Trans* allyship requires more than mere acceptance

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Embracing abstraction empowers students to explore gender variance

When Caitlyn Jenner revealed that she is transgender, I was too young to understand the gravity of her transition. It was the first time I’d ever even heard of Bruce Jenner, let alone the concept of being trans*.

I had no idea of the importance of the trans asterisk, for example.

“I’m really committed to that star, that asterisk,” said Jack Halberstam, professor of American studies and ethnicity, gender studies and comparative literature at the University of Southern California.

Read the rest of this opinion column on gender variance and the Trans* event on-campus on the State Press website!

This article was originally published in the State Press on April 4, 2017.

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“20th Century Women” illustrates the positive impact of feminism

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Despite what its title would have you believe, “20th Century Women” is just as much about men as it is about women. At the heart of the story is 15-year-old Jamie Fields, whose emerging sense of manhood is shaped by feminist principles and life lessons imparted upon him by three women of different generations.

By showing male characters who embrace feminism, films like “20th Century Women” combat negative stigmas against feminism and shed light on the benefits feminism offers both men and women.

Read the rest of this opinion column on “20th Century Women” on the State Press website!

This article was originally published in the State Press on February 20, 2017.

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