How we internalize rape culture and normalize sexual assault

I started sex-ed classes in sixth grade in Manhattan Middle School. I don’t remember much, just that everyone was uncomfortable and shy about any topic of discussion. But the classes were still somewhat useful. I’m sure I learned a great deal about safe sex, human anatomy, and reproductive health.

However…

So long sex and kitsch, hello materialistic empowerment

I’m sure you’ve heard by now: Victoria’s Secret is rebranding itself as an inclusive, empowered, feminist brand!

At the forefront of this turnaround are Megan Rapinoe, Eileen Gu, Paloma Elsesser, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas. …

What makes the right-wing so gullible?

Sometimes I feel like conservatives have been brainwashed to think that literally.every.single.thing is not only a conspiracy but a conspiracy against them. Is there anything that can be trusted if even science is disregarded so easily? COVID is a conspiracy. Vaccines are a conspiracy. Climate change is a conspiracy. The…

What the Taliban takeover potentially means for women and girls in Afghanistan

When the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in the mid-90s, everything changed for women. The strict version of Islamic Sharia law imposed across the country stripped women from most of their fundamental human rights. They were denied access to healthcare, education, and work, confined to their homes and unable to…

How art education can enhance learning, reach marginalized students, and offer a sense of meaning, purpose, and belonging

In a previous post, I touched a little bit on what art education can offer to an individual, to community, society, and to democracy. Perhaps you found the reasons compelling and noteworthy, but you are still wondering why art education should be offered to all students in public schools. You…

We don’t all have the same choices in life

There’s a recent conversation that I just couldn’t get out of my mind. The conversation was about George Floyd, as his murderer’s trial began about a week ago, and about all the silenced unrest his death revealed. We spoke about the protests, some of which turned violent, which I saw…

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That girl next door.

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