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Real Online Communities

Real Online Communities

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tumblr, Facebook groups, blogs, fandom sites, and now Snapchat groups — are online communities real? Many of our online communities, like our social media outlets, are initiated through direct human relationships and merely extend into the virtual world of the internet. These forums are real, in that they exist via the internet. But virtual connections […]

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The Problem with Telling Your Curly-Haired Daughter to “Fix” Her Hair

The Problem with Telling Your Curly-Haired Daughter to “Fix” Her Hair

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Telling your daughters that straightening their hair is fixing it implies that in its natural, curly state, it is broken.

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Swipe Right

Swipe Right

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

“You’re making this so much harder than it needs to be. Just get over it and message someone!” It’s not that easy.

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Take Care

Take Care

| March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

If yoga makes you feel better, great! If it just makes you cranky because you’re not flexible enough to do the poses, maybe you should look for other ways to relieve stress.

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Scream of Consciousness

Scream of Consciousness

| March 17, 2017 | 6 Comments

“My grandmother would say I’m haunted. That’s Jamaican for preoccupied with too many things at one time. She doesn’t know how my consciousness screams,”

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Trespassers Will Be Shot, God Bless

Trespassers Will Be Shot, God Bless

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

“How do you balance it?” I ask my sister, the civil rights lawyer. It is some time past midnight, and she is trying to sleep on a slowly deflating air mattress in the corner of my dorm room. “How do you balance… your compassion and your anger?”

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The Case for Collectivity

The Case for Collectivity

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

In which the author defends the concept of collective security.

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Growing Up Sentimental

Growing Up Sentimental

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

I had to show her how much our friendship meant to me. I was eleven. At the time, I clinged to everything and everyone, placing emotional weight everywhere and grieving every loss or passing.

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Knowing When to Quit

Knowing When to Quit

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are socially coached to not only hide when we quit one of our obligations, but also to feel guilty when we do so. But what if that obligation is just not worth our time? Should we be expected to stay?

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