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On Gender Roles and the Family

As an immigrant, I lived in a dangerous neighborhood and went to a failing elementary school. My parents were too busy working, and my most basic notions of masculinity came from machismo; my neighbors and classmates encouraged me to objectify women and take pride in brute physical strength. In fact, I was bullied because I

Redefining Humanity

Sexuality and self-expression are two of the most fundamental facets of human nature. We rely on them to form relationships, procreate, and ultimately, survive as a species. However, while sexuality and self-expression are so rooted at our core, we as a civilization have very little understanding of them. For answers, people have historically turned to

Keeping Track of Trump: Confronting His Presidency

Hundreds of students walked out of New York City high schools on Thursday, February 9, to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim majority nations. Hardly anybody from Stuyvesant attended. The Trump administration seems remote to many, and it is difficult to imagine his policies influencing New York City. Some immigrant families, having

Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free

More than 5,500 miles of land and water separated our ancestors in Poggiomarino, Italy and Yongdong, South Korea. They spoke different languages, ate different foods, danced different dances, and prayed different prayers, but both families eventually came to the United States as immigrants. Living in a country of open doors, they raised their families, teaching

Point-Counterpoint: The Fine Line Between Protest and Pandemonium

The American dream has perpetually been fueled by an unabashed willingness to protest. Voicing dissent is arguably not just a right, but a duty we hold as citizens. Demonstrations throughout history such as the March on Washington of 1963 and the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913 opened the eyes of the public, opposed immoral legislature,

The “Anti-Vax” Movement

Medical improvements have improved public health throughout the last century. Vaccines in particular are partly responsible for decreasing mortality rates and occurrences of diseases such as polio or meningitis C. According to the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, the meningitis C vaccine decreased cases of meningitis in people under 20 by 99 percent. In the

Point-CounterPoint: Valuing Activism Over Apathy

A sea of pink hats engulfed the streets of Washington D.C. as the protesters gathered on January 21. Signs read, “Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” “Nasty Woman,” and “Refugees Are Welcome Here.” Some targeted Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, proclaiming “Ikea has better cabinets.” As the march became a movement present in 60 countries and the

Science: An Exercise in Privilege

A little over a year ago, I spent my entire holiday break stalking professors. As a freshman, I wanted to get involved in molecular biology research and move beyond labeling the parts of a flower. So I started keeping tabs on local labs, poring over research papers, and eventually sent out e-mails to a handful

A Beautiful Thing: Sex and Sexual Ethics

Two weeks ago, I put on a suit and walked to a wedding ceremony. When the best men starting walking up the aisle, I began to realize how special this event was. No other parties or ceremonies could replicate this intensity of emotion. When the bride began to walk, I started to cry. I understood