Disclaimer: This is a personal viewpoint, and does not represent the views of the Department of Defense, any of the Armed Forces, or any federal agency or organization. As soon as I signed my contract in 2009, I was told a number of different things by a number of people with many years of military … Continue reading “The Army is not a political organization”
Here is one feeling I've never been able to properly explain, but I will try to explain it today. Imagine you are filling out some government forms. Most of the time, on these forms, you are not permitted to check off more than one race box. When you fill this form out, what is typically … Continue reading The Checkbox
Pink Dumbbell Syndrome. It all boils down to this single, oft-heard phrase: "I like to exercise, but I don't like to lift heavy weights because I don't want to get too big/bulky/manly/hefty/muscular."
I don't give intimacy much thought. Honestly, it's very American of me to do that. I don't mean "sexy time" intimacy necessarily, but the actual meaning of intimacy. Intimate, in the Oxford English Dictionary, has quite a beautiful definition: "Inmost, most inward, deep-seated; hence, Pertaining to or connected with the inmost nature or fundamental character … Continue reading America’s Intimacy Problem
Okay, so I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I get that not everyone is. But if you've seen the movies you sort of understand the gist of the "houses." For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, let me elaborate. Every person who attends the school of magic must go through a "sorting" … Continue reading The Case for Hufflepuff & Inclusivity
Hello, I am a feminist. A half white, half Asian feminist. But I beg you, non-feminists, not to be so sensitive to words that you refuse to keep reading. This is for you, too. I'm writing to you today, on International Women's Day, to ask you to do three things. Only three. Be a feminist. Be intersectional. … Continue reading International Women’s Day: An Open Letter
In one of my high school English classes, I had a phenomenal teacher, Mr. Donald Delo. In this class, we had an unusual activity -- we would write a speech for someone else to read. Perhaps this was an exercise ultimately rooted in the goal of "easy to read" writing styles -- or being able … Continue reading #JCMakeItYours: How A Problematic Hashtag Summarizes Everything About Gentrification
I generally consider myself a confident person. But I had a really weird body image day a few days ago. Some of my closest friends uploaded pictures of our amazing reunion in Chicago. I wore a makeshift crop top because it was hot as hell, and my friends encouraged me to do what is now … Continue reading Skin Deep, And Then Some: The Insidious Nature of Body Image
Today is a sad day for America. Congratulations to the companies that will now have the ability choose whether or not to support birth control. I hope you are thrilled with your new power. I get it though, you're morally opposed with granting people accessibility, via your sponsored funds, to do something you don't believe … Continue reading Today, the Constitution won, but women lost, big time.