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The Signs and Boxes Tell Us So: On Sex Classification Policies

November 13, 2014
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By Heath Fogg Davis Sex-classification policies that bureaucratically and physically sort us into the binary categories of male or female may seem necessary and benign.  But I challenge this deeply rooted social and legal custom in my research by showing that legitimate policy goals such as fraud prevention, safety, security, privacy, and even fair...
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Op-Ed: Enthusiastic Consent

November 3, 2014
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By Brittany Burton Contrary to what I know is best for my emotional wellbeing, I recently read a news article about California’s new Enthusiastic Consent law, and then I proceeded to read the comments. Why I put myself through such torture is a conversation I will save for another day, but I feel an...
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Op Ed: A Curse Be Upon It

October 20, 2014
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 By Ankita Anand For years now I have been looking to enrich my vocabulary of swear words with no troublesome arrows in the quiver. There are times when I urgently need to use profanity, for example against all the harassers on bikes and in cars who would hoot at or brush past me, literally giving...
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Op-Ed: Perspectives We Don’t Need and Those We Do

September 15, 2014
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By Mirabel Ash In popular discourse, we have come to recognize individuals from dominant groups who advocate for civil rights and liberties on behalf of “others.” Such individuals aim to foster an alliance with other racial groups to indicate a shared interest in social progression. Objectives of a racial alliance are to advance a...
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Posted in Culture, Entertainment, Ethnicity, media, Op-Ed, Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, Television, U.S., White Privilege | 4 Comments »

Op-Ed: Illegible Pain: Palestinian Grief and Israeli TV

September 2, 2014
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By Yehuda Sharim Palestinian women never cry when they appear on Israeli TV. On news broadcasts, the same scene repeats itself: the women’s heads invariably covered with the hijab, they raise their arms, shake their fists heavenward, and scream. Tears mist their eyes but they do not collapse. The women writhe and quiver in rage....
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Posted in History, Militarization, Op-Ed, Politics, Racism, Region, Religion, Violence, World | 2 Comments »

Meme what you say, say what you meme: What kind of Asian woman am I? A good one gone bad

August 16, 2014
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By J. Mijin Cha As I was sitting through the second excruciating hour of my first Tinder date, I couldn’t help thinking: How did I end up here, sitting across a white man who wouldn’t stop mansplaining about the difference between Japanese and Korean culture? More important, how had I so internalized social norms about...
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Op-Ed: The NFL’s Response to Violence Against Women: Why One Fan Won’t Watch This Year

August 13, 2014
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This is an issue of basic human dignity and respect. I, as a man, am perfectly capable of not beating up my wife and children. Most men are.
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Op-Ed: Why Buzzfeed’s Birth Control Activism Is Appreciated but Misguided

July 30, 2014
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By Kari O’Driscoll On July 16, Buzzfeed asked their female employees to answer the question, “Why do you take birth control pills?” Twenty-two of them responded by writing their answers on a large sketch pad and having their photograph taken. To date, there have been more than two million views of the project, with...
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Op-Ed: All the News Fit for White Men: Why Journalism is Failing America

July 9, 2014
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Op-Ed: All the News Fit for White Men: Why Journalism is Failing America

By David Cuillier If you want to know what kinds of news Americans consume in their daily lives, just ask a white man. He probably picked it for you. Despite decades-long efforts by news companies to increase the percentage of women and minorities working in newsrooms and quoted in newspapers, the efforts have largely failed....
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Op-Ed: Body Politic (or, Skinny Hate: Maria Kang, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the New Misogyny)

March 30, 2014
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By Laila Pedro As a longtime dancer now working as a scholar, writer, and media strategist, I am (often to my detriment) deeply and constantly aware of how women’s bodies—my own and others’— are talked about and looked at. I follow with befuddled, irresistible interest the bafflingly tone-deaf coverage of “fat acceptance”, body issues,...
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