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No Man’s Land

Published at Women in Higher Education on July 5, 2017: I started crying as I watched these fierce Amazons because it was only an ordinary Tuesday and I was already exhausted from being a woman in 2017. The fantasy of the matriarchy was so tempting. I found myself mourning a world that never existed but […]

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Be Visible, Flawed and Present in the World

Published at Women in Higher Education in the September 2016 issue. Havrilesky doles out advice for how to handle fizzled-out romances, bad friends, terrible jobs and smaller traumas of everyday life. But her advice isn’t simplistic, judgmental or what might be expected. She veers toward existential: What does it mean to exist right here, right now? […]

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“New Muslim Cool” as a Teaching Tool

Published at Sacred Matters on September 8, 2016. Talib notes: “You’re Muslim. You’re American. You’re Puerto Rican. You’re from the hood. You’re an artist. You’re a rapper…You sound like America’s worst nightmare.” This is the line that sticks with me after each time I’ve rewatched New Muslim Cool. Hamza appears as a threat because of his ethnicity, […]

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In Defense of Hope

Published at Marginalia Review of Books on August 16, 2016. Hope gives us the nudge, or kick in the pants, we need. Hope requires us to learn to the embrace uncertainty over certainty, to recognize that the future is unknowable, and to admit that we have the power to change the world if we choose to […]

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Being A Feminist Isn’t Easy

Published at Women in Higher Education in the June 2016 issue. What’s most depressing and infuriating about We Were Feminists Once is the realization that our culture hasn’t come as far as this new glossy form of feminism suggests we have. We’re still asking: “Are women human beings, with the same rights, access, and liberties as […]

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