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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…

Hidden Hegemony: Oppose Harmful Rhetoric and Protect Our Criminal Justice System

Hidden Hegemony: Oppose Harmful Rhetoric and Protect Our Criminal Justice System

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12/02/2016

On Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine legalized recreational marijuana use, bringing the total number of states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use to 28. This kind of development under the Obama administration has become both normal and legally uncomplicated. The Cole Memo, written by and named after Deputy Attorney General James Cole, dictated that the Justice Department back…

Creating Fields for Discussion and Feelings of Loss

Creating Fields for Discussion and Feelings of Loss

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12/02/2016

I have a picture on my desk from 2006. It shows me in Seattle over spring break visiting my aunt, uncle, and cousins. It is the first time I can remember being there. We did all the touristy things we could. On the coldest and rainiest day of our stay, we all decided to go to the tulip festivals….

Hidden Hegemony: Who Gideon Leaves Out

Hidden Hegemony: Who Gideon Leaves Out

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11/11/2016

In middle school, and again in high school, when I learned about Gideon v. Wainwright, the 1963 case that went to the Supreme Court and gave defendants in legal cases a constitutional right to a lawyer, I don’t think I ever really thought about it. I mean, I think I understood the virtue in reaffirming…

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