Lauren Hall

Lauren is a Canadian Writer and Blogger, based in Calgary. In addition to her freelance work, she is an Human Resources professional by trade. Lauren is always hungry for information, and has developed many hobbies in her pursuit for knowledge: she is an amateur archer, avid goldfish enthusiast, zombie aficionado, proud dog owner, and a casual gamer.
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Headscarves on Sticks: Iranian Women Fight for Their Rights

Iranian women have been fighting for their rights for more than one hundred years. A century of protests, movements, and revolutions, and women still need to prove to their oppressive, male-dominated regime that when it comes to their rights, women won’t give up the good fight. True to form, in the first week of February in 2018, the fight continued when 29 women were arrested for removing their compulsory hijab and waving it on sticks in public in protest. 29 women were arrested, simply for freeing themselves from their burdensome wraps and demonstrating their wish to be individuals once more.
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Does the Future of Feminism Equal Inequality?

The future of feminism may be in jeopardy. Feminism used to be defined as a forward-thinking movement for equality of the sexes, but modern day feminism has earned a pretty abysmal reputation. Today, feminists are widely considered to be little more than petty man haters and there is plenty of evidence to support that impression. As feminists continue to divide upon and debate over the various issues that society faces today, their collective cooperation and collaboration continue to dwindle. Tens of thousands of women have abandoned the movement altogether, and many even consider themselves to be “anti-feminist.”
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Feminism: Dawn of the Great Feminist Divide

Feminism is not the unified, forward-thinking movement it once was. Simply defined, feminism is a doctrine that advocates gender equality, but the modern definition is somewhat different. It’s coming of age was the necessary aftermath of centuries of women fighting to escape from under the controlling thumbs of men. Those first, revolutionary feminist heroes held fast in solidarity for, at that time, a simple goal: equality.
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Video Games as a Hobby: Debunking the Gamer Stereotype

The gamer stereotype. People who play video games – aptly dubbed “gamers” – are everywhere. Carefully hidden, of course, as they are experts when it comes to stealth. Gamers are actually just like you; although, unlike you, they might be hiding a Minecraft t-shirt under their day to day office attire. But, just like you, they’re waiting for their order at the coffee shop or looking busy in the cubicle across from you at work. Many of them don’t often announce to the world that they are gamers because when they do, they get weird looks and long silences, which makes the agonizing wait for their mochaccinos seem even longer and more awkward than usual.
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The truth about sexual violence and assault

The Truth about Sexual Violence: Privilege, Power, and Abuse

Oprah’s inspiring acceptance speech was met with enthusiastic applause at the 75th annual Golden Globes, where this year, celebrities dressed for a cause instead of red carpet trendiness. Donning their black gowns and #TimesUp pins as a public display of unity for sexual harassment survivors and allies, they roared in solidarity as Oprah powerfully boomed, “the time is up!” In the same week, however, 1500 miles away from the festivities, another young man became a convicted sex offender. This is the truth of sexual violence.
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Sanctimommy: Moms who Bully on Social Media

Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience, but it’s also extremely difficult. There are sleepless nights for months on end, there is rarely time for a shower or a decent meal, and for tired new parents dealing with a baby who won’t eat, sleep or stop crying, there are many questions that need answering. For those who don’t have the option to ask a friend or relative for advice, parents may turn to the next best thing – social media. Little do they know they may have to face a Sanctimommy.
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Violent Video Games

Violent Video Games and their Impact on Society

Video games, whether they are played on your PC or on a console system, come in all shapes and sizes – and with a variety of parental ratings. From the colourful world of Hello Kitty Online to the remarkably violent Grand Theft Auto series, and every game in between, the range of violence in video games seems endless. But what impact do violent video games really have?
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Gender-Based Marketing of Toys and its Effect on Children

While Christmas shopping for your little ones this holiday season, you may be too frazzled to notice a trend as you peruse the toy section – but it won’t escape your children’s impressionable minds. Gender-based marketing. Surrounded by every shade of pink in existence and far too much glitter, the ‘girls’ section is chalk-full of tutus, princesses, play kitchens and baby dolls. Meanwhile, the superhero-smothered ‘boys’ aisles will deliver tough-guy action figures, toolboxes, and Tonka trucks.
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