Macie Berlin

I studied Feminist Studies and Exercise and Sports Science at UCSB, which should say enough right there. I am a sports enthusiast, blend my breakfast, and collect a variety of non-glorified holiday wear in the form of socks.

Why I'm OK With Students Protesting Donald Trump, As Told By A Teacher

ByMacie Berlin
“I'm gonna get sent over the wall.” “I hate America.” “We're all doomed.” While the sentiments I've overheard following the presidential election are, admittedly, ones I've thought, said and written about, I am particularly silenced as the aftermath…

Why Circumstances Should Never Keep You In A Relationship You Want To Leave

ByMacie Berlin
“I'm just not happy.” The vagueness of the statement makes the sting even greater. I know this because I've both heard it myself, and I have let the words fly past my lips in the context of a long-term relationship. So often, when we give time, love…

7 Signs You Should Probably Take A Break From Alcohol

ByMacie Berlin
Six years ago, I decided to end one of the most toxic relationships in my life. I had tried to leave a few times prior, but even the breaks that seemed to be permanent never truly kept us apart. The relationship gave me a lot of confidence, but it…

Why Millennials Should Voice Their Gun Stance In The 2016 Election

ByMacie Berlin
They say anger is a secondary emotion. It stems from something else; something raw and perhaps more vulnerable. Well I’m pissed as all hell. And while it certainly doesn’t feel like a secondary emotion, I can take a step back to acknowledge that it…

Girl Sans Alcohol: What It's Like To Be A Sober 20-Something

ByMacie Berlin
I know the look: Most people can't hide it well, and at this point, I expect it. There is a flurry of questions churning behind their stare, which reads as both shocked and slightly off-put. “Like – at all?” is usually the follow-up question. “At…

7 TV Shows From The 90s That Need Reboots For Younger Generations

ByMacie Berlin
It's no secret that today’s generation has latched onto the greatness of the 1990s. When it comes to television shows, however, networks have forgotten about this dynamic decade, and they generally push to evolve by constantly producing hip, fresh…

We're Not There Yet: Why Equality Depends On Our Younger Generations

ByMacie Berlin
The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is a huge step toward equality. The youngest generation gets to be influenced by celebratory images and articles that depict a right being given, rather than rights being taken away. Perhaps,…

From Football To Firm Love: 7 Gifts My Dad Has Given Me

ByMacie Berlin
“Just wanted to call and check in. Talked to Mom a bit, so thought I would see how you’re doing.” My dad’s voice on the other end of the line was soft and gentle. His words seemed vague, but I knew exactly what they meant. We had an unwritten code…

Caitlyn Jenner Inspires The Beauty Of Women In Every Community

ByMacie Berlin
Fat, frumpy, beat, gross, ugly, flat, beast: These are just a small handful of the words thrown nonchalantly at women (or behind their backs) in regards to physical appearance. We are too masculine, too done up or too disproportionate to possibly…

#TransLivesMatter: How Bruce Jenner Will Influence This Generation

ByMacie Berlin
The term “transgender” has been an intricate part of my vocabulary since I decided to become a feminist studies major at the end of my sophomore year in college. While many of my friends and disassociated peers thought this meant I studied how to…

There’s No Denying The Kansas City Royals Are Baseball’s Best Team

ByMacie Berlin
You know the elevator experiment? It's where a group of people enters an elevator and one person turns around and faces backward to throw things off. Out of social anxiety and the need to fit in, the others in the elevator tend to follow suit and…

How Hillary Clinton As President Could Put An End To Slut-Shaming

ByMacie Berlin
What is a political campaign without a little controversy? If the people of the US saw eye-to-eye on everything, no one would even know how to exist. If you can make it into multiple "SNL" skits, a plethora of memes and elicit erroneous accusations…

3 People, 4 Places And 5 Things That Make Santa Barbara A Neverland

ByMacie Berlin
Including the vivacious Pacific Ocean that laps up the city-wide stretch of beach, Santa Barbara is a whopping 43 square miles. With a freeway sandwiched in between the mountains and the sea, laden with college students on one end of town and Oprah…

Slurred Words Or Sobriety Aren't Your Only Choices With Alcohol

ByMacie Berlin
Alcohol awareness is a phrase full of oxymoronic and misguided meanings. It tells us to be aware of a substance that plays a substantial role in many of our lives, yet it also tells us to beware of the plethora of mishaps it can bestow upon us. It…

18 To 28: Why This Is The Most Pivotal, Momentous Decade Of Your Life

ByMacie Berlin
Today, as I sit chair-to-desk in my office with a window on my 28th birthday, I swirl with memories of turning 18 a decade ago. How did I get here? When did I grow up? Have I grown up? I remember my 18th well. I spent it relishing in my acceptance…

The 5 Best Bets To Make For Your March Madness Bracket

ByMacie Berlin
“Everybody is zero on zero,” John Calipari, Head Coach of the powerhouse Kentucky Men's Basketball team, said yesterday after brackets were announced. “It's a one-game shot,” he added, acknowledging that the renowned March Madness tournament is a…

How The New 'Bachelorette' Is An Insult To Gender Equality Movements

ByMacie Berlin
“Ultimately, the men will decide who will make the best wife.” This was Chris Harrison's subtitle after announcing the "biggest twist in bachelor history" on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" last night. Nothing says "empowerment" like pitting…

How Adrian Peterson's Reinstatement Will Only Perpetuate More Abuse

ByMacie Berlin
It seems clear, based on Adrian Peterson’s report after meeting with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman yesterday, the power resides in the star runningback’s hands. He was quoted saying, We had a great dialogue and they were able to…

Shhhh... Silence Is Golden When It Comes To Supporting Derrick Rose

ByMacie Berlin
This past summer marked my third knee surgery (ACL/meniscus) in only three years. I am not a professional athlete. I do not have a team of experts who "ooh" and "ahh" over me on a daily basis. I definitely do not have a city full of people counting…

Once A Cheat, Always A Cheat: Why We Should Cut A-Rod From Our Lives

ByMacie Berlin
As a woman who has faced the infidelity of male suitors in serious relationships and ended up under the covers, crying, shaking and basking in insecurity, I understand what it's like to go through the many emotions of being scorned by a loved one. I…