Zain Shah’s Pursuit to ‘Diversify Diversity’

Featured Image: Zain Shah In South Asian society, the pressure to conform to ‘a standard’ shapes the foundations of brown culture. This narrative enforces an expectation for brown youth to preserve this social conditioning through their own lives at the cost of slowly abandoning their individuality, their voice, and their identity. This unwritten narrative is…

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The Terrifying Reality of Womanhood

Featured Illustration: Simply Sophie Designs Trigger warning: mentions of gendered violence, gun violence, transphobia, and sexual assault. A TikTok video of user @jatsiveh detailing the contents of her ‘If I Go Missing Folder’, recently went viral on Twitter, collecting over 2 million views and 200,000 likes and retweets. Her folder contains the following: social media…

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“Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen”: A Closer Look at Hollywood’s Depiction of Transgender Lives

Popular culture is a crucial source we constantly draw from to configure our perception of self and others. This makes looking at projected narratives from a critical standpoint of the utmost importance, as media portrayals can be just as empowering and enlightening as they can be detrimental and misleading. Our dependence on the media to…

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The 7 Privileges

Featured Artwork: Claire Merchlinsky Although Pride Month is usually a time for celebration, this year, the LGBTQ+ community held off on the parades and festivities in order to support the Black Lives Matter movement because despite their differences, these two communities actually significantly overlap. After all, the LGBTQ+ movement in America was originally led by…

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Hijras: The Age-Old Transgender Community in South Asian Culture

Featured Artwork: Madhura Kamat Growing up in an Indian-Malaysian household, I’m glad I was constantly surrounded by my culture, whether it was through stories my grandmother told me during sleepless nights or the many vibrant pictures and paintings that decorated the walls of my house. I always had a reminder of my heritage. I can’t…

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How this Gender Non-Conforming Artist is Saving Lives with a Book Drive

When Alok Vaid-Menon calls their new book “life-saving,” they’re not boasting.

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Having Pride in #BlackLivesMatter

Featured Artwork: Damian Alexander The Black Lives Matter movement is not new, but this is the largest it has ever been. In the last few days, all fifty states and an additional 18 countries took part in protests to demand justice for George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer. Additional demands for justice…

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The Benefits of Women’s and Gender Studies Courses

Featured Artwork: Ariel Lung for The Daily Californian When I tell people that I’m pursuing a minor in women’s studies, I’m often met with an eye-roll or two. I imagine this is because adults are amused and think it’s cute that I’m “entertaining feminist and social justice warrior notions” while still in college before I enter the real world where things aren’t…

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Wade’s Courage.

We say we don’t know what to say around them / they / us / he / his / she / her / hers / they / them none of our business and when a black father offered love and support we suddenly knew our tongues awoke from the deepest slumber with ignorance black people…

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