decided to go on the March because I went last year, and it was a lot of fun. Not only that, but the pro-life movement is something I feel passionate about supporting.” People who protest are acting as the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Not only did Seton saints participate in the march, they also visited the Lincoln Memorial; the Vietnam and Korean Memorial; the World War II Memorial; the Martin Luther King Memorial; they participated in the all youth mass; the March for Life Pep Rally; and many other fun activities.  Hannah Beiting explains her favorite part of the trip, “Seeing everybody who was there in support of pro-life. It is very rare for people to stand up for these sort of issues and it was just overall empowering. I also loved of course being with my Seton sisters, and bonding through faith.” Many other students felt the same as Hannah. Majority of the group’s favorite part was seeing the unity in the cause to end abortion.

Along with feeling passionate and united, many felt other emotions as well. Meredith Lindle discusses her thoughts and feelings towards the march, “I had a lot of emotions: thankfulness for my life, happiness from seeing all the people who support the cause, sadness from remembering the unborn, and excitement from knowing I’m making a difference.” Furthermore, many Seton students did not just feel closer to their fellow peers, but also closer to God. Hannah Beiting states, “My relationship definitely grew stronger through God on this trip. It made me value all that God has given me even more every day and to spread my values and love for God to other people.”

There are many ways to get involved in this movement to save lives. Meredith Lindle explains, “Going on the March for Life is just one of the many ways to help end abortion. People of any age can write to their congressman and tell them how they feel about the Pro-life movement. People also help in simple ways by volunteering and Pregnancy West or other pro-life pregnancy clinics.” Overall, there are many ways you can be involved in this mission.

Social Media Addiction in Teenagers By: Emily Mohs

Teenagers in American society are facing major life issues regarding social media. Many concerns first arise when a child obtains a phone, and last throughout most of that adolescent’s life.  A teen may face several challenges when accessing a social media account, including low self-esteem, diverse confidence levels, and varied anxiety levels. Some of the sites many teenagers encounter when getting a phone include Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. The Pew Research Center found that 73% of teenagers between the ages of thirteen and seventeen own smartphones and social media accounts. There are many negative and positive effects that can arise from having a social media account as a teenager.

The history of social media is a considerably less prominent subject than when many adults and parents of children with social media accounts were young. The first media site was not up and running until the early 2000’s. Christy Schutte, a specialist in social media explains, “Social media has grown over the past decade and has become an integral way of communicating for social reasons as well as for news and in marketing.” Several older aged people did not have to go through many of the negative effects social media now has on this generation of teens. It is important that many parents recognize that the world of social media may be destroying much of their child’s life. Many of the apps downloaded propose an immense threat for cyberbullying and safety concerns. A great deal of parents do not know that many of the apps show the exact location and address of that individual. Also, many social media account holders have their profiles on public, meaning anyone can witness what they post. There is also an issue with teens not being aware that when they post something, it is on social media forever. This leads numerous people to posting inappropriate pictures that may seem cool at the time, but eventually leads them into dreadful consequences. Christy Schutte implies, “Downfalls include that it takes you away from socializing with people that are actually right around you and also what you put on social media is forever!” It is important for parents to understand what their child is posting on social media, so when their child does get into a bind, they are able to provide support and advice.

Countless numbers of teens are facing severe penalties from owning a social media account. Many struggle with low self-confidence, anxiety, and a feeling of constant comparison of appearance to others. Tricia Woelfel, a mother of three teens asserts, “It is vital to keep social media apart of society, but there needs to be stricter rules regarding its influence on teenagers.” After posting a picture, many teens are continuously checking to see how many likes or comments they get. In that moment, that is the most important thing to them, and if something goes wrong in their eyes it can crash their entire world. Several teens also face the anxiety of not fitting in or being accepted through social media. Feeling of perfectionism can arise making more illnesses like depression and obsessive compulsive disorder common. Fear of missing out on events are also common in a teenager’s social media life. When opening social media accounts and seeing that all your friends are hanging out without you can be a toll on a teenager’s life and can make them upset. It is proven that if an individual owns a social media account they have or eventually will face one of these problems. It is time for society to put an end to the nonsense of comparing each other.

The University of Chicago has proven that social media is more addicting for teens then a cigarette is for a smoker. Many teens are more worried about cigarettes and alcohol because they can eventually cause cancer and severe illnesses. When joining a social media site, teens realize that there is no physical abuse, but they do not understand the mental hardships that come with it. It is important that parents are aware what their children are doing on the web. Social media is mainly there to remind and update people on things that are happening in other’s lives. Teenagers need to realize that a social media account is not what defines an individual as a person. Social media does have many great qualities, but also major downfalls that many teenagers do not recognize.

Works Cited

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