Kirsten Peek

Aggressive breeds should be judged on individual basis

In Central Texas, particularly the Austin area, it is easier than ever to save a life by adopting a homeless animal. The next question is, where will people live with their new pets?

Gender-neutral pronouns should be used, respected

“There ze goes

There ze goes again

Ze calls my name,

Pulls my train,

No one else could heal my pain”

-A hypothetical gender-neutral adaptation of “There She Goes” by The La’s

Talk It Out: Vegetarianism an ethical alternative to meat-based diet

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons,” said Alice Walker, author. “They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white or women were created for men.”

For many Americans, the decision to eat meat is rarely second-guessed. It is deeply ingrained from a young age that animals exist for humans to consume and exploit however people see fit despite the fact that animals are sentient beings. Since humans have the ability to thrive on a plant-based diet, it is unethical to eat meat.

Pornography unrealistic standard

Anal bleaching. Vaginal rejuvenation. Labiaplasty. Oh my!

With the rise of pornography, these expensive, painful and often medically unnecessary alterations to the human body are becoming increasingly mainstream. The Internet has made it easier than ever to find a reference point to what is deemed “sexually appealing” by society. People should not allow societal trends based on porn to shape their expectations for sex and standards of physical attraction.

Cosmetic testing practices cruel, unnecessary

“You’re going to be my guinea pig!”

 People often innocently use this silly-sounding phrase when they experiment with a new recipe or hairstyle. What this saying actually refers to is the practice of testing cosmetic products and medications on animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits and primates.

Cosmetic testing is inhumane, and students should avoid buying cosmetics from companies that test on animals.

Declawing cats inhumane, should be banned in the U.S.

The United States government should ban declawing due to the inhumane nature of the procedure.

Onychectomy, commonly known as declawing, is an inhumane and counterproductive mutilation thousands of cats undergo each year in the U.S.

Students should not have to pay for internship courses

University students should not have to pay a regular course fee to receive credit for their internships.

For many college students, completing an internship for class credit seems like a great way to gain real-world experience while saving money. Many students do not realize at Texas State they must pay for the hours they are pursing credit for even though the school is not teaching the course.

Positive feminism over negative feminism

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of feminism is “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”

The recent wave of feminism has brought awareness of many women’s health, social and equality issues. It has also brought forth an underlying theme of demonizing men. Modern feminists should be careful not to be counterproductive in their pursuit of improved women’s rights.

Banning prostitution creates unsafe environment

In America, “the oldest profession in the world” remains illegal.

This ban does little to reduce the number of people paying for sex, and it causes the transaction to be dangerous for both the prostitutes and their consumers. America should legalize prostitution to make it safer for everyone involved.

Pets should not be given as holiday gifts

With Christmas right around the corner, many people have “new pet” on their wish lists. Adding a pet to any family is a huge commitment, and the decision should not be taken lightly. People should avoid giving pets as Christmas gifts to ensure that pets do not enter a home that is not prepared for the responsibility.

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