Nina-Djukic

The never-ending story

The New-Age Bard

But has it become too cliche to think of what unites us? Here we are, somewhere on the lifeline between birth and death. Where we are all subject to the whims of the same sky and plant our feet on the same earth. Where we fall in love and give birth and grow old and allow the cycle to begin again. Every story merely explores some question of what it means to be alive.
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Jacob-Leonard-B+W

It’s been a privilege

Millenial Meltdown

Privilege, in my house, was getting dessert after dinner or borrowing the Lexus. But privilege is now a buzzword, and it appears to be everywhere.
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boni-mata

So, I slept with my professor

Sex on Tuesday

I never expected that a one-night stand with my professor would turn into something so spectacular. “Our bodies were made for each other,” he’d tell me.
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Sara-Weissman-full

The right to bare arms

Thinking Theology

I struggle with the emphasis on women’s modesty in my religion because I fear it risks misplacing culpability for women’s objectification and implying that a certain style of clothing or behavior can be a prerequisite for respect. Being a human being should be the prerequisite for respect, and while I’d argue that many religions, including my own, wholeheartedly agree, the principle gets lost amid discussions of just how long a woman’s skirt should be.
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boni-mata

Blood is the new black

Sex on Tuesday

Maybe it’s the teenage girl in me talking, but there’s something about the surge in vampire films that has given blood sucking and hunting a renewed social capital in the depraved sex lives of our generation of perverts.
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Sara-Weissman-full

Religion is not my opiate

Thinking theology

If religion is the opium of the masses, as Karl Marx famously suggested, I’m clearly going to the wrong metaphorical drug dealer.
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Nina-Djukic

An open letter to Peter Pan

The New Age Bard

Ah, Peter! Think of all you missed; the injustices, to be sure, and the losses, but the delights of all of it too — the uncertainty of stepping forth without really knowing the way, the loves you never allowed to change you, the meaning you never allowed yourself to find.
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Jacob-Leonard-B+W

College for the aimless

Millenial Meltdown

At 3, I wanted to be a king. Unaware as I was of the definitively scarce demand for kings in the modern workplace and otherwise unconcerned by such obstacles, I told anyone who stood still long enough about my grand machinations.
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boni-mata

2017 cannot come fast enough

Sex on Tuesday

Amidst all of this freedom — all of this talk surrounding the reclamation of female bodies and the reconfiguration of lives separate from biological need — comes a dangerous rhetoric about responsibility and accountability when it comes to unwanted pregnancy.
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Sara-Weissman-full

Let’s Talk About Taboos

Thinking theology

“Do you believe in God?” The other camper stared at me, wide-eyed. I had just explained to her why my dad had sent me kosher meals at sleep-away camp — the little tin foil-wrapped beacons of “Yo, I’m religious” my counselors brought out ceremoniously twice a day. I spluttered. The answer in my head was, “Of course,” but that wasn’t what I heard come out of my mouth: “Ummmm, I guess?”
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