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One of the most talked about issues in American politics is immigration. Sadly, a conversation that should be about reform is overshadowed and misguided by racist, anti-immigration activists.  Because of xenophobic attitudes towards immigrants, our nations discourse around immigration is focused on brutal acts of exclusion as opposed to empathy and inclusion. In order to move towards a real solution to the nation's questions about immigration, we must ... Read More
  In response to a portrait of Cpl. Kristine Tejada featured alongside an Army magazine article, Col. Lynette Arnhart has launched complaints about the use of a conventionally attractive woman in military press materials. In what she believed to be a defense of women in the military, she wrote her peers about the issue: “Such photos undermine the rest of the message (and may even make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty.)” ... Read More
  In Showtime’s Homeland, CIA operative Carrie Mathison works mostly with men, and sometimes she is treated unfairly because of her gender. But it turns out this isn’t what the CIA is actually like these days. Two decades ago, there were many female agents in the field, but zero were in the highest ranks. Now? Four of the five and five of the top eight top agency members are women.   It all changed after the capture of bin Laden, who was ... Read More
  In some cultures, religious talismans and sacred objects are kept out of the hands of women for fear that females will rob them of their power, a power coded as “masculine.” And according to Harvard Business School’s Jill J. Avery, ours is one of these cultures... when it comes to our worshipful treatment of the products we consume.    While it might be relatively easy for women to appropriate products labeled as manly, like ... Read More
  Sweden officially has a gender-neutral pronoun for those who don’t identify with male or female pronouns. The word “hen” first came up in the 1960s, and in 1994, linguist Hans Karlgren proposed that the word “hen” be used universally to avoid mix-ups. Everyone could be referred to as “hen.”    Now the word refers specifically to individuals who identify as gender-neutral, and Sweden has made an official ... Read More
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may be triggering for survivors.   There has been a lot of victim blaming going around in the past few weeks, and it’s time for it to stop. First, a 14-year-old child was raped by her teacher, and the judge trying the case let her attacker off with a thirty day jail sentence because he felt that the girl was mature enough to have sex with an adult and was “as much in control ... Read More
The Fourth of July is great for many reasons. First, there's the obvious: America! Woo. Then, there's the fact that holidays, especially national holidays that celebrate how great we are, are usually accompanied by parties. And what's better than a party? A party with a theme! And on the Fourth, you can probably guess what the dress code will be.  Still looking to find your reds, whites, and blues to rock? Look no further! We've compiled a list of 10 ... Read More
 Sometimes us Americans like to think that we’re the ones who don’t have accents.  However, in this popular short film, "How Americans Sound to British People", it seems that we most definitely do...and our accents are pretty gnarly.  The comments on the video are pretty much half “what the f are they saying?!” and half “OMG, this is brilliant.”  I agree--aside from “shut up” and a few swear ... Read More
My inner Harriet the Spy came in handy when I was on the bus a couple of days ago, eavesdropping on a conversation between two elderly women (yeah, I know, I’m really that cool!) talking about a new exhibit that opened at the New York Public Library called “Lunch Hour NYC.” After a couple of minutes of listening to the women reminisce about how cheap food used to be “back in the golden days” when they’d hangout at diners with ... Read More
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