Bodily Autonomy

Bodily autonomy is defined as the right to self governance over one’s own body without external influence or coercion. It is generally considered to be a fundamental human right. Bodily autonomy relates to the concept of affirmative consent, which requires full and eager participation in any sexual encounter. Bodily autonomy is also applicable to each…

Gender Binary

The gender binary is a system that pairs together sex (which is based on an individual’s reproductive anatomy) and gender (which refers to the socially constructed ideas and expectations that a culture has for certain sex). More specifically, it classifies two distinguishable, distinct, and oftentimes contrasting genders: males who identify as men and females who…

LGBTQ Rights in the U.S.

Legislation specifically designed to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) population are relatively new. Historically, the Supreme Court has overwhelmingly chosen to limit the rights of the LGBTQ community. In the 1973 court case Baker V. Nelson, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no guarantee of marriage for same-sex couples in…

Homosexuality and Religion

Disclaimer: In this article, for the sake of simplicity and consistency, we will be using the term “homosexual” as a blanket term to represent all queer, bisexual, pansexual, questioning, and other non-heterosexual orientations. If you would like to learn more, you can read our Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity article. If you need resources or…

The Legalities Shaping Same-Sex Marriage

  The issue of marriage has long been debated. For centuries, religion and tradition have constantly tried to control who gets married and to whom. Western society has always assumed that marriage should be between one man and one woman; in our ever-progressing society, however, our understanding of the love associated with the bond of…

Individual Rights and Self-Worth

Every person is born with and entitled to their own inalienable rights.  Unfortunately, many of these rights can be violated by other persons.  While reading this, we hope you learn what your own rights are, as well as the rights of others.  Recognize when people are crossing your own, personal space and infringing upon your…