Author: Madeline Neal

Unfiltered: Bridging the Gap

If you visit my Soundcloud profile, you’ll find a bio that reads, “Unfiltered takes a raw look at rising issues and topics in the media and pop culture of today that others tend to avoid. So sit back and get ready to sip some scolding hot tea with Maddie and Eric!” So where’d the name ‘Unfiltered’ come from? Eric and I wanted to explore our thoughts on taboo topics in a conversational setting. We thought the name ‘Unfiltered’ perfectly fit the type of podcast we wanted to create. This platform of free speech is split into two episodes, “Born...

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Gay relationships are too often left out of television shows and stories in the media for the fear of being viewed as not being family friendly material. Even further, gay sex is a taboo topic that almost never gets talked about publicly. K-Y Yours + Mine lubricant commercials have a consistent theme of a white couple—a man and woman—sitting in their bed and talking about their sex life before the screen cuts to the next scene where their hair is messed up and they have shortness of breath. Condom and lubricant commercials featuring white heterosexual couples has become the...

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Genderqueers and transpeople do not deserve basic human rights. #AlternativeFact

Have you ever experienced discrimination or bullying when going to the bathroom? If the answer is no, you are probably more privileged than you think. As the fight for gender-neutral bathrooms continues, we must stop and think about how this can affect genderqueer and transgender individuals. First, let’s define these terms. “Transgender” is the overarching umbrella term for individuals whose gender identity is opposite from the sex they were assigned at birth. These individuals often dress to reflect the gender that they most identify with. It is extremely common, but not required, for transgender individuals to undergo surgery and inject hormones...

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Culture, NOT Costume.

Anyone who has ever dressed as an Indian for Halloween or rocked a kimono as an accessory to an outfit has probably participated in cultural appropriation. To understand cultural appropriation and how it differs from cultural appreciation, it is important to first define these terms. The State Times simplifies the definitions by stating, “Appropriation is defined as taking something for one’s own benefit without permission while appreciation is all about recognition.” According to Unsettling America, “Cultural appropriation is the adoption or theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another.” It is generally...

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