Open letter: Dear white people... (Login Required)
NOTE: None of these letters are directed towards anyone specific. They are a mere reflection of my thoughts based on my experience at Carleton.
Mothers don't have to be homemakers (Login Required)
"She was always maternal and protective in a way that was not traditionally maternal. She was the “man” of the house because she had to be. She never needed a male counterpart to define her, and she always put my sister and I before everything else....She taught me that being a mom isn’t synonymous with being a homemaker, and that taking on traditionally “masculine” parenting roles is powerful."
Stay out of the stay-at-home stigma (Login Required)
"If someone wants to be a stay-at-home parent, what gives you the right to judge?"
Full and interesting lives (Login Required)
"Although I love my mom more than anyone else in the world, I think that for a long time a part of me, at least subconsciously, thought that her choice to work outside the home meant she was an inherently colder, less maternal person than mothers I knew who stayed home. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gained a more nuanced perspective of stay-at-home parenting. It isn’t that my mom chose not to stay-at-home with me, but rather that both my parents chose to pursue meaningful work while maintaining a comfortable lifestyle."
The danger of devil's advocacy (Login Required)
This piece was written in response to the recent article "The Rise of “Bias Response Teams” on Campus," which was published in the New Republic on March 30th, 2016 by Carleton Professors Jeffrey Aaron Synder (Educational Studies) and Amna Khalid (History).
A Drumpf Ultimatum (Login Required)
"To best counter Trump’s divisive message, we would need to unite behind a candidate who has always fought for an equal and just society, instead of a candidate who takes positions based on the opinion polls of the day."
Dealing With President Trump (Login Required)
"If anything, the rise of Donald Trump should serve as a wake-up call for all of us to remain eternally vigilant and wary of the rise of the power wielded by the state. Whoever is sitting in the Oval Office shouldn’t matter; we should always remain confident that our liberties will be protected, so long as we never turn complacent."
O Canada, Our home and native land? (Login Required)
"It is this citizenry that has been and will be responsible for constructive social change."
My Parents, the Non- Voters: When Voting Isn’t an Option (Yet) (Login Required)
"We never got involved because we didn’t feel like it would have any effect on how things go.” So elections passed us by, leaving us to sit in the national peanut gallery, gawking at the television.
#winning? (Login Required)
Letting things go and knowing when to speak up is the true test of intelligence, and not whether you “won” the argument or not.
Birthday Gift (Login Required)
For those who don’t know why your parents vote for the candidates they do (if you know at all), I encourage you to ask. Even if they are voting for candidates that you do not like, it brings up quite an interesting conversation; in my experience, that conversation is well worth having.
Do you know what you think? (Login Required)
It’s a bit awkward to admit to people on a campus as liberal as Carleton that someone who raised you supported the hero of the Republican Party.