Posts in December 2014

  1. Misogyny in Rap: Affecting Psychology?

    [ By on December 23, 2014 ]

    In hip hop and rap, women are often degraded or objectified and, in this study, Ellen  Nikodym from Macalester College discusses the effects of misogynistic lyrics and themes on women listeners. Compiling and outlining the various studies on the psychological effects of hip hop and rap, she finds that exposure to these lyrics often cultivate self-objectification, as women internalize these standards of male objectification of women’s bodies. She argues, for example, that listening to lyrics about reducing women to their bodies affects the self-esteem of female listeners. And, as many young people listen to these genres, she begs the question: should kids be exposed to this music in their formative years? As adolescents learn more about the world ...

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  2. Better Blood

    [ By on December 19, 2014 ]

    The website for The New York Blood Center states that a man who has sex with another man cannot donate blood, even if it was “only once”. The site also claims in the same ambiguous manner that a person cannot donate blood if they have traveled to certain countries. This was the case for my mother, who was born and raised in Tanzania, and turned away from donating blood. The basis behind these restrictions is to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS , and some other permanent reasons for ineligibility for donating are: using illegal drugs, testing positive for HIV, prostitution, and cancer. Being gay or African are on a list along illegal activities and deadly diseases. These restrictions are discriminatory ...

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  3. Beauty- In the Mind Of the Beholder?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    This article discusses the psychological responses of men and women to attractive and “unattractive” people.  This article from the Association of Psychological Science discusses the way in which attraction, beauty, face perception, physical appearance, sex differences, and social psychology play a role in how women and men view themselves.  For example, a cited study in the article reads, “When participants in a recent study were presented with attractive and unattractive faces for only 13 milliseconds, they were able to judge the faces’ attractiveness accurately (that is, in accordance with experimenters’ ratings), even though they were not consciously aware of the stimuli and felt like they were just guessing (Olson & Marshuetz, ...

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  4. How Much Sympathy Should We Give to Mentally Ill Criminals?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    In July of 2013, a new mother, murdered her two children, a 3 three year old and an infant who were found alone in their home, badly injured. The mother’s body was found three days later in the Red River. This woman had been suffering from postpartum depression. Andrea Kalfoglou, A professor at the University of Maryland, wrote an article sympathizing with the Mother and explaining the disorder. She explains the commonality of it (every one in eight mothers) and the psychological effects. For women with this disorder, her delusions seem real. It is impossible for her to live in reality, and is therefore acting completely on the psychological effects of her depression. Obviously no one choses to have this ...

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  5. Is porn an art form and should the negative stigma behind it exist in society?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    Often times when it comes to the topic of porn the social stigma behind it is very negative and is too often associated with its affects on males. Although the affect of porn on the brain is associated with males it can also be associated with females as well. In this article it talks about the negative affects of porn on the male brain. Although every click of a new video creates a spike of dopamine in your brain, watching porn not only creates a false idea of what sex is supposed to be like, but it also takes away the personal aspect of sex itself. Even though this affect on the brain affects the males idea of what sex is ...

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  6. Should the Flu Vaccine be Mandatory?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    As it says in this article, the flu hospitalizes 226,000 people and kills 36,000 people each year. Although the flu vaccine will not definitely prevent the flu, it is the most effective method to prevent it. Everyone, whether they know it or not, can be exposed to the flu and transmit it to others. In order to prevent an increase of the number of people effected by the flu, everyone should be getting a vaccination. The number is already massive and we do not want it to keep increasing. After reading this, do you think flu vaccination should be mandatory?

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  7. Does the government have the right to limit sugary drinks?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    Obesity in the United States is a growing problem. Six out of ten New York City residents are obese or overweight and nearly four out of ten school children are as well. In this article, CNN debates the pros and cons to the ban of sugary drinks larger than sixteen ounces in New York City.  They first debate whether or not the ban would be effective. The article agrees with the Board of Health that the ban on sugary drinks could have a positive effect in helping to diminish the problem of obesity in New York City. The article goes on to argue the questions "Is the ban consistent?", "Does the Board of Health have the power?", and ...

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  8. Use of Chemical Weapons in Protests

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    With the recent, unfortunate, verdicts on the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases, many people have gone to the streets to have peaceful but sometimes turning violent protests. In a recent article written by Christie Willcox she describes the way in which police forces are approaching the problem of dispersing huge crowds. She specifically focuses on the use of chemical agents such as tear gas and how some believe that the use of tear gas is immoral because it activates the pain sensing nerves and has the possibility to cause permanent damage such as heart or liver damage, damage to eyes, and heart failure. However, some would argue that police should have the ability to use any force necessary in ...

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  9. Marijuana– Moral?

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    Marijuana possession is becoming decriminalized across the country, and use is legal in some states. In response to this change, people, such as Philip Boffey, have found it necessary to understand the science and the potential consequences of this change. In Boffey’s article he guides us through various articles and studies that support or criticize this change. After examining addiction, impact on youth, and comparing marijuana to other substances Boffey seems to understand and explain the scientific dangers while coming to a conclusion that strict government regulation might be the best option for minimizing the dangers of this drug. There are undeniable risks in using any substance, but as state laws are already changing and legal marijuana use might ...

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  10. Legalization leads to decline in use of harmful substances

    [ By on December 18, 2014 ]

    Cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol are the three main culprits for stunting development in teens today. In this article, Christopher Ingraham offers some information that warrants some positivity. Over the last 25 years, teens' cigarette and alcohol intake has been on a steady decline. Since the legalization of marijuana in some states on the west coast, the intake of marijuana has also declined in teens. After reading the article, do you think that more states should legalize marijuana? Could it be possible that teens are more attracted to the risk of smoking marijuana rather than the actual feeling induced when consumed?

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