Silent Suffering

Most likely if someone raises the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), images of soldiers returning home from combat comes to mind. However, how often do we think of the other victims of PTSD? The silent victims? While it is true that soldiers often face PTSD and need to receive treatment, it is also true … Continue reading Silent Suffering

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Dying for Male Approval: Force-Feeding in West Africa

Obesity is a sign of wealth, status, and prosperity in parts of Africa It seems that no matter where in the world you go, men’s preference dictates what a woman should look like, and societal pressure compels women to conform. We’re familiar with a culture of thinness in the West. Here, despite body-positivity campaigns, larger … Continue reading Dying for Male Approval: Force-Feeding in West Africa

The Cultural Conundrum of Sexuality in Thailand

During her time as Thailand’s first female Minister of Tourism and Sports (2014-2017), Ms. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul was extremely vocal about the need to end sex tourism in the country. Her desire was to see “Thailand be about quality tourism” without the seedy draw of the sex-trade [1]. Recently, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed similar … Continue reading The Cultural Conundrum of Sexuality in Thailand

Raising Awareness on Women’s Rights

Life for women worldwide seems to be slowly improving as they struggle to secure their rights. It is vitally important to continue to bring awareness to the global human rights issues some women still face. By shedding light on gender inequality and creating empowerment through knowledge and resources, women’s lives will continue to improve. Recently … Continue reading Raising Awareness on Women’s Rights

Barbara Bush: A Legacy of Public Service

On Tuesday, April 17, the world lost a remarkable woman with a monumental legacy. Barbara Bush, former first lady, mother, and philanthropist passed away at 92. She lived a life dedicated to both private and public service. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the Bush family, and want to celebrate the wonderful life … Continue reading Barbara Bush: A Legacy of Public Service

Speaking Sexism: Which Dialect Do You Speak?

Every language is shaped by the culture of those who speak it. As sexism persists in the cultures of the world, it will continue to persist in language. During a recent opportunity to live in Chile and learn Spanish in an immersive environment, I discovered the way sexism is demonstrated through the Spanish language. In … Continue reading Speaking Sexism: Which Dialect Do You Speak?