The Social Effect of “Scary Stories” by Alvin Schwartz

An article on growing up with the "Scary Stories" series, and how it continues to influence individuals and society. Alvin Schwartz’ series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark came from folklore. Virginia Johnson tells us in her article “Alvin Schwartz Set Down Scary Stories and Silly Ones” that living in Princeton meant that Schwartz was able … Continue reading The Social Effect of “Scary Stories” by Alvin Schwartz

Witch Hunts: Women and the “Malleus Maleficarum”

The Malleus Maleficarum was used to determine who was guilty of witchcraft. Its guidelines of what constitutes a witch are so diverse that it provides reasoning for practically anyone to be accused of witchcraft. The Salem Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts, America are the most well known of the witch-hunts over the centuries. The most common reason … Continue reading Witch Hunts: Women and the “Malleus Maleficarum”

The Reputation of Queen Anne Boleyn

An article on Queen Anne Boleyn's life, the way that society views her, and her famous relationship with King Henry VIII. What is known of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII comes from a combination of historical texts, myths, and popular culture portrayals. Anne Boleyn necklace from Etsy. Photo by Social Thoughts. King Henry VIII succeeded the throne after his … Continue reading The Reputation of Queen Anne Boleyn

Not the Entertainment: Suicide, Mental Illness, and Society

An essay about Chester Bennington, society's reaction to those of us with mental illness, and what makes suicide more likely. If there's a chance that articles on suicide trigger you in some way, I'm going to urge you to read something else. Love and light! Black Rose by Social Thoughts Before doing research for this … Continue reading Not the Entertainment: Suicide, Mental Illness, and Society

Sex vs. Gender: Understanding The Difference

Society invents ways of expressing ideas. These are called a social constructs. Most of the time, they are used to simplify an otherwise complex concept. They are not always used with malicious intent. Regardless, this can cause more harm than good. Gender Reveal Cake by SocialThoughts Sex refers to genitalia. This is how expecting parents … Continue reading Sex vs. Gender: Understanding The Difference

Christina Aguilera: Domestic Violence Survivor

Summary: Christina Aguilera found release from domestic violence through music. Now, she uses music to speak out against it. Christina María Aguilera was born to parents Fausto and Shelly on December 18th 1980 in Staten Island, New York. Raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, Christina's life was surrounded by violence. Fausto abused and terrorized his family, until Shelly … Continue reading Christina Aguilera: Domestic Violence Survivor