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MUNIZ: Skin Lightening Products: Bad for Consumers, Good for Business

MUNIZ: Skin Lightening Products: Bad for Consumers, Good for Business

By Mariela Santos-Muñiz Skin lightening is a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, with a global reach and particular focus on the Global South, even when health risks are considered. Why? Within cultural differences light, white or “ivory” skin is conceptualized as a form of universal social capital. Ni’kita Wilson, founder and CEO and Skinects, told Yahoo! Beauty, “Bleaching creams have been […]

by Mariela Santos-Muniz· · 2 comments · Columns, Opinion
MOOTS: The MPAA Should Return to Stricter Guidelines 

MOOTS: The MPAA Should Return to Stricter Guidelines 

These past few weeks, “Fifty Shades of Grey” dominated the domestic box office before being dethroned by “Focus.” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” as you may know, is a film focused on the sexual relationship between a prominent businessman and a young woman. While the film is essentially a how-to (or how-not-to) for a BDSM relationship, the film was only rated […]

by Eric Moots· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion
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RYAN: For Those Strung Out Post-“House of Cards”

It may seem that our politicians live in a world all their own, but they actually exist in reality — at least a world more real than the one Frank Underwood rules in “House of Cards.” I haven’t watched Season 3 yet, so don’t worry about spoilers. For all of you “House of Cards” junkies, here are a few shows […]

by Sara Ryan· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
RILEY: The City of Christchurch

RILEY: The City of Christchurch

The people of Christchurch, a renowned city on New Zealand’s South Island, commemorated a somber anniversary Sunday. Sunday marked the passage of four years since the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake, one of the deadliest natural disasters in New Zealand’s history that resulted in the death of 185 people and injury to thousands of others. Just a few days before the quake’s four-year […]

by Rachel Riley· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
FREEBAIRN: Unsubscribing from Magazine Culture

FREEBAIRN: Unsubscribing from Magazine Culture

The monolithic news and culture magazine, The New Yorker, celebrated its 90th anniversary on Feb. 16. Why do I know this? Because, incidentally, it was the first issue of the magazine I’ve ever read. As an avid media devourer, I feel slightly embarrassed to say that it took me 18 years to make the jump. Some of my earliest memories […]

by Mandy Freebairn· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
CARIKER: And The Oscar Goes To… Social Change

CARIKER: And The Oscar Goes To… Social Change

Don’t get me wrong — I love the Oscars as much as the next person. Every year, I station myself in front of my TV and immerse myself in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, hoping that my favorite films of the year will win everything. However, this was the first year that the Oscar facade lifted its pretty veil […]

by Mariel Cariker· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
NGAI: Women on The Red Carpet

NGAI: Women on The Red Carpet

Awards season is something I look forward to every year. I love seeing who will win, the performances and the famous people crying on stage. I’m pretty sure on more than one occasion, I’ve spent hours just watching acceptance speeches on YouTube because they make me feel some sort of weird happiness bubbling inside. While waiting for these award shows […]

by Robin Ngai· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
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REYNOLDS: Bathrooms: An Unlikely War Zone

Everyone wants to feel safe as they do their business in public restrooms. Everyone. This includes both cisgender people (people who identify with the gender they were assigned to at birth) and transgender people (people who don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth). Right now, the majority of public restrooms only cater to one of those groups’ […]

by Rebecca Reynolds· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
SANTOS-MUNIZ: Beauty Queens are Seen

SANTOS-MUNIZ: Beauty Queens are Seen

Beauty pageants are flawed. Women parade around in bathing suits and evening gowns, and then, if they get far enough in the competition, enter the final round where they answer a question. Depending on the answers, viewers may know this as the humorous part of the competition. All people, including women, should be valued for more than how they look. […]

by Mariela Santos-Muniz· · 0 comments · Columns, Opinion
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RYAN: In Favor of “Violent Extremists”

In recent weeks, U.S. President Barack Obama has come under fire for his repeated use of the term “violent extremists” instead of “Islamic extremists.” Pundits and politicians alike are outraged that Obama refuses to acknowledge that the Islamic State, a terrorist group gaining power in the Middle East, is in fact connected to Islam. Maybe I’m reading the news articles […]

by Sara Ryan· · 1 comment · Columns, Opinion