The popular term points toward very real problems of male violence and sexism. But it risks misrepresenting what actually causes them and its effects.

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Toxic masculinity is a concept used to define unhealthy and often traditional characteristics or attributes associated with men. From being unemotional and power-hungry to narcissistic and violent, men are oftentimes defined by these outdated and unfounded stereotypes which create an unhealthy and unrealistic understanding of what it means to be a man in today’s society.

Assuming men should be protectors, breadwinners, or leaders, or associating men with anger, selfishness, and aggression can be problematic and damaging.

When those beliefs are based on unproven biases that we, as both individuals and a society, perpetuate, boys and men are taught to falsely…


In his memoir, Obama is both the subject and the judge

Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid. From Southeast Asia to a forgotten school in South Carolina, he evokes the sense of place with a light but sure hand. …


An armed and angry mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win. What led to the siege

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US President Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election took a dangerous turn Wednesday when an armed and angry mob of his supporters stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police just as Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win.

A woman was fatally shot in the violence that ensued as pro-Trump protestors breached barricades and advanced into the halls of the Capitol building, smashing windows and brawled with police officers in what is widely being considered one of the worst security breaches in US history.

US Capitol Riots explained

The pandemonium appears to have…


Schools teach knowledge while running a profitable business requires wisdom.

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Building one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies doesn’t require specialized or technical knowledge, genius-level math — or even a business plan. So what does it take? Here’s the story of Jack Ma, the richest man in China and, with about $50.3 billion in assets by the end of 2020, one of the richest people in the world.

Jack Ma was born in 1964. As a boy, he did everything he could to learn English. He was an avid reader of Mark Twain and used every opportunity to get better at English. By the age of 12, he had an…


The experiences and challenges I face for the past 7 months since I started on my writing journey.

Most of us have aspiring goals we want to achieve during the pandemic lockdown. Some of us may already have achieved their goal, but for many of it it’s a work in progress. Personally, I have a project which is to complete writing my novel which I started in the middle of March, the beginning of the lockdown.

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Some of my friends may wonder how this personal goal came into place. It started when I read about a challenge on November National Writing Month somewhere around December the previous year. Then, along came the lockdown and I figured it would…


Brand name and proper marketing strategy will ensure the longevity of one’s brand

When we speak of the power of some of the brands out in the world right now, it blows my mind. Names like Oprah Winfrey, Lebron James, Beyonce. These aren’t just artists/celebrities/performers. They are powerful brands that have grown into sprawling empires across the social landscape. And these names, and many more, are INSPIRING, not just because they demonstrate people triumphing over race, gender, and cultural restrictions, these brands are the best of the best!

If we are just speaking about Lebron James we can understand that he is just more than an athlete considering his contribution to a societal…


The development of AI assists in public health measures and cybersecurity.

As we come to realize after a long and trying time in 2020 with the effect of the pandemic 2020. It became an understanding that the use of technology became more fundamentally important to us with lockdown being implemented. Hence with the development of artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving — literally. Researchers have created software that borrows concepts from Darwinian evolution, including “survival of the fittest,” to build AI programs that improve generation after generation without human input. …


Covid 19 has affected food and health worldwide.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to serious consequences for health, especially the economy and food security in South-East Asia and Americas. For the most part, South-East Asia has largely avoided the uncontrolled infection rates seen in much of the rest of the world, thanks to government action prioritizing public health policies over the demands of the economy. That was especially evident in Vietnam where there have been just over 1,000 Covid-19 cases, despite early contact with the disease. Indonesia and the Philippines, however, have been especially badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, largely due to early mismanagement in both countries.

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Abortion rights is always a matter of debate between left and right wing views

I cannot think of a more startling example of mass refusal to see the obvious than is presented by current attitudes toward the population problem of being overlypopulated on the one hand and abortion on the other.

For several years, we have heard warnings and waning signs on the matter of population crisis. Indeed, so concerned are we that there now are voices in the land calling for “compulsory sterilization” and “compulsory birth control,” for the withholding of public support for illegitimate children in excess of a certain number, for conditioning welfare monies or parole or whatever on coerced sterilization…


The value of mental health and ways to improve mental health

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The human brain is a wonder. Through folds of tissue and pulses of electricity, it lets us perceive, attempt to understand, and shape the world around us. As science rapidly charts the brain’s complex structures, new discoveries are revealing the biology of how the mind functions and fails. Given the centrality of the brain to human health, its malfunctions should be a priority, separated from stigma and treated on par with the diseases of the body. We aren’t there yet, but the transformation is underway.

Mental disorders affect nearly 20 percent of American adults; nearly 4 percent are severely impaired…

Antoine Blodgett

Lover of writing, Hopeless yet decisive most of the time. I like to contemplate: love, justice, feelings, existential, personal thoughts and poetry

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