It’s hard to return from a leave of absence. It’s even harder to come back knowing that you feel worse than before. Let me explain: I took a leave after fall semester last year because of unbearable circumstances and experiences that rattled my emotional core. I could write an entire […]
The nerve wracking and immensely satisfying finale of HBO’s enthralling mini-series, Big Little Lies, explores the role of perfection in the patriarchy’s policing of women.
Image from OFTW (http://www.1fortheworld.org/) Most Penn students want to make a positive difference in the world, but many aren’t sure where to start. One For The World (OFTW) is a Penn-founded organization that makes giving back easy. Their goal is to encourage students to pledge 1% of their future incomes […]
Many students at Penn believe in fostering social change, especially right here in Philadelphia. Kate Zipin is one woman who also wants to make a difference in society, one summer at a time. Upon relocating to Philadelphia, the former teacher founded Own Your Awesomeness – a camp meant to empower […]
Over a year ago, president-hopeful Bernie Sanders spoke of Denmark as his “American Dream.” But of course—2016’s “happiest nation in the world” boasts generous welfare for its citizens, little economic disparity, and, well, happy citizens. As a current exchange student in Copenhagen, I have the opportunity to investigate the country […]
The other day, a friend and I went to the King of Prussia Mall. As expected, the mall was packed. Now usually, that’s not a problem. People ignore me and I ignore them as we spend our separate lives out shopping. But this time was different. This time was different […]
1) Raising your hand too much in class. Feminist writer Lily Myers asked “five questions in genetics class today and all of them started with the word ‘sorry’.” And why shouldn’t she? There is such thing as a stupid question and the chances that none of the five fit into […]
The picture above is by Dread Scott, an activist and artist whose chosen mediums include everything from performance to graphic design. This specific piece of artwork is called– not surprisingly – “HATE.” What struck me first was the uncanny resemblance it has to the familiar pop-culture icon we all know and love– […]
In these turbulent political times, many have reconsidered the place of high profile awards ceremonies in American culture and society. Few critics, however, seem to note that the Academy Awards has historically operated on a troubling dual message.
In 2006, my family moved into a brownstone in Harlem, New York. Though I was young, I remember other family members being skeptical about the decision. They questioned my parent’s choice to live in the ‘sketchy’ and supposedly dangerous neighborhood. For years, my parents and I were met with the […]