The cultural erasure of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in China and why the world isn't watching. “For the most part, we do not first see and then define, we define first and then see. In the great blooming, buzzing confusion of the outer world, we pick out what our culture has already defined for … Continue reading Cultivating prejudice and stereotyping: how human rights become negotiable.
Validation, a double-edged sword: what parenting, formal education, scouting and Jeffrey Epstein may have in common
I remember wanting to be seen. In fact, our entire childhood was spent working for it. Following rules to fit the rigid patterns of appropriate behavior set out before us and doing it so we didn’t get in trouble, always following and fitting in to stay safe; diligently applying ourselves to our assigned tasks, so … Continue reading Validation, a double-edged sword: what parenting, formal education, scouting and Jeffrey Epstein may have in common
Out with the old, in with the ancient?
When is the appropriate time to resume our usual display of vanity? To fawn over our own faces and bodies and invite the sight of ourselves to other people's living rooms, or join them on their commute? When could we resume talking about the weather? Or the stray gray hairs that can take up much … Continue reading Out with the old, in with the ancient?
Fashionably Hypocritical: exposing the racist cultures of ‘inspirational’, ‘judgment-free’ and ‘sustainable’ fashion companies
The recent testimonies of former employees who have worked for fashion and media companies such as Reformation, Refinery29 and ManRepeller have brought to light a number of aspects regarding racist company cultures within the fashion industry that have systematically failed their POC employees. These companies, which have marketed themselves as “inspirational” (Refinery29), “a judgement free … Continue reading Fashionably Hypocritical: exposing the racist cultures of ‘inspirational’, ‘judgment-free’ and ‘sustainable’ fashion companies
The Pie of Privilege: Why We Won’t Share Easily
This is a pie. Pie is great to have. In fact, it's one of the sweetest tangible forms of privilege that we can enjoy. The right to consume it is inherent to us as human beings, regardless of who we are, where we come from and what we believe in. No one can deny that. We've … Continue reading The Pie of Privilege: Why We Won’t Share Easily
Bearing the burden: ending racism rests on my shoulders, too
I am a white non-American woman and yes, racism is my business too. I have never stepped foot on African soil and neither have my parents, or grandparents or those who came before them. We have been to the United States as visitors, enjoyed the best it had to offer from the safe distance of … Continue reading Bearing the burden: ending racism rests on my shoulders, too
Historical Homes: Deliberate Decay, Neglect and Looting
The Niculescu-Dorobanțu Residence Have you ever been on a tour of historical houses where some participants shout 'murderers'? Where the rest nod, approvingly? Have you ever been on a tour where the guide leaves questions unanswered, not out of ignorance, but because the authorities responsible with cultural preservation have left many questions -pertaining not just … Continue reading Historical Homes: Deliberate Decay, Neglect and Looting
Fact, Opinion and Discord
...In the post-truth era It’s no secret: internet discord has become a standard occurrence in the virtual medium, and coming across conversations riddled with insults in your daily scrolling has long ceased to be a matter of chance. One could first wonder if showing little to no consideration for your audience, and writing comments that … Continue reading Fact, Opinion and Discord