Triggered! Why we need trigger warnings to engage in inclusive and constructive conversation

Trigger Warnings for brief mentions of: abuse and eating disorders I feel as though there is a fundamental misunderstanding on what trigger/trigger warning is. “Stop censuring us!” people cry, “You can’t hide in your safe space forever, you have to face the real world!”. These statements always make me laugh because triggers/trigger warnings have nothing at…

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…

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…

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…