How to be Alone

“It remains an unpopular truth that a woman’s life can be full without a man in it. This makes the loss of a potential partner feel like the loss of the potential for happiness itself. For women in the modern world, a paralyzing fear of singledom compounds the pain following the demise of a romantic…

Female Eco-Activists Live in ‘Constant State of Fear’ in Latin America

“In 2015, after receiving anonymous death threats and requesting police protection, community leader Maria das Dores Priante was kidnapped, tortured and executed with multiple shots to the face after being involved in land disputes in Brazil. Earlier this year, two men were charged with her murder. In 2016, Peruvian farmer Maxima Acuna and her husband…

Economics, Technology, Education

Compendium of posts written for JSTOR Daily. The Recipe for Secession: What Makes Nations Leave, 3/23/2017 “Political Sociologist Michael Hechter has explored what the ingredients to a true secession are. His conclusion: secession doesn’t come from one event, but is borne of economic disparities, identity crises, legislative failure, and bad blood.” How Tech Companies Got in…

Why Transgender Rights are Women’s Rights

“Basing the right to be a woman on privilege is a straw man argument. Cis women (the term for women whose gender identity corresponds with their biological sex at birth) themselves face different degrees of discrimination. Women range from those born into the 1% to those trapped in sexual slavery in obscurity – neither is…

There are 196 Sides to Every Story

“My generation was largely unemployed. We were pursuing extra degrees we couldn’t really afford or retreating to alcohol or drugs to numb the reality that the ‘careers’ section of the paper was blank. Our scant networks offered no opportunities, and endless resumes didn’t solicit so much as a rejection e-mail.” Read more at WorldPulse.

Brexit results underscore need for more balanced, vigilant journalism

“As journalists, it is easy to color our work with our views when swept up in the fury of crisis or turmoil. We often feel strongly about the issues we’re reporting, and can feel we’re performing a public service by writing what we believe is true, whether it’s that immigrants are leading to economic collapse…

Guyana: mental illness, witchcraft, and the highest suicide rate in the world.

“Mental illness is misunderstood in the country, with symptoms often mistakenly attributed to witchcraft (known locally as obeah). Communities often ostracise sufferers, and on occasion have physically assaulted them, at times with the endorsement of religious leaders, who are highly respected figures.” Read more at The Guardian. Feature image by flickr user Scot Nelson, licensed under…

France’s Prostitution Ban: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?

The French have a long history with prostitution. From Madame du Barry to the paintings of Degas and Picasso, prostitution has been celebrated as an inherent, and even glamorous, part of French culture. But in 2016, the reality of the practice is starkly different. Now, the majority of prostitutes are trafficked, often immigrants fleeing political or economic…

Mourning the Unmournable

I can only read books where nobody falls in love. My mother gave me two novels to read over a brief vacation, both stamped with silver stickers signalling approval from The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize respectively, but when I read the blurbs — one about a love triangle in the 1940’s, one about a crumbling…

Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula’

Jon Krakauer has an impressive bibliography. Into Thin Air, about the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest; Into the Wild, the tragedy of Christopher McCandless, who undertook a fatal adventure into the Alaskan wilderness; Under The Banner of Heaven, an in-depth investigation of the religious-fueled murder of Brenda Lafferty and her baby, to name a few. Initially, Missoula…

The Opposite of Addiction

“Both the right-wing and left-wing theories of addiction are wrong. So the right-wing theory is it’s a moral failing, you’re a hedonist, you party too hard. The left-wing theory is it takes you over, your brain is hijacked. Bruce says it’s not your morality, it’s not your brain; it’s your cage. Addiction is largely an…

A Preventable Tragedy

Obstetric fistula is a complicated term for a simple, devastating condition. Caused by prolonged labor or difficult births, obstetric fistula is a hole between the vagina and the rectum. When a baby’s head is pushed against the walls of the bladder or vagina during labor, it cuts off the blood supply to the area. In…