There is literally no such thing as good English: on rejecting “standard american english” and embracing language change

By Jagravi Dave The way we speak ties us to where we’re from. Our speech is infused with linguistic markers, some extraordinarily salient and others more subtle, that identify us as coming from particular places so significantly that The New York Times was able to create a dialect quiz for the United States that identifies, based on self-reporting, the very town to which someone’s speech … Continue reading There is literally no such thing as good English: on rejecting “standard american english” and embracing language change

The Paradox of the Bong Woman: class divide and feminism in Bangladesh

By Nuha Fariha A quick Google search of Bengali women, or “Bong” women as they’re colloquially referred to, reveals an interesting picture. Bong women are portrayed as daring, well-read, cultured feminists, partiers, and foodies. In other words, it reveals the perfect reflection of the myth I’d been told growing up. Out of all the countries in South Asia, Bangladesh is hailed to be the most … Continue reading The Paradox of the Bong Woman: class divide and feminism in Bangladesh

Alternative Structures of Government: a conversation with Eastern Farm Workers Association

By Sophia May It may be time to admit that our system is failing us. Economically, our representatives continue to support policies that increase the broad income gap between the wealthy few and the impoverished many. This is perpetuated by a political system under which representation is skewed so that companies can make contributions to political candidates’ campaigns on such a scale that candidates are beholden … Continue reading Alternative Structures of Government: a conversation with Eastern Farm Workers Association

The L-Bench: a seat for Newton’s alt-boys

By Sophie Galowitz While many people expect political tension over Thanksgiving break, I thought I would be returning home to my oasis of liberal consensus in Newton, Massachusetts. I remembered that even as the national conversation exploded in the spring of 2016, in this very liberal Boston suburb, my high school’s mock primary debates were argued with smug irony: “Marco Rubio” and “Ted Cruz” going at … Continue reading The L-Bench: a seat for Newton’s alt-boys

Urban Flavors: religion and urbanization in the Middle East

By Lela Robinson For those with sophisticated palettes, I recommend the urbanism.  Not an obvious choice, but if you’re an erudite progressive who enjoys the bitter taste of sophistication over the hearty flavors of reality, I can assure you, you would like nothing less. It’s on the side, under feminism and above Marxism. Don’t bother reading the description, or do exactly that and fake an understanding. … Continue reading Urban Flavors: religion and urbanization in the Middle East

Dismantling America’s Immigrant Fetish: how rabid anti-xenophobics can still be dicks

By Jeremiah Kim SCENE: A pho restaurant. Amidst the streams of sweat, spit, and speech spilling out between steaming bowls of hot brown broth, a table for two sits silent and spotless. LOVER: So uh…it says in your bio that you speak two languages… (Leans forward conspiratorially.) Does that you mean you’re like…not from here? BELOVED: Well, I moved to New York six months ago. … Continue reading Dismantling America’s Immigrant Fetish: how rabid anti-xenophobics can still be dicks

I Am Gagged: a lesson we can learn from America’s sixth president

By Angelina Shi In 1824, Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams ran for president. At the start, it seemed Adams was the likely winner; he was the son of a previous president and a former secretary of state with a brilliant international relations background. He was Harvard-educated, while Jackson could barely spell. It didn’t seem like a competition. Wrong. Though Jackson won 43 percent of … Continue reading I Am Gagged: a lesson we can learn from America’s sixth president

In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin

By Nicole Oliviera At the beginning of the spring semester, I sat down to interview Sena Aydin, a third-year graduate student studying Anthropology and a member of Cornell Graduate Students United (CGSU). CGSU was founded in 2014 as a union of graduate students committed to improving working conditions at Cornell. Its members advocate for the recognition of graduate students as workers and are united by … Continue reading In Conversation with CGSU Organizer Sena Aydin

[Insert Celebrity Name Here] is Not an Activist: capitalizing on activi$m really $ucks

by Anna Godek The question of celebrity culture and what role it should play in our lives is highly debated. Part of the reason that celebrities hold sway in our culture is that many of them are also artists whose work has the power to affect our lives and be meaningful. And art is certainly worth analyzing and discussing. However, we should also consider what … Continue reading [Insert Celebrity Name Here] is Not an Activist: capitalizing on activi$m really $ucks

Was Cassian Andor Anything Like Me? Negotiating Mexicanity in Star Wars

by Viri Garcia I grew up watching minorities and characters of color die on screen. Most often, these were African Americans. Every time my mom and I would watch a movie with African American characters, such as Scary Movie, The Shining, Resident Evil: Extinction, Kill Bill, and X-Men: First Class, I remember my mother saying, “Mira, se va a morir primero,” They are going to … Continue reading Was Cassian Andor Anything Like Me? Negotiating Mexicanity in Star Wars