For the Patriarchy Is Dark and Full of Errors
Feminism / Society

For the Patriarchy Is Dark and Full of Errors

Even though our female friends and relatives may love us for the person we are, they can still occasionally make comments on our appearance which make us feel vulnerable, not desirable, not valued. Do you know why that is? Because all of us women—whether bi, gay, straight, queer or otherwise identified—, have internalized misogyny. Continue reading

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In The Hand of Tamora Pierce
Books / Culture & Art / Society

In The Hand of Tamora Pierce

This is a thank-you, about 8 years delayed, to Tamora Pierce. It is also a re-visiting (for the sake of nostalgia and, hopefully, some gained wisdom) of the influence her books had on my childhood and on the woman that I have become. And in the end, it is me coming to terms with the insidious cultural narratives that creep their way into even our most cherished childhood literature. Continue reading

France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis
Politics / Society / World News

France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis

European youths, by all standards, have it pretty good: born decades after the plague of war loosened its grip on the continent, they were bred in an era of relative material comfort, affordable education, and generally a high standard of living. So it’s only more puzzling when some choose to leave behind these comfortable lives for war, martyrdom or cold-blooded mass murder Continue reading

The Fitness Dictatorship
Lifestyle / Society / Sports

The Fitness Dictatorship

Along with a balanced diet, physical exercise is one of the secrets to a long and healthy life. But strenuous, compulsive exercise can be just as detrimental to health as chugging ice cream in front of the TV set. In fact, more and more people are using exercise as a way to feel like they are in control over their bodies and lives, instead of just a means of staying in shape. Continue reading