Damsels in Distress or Damsels that Impress?

by Alana Foster-Smith Women have long been deemed academically inferior to men. The first woman in the United States to receive a degree was not was not until 1831, almost 200 years after Harvard was founded. Women had to fight not only to go to school, but also to be taken seriously in the classroom.Continue reading “Damsels in Distress or Damsels that Impress?”

Society in Chains: Gender Promotes Male Toxicity

by Sage Marmet Thomas Page McBee’s article Amateur: How Do I Reconcile My Masculinity With The Toxicity of Men unpacks the ever-prevalent toxic male culture in today’s society, provoking men to question their role–or lack thereof–in deconstructing their pedestal. Toxic masculinity is constantly perpetuated, and even normalized today: dress codes in schools teach young menContinue reading “Society in Chains: Gender Promotes Male Toxicity”

Family Tree: Is it Important?

When we commenced the novel Homegoing, I was confused as to why Ms. Reid told us to analyze the family tree. I turned the page, glimpsed at it, did not recognize any of the names, and I flipped the page. I thought to myself, meh, whatever, not important.  Flash forward a few days, I thoughtContinue reading “Family Tree: Is it Important?”

Intersectionality In Giovanni’s Room

By Hannah Sweet While James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room is a story that follows a white queer man, race is a dominant force that is as central to Baldwin’s narrative as sexuality. In Giovanni’s Room homosexuality becomes connected to blackness in a way that heterosexuality is connected to whiteness. Both are identities that lay outside ofContinue reading “Intersectionality In Giovanni’s Room”

Using the Lens of Injustice to See Greater Systemic Issues

by: Brooke Lee How do the ways in which prisons are run reflect the gender inequalities in the world we live in right now? Angela Y. Davis goes into extreme depth about the flaws in the United State’s prison system and how feminism has served as a tool to be able to become aware ofContinue reading “Using the Lens of Injustice to See Greater Systemic Issues”

Nature vs Nurture: What Do Parents Think?

Last week in class we had a long conversation about Hanif Kureishi’s “My Son the Fanatic” and what it shows about religion and parenting. The first time reading through the story we read about a boy, Ali, who begins to show a difference in attitude. His father, Parvez, was curious as to why these changesContinue reading “Nature vs Nurture: What Do Parents Think?”