Ray Gallagher
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How Trump's Presidency Is Affecting My Family

To say this election has divided my family would be putting it much too politely. My parents are convinced that President Donald Trump is going to "drain the swamp," but I think they just helped elect the Creature from the Orange Lagoon. My mom…
By Ray Gallagher

How I Realized I Had An Eating Disorder

I have strong, broad shoulders and ropy back muscles. On my better days, I imagine that I have the arms of Michelle Obama and the abs of Ronda Rousey. I have the thick, defined quads and calves of someone who has been playing sports for over two…
By Ray Gallagher

My Mom Voted For Trump — And I'm Barely Coping

My mom and I rarely agree on anything, so why would our opinions about the most controversial presidential election in U.S. history be any different? My mom is a staunch Trump supporter, and has been since the very beginning. Meanwhile, I am a…
By Ray Gallagher

Is Gun Violence No Longer Just A U.S. Problem?

“Aren’t you scared to walk around in America? Aren’t you afraid of being shot?” My friends and I all studied abroad during college, and this was something we got asked regularly by our European friends and hosts. My host mom in Spain could never get…
By Ray Gallagher

How Sports Culture Promotes Rape Culture

Last Thursday, former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was convicted of three felony charges of sexual assault for an incident that occurred following a Stanford University party in January 2015. Two witnesses reported seeing the former…
By Ray Gallagher

What It's Like To Get An Intimate Piercing

“How many piercings do you have?” is a question I get asked constantly. “I have…12?” I always reply, feigning hesitation, as if I’ve lost count over the years. “I have five in one ear, six on the other, and my nose ring, obviously.” That answer is…
By Ray Gallagher

What Kesha Reveals About Our Rape Culture

She brushes her teeth with a bottle of Jack. She’s got glitter on her eyes, her stockings ripped all up the sides. The beat is so phat, it’ll make her come … over to your place. Equal parts rebellious pop rocker and unrepentant party girl, it’s…
By Ray Gallagher