Emma Watson Is Hiding Books In Paris And It's Awesome

Emma Watson Is Hiding Books In Paris And It's Awesome

It's like Pokemon Go, except with essential feminist literature.
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So by now, I'm sure you've at least heard of Hulu's newest original series, "The Handmaid's Tale." Based off of the novel by Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale" takes place in a dystopian society and focuses on issues such as sexism, classism, and overall survival.

"The Handmaid's Tale" has already taken the world by storm with its strong feminist messages. So much so that it has inspired actress and activist, Emma Watson, to spread the word along her travels; especially in Paris. Wednesday, Emma Watson teamed up with The Book Faries and hid copies of "The Handmaid's Tale" across Paris.

So naturally, this led to thousands of Parisian fans to go on a city-wide hunt to find these copies left by Watson. Fans posted photos on social media of the copies they found and the locations of which they were hidden. And those lucky enough to get their hands on a copy freaked out.

It was basically like Pokemon Go, except with essential feminist literature. What I like the most about Emma Watson and The Book Faries' efforts is that they created an event that encourages adults and young adults to read. While it is much easier to stare at your computer and television, there is no doubt that reading can have an impact on everyone's lives. Reading also promotes more of a personal connection between the reader and their favorite story. While many people can barely keep up with the titles of their favorite TV shows and movies, everyone remembers the title and the connection they had with their favorite book.

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The 17 Best Unpopular Opinions From The Minds Of Millennials

Yes, dogs should be allowed in more places and kids in less.
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There are those opinions that are almost fact because everyone agrees with them. Waking up early is horrible. Music is life. Sleep is wonderful. These are all facts of life.

But then there are those opinions that hardly anyone agrees with. These ones -- from Twitter, Pinterest and Reddit -- are those types of opinions that are better left unsaid. Some of these are funny. Some are thought-provoking. All of them are the 17 best unpopular opinions around.

1. My favorite pizza is Hawaiian pizza.

2. Binge watching television is not fun and actually difficult to do.

3. I love puns... Dad jokes FTW.

4. Milk in the cup first... THEN the bloody tea.

5. I wish dogs were allowed more places and kids were allowed fewer places.

6. "Space Jam" was a sh*t movie.

7. Saying "money cannot buy happiness" is just wrong.

8. People keep saying light is the most important thing in photographing. I honestly think the camera is more important.

9. Bacon is extremely overrated.

10. Literally, anything is better than going to the gym.

11. Alternative pets are for weird people.

12. Google doodles are annoying.

13. It is okay to not have an opinion on something.

14. It's weird when grown adults are obsessed with Disney.

15. This is how to eat a Kit Kat bar.

16. Mind your own business.

17. There is such a thing as an ugly baby.

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There Are Only Two Genders

A scientific look at the number of genders

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A prominent social issue in today's society is the concept of gender. I often hear many people constantly arguing about how many genders there are. More conservative people tend to say there are only two, and more liberal people tend to say gender is a spectrum. But which is correct? According to science, the more conservative side is correct- there are only two genders.

Gender is determined by chromosomes in the human body. Each person has 23 pairs of chromosomes in total- 22 controlling development, and the 23rd controlling gender. In science, female chromosomes are called X and male chromosomes are called Y. Males are composed of XY and females are XX. When a baby is conceived, it is given an X chromosome from the female and an X or Y chromosome from the male, which determines the gender of the baby. In basic biology, there are only males and females, and there's no way to not be. Therefore, science proves there are only two genders.

I have heard many people argue gender is different from sex because gender is a mental construct developed by culture. They believe gender can be decided from life experience and human interactions so, therefore, they can choose to identify as many things. There are many many "genders" people identify as. These are formed by intertwining the male and female genders or disregarding them altogether. However, Dictionary.com defines both gender and sex as either the female or male division of a species. This means gender is not different from sex and is a physical trait, so someone cannot choose what gender he or she is. Gender is not an opinion. It is not something someone can choose.

Even for people who identify as transgender, the two-gender concept still applies. Merriam Webster defines transgender as "being a person whose gender identity is opposite the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth." For example, a biological boy identifies as a girl or a biological girl identifies as a boy. If the biological boy identifies as a girl, but still has all the reproductive organs of a boy, his gender is male. On the other hand, if that boy has the surgery to become a girl, completely changing his biological makeup, then he becomes female. The person is not transgender or any other gender. He (or she) is a girl. If anything, transgender is a word used to describe someone who wants to identify as another gender, but it is not a third gender. When people change genders, they are still either male or female.

All in all, there are only two genders: male and female. Science shows us that gender is a physical trait that cannot be changed or made up. Gender is determined at birth to be either male or female, and only male or female.

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