Voices

Voices is the Op-Ed and personal essay section of The Georgetown Voice. It features the real narratives of diverse students from nearly every corner on campus, seeking to tell some of the incredibly important and yet oft-unheard stories that affect life in and out of Georgetown.


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Vaccinating the world is more than a moral imperative

With their national vaccine campaigns well underway, it’s time the U.S. and other Western countries start to fulfill their responsibility to vaccinate the rest of the world. It’s a moral imperative, as well as a public health necessity.

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Gay Men Still Can’t Easily Donate Blood: Why the FDA should end their discriminatory deferral

To be clear, I am not advocating for a complete overhaul of the pre-blood donation screening procedure for every individual; rather, I am looking for more nuance when it comes to screening homosexual and bisexual men.

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On What We Are Missing: Grieving the loss of senior year

All of the usual nostalgia of senior year “lasts” is further amplified because there are hardly any chances to make new memories anymore—just extra hours to ruminate on former versions of ourselves that we left behind long ago.

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Bridgerton proves that color-conscious casting alone is not good enough

Bridgerton sits somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, not really committed to color-conscious casting, but not color-blind either. The way that race fits into the storyline seems to have been an afterthought. The conversation, which attributed the diversity of the society to love conquering prejudice, was so shallow that I wish they hadn’t included it.

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Sneaker Flipping: Inclusive community before profit

Sneaker flipping enables the use of technology to exploit a slow-moving system. Now beyond innovative, the practice has become inequitable.

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Misery is tired of company

It almost seems impossible, really, that most of the time I forget about this thing that has sat heavy in my chest for 17 years. There’s no other aspect of my life that is simultaneously so crucial to my internal narrative, and yet so distanced from it. Most days, it feels like my ED belongs to someone else—or millions of someone else's—more than it does to me.

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Infographic Wars: How Instagram aestheticizes injustice

In response to Asian-American racism and hate, Allie Cho explores the harms of infographics. The transient, aesthetically pleasing, and performative nature of these posts attempt to solve systematic injustice and are ultimately unproductive and unsuccessful.

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With a snap of my fingers

I got to Georgetown, and right from the beginning, I felt—yet again—the need to prove myself. Only one semester into college I realized that my idea of accomplishment, an idea based on being more successful than everyone around me, just is not sustainable.

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What foreign policymakers can learn from racial justice advocates

American foreign policy needs to adopt the same theory of change and progressive ideology as American racial justice activism.

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Reform the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life

Due to the hypocritical and offense nature of the conference and its speakers, H*yas for Choice calls on the Georgetown administration to mandate a conference name change by December 2021, as well as to explicitly condemn the actions of Cardinal O’Connor and the offensive rhetoric of the speakers at the conference.

Carrying On

How I came to identify as disabled after a decade with mental illness

This process of self-shaming and hiding ate at me—until I began to identify as disabled.

On The Pandemic

On the Pandemic: Aid disparities put graduate students in financial binds

When it comes to pandemic aid, Georgetown graduate students are seriously undervalued relative to undergraduates in the eyes of the administration.

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It’s time to rethink “success” in America

"Success" in America has too long been defined in terms of wealth and money. It's a destructive pattern—and it's time for change.

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Skip your red meat burger. Save the Earth.

Ideally, we'd systematically eliminate red meat entirely. Environment health depends on it. But this isn't an ideal world—so let's do the next best thing.

News Commentary

When it comes to child care, Georgetown must step up

For Georgetown faculty, finding affordable care for young children is near-impossible. In facing an American child care crisis aggravated by the pandemic, the university must step up to meet the challenge.

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Let there be lights, lights, and more lights

In a year full of darkness, holiday lights are more important than ever as a signifier of hope and a method of building community.

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Stop blaming political institutions for our problems. Politicians are responsible.

It's fashionable, right now, to blame political institutions for all the problems we see in our democracy. Resisting that impulse is important.

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Why the Democrats must take party succession for 2024 seriously

If Democrats don't think seriously about succession, they risk more serious losses in 2022 and 2024. Energized, broad-appeal candidates will be key.

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On Burning Bread

Exchanging the Hilltop for the stovetop, Matt Phillips reflects on the labor of love it's been to learn the art of cooking during quarantine.

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When freshman year is put on pause

Saddled by the pandemic, my freshman year has been characterized by a distinct sense of FOMO. Here's how I'm learning to be OK with it.