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

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