Food for Thought: fish are food, not friends

By SESHA KAMMULA When I was younger, the only movie my family owned on DVD was Finding Nemo. I’ve probably accumulated days of time where I was glued to the screen, internalizing three key messages: 1.  Just keep swimming 2.  P Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney 3.  Fish are friends, not food As I grew, some messages sat better than others. Just keep swimming is … Continue reading Food for Thought: fish are food, not friends

Feminist Body Hair is a Privilege Only White Women Can Afford

By MALVIKA DAHIYA My relationship with my body hair is complicated, dynamic, and often difficult. Like many other women of South Asian descent, I grew up confused by my body hair, living in a world where images of femininity, beauty, and even normality were divergent from the body I called home. Much of my adolescence was spent struggling to mirror the hairless, skinny, and white … Continue reading Feminist Body Hair is a Privilege Only White Women Can Afford

12 and A Die-hard PETA Supporter: my first misguided foray into PETA’s online activism and vegetarianism

By KATHIE JIANG I’m about to describe a strange chapter of my life: when I was 12 years old with Internet access and a strong sense of righteousness, I chose to abruptly adopt a vegetarian diet. I was raised on an omnivorous diet of Chinese cooking from my first-generation immigrant parents and American restaurant food my whole life up until my introduction to the website … Continue reading 12 and A Die-hard PETA Supporter: my first misguided foray into PETA’s online activism and vegetarianism

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

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

The Extraness of Minimalism

By Abigail Mengesha

Let’s not lie to each other. Minimalism is the most extra thing right now. Normally, the two terms are complete adversaries: denotatively, minimalism is the practice of using the least means necessary to achieve a desired effect, while extra, in its newly founded modern context, means doing the absolute most for generally no (or an unnecessary) reason.
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