Category » Feminism
     As the New York Times continues to worry about me even more than my mother does, concerns over a generation, drifting are also being voiced by feminists--with baby-boomers who defined themselves in active protest often left perplexed by twenty-somethings who define themselves in semi-anonymous blog posts.  The generation gap is widening when it comes to reproductive rights in particular, and it's true that today both abortion clinics and the political groups that work to ensure their existence are mostly run by people of my parents' age, or older. Read More
With our Science Issue currently on newsstands, we are excited about a new play, Photograph 51, that tells the story of Rosalind Franklin, the incredible scientist who played a crucial- and widely unacknowledged- part in he discovery of DNA's double helix. Presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in a motion to enhance our understanding of science and technology, the play is written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Linsay Firman. Read More
I interviewed a friend of mine who is a dominatrix, because I was curious about whether she finds her job empowering and what made her get into it. She was kind enough to answer my questions candidly, providing insight into a world I know relatively nothing about.  1. How did you get into being a dominatrix? I've always been a pervert. When I moved to New York, I pretty much immediately started going to burlesque shows, which are closely tied into local fetish parties. Read More
I am unapologetically fat. In this new age of weight-loss everywhere, of low-fat, low-carb, no-carb food, I refuse to stoop to the level everyone else seems to want me to. Fat is the last acceptable form of discrimination in American society. "Thin" has a connotation of beautiful, gorgeous, and successful, "fat" signals lazy, undisciplined, and ugly. Maybe some of the criticism of fat people comes from a "good place," and maybe I'm unhealthy in my fatness. But why is that anyone else's business? It isn't. Read More
Apparently rape "jokes" are the trend among men (can we call them that?) in higher academia lately. As if Yale's fraternity stunt wasn't enough for this month, Columbia's a cappella group, Kingsmen, came out with a flyer advertising their upcoming show that featured one of its members pursing his lips and, underneath the photo, the tag line: "Rape Me. Read More