Category: Op-Eds

Retratos: Viviendo en traducción

(Nica Leung/Contributing Illustrator) I think in English, but I feel in Spanish. I don’t have a single mother tongue, because I learned both as a child. But English and Spanish have always meant completely different things to me. English means assimilation and Spanish means home. Maybe five years ago, 10, I could’ve picked one to [...]

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Don’t buy into Herschel Walker’s son’s rebrand

(Ha-tien Nguyen/Staff Illustrator) A TikToker opens an account. The TikToker may be controversial or have unpopular views and faces backlash for those opinions or actions. The TikToker is de-platformed and thus  “canceled.” So, the TikToker takes a short hiatus and returns to the platform with a new stream of content. Does the TikToker face backlash? [...]

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Meritocracy doesn’t solve inequality. It justifies it.

(Pixabay/dehaasbe) When we envision meritocracy at work, we imagine someone starting off as a salesperson and moving their way up to manager, or a passionate student from an underprivileged background working from paralegal to partner. Americans tend to view hard work as a necessary step toward achievement, believing that with enough time, sacrifice and heart, [...]

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Free speech debates detract from the actual issues at hand

(Wikimedia Commons/Oren Rozen) So long as freedom of speech is incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, free speech remains a point of contention after any court decision, public policy or academic research. The fact that everyone can have a say and possess their own perspective makes this debate so ubiquitous and inevitably chaotic. When two people [...]

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Pocketing gender norms

(Jessie Satovsky/Contributing Illustrator) At least twice a day I think about the moment in “Black Widow” where Yelena’s face lights up when Natasha approves of her utility vest and spends her next monologue discussing the number of pockets like an excitable child who just discovered cotton candy for the first time. Men don’t get it. [...]

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