Cinderella: The Magic of Kindness

Published at Killing the Buddha on March 25, 2015. As a child, I found these films comforting: a lesson that family might wound and harm you, but you could escape and find happiness elsewhere. I learned that you just had to bide your time. That you wouldn’t be a child forever. That escape was always possible […]

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The Empathy Exams

Published at Books & Culture in May 2014. Empathy emerges as fraught; it can’t exist solely as a virtue because of the ways in which we unevenly practice it. Jamison models empathy while simultaneously scrutinizing and analyzing cultural expectations of empathy. She distrusts her own impulses and reactions to those she writes about. Who do we […]

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Kingsman: The One-Percent Apocalypse

Published at Killing the Buddha on February 26, 2015. When Valentine’s plan was revealed, I first thought this was a reversal of apocalyptic visions, in which the oppressed and downtrodden emerge the victors in a world torn asunder. The 1% would remain safe while the rest of humanity violently killed one another with brute force. Forget […]

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Confidence Gap

Published at Women in Higher Education on December 5, 2014. Unfortunately, while confidence might offer more possibilities to women, it does not mitigate hostile or benevolent forms of sexism, change gender inequalities in pay, or guarantee that women are not harassed in the workplace. Confidence might make us feel better about ourselves, but it is no balm […]

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