Latest in Humans
  • Lena Bailey
    Published about 2 hours ago
    Sugar baby on what would you do?

    Sugar baby on what would you do?

    So if you don't know what this show is it's this show that stages these scenes or scenarios that do really happen in real life. They do this to test to see what people would do. Would they step up and do or say something or walk away and mind their own business.
  • Kim Zierlein
    Published about 2 hours ago
    Always A Secret

    Always A Secret

    Is it really that much?
  • Mary Scott Willson
    Published about 2 hours ago
    kain, not able.

    kain, not able.

    It started as the classic plea, a tale as heartbreaking and old as time: "have any spare change?"
  • Kaleb Haycraft-Thomson
    Published about 3 hours ago
    The Start of Transition

    The Start of Transition

    Being transgender is an experience that can make life extremely complicated. To begin with the process of starting transition is complicated at best. You are required to gain approval from medical professionals in order to begin. While some people are at the whim of their endocrinoligist others find ways to use their primary care physician to begin the process. For myself I chose to go through Planned Parenthood. It was as easy as going into their office and speaking with one of the doctors in order to make sure that you are aware of how things change and that you have been properly informed of what might happen once you begin the process.
  • Eugenio Zorrilla
    Published about 6 hours ago
    Lab Mates

    Lab Mates

    Roberta and Orquídea are at the lab and have been brainstorming for their science project. They are wearing white lab coats and are sitting across from each other at the end of a long rectangular shaped table. The lab period is about to end when from the main door of the laboratory, the professor, Dr. Levy, enters the room and approaches the tech station they are working on. The professor has a boy named Jerome by his side. Jerome’s previous lab mate has died in an auto accident. He has been reassigned to their group, because their group was the only one with two members, and now has three. Jerome is introduced to the team, they know of each other from passing in the halls, but they don’t have any other classes together.
  • Govind Dhami
    Published about 6 hours ago
    10 FLIRTING TIPS EVERY GIRLS SHOULD KNOW (HOW TO ATTRACT ANY GUY YOU LIKE)
Staff Picks
  • Rebecca Dangler
    Published 5 days ago
    The Revolutionary Friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama

    The Revolutionary Friendship of Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama

    With a friendship rooted in racial activism, these American civil rights leaders exemplify Afro-Asian solidarity.
  • Miles Carter
    Published 16 days ago
    How To Build A Community

    How To Build A Community

    A year ago, I published a video called ‘If You Decide To Love Someone’, and currently, it has 2 million views. I believe this brought a lot of people together because the vulnerability that was expressed, and it is this vulnerability that connects us all as human beings. This is a good foundation to build a community on, because you will only ever be expected to be who you are. It also invites others to do the same.
  • malin evita
    Published about a month ago
    DISCLOSURE, J.K. Rowling, & Why the Narrative of Violent Trans Women in Pop-Culture Has to Change

    DISCLOSURE, J.K. Rowling, & Why the Narrative of Violent Trans Women in Pop-Culture Has to Change

    For the past few days, #TransWomenAreWomen has been trending on Twitter. This is after Stephen King tweeted just that which got J.K. Rowling to unfollow him and delete a tweet where she thanked and praised him (after he retweeted an excerpt from a thread of hers).
  • malin evita
    Published 2 months ago
    First Place in Lifelong Learning Challenge
    Embracing Radical Empathy in an Age of Antipathy

    Embracing Radical Empathy in an Age of Antipathy

    When I take a look around me today, one thing has become abundantly clear: We are living through an age of antipathy. Whether it's lockdown protestors that would have the ‘old and weak’ sacrificed for the right to get a haircut, the people yelling ‘All Lives Matter’ - not as a statement of solidarity or support but rather as a rebuttal to demean and dismiss the Black Lives Movement, or the parent that refuses to vaccinate their kids and thus endangers the rest of the kids amongst them for otherwise cured diseases, a vulgar pattern of exceptional egocentrism appears.
  • AV
    Published 2 months ago
    Why I’m Grateful For My Racist Ex

    Why I’m Grateful For My Racist Ex

    If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor' - Desmund Tutu
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 2 months ago
    All in the Name of Equality

    All in the Name of Equality

    Greetings, Vocal readers. Pride Month has finally arrived. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we have to remember that we’re still fighting for equality for all LGBT people. I know that marriage equality has been legalized for almost five years, but queer people are still being discriminated against and denied services. We have an election coming up in November and if President Trump doesn’t get re-elected, the next commander-in-chief has to be committed to fight for the rights of gay and lesbian people and condemn discrimination of all forms.
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Advice
  • Govind Dhami
    Published about 6 hours ago
    10 FLIRTING TIPS EVERY GIRLS SHOULD KNOW (HOW TO ATTRACT ANY GUY YOU LIKE)
  • Urban Mommy
    Published about 6 hours ago
    Know when to walk away 🚶🏾‍♂️

    Know when to walk away 🚶🏾‍♂️

    Before I start, let me say that I can possibly be giving horrible advice on this one, so read it carefully and apply it to your life IF you see fit. Remember, I’m telling my story, so don’t judge me too hard. I’d love to hear your thoughts…..
  • Angela Fosnaugh
    Published about 21 hours ago
    Damage Control

    Damage Control

    I am sure more than I am not that you have come across at least one of these people in your lifetime or that you will. That person who comes in as your friend or a more intimate relationship. Aren't they just so charming? For a little while, I suppose, however, slowly their mask begins to slip and they begin to reveal their true colors which are not pretty!
Breakups
  • Anique von Everhart
    Published about 21 hours ago
    The 4 Real Reasons Why Break-Ups Hurt Like Hell

    The 4 Real Reasons Why Break-Ups Hurt Like Hell

    There’s no denying that a break-up can be both a painful and overwhelming experience to go through in life. It can cause feelings of rejection, change the daily routine and turn someone’s life completely upside down.
  • Sami Sosnick
    Published a day ago
    How I saved my life

    How I saved my life

    It all started when I was 18. This is the story of how I finally got help and got out of an abusive relationship. When I turned 18 I got with this kid who I thought was amazing, turns out he wasn’t after all. Fast forward three or four months , we moved into our own apartment and things were going okay for a while then all of the sudden things changed he started getting in my face and screaming at me. We would fight constantly. I soon found out I was pregnant but it ended up being an ectopic pregnancy. In January 7 months after we got together I went through the process of having a miscarriage and I thought my life was gonna end. The depression was horrible. My recovery was horrible. Within the next few months he began hitting me and getting in my face. Grabbing me by the neck and arms. He once threw a bowl of spaghettios at me. Broke many picture frame glasses. After grabbing me by the neck one day I left. I went to my parents and got a pfa on him. Got him admitted into a hospital for being suicidal. He got even more mad at me. Tried to kill himself. Just went crazy. A week or so went by and I stupidly went back to him. Forward a month and a half I was supposed to leave for navy bootcamp but he told me I wasn’t allowed. I then found out I was pregnant again but this baby was okay and growing properly. Here comes my 19th birthday. It was horrible he went out drinking and I stayed home and did nothing. Watched tv. He accused me of cheating so many times when all I did was sit at home and work. Fast forward more we moved to a big house that ended up having black mold so we moved again about 2 months after moving there. While we were living there he punched me in the face. Had body slammed me while 6 months pregnant. Sat on my belly and he was 330 pounds. Tried to suffocated me with a curtain. I then ran to the neighbors got help and went to the hospital on got checked to make sure the baby was okay. I then went back to him and we moved. I became a nanny for a really nice family and he then began accusing them of stuff they didn’t do. Fast forward a little more he was working in the oilfield and was never home. I spent most nights sleeping on the couch watching movies. We had many domestic calls and the cops in our area knew us by name. Near the end of the time I was with him we had our daughter and he still was never home by this time he was doing drugs. Eating us out of house and home every time he was home. He was still abusing me mentally and verbally and physically. The last straw for me to leave was him telling me he was going to kill me and take our daughter and move away so no one would know what happened to me. He punched me in the face. Gave me a black eye and tried to get me admitted into a hospital for being “suicidal” when I wasn’t. I finally got the nerve and the help from my parents to finally leave. While he was away at work my parents took my daughter I went and got almost all of my stuff and left. He came home to nothing of mine in the house. I then put another pfa against him changed my phone number, where I lived, and where I worked. Here I am a little more than a year from leaving my abusive relationship I have a beautiful year and a half year old daughter. An amazing boyfriend who supports me through everything I do. I’m currently enrolled in nursing school. And I have an amazing job in healthcare already. The point behind this story is to show you can leave an abusive relationship and start your life over again and make things happen. Yes you’ll have some damage from it but it takes time to heal. And with someone amazing by your side the healing process is faster.
  • Marie Elizabeth
    Published a day ago
    Self Love

    Self Love

    Relationships are life journeys. Some journeys are life long, some short lived, and some in between. They are blessings or lessons. Sometimes they are fulfilling. Sometimes they are unhealthy. And sometimes they leave you tangled in a roller coaster of confusion. I'm sure most people have experienced one or the other or all of the above. I know I have.
Dating
  • David Ruiz
    Published about 20 hours ago
    if there’s no work, there’s no hope.

    if there’s no work, there’s no hope.

    While everyone probably prefers to tell the story of how they met their lover and the beginning stages of that relationship, no one really talks about the work that is actually required to nurse that relationship. And while the term “work” has a negative connotation to the majority of us, that’s not really what it means within a stable relationship. On the contrary, it’s a requirement needed to have a healthy relationship and has to be given in equal by both parties involved.
  • Kay
    Published a day ago
    Correspondence: A Love Story Through E-mails
  • Mae McCreery
    Published a day ago
    The VVitch Review

    The VVitch Review

    So, this movie came out in 2015 and I’m still salty about it.
Divorce
  • Amanda Dawn Christian
    Published 12 days ago
    Marriage with a narcissist

    Marriage with a narcissist

    I was young, dumb, and believed I had the world in my fingertips. Let’s start where I met this man, whom I believed was the most amazing person in the universe. He said all of the right things, treated me like I was the most important person in the world. He was a smooth talking, make you laugh, take you places type of guy. He didn’t have a house of his own... said he just got divorced and she took everything. He had two kids, which he said he saw all the time. I was excited and ready to start my new life with him.
  • Anonymous
    Published 16 days ago
    Shattered nights sleep.

    Shattered nights sleep.

    Everyone wants that dream life. The dream husband, house, dogs, white picket fence in a safe town. Until, my life went to shambles while maintaining the “perfect military wife vibe” made that white picket fence didn’t mean anything, anymore. You never know you’re in the situation you’re in until you leave it. Even, if it’s just for a week. I’ve always been a pleaser. One who wants to make everyone happy. I was my abuser’s dream because he could gaslight me however he wanted too. I was his property. One hit, boom. Second hit, “I’m so sorry I love you so much, until he’s strangling me outside the house.” Third time. Fourth time. Fifth time. It still wasn’t enough. It took a year of me being isolated with this monster to realize how truly afraid of him I was.
  • Francisco Bisuet
    Published 16 days ago
    I DIVORCE MY HUSBAND AND SAVED  MY LIFE

    I DIVORCE MY HUSBAND AND SAVED MY LIFE

    1 When you’re married to an addict, your whole life turns upside down. Chaos naturally accompanies the disease of addiction. What used to be a happy home can quickly take on the appearance of a circus – especially if your spouse is actively abusing drugs.
Family
  • Nilo Sinclair
    Published 11 days ago
    J.E.K.

    J.E.K.

    The truth is I never loved you. I know you tried your hardest to make me happy and to give me all you had. Your efforts to spoil me did not go unnoticed. You fell in love with me the first night I met you, but I’m sorry to say I never felt the same way. I don’t know if that makes me the bad guy or not. I don’t know if that defines me as someone who robs people of love. I tried to learn to love you, but I couldn’t get myself to do it.
  • Tone Breistrand
    Published 12 days ago
    When Your Friends Have Kids

    When Your Friends Have Kids

    Being in your 20s (and probably also 30s) is strange in many ways. The people in your friend groups are all at different stages. Some are focusing on travelling, some are working hard on building a career whilst others are starting to settle down. It can be a big contrast between some of you buying houses and some of you living alone in your rented flats. One of the biggest changes that'll happen during your friendship is some of you having children (of course not everyone decides to have kids). It's definitely something you need to adjust to, and here's a quick summary of my experience, as well as some advice.
  • Carolyn M Gage
    Published 22 days ago
    Even Keel

    Even Keel

    I stood graveside with yellow daffodils, the national emblem of Wales, in honor of my mother-in-law Gertrude, deceased now for one-and-a-half years. I had tried to get my husband Alejandro to make a plan to visit her on Mother’s Day, but he said that he couldn’t bring himself to do it. And there I stood, not sure what to think of that, but I knew why I had come.
Friendship
  • Eugenio Zorrilla
    Published about 6 hours ago
    Lab Mates

    Lab Mates

    Roberta and Orquídea are at the lab and have been brainstorming for their science project. They are wearing white lab coats and are sitting across from each other at the end of a long rectangular shaped table. The lab period is about to end when from the main door of the laboratory, the professor, Dr. Levy, enters the room and approaches the tech station they are working on. The professor has a boy named Jerome by his side. Jerome’s previous lab mate has died in an auto accident. He has been reassigned to their group, because their group was the only one with two members, and now has three. Jerome is introduced to the team, they know of each other from passing in the halls, but they don’t have any other classes together.
  • thewanderingseeker
    Published 2 days ago
    The Art of Fear

    The Art of Fear

    I come to a place of still and acceptance within myself and because of this i’m letting life take control, my journey ended up last night at a girls home that I’ve been generally relating with.
  • Ashley Hess
    Published 3 days ago
    Where Are You, Adrian?

    Where Are You, Adrian?

    Growing up in a town where there were not more than fifty Deaf people, it was hard to find a friend that was Deaf just like me. At six years old, I met someone who was just like me and it was something rare that I never expected to happen. His name was Adrian and this is my story.
Humanity
  • Lena Bailey
    Published about 2 hours ago
    Sugar baby on what would you do?

    Sugar baby on what would you do?

    So if you don't know what this show is it's this show that stages these scenes or scenarios that do really happen in real life. They do this to test to see what people would do. Would they step up and do or say something or walk away and mind their own business.
  • Mary Scott Willson
    Published about 2 hours ago
    kain, not able.

    kain, not able.

    It started as the classic plea, a tale as heartbreaking and old as time: "have any spare change?"
  • Gloria Jean
    Published about 21 hours ago
    Through My Eyes

    Through My Eyes

    I shift uncomfortably in my chair, feeling the pressure of the seat on my legs, knowing I should be listening to the lesson but the constant humming of the snack refrigerator in the corner pulls my attention. I hear the feet shuffling around me, whispers of kids not paying attention; a sniffle… a fly buzzing and bouncing off the window. I register the droning voice of the teacher somewhere amidst it all. I count the bounces of the fly… one… two… three… fo –
Lgbtq
  • Kaleb Haycraft-Thomson
    Published about 3 hours ago
    The Start of Transition

    The Start of Transition

    Being transgender is an experience that can make life extremely complicated. To begin with the process of starting transition is complicated at best. You are required to gain approval from medical professionals in order to begin. While some people are at the whim of their endocrinoligist others find ways to use their primary care physician to begin the process. For myself I chose to go through Planned Parenthood. It was as easy as going into their office and speaking with one of the doctors in order to make sure that you are aware of how things change and that you have been properly informed of what might happen once you begin the process.
  • Katelind Sky
    Published a day ago
    Gender Norms

    Gender Norms

    What are gender expectations? Are people generally aware of their behavioral influences during or in prevention of societal tensions due to the breaking of gender norms? Who influenced your gender affiliation? Are these societal expectations good, fair or are gender differences minor all together? These are questions I have hoped to address throughout this essay. By beginning with interviewing I am able to pull a more reliable understanding of how these norms are experienced, expressed, as well as some explanations as to why such norms are persistently perpetuated throughout the culture. I interviewed five individuals and though I will maintain their privacy I will expand a little on their categorical background (L-data) and divulge any possible observer bias due to personal relationships. The first is in her early 20’s, two kids, divorced, home owner with no college education and has a successful career as a nonpolitical government employee ( participant one) and she is an old friend. The second is also in her early 20’s home owner, minimum wage employee (participant two), she is also an old friend. The third is a relative, he is in his early 20’s dropped out of college but has recently returned, works in the club scene and has recently acquired his first apt (participant three). The forth is a Mexican Immigrant that has acquired citizenship, he is in his late 30’s, two children, divorced with employment within a labor field (participant four). And finally the fifth is in her early 20’s, full time university student, with three part time jobs as well as many activities associated with her university (participant five) she is also a close friend.
  • James Richards
    Published 2 days ago
    Adapting in the Closet! Part 2

    Adapting in the Closet! Part 2

    Mother spots early internet activity
List
  • Elesha Bonhomme
    Published 15 days ago
    THE TOP 5 BIGGEST MISTAKES WOMEN MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO ATTRACTING AND KEEPING A MAN

    THE TOP 5 BIGGEST MISTAKES WOMEN MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO ATTRACTING AND KEEPING A MAN

    We’ve all been there, done that, Sis… And it’s ABOUT TIME to get the hell up outta there and never do it again! Be done making these top 5 mistakes when it comes to attracting a man and certainly don’t do them if you want to have a long-term relationship. Once you quit doing these 5 things, you will be ready to meet your twin flame, your hearts desired, your one true love… and there’s MORE that can bloom out of knowing this!
  • Govind Dhami
    Published 20 days ago
    The 10 most common problems people have in relationships – and how to solve them

    The 10 most common problems people have in relationships – and how to solve them

    Every relationship experiences issues and pressures at one point or another, from arguments to problems with sex or worries over money. Here, Relate counsellor Rachel Davies addresses the 10 most common problems people have in relationships and how they can be worked out
  • Rowan Finley
    Published 2 months ago
    ENFJ Women Are Incredible!

    ENFJ Women Are Incredible!

    If you have studied the MBTI personality types, then you will soon find that ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging) women are refreshing and enjoyable to be around. They have a fascinating ability to “fit in” with a crowd, however they don’t usually feel like they fit in to most crowds. I believe that ENFJ women are incredible for many reasons. Here is why:
Literature
  • Muhammad Nasrullah Khan
    Published 4 days ago
    Chasing Butterflies in the Days of War

    Chasing Butterflies in the Days of War

    Victory bonfires blazed on the India-Pakistan border. The proud generals stood on high ground, blaring out the same message to the goose-stepping soldiers below:
  • Christy Allen
    Published 4 days ago
    Tall Girls Finish Last (Novel Excerpt)

    Tall Girls Finish Last (Novel Excerpt)

    Tall Girls Finish Last in Love was in its second reprinting. It’s final line said “Make sure that even when you finish last, you still always put yourself first.”
  • Bazooka Teaches
    Published 8 days ago
    Chagrin Delight

    Chagrin Delight

    One time, in a long time, a feeling of creepy uneasiness came upon him. He tasted this feeling in his mouth and wanted to spit it out. It was more in his mind rotting away every thought that he had of her. His mind could sometimes get the worst of him.
Love
  • Vienca Simmons
    Published a day ago
    The one that got away

    The one that got away

    Rumor has it (more like studies say, but let's be pragmatic) most people meet their soulmates at age 21. I was never a believer until it happened to me and it changed my life forever. This is bound to be a sad story, however, because I let what could have been a beautiful love story slip right through my fingers; he was literally the one that got away. It is only right to share the life lessons from an unfulfilled love story.
  • Amelia Randall
    Published 2 days ago
    Butterflies

    Butterflies

    Why is it when he holds me close there is this undeniable feeling of desire? It is so intense! Yet it also feels so natural. It’s like I already know what it should feel like if we were to get it on right there and then.
  • Virag Dombay
    Published 2 days ago
    Star-Crossed Lovers: Do they actually exist?

    Star-Crossed Lovers: Do they actually exist?

    We’ve all heard the phrase ‘star-crossed lovers’ before. Most of us probably first heard it during our high school English class when we were studying Romeo and Juliet. But, star-crossed lovers have always existed and you may have even had a crush of been in relationship in which you’ve felt a love so powerful but unfortunately external factors like distance you from one another, work or time constraints have gotten in the way from you pursuing that love or that relationship to its fullest. It’s like being forced to break your own heart over and over again because of whatever married is in your way.
Marriage
  • Ultra Violet Vision
    Published about 6 hours ago
    Meet Mr Clandestine

    Meet Mr Clandestine

    When I was in my teens, I was a dreamer. I believed whole heartedly that I was destined for something amazing, something extraordinary, it was just something I felt in my bones; I was going to change the world. However I felt so conflicted between what was culturally appropriate and what my heart was screaming for. I wanted to be on stage. I was allowed to pursue my dream up until university. I was told to choose a real degree, something that I could fall back on if I wanted to go back into acting after.
  • Barry Willett
    Published a day ago
    Proposal In Paradise
  • Georgia Middleton
    Published 7 days ago
    Before You Say 'I do'

    Before You Say 'I do'

    Marriage is a promise that, in this day and age, cannot be kept. There are several reasons for this, one of the simplest explanations is that over the span of a lifetime, people are subject to change. This is nobody’s fault; it's just basic human nature.
Single
  • Kim Zierlein
    Published about 2 hours ago
    Always A Secret

    Always A Secret

    Is it really that much?
  • Alex Tamas
    Published 5 days ago
    Love is Loud

    Love is Loud

    They walked hand-in-hand like teenagers huddled comfortably under his £10 umbrella with a shaky handle that he’s had since graduating from university all those years ago. The rain was coming down in torrents, the sound of drops on the pavement drowning out whatever whisper of a conversation they were still having at this point in the evening. Fortunately, it was also rendering his heavy breathing inaudible, masking his nervousness from her, at least for now. But she knew, as they always do. The pounding in his chest echoed through his thick woolen jumper and drenched parka to where her hand was tightly grasping his arm. She could feel his anxiety, his boyish enthusiasm for their time together, and all she could do is hold on tighter, nestling her face in the reassuring cold of his shoulder.
  • Miranda Shepard
    Published 20 days ago
    15 Spectacular Self-Date Ideas

    15 Spectacular Self-Date Ideas

    Self-dating is set to be the hot new trend in self-love, self-development, and empowerment. Learning to treat yourself with the same love and care as your partner is just one of the many reasons why singles should consider self-dating.
Social Media
  • Blake Hunt
    Published a day ago
    ENCOURAGING CYBERBULLYING IS A CRIME EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INVOLVED

    ENCOURAGING CYBERBULLYING IS A CRIME EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INVOLVED

    The current generation is of digitalization where people can meet and communicate on digital platforms. Even though there can’t be any physical interaction between people but technology enables people to keep in contact with each other. Today, anyone can share information and put their opinions on any issue on digital platforms through social media. Social media websites are the place where people meet, become friends and interact with different people. Due to social media websites, socialization got a heavy boost and it narrowed the gap of communication distance between people. When people from different backgrounds gather at a place then it is natural that they put their opinions on certain topics which might be offensive to some other individuals due to which resistance between social media users occur and group formation takes place. Ultimately, those who got offended by particular statement try to out trash the one who started the thread on the social media platform. Sometimes, this results in virtual fights between various groups and those who are passive they are bullied. In urban language famously known as ‘trolling’, a group of people trolls an individual either to defame or hurt emotionally. These trolling further results in cyberbullying where an individual is threatened and inflicted with pain emotionally.
  • Jamie Jackson
    Published 8 days ago
    What I've Learned from Arguing Online for a Decade

    What I've Learned from Arguing Online for a Decade

    I’m good at arguing. You may scoff at that as if it’s not a real skill compared to sporting prowess or mathematical ability, but no matter where it ranks on the social scale of approval, a skill is what it is.
  • Jackson McCain
    Published 9 days ago
    Show Me Love

    Show Me Love

    I don't normally scroll Tik Tok. I have a business that i'm starting, so I don't have time for it. Although, on facebook one day, this Tik Tok video was on my feed. It's a parody of one of my favorite vines. It's a reminder of my best friend and I. How much fun we have. Of course, I'd be the one singing. I'm normally the one who would turn up the radio and say, "I know you know this song! Listen!"