A gawky goodbye

Devil in the Details

Julia Bertolero_online

I wouldn’t call myself antisocial, but the motto “no new friends” has always seemed a little too relevant to my life. So when my friend invited me over the other day and I was bombarded with the unexpected presence of other, only somewhat familiar humans, I knew that it was
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Your body, your voice — your choice

2 cents on 2 sides

Catherine Straus_online1

I lost my virginity when I was 14 years old. But before I could bask in the glory of fulfilling my sexual needs, or even process the act, the gossip about me spread around school as quickly as pink eye at a co-op orgy party. In a predominantly white, upper-middle
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Safety over sanity

Euphoric Dysphoria

J Jung_online

His voice breaking, he told me that he loved me, and, though he avoided my gaze, I knew it was true. His hands fidgeted, clasping and wringing, movements that were fighting with the control and composure that was my father. They mirrored the thoughts he wished to tell me, thoughts
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Read me

Devil in the Details

Julia Bertolero_online

Read 10:42 p.m. *sharp inhale, filled with panic* I wait a moment before I start full-on hyperventilating. He got my message. He read my message. But where was his response? I stared ruefully at my phone willing it to do something, redeem itself. Years passed, my hair grayed, life had
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Catherine Straus_online1

Feast away, forget your weight

2 cents on 2 sides

Before coming to the United States, I used to model. I was made to feel bad about my weight on every occasion when I lived with my family, and even more so when I was out of their sight.
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Julia Bertolero_online

No shave never

Devil in the Details

On warm Autumn days, I wear shorts with resolute confidence, unleashing the lush, untamed forest that is my leg hair. Happy No-Shave November.
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Catherine Straus_online1

Cal Dining: no ‘shirt,’ no service

2 cents on 2 sides

On my first day working at Cal Dining my freshman year, my manager explained in a condescending, matter-of-fact tone that if someone was wearing too little clothing, I should refuse to serve them. Aside from specifying that every customer must wear shoes, tops and bottoms, however, my manager never explicitly
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J Jung_online

Democracy is dangerous

Euphoric Dyphoria

After the results of the election, I simply watched as the votes trickled in. I wasn’t particularly surprised with the outcome, though the potential impacts of the Donald Trump presidency wouldn’t be internalized until many days later. This was America’s choice for president and undoubtedly the end result of the
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Julia Bertolero_online

The other box

Devil in the Details

During my AP English exam in my senior year of high school, I was confronted yet again by a form asking me to fill out the boxes to identify my race. I looked around at my peers who were happily bubbling in their chosen boxes and knew full well that
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Catherine Straus_online1

From a nasty woman

2 cents on 2 sides

Throughout my life, my family and peers brushed aside my retaliations to their sexist comments, branding me as just condescending or ill-tempered. Because sexist tenets are the norm, any sort of deviation in my family or in my high school was labeled as lacking significance or as a temper tantrum.
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