By Helena Jordheim | February 21, 2020 Known as Shakyamuni Buddha or Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha lived during the 400s BCE, and in that lifetime reached enlightenment, or nirvana. But even before the Buddha attained this title, he lived hundreds of previous lives which were recorded as part of the Buddhist texts. In the Buddhist … Continue reading Buddhism and Gender: From Mythology to the Present
By Anushka Joshi | February 21, 2020 The Israeli T.V. show Srugim was originally titled “Sex and the Holy City” but the American show it is more often compared to is “Friends.” Tracing the lives of a group of Orthodox friends who live in Jerusalem, Srugim is much more than that, and has become a … Continue reading Srugim: The Israeli F.R.I.E.N.D.S or Something More?
By Kayla Santos | May 2, 2019 “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother's womb moments before birth...To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children … Continue reading Anti-Abortion Propaganda is More Detrimental than Actual Abortions
By Anna Schultz | Illustration by Manya Tam | May 2, 2019 The controversy over the Muslim headscarf in Western European schools presents a complex issue. Incorporating aspects of colonialism, immigration policies, gender, race, and religious differences, it is difficult to understand without discussing each of these layers. Biases can stem from racism, sexism, naiveté, … Continue reading The Headscarf Issue
By Kayla Santos | December 4, 2018 Media has always played a crucial role in American politics, and as of late, modern media has been particularly influential regarding voter learning. It has increased Americans’ sense of civic responsibility, but it has also given people of all points of view a platform to voice their opinions. … Continue reading “Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers”: The Influence of Twitter on Public Opinion
By Chloe Sariego | December 1, 2016 “The ‘sexual mosaic’ of modern society is a dynamic network in which the optimization of power is achieved with and through the multiplication of pleasures, not through their prohibition or restriction.” Spargo, T., 1999. Foucault and queer theory. Concern regarding pornography and the effect on women is a … Continue reading Reorienting Pornographic Politics
By Kate McGuire | May 1, 2016 1. A Political and Moral Crisis In 2015, Europe received approximately 1.2 million first-time applications for asylum, more than double the amount received the year before. By summer 2015, some Greek islands were seeing an average of 1,000 arrivals by sea per day. Though routes are constantly in … Continue reading Challenging Narratives: Pop Culture and the Refugee Crisis