- Evanston, Illinois, USA
- December 31
- I'm a psychology student at Northwestern University. I write.
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- Sunday Link Roundup
May 21, 2012 01:10AM
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When You Say that Suicide is
May 16, 2012 03:44PM
- Empathy and Leadership: Why
Romney Would be a Terrible
May 14, 2012 02:49AM
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I've been gradually
down the d…”
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think about it. :)”
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Among the many different reactions garnered by Obama’s historic announcement of support for same-sex marriage, one that flew under the radar of most people–at least, most non-Jewish people–was that of two prominent Orthodox Jewish organizations, the National Council of Young Israel… Read full post »
So I’ve decided to dedicate one post each week to sharing all the awesome things I read elsewhere on the Internet. Hopefully I actually remember to do this each week.
I’m still thinking about the Chet Hanks suicide thing from last week and the various responses to it that I saw online. Specifically, I cited two comments that referred to suicide as “selfish.”
“Selfish” has to be one of the most common adjectives people think of when th… Read full post »
What do we look for in a presidential candidate? Political experience, intelligence, charisma, and confidence are probably high up on the list. Good looks and an adherence to Christianity clearly don’t hurt either.
But what about empathy?
What terrifies me the most about the scant possibility o… Read full post »
Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and a student here at Northwestern, has this to say about victims of bullying:
And then, perhaps in response to people who responded to him (including yours truly), Chet tweeted these followups:
“I say real shit and I always speak my mind if… Read full post »
Our campus magazine,Â North by Northwestern, recently did a cool feature called “Dormroom Debate” in which it pitted a conservative and a liberal against each other to discuss the recent Arizona abortion laws.
I think that it’s great to expose yourself to dissenting viewpoints, not… Read full post »
Note: On April 24, theÂ Daily Northwestern published an opinion column that included a backhanded and (in my opinion) unfair reference to me and my blog–namely, to my Markwell post. I wrote the following letter to the editor in response.
To the editor:
In his Tuesday column, Peter Larson discus… Read full post »
Aside from perhaps American Apparel, there might not be any clothing retailer that people love to hate more than Urban Outfitters.
This time, UO has angered the Jewish community by selling a t-shirt that seems made to resemble the patches that Jews were forced to wear on their clothes during the… Read full post »
Twenty minutes later, I was sitting at a round table in a large, airy office full of… Read full post »
But a few members of our student body have decided to sink this school to a new low this past weekend by hosting a party/drinking game called the “Beer Olympics.” A student who saw the event… Read full post »
The whole controversy on our campus surrounding Cru and their “I Agree with Markwell” campaign has gotten me thinking about proselytism. (Proselytism, in case you don’t know, is just a fancy word for trying to conv/… Read full post »
It’s called “I Agree with Markwell” and consists of the following: students wearing bright orange shirts that say “I Agree… Read full post »
It never ceases to amaze me how the act of expressing an opinion opens you up to the most outlandish assumptions about your personality.
Good girls, I know, don’t blog. Or at least, they don’t blog about anything substantial, and they definitely don’t do it using the… Read full post »
For your reference. I’ll try to update this as needed. Read the linked articles for more information about these bills and why they are so harmful.
The last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi is perilously close to shutting down thanks to a new proposed law, Mississippi House Bill 1390. The law would require that all doctors performing abortions be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology (reasonable), and that they also ha… Read full post »
Northwestern’s annual Sex Week is coming up next week. Sex Week is basically exactly what it sounds like.Â I quote their website: “our mission is simple: we want people to start talking.Â Sex Week is meant to provide students with fun, provocative, and informative opportunities to… Read full post »
I feel bad for Planned Parenthood. Not only have they been facing attacks from conservative politicians and cancer charities, defunding threats, and–I kid you not–firebombs, but now they have to deal with the odious filth that is Tucker Max and/… Read full post »
CNN did a great thing today. They published a first-person account by one of their editors, Stephanie Gallman, about her experience of being diagnosed with depression, and of telling her friends and family about it.
Initially when I saw this article, I was overjoyed. It’s good to see mainstream… Read full post »
One of my favorite bloggers once wrote a post about the idea of “consent culture” as an alternative to rape culture. After describing various ways to help create a culture of consent surrounding sex, she brilliantly expands the idea to social interactions in general:
I think part of the r… Read full post »
Before I came to Northwestern, not once in my life did I feel like my family didn’t have enough money.
To be sure, there have been times in my family’s history when we didn’t. Immigration–especially moving between countries and continents four times in seven year… Read full post »
Agribusiness is the reason we can’t have nice things.
The same industry that recently terrified consumers by includingÂ pink slimeÂ (or, euphemistically, “boneless lean beef trimmings”) in 70% of supermarket ground beef is now responsible forÂ a new Iowa law that makes it a… Read full post »
It’s not because I think people are evil or stupid, or because I dislike popular things (although that is often the case). It’s because for anything to become popular, it must be si… Read full post »
It’s pretty rare that a single idiot spawns two whole posts on this blog, but Rush Limbaugh has done it.
Up until this week, those of us with a shred of optimism and/or naivete could have pretended that the difference between liberals’ and conservatives’ perspectives on birth control were due to something as benign as “differing beliefs.”
However, now that Rush Limbaugh ha… Read full post »