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…

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The Fear of Femininity

  Credit: Katarzyna Babis I attended a holiday celebration when I was home from school after fall semester and was seated for dinner with a large group of people. The woman to my right was explaining why she had to leave early, and she briefly mentioned that her husband would be driving to the restaurant…

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“You’re Very Talented– for a Girl”

(Photo source: https://www.youthletic.com/articles/why-you-should-encourage-playing-like-a-girl/ ) It wasn’t until seventh grade when I found my love for running during one of my middle school basketball games. I would have other parents come up to mine and show their amusement by commenting how speedy I was on the court. I loved getting these compliments because they made me feel that…