The Patriarchy’s Hairy Situation

Last week, an ad campaign from women’s hair removal brand Veet aired during ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, showcasing the tagline “Don’t Risk Dudeness.” One ad depicts a pedicurist awkwardly handling a female client due to hair on her legs. In another ad, a male taxi driver refuses to pick up a female with visible underarm hair….

The Second Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court rests at the apex of America’s legal community. As any novice civics student or Schoolhouse Rock enthusiast can tell you, it uses the power of judicial review to issue a final judgment on great constitutional questions. However, while the Supreme Court stands alone in its finality, it is not nearly as…

Rwanda: The Quest for Reconciliation and Justice

“You cannot have reconciliation without real, true justice being done,” asserted Rwandan prosecutor Jean Bosco Mutangana. Mutangana is the head of the government’s international crimes unit, and tasked with convicting the Hutu perpetrators who brutally murdered 800,000 Rwandans. The notion of reconciliation and justice and their potential compatibility and conflict have been recurring themes in…


National

Making Sense of What Came After the Boston Bombing

Making Sense of What Came After the Boston Bombing

Just over a year ago, I sat down after the Boston Marathon bombings and tried to make sense of the day. It was the darkest day in recent memory for Boston, but I hoped the city would not succumb to fear or anger. By the end of that week, after terrifying events that seemed pulled…

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Take a Breather, America

Take a Breather, America

America needs to find a distraction from the presidential obsession. In Sunday’s New York Times we have an article about Republican presidential hopefuls visiting New Hampshire. Remember we are fully 31 months away from Election Day 2016. I mean, it is even seven months away from the midterm elections! The article about the Republicans discussed prominent…

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Global

Taiwan’s Flawed Sunflower Movement: Part Two

Taiwan’s Flawed Sunflower Movement: Part Two

My last piece addressed the polemic surrounding the Taiwanese government’s intention to ratify the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) with China. The article commented on the Sunflower Movement’s actions to prevent the passing of the agreement, in the context of Taiwanese foreign relations with China. It presented the idea that economic ties between Taiwan and…

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The Man Who Lived to Tell the Tale

The Man Who Lived to Tell the Tale

Last Thursday, the world lost one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. At the age of 87, Colombian author and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez died in his Mexico City home, after years of battling cancer and suffering from senile dementia. The public outpour of grief over his death has reached immense…

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The Courts

The Second Supreme Court

The Second Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court rests at the apex of America’s legal community. As any novice civics student or Schoolhouse Rock enthusiast can tell you, it uses the power of judicial review to issue a final judgment on great constitutional questions. However, while the Supreme Court stands alone in its finality, it is not nearly as…

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Death Penalty in Decline

Death Penalty in Decline

Capital punishment has had a turbulent courtroom history. Inmates on death row routinely spend years appealing their sentences. Numerous legal challenges have shown that the death penalty is disproportionately applied to nonwhite minorities. IQ and DNA tests are often catalysts for last-minute reprisals. Even at the highest level, the issue is rarely uncontroversial; the Supreme…

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Sex/Gender

The Patriarchy’s Hairy Situation

The Patriarchy’s Hairy Situation

Last week, an ad campaign from women’s hair removal brand Veet aired during ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, showcasing the tagline “Don’t Risk Dudeness.” One ad depicts a pedicurist awkwardly handling a female client due to hair on her legs. In another ad, a male taxi driver refuses to pick up a female with visible underarm hair….

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Employing Japan’s “Baby-Making Machines”

Employing Japan’s “Baby-Making Machines”

According to former Liberal Democratic Party minister Hakuo Yanagisawa, if Japan’s “baby making machines” stayed at home, they would produce more children and thus more workers. This economic justification for the fact only 60 percent of employable females participate in Japan’s labor force has proven feeble. By 2050, Japan’s working-age population is expected to fall…

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