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Love Letters in the Digital Age

Andrew Schwartz

November 17, 2015

The research of Professor of Sociology Michelle Janning on the use of written love letters in modern times has gotten some broader attention after a lecture at the University of St. Thomas and an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Janning’s work, which focuses on the correlation between gender...

Being a Woman in Politics

Hillary Smith

April 15, 2014

Recently, I stumbled across an article on Today from 2009 about female politicians' conflict between work and family. I know, it's not exactly a recent article, but I am quite certain that the issues it presents have not disappeared. It opens by mentioning Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's de...

Rethinking Gender Roles

Hillary Smith

February 18, 2014

What if gender roles were reversed? Recently, I watched a French video in my French conversation group called "Oppressed Majority," by Éléonore Pourriat. While I didn't catch the majority of the dialogue (I've only had a little over a semester of French, and these actors speak very quickly!),...

How to Make a Rapist

Illustration by Julie Peterson

Spencer Wharton

April 4, 2013

(Content warning: This column discusses rape, rape culture and sexual assault.) Several weeks ago, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, the boys from Steubenville, Ohio who raped an unconscious girl, were both found guilty and sentenced. This doesn't mean it's time to stop talking about rape. On the contrary, we need now, just as much as ever, to tal...

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