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Free to be Me: Growing Up Multiracial in America

(Photo Source: http://aas340olspring2013.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-identity-crisis-of-multiracial.html) “What are you exactly?” Ahh. The all too familiar question I receive either from complete strangers or from friends who finally feel like they’ve known me long enough ask. To answer that exact question, I’m just like everyone else. I’m human! But I’ve learned that when someone asks me this, I should…

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What about Samantha Bee? The Lack of Feminist Coverage for “Full Frontal”

Hey, y’all. So, remember that story from a year ago or so when Jon Stewart left the Daily Show, and many, many people were outraged that Trevor Noah, the south African comedian, replaced Stewart’s seat instead of a woman? Remember the hashtags directed at Jessica Williams, then one of the long-standing Daily Show correspondents, to…

When a Friend Becomes an Excuse

When we engage in discussion with one another we often pull from the knowledge of our friends, families, and colleagues to bolster the statements we’re making. When I talk about attending law school in the future I’ll frequently draw on the experiences of my father, an intellectual property attorney. He has experience with the type…

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Rewarding Violence through Toxic Masculinity

*Trigger warning: trauma, sexual assault, and violence of all kinds discussed here. Take care of yourself as needed.* Unfortunately, we have had another mass shooting in this country. The queer community and America as a whole continues to rebuild during Pride month through celebrating love and supporting one another through this time. Meanwhile, everyone still…

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We Pick Up the Pieces and Turn Away

image: Genaro Molina/L.A. Times When I wake up in the morning I reach for my phone, switch off my alarm, type in my passcode, and scroll through any messages I received during the night. I respond to friends who sent me funny videos, I confirm plans made for later that day, and I smile upon…

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U Responds to Orlando Tragedy

(Photo from San Diego Union Tribune) The Women’s Center offers our deepest condolences in this tragic time and stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA community and with all of you. We will continue to fight to end hate, oppression, and intolerance. The following email was sent to faculty, staff, and students on all University of Minnesota…