Tonya Harding: a shining American star

By JESSICA BROFSKY “There’s no such thing as truth,” says Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in the biopic I, Tonya. “Everyone has their own truth.” Twenty-three years after “the whack heard round the world,” when Shane Stant bashed Harding’s rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with a collapsible baton slightly above her knee, after Nancy’s repeated, resounding cries asking why, after the sentencing and the backlash, … Continue reading Tonya Harding: a shining American star

Not so Black and White: chess and gender politics

By JACK JONES Chess first came to me in the same way that Legos and Playmobil sets did: a group of characters, familiar and reassuring in their clear, hierarchical order. When I played with my parents’ chessboard, I made up stories about the pieces just like I did with those other toys, gave them names and personalities, moved them around the board to act out … Continue reading Not so Black and White: chess and gender politics

The Morals of Meat: reconciling cultural symbolism with environmental awareness

By ERIN LYNCH “Where’s the beef?” Meat… You’re right in liking it.” “Indispensable in every household.” “The yardstick of protein foods.” Meat advertisements in the 1950s solidified the role of beef as a staple food constituting an integral part of the American identity. During World War II, the USDA promoted rationing and also subsidized the poultry industry in an effort to conserve red meat for … Continue reading The Morals of Meat: reconciling cultural symbolism with environmental awareness

Some Meat on Your Bones: the delicate and dangerous dance of linking body weight with personality

By ANNA LEE For as long as I can remember—and even before then— I have always been a big person. Not in the metaphorical, take-the-high-road sense, but in the literal sense, in terms of size. I was a nine-pound baby, healthy and blue-eyed and big, the biggest of my family. Growing up, no one ever believed how old I was. At five years old, I … Continue reading Some Meat on Your Bones: the delicate and dangerous dance of linking body weight with personality

Cannibalism in the Kitschen

By ABBY HAILU Cannibalism is when something, partly or fully, consumes its same species for food. It’s a fairly common phenomenon in nature that occurs under a range of circumstances. Sexual cannibalism can occur just after mating, simply because the newly impregnated mother’s nearest post-coital snack is her mate. Intrauterine cannibalism can happen in the womb when only the strongest embryos survive to birth by … Continue reading Cannibalism in the Kitschen

Fresh Meat

By ALLEGRA HANLON It was the very first orientation week of college. Nerves were flying around the dorm room as you and your roommate got ready for your first real party. The word on your floor was that that night’s party was at “one of the really good frats.” So you had to look hot. If you didn’t look hot enough, then the guys at … Continue reading Fresh Meat

More than An Age Gap: Statutory Rape in Popular Media

By ANNA GODEK The fall of Woody Allen may finally be upon us. As the #MeToo movement progresses and the reckoning for abusive men in Hollywood (and hopefully abusive people everywhere) continues, there has been a re-evaluation of Allen’s famous 1979 film, Manhattan. It’s about time: the movie features a “romance” between a middle-aged man (Allen) and a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway). Hopefully, Hollywood’s newfound critical lens … Continue reading More than An Age Gap: Statutory Rape in Popular Media