The Dangers Of Buzzwords

The Dangers Of Buzzwords

Welcome to the new age of using words that you don't know the meanings of in debates.

If you are vocal about your political views, chances are you have gotten yourself into a debate or two. These debates can be productive and enlightening for both sides of the argument. Upon asking anyone who makes their passion for politics known about their past debates, it is almost guaranteed that they have learned something from these conversations, no matter how minor. As important as these dialogues are in respect to progress and understanding, they can also become pointless once a certain group of linguistic monsters makes an appearance. This group is comprised of the native language of all people who seem to fail miserably at the art of political conversation: buzzwords.

According to, a buzzword is "a word or phrase, often sounding authoritative or technical, that is a vogue term in a particular profession, the field of study, popular culture, etc.". Nearly everyone encounters buzzwords on a daily basis, whether it be on the news, on social media, or even in conversation with friends and colleagues. You know the words: racist, sexist, homophobic, fascist, xenophobic, etc;. The list seems to grow as social justice becomes more and more of a household name.

This frivolous utilization of buzzwords comes at a severe cost. The more these words are thrown around, the less merit they maintain. Feminists often times like to deem those that disagree with their movement as sexists or misogynists. Same goes for people who point out the faults with Black Lives Matter, they are told time and time again that they are racist. If you favor the travel ban? You're a xenophobic islamophobe.

So, what happens when these words are continually used in this way? They lose their punch. These words are no longer a shocking accusation. These words are no longer a rarity. They've become nothing more than a preamble to any points that a progressive will try to make. Being called a buzzword is currently nothing more than a schoolyard insult because it holds just as much merit as being made fun of during a game of grade-school tag.

The problem with this is that it makes it worlds more difficult to actually distinguish what is truly racist, sexist or anything of the like. When everything that strays from the social justice narrative is deemed as fitting the definition of these buzzwords, the truly problematic content and ideas are muffled by everyday people simply expressing their thoughts.

Not only are these words carelessly spoken, but their meanings are being changed to fit progressive narrative. Racism is no longer a prejudice against someone based on their race, it is considered systemic and something that you can never experience if you are white because you are not "marginalized". Just as fascism is no longer radical authoritarianism, instead it is currently a character trait of those that disagree with liberalism. These alternate meanings are, of course, not the actual definitions of these words. They are simply a rite of passage for liberals to dole out consequences, but never take them on themselves.

As these flippant insults continue to be thrown around by the left, unprompted harassment is distributed in droves as well. For example, members of the Berkeley College Republicans reported being victims of theft of private information and threats against their members after inviting a conservative speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus. Yiannopoulos's lecture was shut down beforehand by riots organized by liberal students.

In more recent news, CNN was accused of blackmailing a Reddit user for posting a gif that was later re-posted by Donald Trump on his Twitter. Seemingly innocent actions by those who denounce liberalism are continually given extreme consequences for no other reason than that their actions somehow offend the left.

The fact that these two instances do not even scrape the surface of the left's attempts to silence differing opinions is most definitely a cause for concern. Unfair accusations and harassment have become a norm for the majority of people who do not agree with every point of the liberal community, especially on social media platforms. This poses a massive issue for anyone who believes in the importance of free speech. When expressing your political opinion, unless it incites violence, you should not have to fear for your job, future education or reputation in doing so. That is not to say that criticism of opinion should not be tolerated as it is one of the most important things in political dialogue, however, there is a tremendous difference between critique and harassment.

There is no shame in differing opinion. That's what makes the world of politics such an interesting and passionate one for so many Americans. Although, there is shame in silencing other's opinions, especially without a proper argument. It is not fascist, racist, sexist or anything of the sort to stand for what you believe is best for your country. In the apex of a war against conflicting ideas, it is imperative to remember that unwarranted attacks will never equate to statistics and buzzwords will never be fact.

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No, I Don't Have To Tell You I'm Trans Before Dating You

Demanding trans people come out to potential partners is transphobic.

In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina woman, was brutally murdered after having sex with a U.S. marine. The marine in question, Joseph Scott Pemberton, strangled her until she was unconscious and then proceeded to drown her in a toilet bowl.

Understandably, this crime triggered a lot of outrage. But while some were outraged over the horrific nature of the crime, many others were outraged by a different detail in the story. That was because Jennifer Laude had done the unspeakable. She was a trans woman and had not disclosed that information before having sex with Pemberton. So in the minds of many cis people, her death was the price she paid for not disclosing her trans status. Here are some of the comments on CNN's Facebook page when the story broke.

As a trans person, I run into this attitude all the time. I constantly hear cis people raging about how a trans person is "lying" if they don't come out to a potential partner before dating them. Pemberton himself claimed that he felt like he was "raped" because Laude did not come out to him. Even cis people that fashion themselves as "allies" tend to feel similar.

Their argument is that they aren't not attracted to trans people, so they should have a right to know if a potential partner is trans before dating them. These people view transness as a mere physical quality that they just aren't attracted to.

The issue with this logic is that the person in question is obviously attracted to trans people, or else they wouldn't be worried about accidentally going out with one. So these people aren't attracted to trans people because of some physical quality, they aren't attracted to trans people because they are disgusted by the very idea of transness.

Disgust towards trans people is ingrained in all of us from a very early age. The gender binary forms the basis of European societies. It establishes that there are men and there are women, and each has a specific role. For the gender binary to have power, it has to be rigid and inflexible. Thus, from the day we are born, we are taught to believe in a very static and strict form of gender. We learn that if you have a penis, you are a man, and if you have a vagina, you are a woman. Trans people are walking refutations of this concept of gender. Our very existence threatens to undermine the gender binary itself. And for that, we are constantly demonized. For example, trans people, mainly women of color, continue to be slaughtered in droves for being trans.

The justification of transphobic oppression is often that transness is inherently disgusting. For example, the "trans panic" defense still exists to this day. This defense involves the defendant asking for a lesser sentence after killing a trans person because they contend that when they found out the victim was trans, they freaked out and couldn't control themselves. This defense is still legal in every state but California.

And our culture constantly reinforces the notion that transness is undesirable. For example, there is the common trope in fictional media in which a male protagonist is "tricked" into sleeping with a trans woman. The character's disgust after finding out is often used as a punchline.

Thus, not being attracted to trans people is deeply transphobic. The entire notion that someone isn't attracted to a group of very physically diverse group of people because they are trans is built on fear and disgust of trans people. None of this means it is transphobic to not be attracted to individual trans people. Nor is it transphobic to not be attracted to specific genitals. But it is transphobic to claim to not be attracted to all trans, people. For example, there is a difference between saying you won't go out with someone for having a penis and saying you won't go out with someone because they're trans.

So when a cis person argues that a trans person has an obligation to come out to someone before dating them, they are saying trans people have an obligation to accommodate their transphobia. Plus, claiming that trans people are obligated to come out reinforces the idea that not being attracted to trans people is reasonable. But as I've pointed out, not being attracted to trans people supports the idea that transness is disgusting which is the basis for transphobic oppression.

The one scenario in which I would say a trans person should disclose their trans status is if they are going to have sex with someone and are unsure if their partner is attracted to whatever genitals they may have. In that case, I think it's courteous for a trans person to come out to avoid any awkwardness during sex. But even then, a trans person isn't "lying" if they don't come out and their partner is certainly not being "raped."

It is easy to look at the story of Jennifer Laude and claim that her death was due to the actions of one bigot. But it's more complicated than that. Pemberton was the product of a society that told him that disgust towards trans people was reasonable and natural. So when he found out that he accidentally slept with a trans woman, he killed her.

Every single cis person that says that trans people have to come out because they aren't attracted to trans people feeds into the system that caused Jennifer Laude's death. And until those cis people acknowledge their complicity in that system, there will only be more like Jennifer Laude.

SEE ALSO: Yes, You Absolutely Need To Tell Someone You're Trans Before Dating

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10 Men That Will Change Your Mind About Hair Loss

It happens to the best of them, but these men look better with a bald head!


Hair loss is such a common thing for men to face as they get older. As a society, I feel as though we typically frown upon it. This is probably the case due to the amount of hair transplants and hair products to stop hair loss and start hair growth. However, there are some men who can make the hair loss turn into a great thing because of how good they look bald. So, I have found the best looking bald men (in my opinion, of course!) and put them all into one list for your viewing pleasure!


1. Will Smith

First of all, I am extremely bias because I believe that Will Smith is the best looking man on this planet (even my boyfriend knows this!). Second, Will Smith is not always bald, but when he is, he tops the list of all bald men. In his role of Deadshot in Suicide Squad, Will was rocking the bald cut and looked absolutely amazing while doing so. 10/10, would recommend.

Will Smith: Deadshot

2. Idris Elba

Once again, another man that is not usually bald but when he is, he sure does kill. Idris Elba is such a great looking man and has an even better sounding voice. What is better than a man with an accent that looks good bald?

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3. Dwayne Johnson

We all know that the Rock is a favorite among women. He is tall, handsome and has the big strong muscles. Not to mention he plays the sweet father role well and has a great sense of humor. But the most impressive part of him is that he can be bald and pull it off VERY well!

Dwayne Johnson

4. Morris Chestnut

Such a beautiful man with an amazing smile. I am not sure how someone could not love the appearance of Morris Chestnut. Did I mention his smile?

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5. Shemar Moore

Another man with no hair that steals the show with a great smile is Shemar Moore. His bald head stands out in a great way and I think it would be impossible to have this type of list without Shemar on it.

Shemar Moore

6. Kobe Bryant

Not only is the MVP of basketball but he might be the MVM (most valued man) of the bald men out there! Once again, another beautiful smile. Not to mention, he's extremely talented.

Kobe Bryant

7. LL Cool J

A singer and an actor, representing the best of the bald men out there. Such a beautiful smile (are we seeing a trend here?) and an even better looking man. Could not leave LL Cool J off of this list either.

LL Cool J

8. Tyrese Gibson

Another man who can definitely give a positive view on being bald and losing your hair, Tyrese has been doing the look justice for a long time now.

Tyrese Gibson

9. Vin Diesel

We all know him from the Fast and the Furious, but let's recognize that he is a great looking man, rocking the bald head look. We love the movies and we love him. Go you Vin Diesel, keep rocking out and winning over all of our hearts (and eyes!).

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10. Common

What common lacks in hair on his head he gains in facial hair. I swear he has one of the best beards ever. Also, those freckles? Hello? So cute!


Hopefully, after seeing as these wonderful men absolutely slaying the bald look, you'll think twice about hair loss (whether you're a man or a woman!).

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