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Romantic Comedies with a Feminist Twist

In a neverending quest to better understand myself and my beliefs, I’ve worked hard to view myself in relation to my gender. Through my life, I’ve experienced feelings of inadequacy, feelings that I have to work hard to prove myself whenever dealing with men. I’ve become a strong advocate of feminism, equality, and gender relations even going so far as working on gender equality projects in STEM and promotion of women in the restaurant industry. Often, I sit back and think of where these feelings of inadequacy come from, where they began and how they are promulgated within our society – and I can usually come up with a few ideas of where they stem from. One, of many, being that they are coming from a place of culture and socialization. It’s built into our society that women have to take a certain type of treatment and that we should…

Wanderers

If anyone asks, I usually tell them that Turkey has my heart. It’s a great place and the culture just spoke to me when I had visited. Honestly, I would even consider living there (in Istanbul specifically) for a while or trying to own property there since it’s so beautiful and rich with history. Despite the turmoil, I’ve longed to go back and visit; to explore and to grow through the city and the culture as an adult. Part of my undergraduate degree was spent focusing on the Ottoman empire. I spent 3 years pouring over texts on the country, reading things about the diaspora and the culture of these people. I was ensnared – and still continue to be. I’m sure that you’ve already seen this, but there is this amazing video of Turkey going around and winning all these awards. I wanted to share it with you so…

Monday’s Mini Manifesto: Patriotism and Nationhood

I’d never really had an understanding of what it meant to be patriotic. University can be blamed; taking courses that examined the concept of nationhood, nation states and the resounding affects that these concepts had on us, and how we dealt with others, left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Further, sitting at the sidelines beside the US and watching how they would use the concepts of patriotism to exert control over their citizens to fuel wars and increase capitalist hegemony. Through my years of studying politics, taking an active role in it and attempting to affect change, I’ve recognized that as a political and social construct, there have been some very negative repercussions that have emerged from nation identity and patriotism. I do know that there are positives and that while I feel this current system isn’t working, I do recognize that I barely have an idea…