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    Long Islanders recount experiences with toxic masculinity

    By Donovan Alexis Struggling to fit into the stereotypical description of how a man should be, Eric Ventura found himself in a position where he felt that if he didn’t act like one, people would take advantage of him. This is just scratching the surface of toxic masculinity, the idea that puts a constraint on men to act tough, suppress emotion, to be the breadwinner, and to always be welcome to sexual advances from women. “While I was growing up, I’ve always been around people who didn’t show a lot of emotions,” Eric Ventura, a sales associate from Selden, said. “I learned to keep my emotions inside just as they…

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    Local college student starts makeup business out of dorm room

    By: Megan Valle In a dorm room at Stony Brook University, student Carine Green looked through his large makeup collection, searching for the perfect eyeshadow for his look of the night. He opened his Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and went straight for the shimmery gold color named ‘Queen’. He smiled ear to ear as he placed the pigment on his eyelid. “Oh my god, I love it,” he said. Green, an 18-year-old college student, has been doing makeup since he was fifteen and recently started promoting himself as a makeup artist, looking for clients to help him start his own business. “My first palette was the LA Girl palette…

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    Long Island struggles to cater to plus-sized women’s fashion needs

    By: Kian McKoy Christmas decor tumbles from every inch of the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, NY, each corridor filled with holiday classics that ring in the festive season. Display windows trumpet the newest sales, while the winter-ready mannequins model the latest faux-fur lined fashions. On Nov. 5, J.Crew, a brand known for its ‘preppy’ fashion and sizes that cap at a 16, launched a winter collection with on-the-rise plus brand, Universal Standard, and carries sizes ranging from 00-32. This follows a successful summer 2018 collaboration with Universal Standard.   Moves such as this are often met with praise and excitement, especially considering that 67 percent of American women…