Eliminating The College Alcohol Barrier

Eliminating The College Alcohol Barrier: A Guy's Perspective

I'm a college guy, and beer doesn't cut it for me. Stop limiting what I can drink, and let me live my life.


As a male in college, wine is not socially acceptable for me to consume. Neither is Mike's Hard Lemonade, Twisted Tea, Smirnoff Ice--the list goes on. Matter of fact, any alcoholic beverage aside from Natty Light, Fireball, and Jack Daniels is considered feminine. Why? Females are known to have a sweeter taste for alcohol and consume these types of drinks. For whatever reason, males feel the need to distance themselves from this. This is ridiculous, and I'll tell you why.

A lot of guys my age are deathly afraid to share these thoughts, but I'll be the one to say it. It doesn't matter what your laundry list for the liquor store looks like. As an emerging adult, you're encouraged to shop around and try varieties of drinks to find out where you land on the taste scale. Why does there have to be a masculine or prideful connotation attached to it? There doesn't. Life is way too short to pass up classic favorites and new experiences for the status quo and social norms. I'm confident that if you opt for a Twisted Tea over a Budweiser, you're no less of a man. College will try to push a different narrative. Why can't college dudes participate in Margarita Monday's, Tequila Tuesday's, and Wine Wednesday's without facing social repercussions? It doesn't make you any less of a "bro". If anything, it makes you lame for bypassing your wants to fit into a social box.

The basis of this conversation is absurd, considering that people naturally have different tastes and enjoyments. People get into moods. It's how life works. Alcohol is a significant part of culture. Germans love their beer, Italians their wine, Russians their vodka. Historically, people consumed what they wanted to without care. Fun Fact: Aside from beer, did you know that wine was one of the most popular necessities in the 16th and 17th centuries, in a male-dominated society? People, quite literally, drank wine for a multitude of purposes (refreshment, celebration, illness, etc.). Also, watch Game of Thrones sometime. It's not close to a good portrayal of Medieval life, but rarely will you not see a character sipping on a chalice of wine in any scene. How did evolution over time decide which drinks were manly, and which ones not?

I love beer, rum, brandy, and whiskey as much as the next guy. Don't get me wrong. I have an appreciation for all of it. But, I'm at my wits' end on this issue. As a male in college, I don't care what I drink. I'll drink what I prefer to. Let's eliminate the "beer or bust" narrative for guys. It's only setting stupid expectations and limiting men on all of the wonderful flavors that exist in the world. And, if you are a guy that prefers beer regardless, like me, good for you. Just be yourself--I'll toast to that.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.


For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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The 5 Most Influential Albums I've Ever Listened To

The music that has moved me to and through tears


I begin this article by thanking everyone for opening up and sharing their personal experiences with music for my previous article. Because of all your personal responses I've felt inspired to compile my own list of music that has moved me throughout my years of existence.

1. "Antisocialites" -Alvvays


This is an album I've recently come to appreciate and love. After coping with my first major breakup, I used a lot of my extra time trying to find music I could relate to my situation. I had listened to "Antisocialites" before, but it wasn't until this time in my life when I truly related to every word in this album. I always loved how this album sounded and the groove of each of the songs; the added attention to lyrics helped me appreciate this album in whole. This has also become one of my favorites to put on in the car driving around. It's easy listening with a lighthearted feel and some special lyrics.

2. "1989" -Taylor Swift


No one can deny that Taylor Swift has come out with some of the biggest pop jams in contemporary music and this album is probably the ultimate proof. I got "1989" for Christmas the year it released and the cd has been in my mom's car cd player ever since. I think this album is so important to me because of all the good memories linked with it. This album reminds me of easier times, but I feel that as I grow I'm able to relate to this album more and appreciate Taylor Swift's ability to tell a story that is universally relatable. She's absolutely my pop queen and I will forever be a Swiftie with no shame.

3. "After Laughter" -Paramore


"After Laughter" quickly became one of the most important albums I ever listened to because of its musical approach to heavier emotions. This album tackles themes like depression, loneliness, and forgiveness with easy-to-dance-to songs with amazing instrumentation. There is something so uplifting about happy-sounding music with sad lyrics. This album reminded me in some of the darker times in my life, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

4. "Hounds Of Love" -Kate Bush


This is the album that helped me appreciate storytelling in music. The B side of this album is absolutely breathtaking and it is unlike anything I've heard before. Between Kate Bush's beautiful voice, production choices, and the story, this album is so unforgettable and special. Every time I hear "Hounds of Love", it's a new experience and that is what has made it one of my all-time favorite albums. The mixing on this album is theatrical and unique, truly unlike anything I've ever heard before. "Hounds of Love" has gifted me with a whole new perspective regarding how an album is created and I'm so appreciative of that.

5. "Blue" -Joni Mitchell


"Blue" is the album that has always been there for me. From the time I was first introduced to it, all the way to now this album has and continues to affect me in many ways. Because of all these factors, I made sure to keep this album as sacred as possible. I only listen to "Blue" in solidarity and find it to be one of the most vital albums to healing. I'm so influenced by Joni Mitchell's words and I find her vulnerability so empowering. It was the first album I listened to where a woman was so exposed emotionally and still so strong. It taught me that releasing emotions doesn't make you weak and that by exposing feelings of depression, sadness, and fear you could expedite the healing process. I cannot thank Joni Mitchell enough for creating one of the most important albums I've ever listened to.

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