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A wild game in the sunshine state

On the Mark

“I think I got a parasite from eating an undercooked muskrat brain,” I said to the doctor and group of students at a school of Chinese medicine in Sarasota, Florida. I had been having digestive problems since eating the muskrat stew several months earlier at Teaching Drum Outdoor School in
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The politics of sex and image in ASUC elections

Sex on Tuesday

“Hello, my name is Rizza Estacio, and I am running to be your next academic affairs vice president.” Recitation is key, I reminded myself, as I applied a thick coat of red lipstick. I wriggled slightly, exhaling into an outfit that in the past couple of months had become my
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Mansplaining motherhood

Mommy Issues

A month after I gave birth, my husband and I took our son to the pediatrician for a checkup. After waiting for what seemed like eternity with a cranky baby, a nurse led us to an examination room filled with toys. Soon after, a middle-aged, Korean-American male pediatrician came in
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The 5 stages of ghosting

Miss Communication

“What’re you up to tonight?” I said nothing. The next day, my phone illuminated with another text: “How’s it going?” He was brief and unassuming, but again, I said nothing. A couple of hours later, “How about a drink tonight?” I quickly dismiss the notification as if doing so made
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Gender’s heavy lifting

On the mark

What kind of strength and power are we cultivating when we train our bodies and minds, and in service to what values? Are we simply putting on armor, or are we taking enough time to stretch, to be pliant and flexible? What kind of men are we trying to become?
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10 in 10

Sex on Tuesday

Content warning: sexual violence I was 7 when my dad hit me for the first time, and I learned it’s always best to shut the fuck up. I was in my second year at UC Berkeley, and I had spent a year away from my restrictive family, away from their
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I don’t believe in unicorns

Mommy Issues

In high school, I was a rebel. I ditched class, roamed around at night, ignored my parents’ calls. I drank, I smoked, I took the family car out for joy rides — I did it all. In the quiet suburban neighborhood I grew up in, my behavior was notably frowned
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Can I see your ass?

Miss Communication

On one screen, a group of refugees landed on the Greek coast under a gray sky. They jumped from an overcrowded raft, carried their children up the rocky shoreline and shivered from the cold water under foil emergency blankets. On another, smaller screen, I opened Snapchat and took a photo
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Taking a gap decade

On the mark

After my gap decade or two, I’m back. Along the way, there came to be many stories to tell — stories that don’t fall neatly into the prefabricated categories of the college-to-career mill.
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