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To “Lean In,” Women Must Abandon the False Moral Ideal of Selflessness

Psychologically, some women hold themselves back by believing that they must play the role of “nurturer,” a moral ideal which is reinforced by . . . the baseless philosophical ideal of selflessness.

Opponents of Stem Cell Research: Enemies of Human Life

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Opponents of Stem Cell Research: Enemies of Human Life

Minnesota is currently in the thick of an ongoing debate surrounding embryonic stem cell research and its legislature is now considering a bill that would classify such research as a criminal offense rather than as a scientific achievement. In an article in The Minnesota Daily, Julian Switala dives right into the middle of this controversy: […]

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Could I Get a Hand?

I looked up at the bicycle box, a little perturbed. It sat high above my head on a shelf that I could reach only with my arm completely outstretched. I yanked on the corner; I could tell it weighed about 50 pounds. Had it been a little lower, I could have dragged it out for […]

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Girls Gone Mild

An article in the New York Times titled “Students of Virginity” reports on the surprising number of “abstinence clubs” popping up on university campuses all over the country. These clubs try to discourage students from engaging in pre-marital sex. According to the article, a growing number of students that have been exposed to similar clubs […]

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The Case for Girly Beauty

I must confess, I love to go shopping. Although my meager grad student stipend doesn’t generally afford outlandish spending sprees, I delight in simple, gratis pleasures such as testing lotion samples at Bath & Body Works and visiting boutiques to try on colorful, lush silk dresses that I could never afford. Like Audrey Hepburn in […]


Sex, the Suburbs, and What Housewives Are Desperate For

Breaking every viewer record and emerging as the #1 primetime TV sensation, ABC’s Desperate Housewives has been called the Sex and the City of the suburbs. Writer Marc Cherry told The Age that “Desperate Housewives is a kind of skewed homage to suburban life,” and that he “found inspiration in everything from the later episodes […]