If I were not afraid

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” asks a fifth-floor Moffitt graffitist in the women’s restroom. Beneath it is a series of responses from various individuals that, taken together, forms a hypothetical bucket list of tasks that will probably never be completed. Fears naturally work to our instinctual advantage
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Mr. Pope and my sex life

Sex on Blogday

Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis this past Wednesday, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He’s a Jesuit from Argentina — the first pope from the Americas. It will be interesting to see if any changes come as a result of his different background compared to his predecessors.
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Bicycling Berkeley

Grass Roots

Does riding a bike contribute to greenhouse gas emissions? Ed Orcutt, a representative in the Washington state Legislature who is on its House Transportation Committee, seems to think so. In an email response to a cyclist angry about a proposed bicycle tax in Washington, Orcutt wrote: “You claim that it
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Why I’m not buying football season tickets

The Discomfort Zone

After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to not buy football season tickets for this coming fall. I have had them the past two seasons, and the medical evidence surrounding the sport’s destructive nature convinced me to pocket my $100 instead. Last May, a group called Intelligence Squared sponsored a
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A nameless notion

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

There is a very particular type of disappointment that comes each time I realize a piece of bathroom wall graffiti is unoriginal and uncredited. The words hang in the air, without lovely little beginning or ending quotation marks, without a final, resounding authorial citation. If the quote in question is
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A trans* (national) issue

Sex on Blogday

Isolation, discrimination and segregation. Such issues are common encounters to trans* people. But in recent weeks, some small steps have been made to alleviate this situation. The state of Massachusetts now permits school children to choose which restroom or sports team matches their gender preference, not their biological sex. Congress
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What we talk about when we talk about women

The Discomfort Zone

I’ve been thinking a lot on how people talk about women lately. The way my straight male friends talk about women; the way my guest lecturer talks about women; the way my parents talk about hypothetical women; and perhaps most of all, the way I talk about women. The reason
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Unwashable

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Up until about a week ago, the first-floor women’s restroom of Evans Hall was a graffiti goldmine. The bathroom contained so much quality material that all of my prior blog posts had used it for inspiration in some way or another. To my disappointment, I discovered recently that the walls
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Public or private? Facebook and bath houses

Sex on Blogday

Imagine you sit in a bathhouse, nude. You are awkwardly trying to cover up with skimpy white towels the staff gives you. Eventually, eye contact is made with someone really cute. They begin to approach you. Some seemingly sly gestures are made, and they excitingly follow you back into your
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A guide to fossil fuel divestment

Grass Roots

I’m not pro-ASUC. Whenever I hear the latest drama from the ASUC Senate, I sigh and wonder if any of the bills they pass will actually change the way our university functions. I recognize this is unfair for those students involved in the student government, who I know work very
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