The Double Standard With Which Gender and Race Are Treated in the Current Presidential Campaign

As the 2008 presidential campaign continues, I frequently think about the manifestations of racism and sexism that Obama and Clinton, respectively, are confronted with because of who they are. ...more

Reflecting on "The Vagina Monologues"

One of the activities I participated in prior to V-day at Dartmouth this year was a discussion with Eve Ensler, the playwright and feminist activist best known for her play The Vagina Monologues. Being away from the U.S. for a few years and living in Middle-Eastern cultures where sex is a taboo subject and sexuality is incredibly suppressed, I did not know what to expect from my discussion or from watching the play for the first time. ...more

Exploitation by the Fashion Industry

A colleague in my ‘Writing with Media’ class recently presented on the topic of advertising and its different forms. ...more

Women's Talk

I recently jumped into a conversation on sexist terminology and women’s talk when I could not help but disagree with a male colleague who argued that women’s talk in mixed-sex interactions is usually characterized by “disfluency” and the use of approval-seeking questions. ...more

Banning the "Hijab" at Educational Institutions

Banning the Muslim headscarf and other dress that conspicuously shows religious affiliation has presented considerable controversy in many nations of the Middle-East and West such as Turkey and France. In many of these countries, secularity is a great achievement and is considered to play a crucial role in social harmony and national cohesion. Banning the headscarf has therefore come to reaffirm the countries’ secular foundations. ...more

Asian American Women in Television News Broadcasting

The preference for white male – Asian female broadcasters is a phenomenon that has caught my attention in contemporary television news broadcasting. Although female Asian American anchorpersons, such as Connie Chung, Wendy Tokuda, and Emerald Ye, are popular television news figures, there is an almost complete absence of Asian American men. ...more

The Reality of the Third World Experience

There is no doubt that the dominant culture is “dominant” on a number of levels: politically, socially, economically, but also linguistically. I had never stopped to think about the terms used by mainstream culture in referring to less-developed nations and their people until after I had worked with a non-governmental organization in a third world country. ...more

Why Not Ask?

I was fuming. We had been walking around Price Chopper for fifteen minutes looking for a specific ingredient. It seemed to me that I was frustrated not because he did not know where it was, but because he insisted on trying to find it himself rather than very simply stopping to ask one of the employees we frequently encountered. Perhaps, I was viewing my friend’s behavior through the lens of my own: If I needed that spice, I would have simply asked the first employee I came across for its location. ...more

Reflections on a Study in an Underserved Community

If a Dartmouth faculty member or student is suddenly diagnosed with hypertension, he or she can take all the necessary steps to prevent progression to cardiovascular disease by using the Alumni Gym, buying fresh fruits and vegetables from the Hanover Co-op, obtaining Lisinopril from Dick's House, or using the internet to find answers to questions. In an underserved community, the environmental and social scenarios are very different. ...more

The Invisible Others

The plight of low-income people is invisible to mainstream society. They live in segregated neighborhoods, take on thankless jobs, go unnoticed even though they are in plain view, and enter through side and back doors of hotels, or more correctly, through servants’ entrances. I went to Wal-Mart the other day and was handed a receipt that read across the top: “I’m Amna. ...more