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Why I Need Feminism

Shailene Woodly, the actress who played Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars, once said, “I am not a feminist. I love men!”As I learned more and more about feminism, I became disappointed and sad that people associate the word “feminism” with discriminating against men. Feminism is not hating men, nor is it exclusion of those who fit in with traditionally feminine stereotypes. To be clear, feminism is the belief that women should receive the same rights as men. Feminism is gender equality.    Continue reading “Why I Need Feminism”

Blog Update: Theme Change

Every mid-semester, Shilpa and I switch our posts’ main focus. For this upcoming quarter, we will be focusing on gender!

We will still post articles about any timely events or news items beyond race as we see fit. Please feel free to contact us about any suggestions or stories that you may have!

Want to see past themes? Check out our theme directory page.

Branching Out: Looking Past Our Own Stories

This will be our last post under the topic of race. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to write about for this post. When we first got to the topic of race, I thought the ideas would be pouring out. I felt passionate, empowered, knowledgeable. However, when I actually began putting pen to paper, I drew a blank. Continue reading “Branching Out: Looking Past Our Own Stories”

(Mis) Representation in America

“Have you found any yet?”

 

I walk through the aisles once again, peering down before me. I sigh and think about thousands of young girls who feel exactly as I do. I look again at the stacks of dolls in front of me, frantically searching for one that resembled me.

Nothing.

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Subconscious (and not so Subconscious) Racism

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In English class, we are reading persuasive essays on race, gender, nationality, and other identifiers. One piece that really struck me was Brent Staples’ work, Black Men and Public Space. His work brings to light his sadness at the behaviors of those around him because of his race. He recognizes that people seem to walk faster and look warily at him, expecting him to be a criminal because of the color of his skin.

Racism is everywhere, not just in the things we say, but the things we do. Staples described how people hold their purses tighter when they near him, believing him to be a thief or a robber. How can we stand for this treatment? So many innocent people are being isolated and shamed because of their race, and this way of thinking should not be tolerated.

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Maybe Being Blatant isn’t so Bad

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I recently read an article in a series titled  “If It Happened There.” This series describes events in the U.S. the way that the American media usually describes events that occur in other countries. From my understanding, the series is meant to highlight what we may not see when looking at events through our own country’s media. The story I read was on the Eric Garner case and was titled, “Courts Sanction Killings by U.S. Security Forces.” Even the title for this case is jarring, just as the event was, but the most surprising part of the article was how it was framed. Continue reading “Maybe Being Blatant isn’t so Bad”

A Personal Narrative About Race

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“What are you?”

I look up from my stick figure drawing, meeting the gaze of my fellow kindergarten classmate. I tilt my head as five year-old me struggles to understand the meaning of my friend’s question.

“I’m Alyssa,” I say slowly. I’m not sure how else to respond.

“No, no, silly! What are you?” She laughs.

I learn then that this question, “what are you,” refers to my ethnicity and race. As I grow older, I hear this question again and again, these words causing me to feel dehumanized again and again. I usually brushed these questions off, recognizing that many of the people who asked me my race in this phrasing did not mean to hurt me.

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Blog Update: Theme Change

The time is here! Every mid-semester, Shilpa and I shift the theme of our posts and now, we will switch our posts’ focus from immigration to race. We will still post articles about any timely events or news items beyond race as we see fit. Please feel free to contact us about any suggestions or stories that you may have!

Want to see past themes? Check out our theme directory page.

The Stories Behind Opinions

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Alyssa and I both spend a lot of time in our posts talking about the implications that policies have on everyday life, but neither of us have shared why we care about these issues. In the last couple of posts on this issue, I want to share why I care about immigration:

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