No one asked her, but…

No one asked her, but...

Nobody asked me but…

-Not enough people listen to classical music. Teenagers as well  as adults who claim that they love music, completely ignore the foundation and history from which music came. Classical music is the root from which all other popular music has branched out, yet it is still the most underappreciated genre of music. If you truly love music, you must appreciate classical music as well.

-McDonalds. Burger King. Walmart. All major corporate chains that have infiltrated the far reaches of the developed world, and names you hear almost every day. Yet, there is another chain that has begun popping up on every continent. People may not yet have noticed, but Starbucks is now a massive chain and can be found almost everywhere you go. It has joined the slew of cooperate super powers in its siege of the developed world; stomping out small locally owned businesses, and drinking the economy. Help stop this onslaught and stop buying at Starbucks. Instead, begin shopping at your locally owned coffee shop and support the working class.

-With the recent release of Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final chapter of the Twilight saga, I took it upon myself to review the series from the beginning. These books-now movies-were written as an epic romance directed at young adult, but top my disgust, I found nothing romantic about the story at all. The plot revolves around a relationship between a high school girl and her undead love-a vampire. The interactions between these two characters show textbook signs of an abusive, unhealthy relationship, and set a bad example for teenage readers. For example, during the second book of the series, to “hero”/vampire, Edward Cullen, leaves the “heroine”, Bella Swan. Instead of being the resilient, female, role model for female readers, Bella shuts herself in her room and doesn’t speak for practically four months. In addition to becoming a recluse, Bella develops masochistic habits that lead to her jumping off a cliff. Later on in the series, Bella and Edward get married, and after their first sexual encounter, Bella emerges covered in bruises. The concept of Edward’s inability to “control his strength” is directly parallel to the concept of male dominance and an excuse often made by men in situations of domestic violence. Overall, the “romance” found in the Twilight Saga is actually an example of severe relationship abuse and the gender based stereotypes found in society today.