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Don’t gender speech

In my research for a project in Psychology of Gender course, I came across the following quote by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on the subject of women’s vocal presentation: “You have to speak less like a young girl and more like a young, aspiring professional.” This troubled me, especially considering Sen. Gillibrand’s otherwise feminist […]

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Carefully appreciating culture

When the plane touched down at Tokyo Narita International Airport two years ago, I didn’t realize then how an exciting vacation would also create a new lifelong friendship. Leaving Narita, the Keisei Skyliner glided on the rails up to 100 mph, the hum of the tracks so subdued that I noticed the quiet passengers. After […]

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Talking about human existence

We’ve all had the feeling. It is early in the morning, and you lie in bed knowing that you cannot spend another day pretending that everything is okay. Yet you wake up, driven by some ever-present urge to satisfy a system you may not even buy into. Why do we do this? Maybe part of […]

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Japan is more than stereotypes

Last week, the Art Wall displayed drawings of stereotypical Japanese images in order to advertise the event “Woo-Con.” I personally found the appropriation in these images representing my culture to be incredibly offensive. My problem lies with the fetishization of Japanese culture presented on the Art Wall. You can’t pick and choose certain stereotypical elements […]

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A response to critiques of religion

This Viewpoint is a reply to the latest installment in an apparent series of Viewpoints, of progressively greater audacity, penned by the same author. In said Viewpoint, this author characterizes ALL religion as (1) a “comforting fable,” (2) willful self-deception, (3) a “resort” or retreat and (4) a sanctuary from the crushing responsibility of legislating […]

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Take leaps of faith

I’m pretty sure all of us can relate to this: we wake up in the morning for our morning class and start making the walk from our room to our classroom without realizing we have taken a “leap of faith.” We do not have any evidence that proves that our particular class will be there […]

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