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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ASU students can take steps to stay safe from surveillance

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Don’t be Trumped by your paranoia: take precautions instead

When the first day of spring break unfolded, I stepped into the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with a positive attitude I usually find hard to muster in airports.

As I hurried through the masses of people, an advertisement caught my eye. “Protect yourself from cyber attacks,” the banner above me read, accompanied by a man’s face from the nose down wearing a suspicious smirk. He was sitting before a laptop, his fingers poised to commit a nefarious attack on an unsuspecting victim’s cyberspace.

Ever since I saw that banner, the issues of cybersecurity and surveillance have weighed heavily on my mind. From alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election to Donald Trump accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping the White House, worries about third-party surveillance of private information are ubiquitous in our modern political climate.

Read the rest of my article at the State Press website!

This piece was originally published March 22, 2017.

Backlash against ‘Rogue One’ reflects a post-election America

No matter how far, far away it may seem, “Rogue One” hits close to home

One of the most laughably naive concepts my younger self believed was that fiction was an escape from reality. The truth is that politics and entertainment are inexorably intertwined.

Last night’s Oscars was peppered with politics throughout, from Gael García Bernal’s condemnation of Trump’s wall to Jimmy Kimmel’s mid-Oscar tweet noting that Donald Trump hadn’t taken to Twitter to address the Oscars.

Read the rest of my article at the State Press website!

This piece was originally published February 27, 2017.

“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.

“Passengers” proves that even space explorers can’t escape sexism

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Earthly attitudes about women and gender roles tie down this spacebound romance

Although it takes place in the stars, “Passengers” is as tied down by age-old romantic tropes as any other blockbuster, preventing it from skyrocketing into cinematographic space as a trail-blazing film.

As college students, we are learning skills that will aid us in changing the world, but what beliefs and attitudes will we take with us? How will the preconceived notions we carry affect and shape our future?

Read the rest of this opinion column on “Passengers” on the State Press website!

This article was originally published in the State Press on February 6, 2017.

 

 

“Hidden Figures” deserves the spotlight for its diversity

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This film encourages Hollywood to acknowledge and represent women of color who have been erased by history

Black women launched a man into space, and we’re only now hearing about it. Why did it take so long for the stories of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson to reach the big screen?

Because ASU has such a diverse student population, this racial disparity in media representation is especially vital.

For too long, brilliant men and women have been shoved behind the scenes in the grand motion picture of American history. “Hidden Figures” sheds light on a story whose heroes have long been disregarded. Erasure has permeated our history, and stories like this need to be brought to the forefront of modern movie theaters.

Read the rest of this opinion column on “Hidden Figures” on the State Press website!

This article was originally published in the State Press on January 30, 2017.

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