Myths About Women: We Aren’t Housewives

By: Magdalena Ramirez

“We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men ” Emma Watson said once. In other words, we need to modernize where genders are not viewed by categories or their  profession. Some think gender is equivalent to equality, but to me, gender should not determine how much equality a man or woman should receive, but it should be based on the determination and hard work. Although there are still closed-minded people that haven’t modernized fully and still view women as full-time mothers who should stay in a woman’s place — and some even claim women already have sufficient equality — however, women are the ones who hold economic power.

The perfect picture presented by society is a woman being a full-time mother and a stay-at-home parent, which it is shown that many people who see women in that perspective are stuck to old views and perceive other subjects with a closed mind. If we look at Gloria Steinem she stated “But while he was hunting, women built houses, tilled the fields, developed animal husbandry, and perfected language. Men being all alone in the bush often developed into a creature as a strong as a woman, fleeter of afoot, but not as bright”. This is an image that is still perceived by society because while the men went to work, the women stayed and built the house. In today’s world, it would be shown as having everything fixed in the house, having everything clean, and doing the necessary to build up a nicely structured and decent household. In today’s world, men are not behind a bush, but they are behind desk being corporate owners or workers, they are behind cars being mechanics, they are behind a construction-based job giving commands under the steaming sun, or behind an opponent ready to take a shot in the NBA, so at the end of the day the can bring money for the bread.

All these jobs, as seen through society, is that they are structured for men so the women can stay at home. Forenstence while the men are behind the desk, the women are probably behind the stove getting dinner ready. While the mechanic is fixing the car, the women are getting their kids ready for school. While the construction worker is behind his new project, the women are getting everything clean for their husbands to come home to. And while the basketball player is behind his opponent making a shot, his wife is probably at home making another cooking book, just like Stephen Curry and Alysha Curry. Even the basic persons and a celebrity’s life is not far apart from this perfect picture that society forecasts.

In addition to the lack of people viewing a perfect image of women being housewives, women are also viewed as the ones who hold economic power. Due to women having 51% of the shareholders and are a part of a 5% who receive $10,000 a total a year, without excluding the widows. All these facts still are not helping women gain equality. Continuing to quote Gloria Steinem she claims, “That’s a favorite male-chauvinist statistic”. The statistics showcase truth but it helps the males feel that they have this superiority towards women. This goes further on by showcasing male dominance in shows and movies. The show, Real House Wives conveys the message that women hold economic power. The women are displayed as rich women who get spoiled and are very passive-aggressive, all while their husband works.

Apart from the fact that society gives a perfect image of perfect women being in the household, and also beyond the fact that women are the ones that hold the economic power, it is also deleterious enough that people think that they already have enough equality. But in reality, this claim is false. Gloria Steinem claimed, “There has been ample testimony to prove that equal pay for equal work”.  One of our biggest testimonies that don’t get enough attention is the salary between an NBA player and a WNBA player. An NBA player’s salary is ten times more than the minimum salary of a WNBA’s. While an NBA player gets 85 times the amount than the salary of a WNBA salary. Last season Stephen Curry was the highest-paid player in the NBA. He earned $37,457,154, while in the WNBA, DeWanna Bonner was the highest earned female player after only earning $127,500.

Society as a whole should not be based on gender myths but based on equality, hard work, and determination. As Oprah Winfrey said, “A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another step stone to greatness”. Myths will not bring strong women down.

History of the K-Pop Industry

By Jeremy Owen

Seo Taiji and the Boys

K-pop started in 1992 with “Seo Taiji and the Boys”. They were the first to experiment with rap, techno, and generally Americanized music. This boom in Korean music, products, and media that made its way over to China was referred to as the Hallyu Wave, a Chinese term that translates to “Korean Wave.” The next group to come along was created by Yang Hyun Suk, founder of YG Entertainment. This group was “H.O.T”, a boy band based heavily on Western music standards. H.O.T disbanded in 2001 but had a reunion later in 2018. 

The next big star to come along afterward was Kwon Bo-ah, known as boA, or the Queen of K-pop. She made two debuts, one in Korea on August 25, 2000, and another in Japan on May 31, 2001. She has multiple singles and albums in English, Korean, and Japanese. She has been referred to as, “The Queen Of K-pop.” After her, the next big group to achieve stardom was “TVXQ!”, a boy group that debuted in 2003. However, controversy surrounded TVXQ! and shortly after members Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun sued SM Entertainment over the length of contract and unfair profit distribution. Japanese agency Avex tried to debut a sub-group known as “JYJ”, but SM sued Avex over trying to create JYJ, which is still active today as a duo, but Yoochun, a former member of TVXQ and JYJ, did illegal drugs and retired from the industry.

Jonghyun from Shinee pictured at his funeral.

There is also a dark side to the K-pop industry: assault, prostitution, suicide, and spycams. With recent suicides like Jonghyun of “SHINEE” in 2017 and Sulli’s suicide in 2019, this industry’s dark side has emerged more frequently. And with mixed-race K-pop stars coming about, like Yoon Mi-rae, and “TXT’s” Hueningkai, the industry is becoming more diverse. The industry still needs fixing, with racism, sexism, homophobia, and colorism extremely prevalent. And with the gay solo artist Holland coming out with his single “Neverland,” homophobia is slowly being forgotten. Although the early history of K-pop was pure, the industry has only become worse before it’s become better.

How Can Time Management Reduce Stress?

Set aside time to do the important things to reduce stress.

Most of us experience stress when we feel as though we have a lack of control over the events in our lives. Being careful about how we use our time can strengthen our sense of control. As far as tips are concerned, any time management process has to begin with a realistic plan of how people are using their time.

Typically, it’s reasonable to watch how you use your time for a few days to try to get a sense of whether or not you have a problem with how you manage your time; whether you spend too much time doing something that isn’t relevant to your job or your school performance.

Once you engage in that process, setting your priorities and making lists of things that are essential for the performance of your tasks and try to differentiate them from things that don’t need to be done. Many people complain about the interruptions of e-mails and social media. It is suggested that you set aside particular times of the day for reading e-mails and social media.

Finally, one of the most important things you can do is schedule your day in 10 minutes. Set a time limit for each task you do. Never multitask, A research suggests that only 2% of people can multitask effectively. For the remaining 98% of people, multitasking is wasting their time and lessening their overall productivity.

Sander’s Insight

By Korissa Holloman, quotes from Cyndi Sanders

James Shelton Greene “Big Dog” and Ms. Sanders

“I’m autistic!” If you take any sort of class with people, you’ve more than likely heard this phrase. Usually used as an excuse for making a mistake, we tend to blame problems on disorders they don’t even have. By using words such as “autistic”, “retarded”, “ADHD”, or the like one negates the real challenges that some students face. Using derogatory terms with little regard to how it impacts others makes it seem that one is associating people with these disorders as bad or ‘stupid’. We label them as their disorder, instead of labeling themself as a person.

No one else can word it better than the person who works with them on a day to day basis. She gets to see the good, the bad, the ugly, but she loves it nonetheless, Ms. Sanders. Even from the beginning parents have to struggle with the living differences their child gives, “confusing terminology, doctors’ appointments, medications, therapies, and any advice they could desperately grasp onto.” This doesn’t mean they insult their child, they show them unconditional love like everyone else. But, what happens when it’s not them that insults their child? There’s always the occurrence of another child or adult insulting their child, even if they “didn’t mean it that way.” How do we describe what that feels like when in reality we don’t know what they’re going through. Half the people who use harmful terminology don’t even know what it means.

“Every time you callously proclaim yourself “retarded,” “ADHD,” “Autistic,” etc. in an attempt to gain a momentary laugh in an awkward situation, you cause anguish to hearts that must endure a lifetime being truly afflicted with these disabilities. Your laughs, your giggles, your momentary fun will fade. The pain of these special populations will continue to last for a lifetime. Words are power. They build and they destroy. They create and they incinerate. They lift and they crush. A word that wounds lasts forever and, likewise, a word of love and kindness lasts for all time. Our special populations are easy targets and are used to being persecuted by careless

Isaiah Boisseau (left), Mr. Woody (middle), and James Greene (right).

words even if you “didn’t mean it that way.” In today’s world of hate and anguish, it would be great for the heroes among us to step up and instead use words carefully with special populations in mind. A simple, “Hi friend,” or fist bump or wave in the hall goes a long way toward healing the broken hearts of the wounded special needs student. When you show this kindness, I assure you the kindness will come back to you. How I wish we could start a hero movement like this. Our world needs it so desperately and I certainly know my very special friends need it.”

Grudges

By Rainbow Browning

Holding a grudge only hurts yourself. Studies show that bitter people and non-caring people are more likely to have high blood pressure and could die from a heart disease rather than more forgiving people. C-protein is very important and has caused heart diseases and strokes. When we have negative feelings and we hold on to them for an extended amount of time it releases more C-protein into the bloodstream increasing the likelihood of heart disease. Also, those feelings of resentment might cause someone to go into a state of depression or anxiety.

Holding a grudge only hurts yourself.

Holding a grudge is holding you back from healing and getting over whatever is hurting you, the healing process is one of the most important processes when experimenting with something that gives you the negative feelings you’re holding on to. Letting go of a grudge or just a bad feeling, in general, relieves a lot of stress and discomfort that you are holding on to. It might seem like holding someone to what they’ve done in the past and how you feel about it is what you’re supposed to do or you need to but is it worth putting yourself at stress? Holding a grudge means you’re living with anger constantly, even if it’s at the bottom of the surface.

Some people hold grudges for years, even things from childhood memory, others can let go of them after a healthy amount of time to process the feelings they are having. Holding a grudge is a very human and a common thing but it can be unhealthy in the long-term. A grudge takes on its own life so once you have a grudge it’s pretty hard to let go. Holding onto a grudge causes a feeling of anger or discomfort so trying to resolve the problem isn’t as easy as it sounds. Luckily, letting go of a grudge doesn’t mean you have to resolve the problem.

The best way to let go of a grudge is to take responsibility for your feelings. Learning to forgive might not be easy but taking responsibility is something that should come naturally if you honestly want to let go of something. Taking on this responsibility isn’t only going to help let go of this grudge, it will also relieve this anger, stress, and discomfort you might be feeling. Next time you find yourself holding a grudge just relax and choose your happiness over negative feelings.

To All the Boys: P.S. It’s a Sequel

As most of you may know, the sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” came out on Netflix. “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was released on February 12, 2020. In this movie, we find out what happens to Lara Jean and Peter after all of her love letters are out and they are officially together.

“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” was released on February 12, 2020.

Overall, I thought that the movie was really good but also very cheesy. The things that happened in their relationship are almost 100% never going to happen. They are a cute couple and were good together. However, they were a  little cringy at times. I personally think that the first movie was better. Natalie Cates says, “I think the first one was better because it wasn’t so predictable.” The movie indeed followed a very original storyline while the first one was something new and fun that a lot of people haven’t seen before. So, if you do not like cheesy romantic movies, this is probably not the movie for you. However, if you do, I would definitely recommend watching it. 

In my opinion, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is a good movie. I would suggest watching it if you like love stories. But, if not, Netflix has many other Netflix Originals to choose from.

Danger Zone: Sports Edition

By Natalie Cates

High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries,  500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. Some may not know how dangerous high school sports are and how the student-athletes get injured more than we know. 

During the RHS Lady Panthers and the Butler county Lady Bears game, on February 18, 2020, freshman Jordin Morris got a concussion. One of the players on the butler team was going to shoot a layup, Jordin was in front of her with hands up and she was elbowed in her temple. Jordin explained how everything started to get blurry to the point where she couldn’t see.


Another injury that happened this school year was during the volleyball season. During this game one of the players was practicing serving against the wall, the ball game back and hit freshman Jaecie Kimbrough in the pinky. This caused her pinky to get badly jammed, and the next day in practice she fell on it and broke it. This caused Jaecie to be out most of the volleyball season and it causes her pain here and there. 

All in all, high school sports can be very dangerous and we need to be careful and realize the consequences that could come out of it. 

Milk And Honey Book Review

By Destiny Powell

“Milk and Honey,” written by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose about survival.

“Milk and Honey,” written by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. Kaur does not subscribe to the belief that poetry must be difficult to be meaningful, championing a direct and inclusive register that unites her personal experiences with the reader. Combining a first-person perspective with the repeated second person pronoun ‘you’, Kaur further bridges the gap between her poetry and her audience. She forges a link that causes the reader to imagine themselves not only as an author but as a muse. Pointing beyond the page at ‘you’, Kaur rejects the division of the reader from the writer, assimilating her own experiences, memories, and subjects with her audience.

The book is split into four parts: “the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking” and “the healing.” Each chapter focuses on an individual theme, dealing with a type of pain and growing from that experience.

The first chapter, “the hurting,” portrays events of sexual assault and rape. In these poems, a narrative begins to emerge: The speaker, like so many women before her, has been abused by her father, her uncle and various men in her life. “The hurting” primarily focuses on the speaker’s experiences of abuse, offering insights and confessions as she reflects on the repercussions. The speaker recognizes that many other women in her family have been subjected to similar experiences and are taught to be subservient to men.

The second chapter, “the loving,” is a shift in the novel which focuses on the speaker’s adult relationships with men. The opinion she has of herself and her body is irrevocably shaped by her father’s actions and words.
This new loving relationship has a profound effect on the speaker. She associates it with safety, taking comfort in the sound of his voice and the touch of his hands on her skin.

Kaur rejects the division of the reader from the writer, assimilating her own experiences,

“The breaking” is the third and longest chapter of the collection. It recounts the breakup with her boyfriend, who was mentioned in the previous chapter. Following this, Kaur focuses on the generality of relationships with men.

The collection ends on a more positive note, as the final chapter is titled “the healing.” A majority of the poems in this section consist of aphorisms statements of general truths. The aphorisms help the speaker to heal from the grief and trauma that was inflicted on her. The speaker realizes that healing is a process and can only be achieved when she looks within herself for the answers.

Kaur’s poetry is written with such truth and emotion. The book teaches you that life is filled with terrible and heartbreaking moments, but within those moments you can find great things. There is so much meaning and emotion behind every word.

As Kaur stated: “‘Milk and Honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

The Importance of Literacy

By Erica Sells

Nearly, 20% of high school graduates can’t read above a 5th-grade level.

Literacy used to be a luxury and highly valued by many, but now, it seems to be a skill that is merely glanced at. So many high school students allow their English grades to drop. Yes, some students have a condition that hinders their ability to read and understand pieces of text, but many students are perfectly capable of this; they just don’t put in the effort. They disregard the impact that illiteracy will have on their future. Nearly, 20% of high school graduates can’t read above a 5th-grade level. These 20% most likely going to get jobs that pay above a lower-class wage. But! You can keep yourself from being in this 20% by using the many resources we have at RHS. There’s the book vending machine that was installed earlier this year, paid for by the Literacy Grant. We also have the library, which is offering to order books that students request. And, of course, the teachers and faculty are always available to help. As you can see, there is no shortage of support at your side.

Artist Spotlight: Kylie LaPack

By Zy Amos

There are many talented people in RHS and one of those talents for many people is art. One student that has art as talent is Kylie LaPack.

LaPack’s work can be seen in the hallways of RHS and often sparks conversation.

Art is not for everyone people might think that doing something like art can be hard but for Kylie it’s easy. She made many cool and amazing artworks created overtime either on her own time or during school, whether it’s painting, drawing, or any other art forms such as markers and coloring pencils. She’s great at quick sketches which are very detailed. What inspired her to draw?

People do many things to express themselves and what they believe in throughout their daily lives either in school, during their work lives, or even at home. The same applies to Kylie. She’s been expressing herself and beliefs for her entire life with art. So, if you ever see her doodle in class or one of her pieces out in the hallway on the board near the art room, you should take a second to admire the hard work and time she put into making them.