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Gendered Language: Tradition or Barrier to Equality?

February 20, 2018

Sometimes there are certain aspects of our lives that we simply do not question.  Children, who are often the only people courageous enough to go against the grain, grow accustomed to hearing the phrase, “it’s just the way it is.”

Language tends to be one of these unquestioned pieces of our behavior.  We may know nothing about the origin of the words we use everyday, or why we have to follow certain rules, but we usually adhere to what we have been provided.  

A novela culture

November 7, 2017

Brazil is the largest country in South America, and as such it is home to as many walks of life as it is terrains. When it comes to lifestyles, income, and education levels, there is no one Brazil. You can see this just by looking at the nation’s literacy rates; despite the growth in recent years which led many economists to regard Brazil as the future of the market, as of 2015, 7.4 percent of the population was still illiterate (Central Intelligence Agency 2017).

What’s behind the “bang bang” of Latin music in the Top 10?

October 3, 2017

Anybody who tuned into their local radio station this summer could tell you that there was one song that reigned supreme; Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s remix of ‘Despacito’ featuring Justin Bieber took the U.S. by storm and its popularity only continued to heat up as the months passed.  In fact, the song is tied with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” for being atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the longest consecutive stretch at 16 weeks in the No. 1 spot (Trust 2017).

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