For the Last Fucking Time, It’s Not the Video Games

August 5th, 2019: “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence.”—Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. One day before, on August […]

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When Love is a Crime: the Criminalization of Relationships Inside Prisons

  Prisons and jails have notorious reputations for the illicit relationships that they foster. Relationships between officers and inmates are often publicized to look like stories of lustful scandal. Other times, the criticism is directed at inmates who are in relationships with other inmates, or officers, while having a spouse, or partner outside of the […]

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The Mid-Autumn Festival and the Rituals that Never Escaped Me

The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebrates the harvest moon, which may include paying fealty to the moon goddess, a pale-faced abstraction with winglike sleeves. Even before my first Mid-Autumn Festival, I remember the worship of its deity. This did not yet involve the ritual devouring of mooncakes— the amazingly caloric, and gelatinous staple food of the […]

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Bernie And His Bros

  White. Upper-middle class. Male. College educated. These are the characteristics that define BernieBros: the fanatical supporters of Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. They are often volatile, and lash out at anyone who publicly criticizes Sanders. They swarm comment sections, Twitter feeds, and chat rooms, sniffing out dissent and striking, as if with a single hive […]

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