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Carrying On: Untangling the Art From the Artist

Carrying On: Untangling the Art From the Artist

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02/17/2017

I have always been in love with movies. Beautiful, gritty, or suspenseful, it doesn’t matter. When done right, a film has the power to place me in a different world, a world more dazzling, more terrifying, or more outlandish than the one in which I reside. A soaring piece of music, a particularly cutting dialogue…

Open Access: “But What About Overdiagnosis?”

Open Access: “But What About Overdiagnosis?”

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02/06/2017

Is mental illness overdiagnosed? I’m not going to answer that question. The idea that we’re mistakenly diagnosing people who don’t have mental illnesses is more harmful than many realize. These days, it’s difficult to have a conversation about mental health without someone bringing up the problem of overdiagnosis. The gist of the “overdiagnosis problem” is…

Carrying On: Feminism in the Age of Trump

Carrying On: Feminism in the Age of Trump

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02/03/2017

Women and men of all ages and ethnic backgrounds wearing pink hats with pointed, ear-like appendages on either side carried signs emblazoned with clever slogans: “There is no Planet B,” “Grab ‘em by the patriarchy,” “Let’s talk about the elephant in the womb,” and “I’ve seen smarter cabinets at Ikea.” Celebrities gave speeches. Marchers took…

The Privilege of Forgetting

The Privilege of Forgetting

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01/23/2017

I am nine months old when I fly first class for the first—and, at the time of this writing—only time in my life. My commuter dad amassed enough frequent flier points to score three deluxe seats on the second floor of a double-decker plane flying from Hong Kong International to JFK. Tragically, my paid-for seat…

Hidden Hegemony: Progress and Regression, Juxtaposed

Hidden Hegemony: Progress and Regression, Juxtaposed

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01/23/2017

Last week, we at Georgetown celebrated—insofar as cancelling classes on Monday and Friday serves as a barometer for celebration—a juxtaposition of historical forces personified in two men. This is a reality of the stagnation, perhaps even regression, of racial politics in this country. The symbolism of this celebratory nexus—Martin Luther King Jr.’s remarkable contribution to…

Open Access: The Harm in Romanticizing Mental Illnesses

Open Access: The Harm in Romanticizing Mental Illnesses

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01/14/2017

Acceptance of mental illness has come really far. We’re having open and honest conversations about what it feels like to live with depression or anxiety, and people who haven’t experienced these illnesses personally are listening and trying to understand those who have. “I’m having a hard day with my mental illness” is viewed as an…

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