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Thoughtfully constructed and unapologetically written, Maggie Nelson’s work of “autotheory” called The Argonauts strips the concepts of gender fluidity and motherhood to its bare core revealing theories that captures the essence of what it means to evolve as an individual in a society that pressures us to label. Homosexual, heterosexual, trans woman/man, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and gender-non conforming are labels that surround our social sphere in this newly faceted politically correct world that is so keen on slitting throats for clarity. Nelson is not trying to say that using these words to define an individual is a bad thing, though. She calls her readers to be self aware of the fact that these words do not represent the entire LGBTQ community. Nelson even references Mary Lambert on the subject when famous singers and celebrities generalize a movement saying, “But while I can’t change, even if I tried, may be a…

What serves as a daily target for harassment on the heads of some Muslim women is now a fashion that western markets are tapping into for profit. According to the 2015-2016 State of the Global Islamic Economy Report, Muslim consumers spent a projected $230 billion on clothing. This number is projected to more than double to $484 billion by 2019. This is more than the amount of fashion spending of Japan and Italy collectively. We’re seeing a trend that recognizes Islam’s rapid growth. Pew Research foresees that the amount of Muslims worldwide will be the same as Christians by 2050. Nike recently announced the “Pro hijab” for Muslim women, which they will begin selling in the Spring of 2018. They are the leading athletic wear company to venture out into the market of Muslim modesty. Nike’s move is definitely worthy of celebration and is long overdue. In a world regularly…

There comes a period every month where I encounter existential dread on a level that outweighs the trauma I incur when the Starbucks in the library furnishes me with a beverage containing chunky almond milk.  It’s my “time of the month” or as my mom attempts to pressure me into phrasing, “my women sickness,” (it flows better in farsi, I promise.) But if we’re being real here, it’s the week I’m involuntarily inflicted with the equivalency of being stabbed in the vagina five-thousand times and hormonal imbalances that amplify my already severe emo-ness.  There’s no room to sugarcoat this shit when I’m being compelled through my hormones to cry off notable amounts of my Diorshow mascara every hour.  I now have gone through an entire month’s worth of mascara in a week, have two dollars to my name, and am experiencing the emotion “ugly” for the first time since puberty. Periods…

On April 27, 2016, Omid Masoumali, a 23-year-old man in a wet grey t-shirt, stood in a gravel clearing on an 8.1 square mile island. He was surrounded by people, then by jungle, then by ocean. He yelled out, throwing his arms towards the ground, his voice strained and ragged. He turned, and he set himself on fire. Sahar, a 17-year-old girl, has a picture of Omid and her older brother at a Halloween party together one year before. She was at the small hospital that Omid was taken to. She could hear his screams. She saw him being taken to an ambulance for transfer to another hospital. She said there was no soul in his eyes. She couldn’t sleep for three days after this, and she was sent to check in with a psychiatrist. The first thing he asked her was, “Do you ever think about killing yourself?” Sahar…

Since the dawn of man, it has been exactly that. Men this; men that. “Stronger, smarter, better,” apparently. As a man myself I’ve gotta admit that I’ve benefitted tremendously in only 20 years from simply being born with a different anatomy, and that’s without mentioning race. In order to take a more objective view at gender, it might help to ignore human history. It’s a little man-washed. That being said, let’s take one big step outside the world of humans and see how other species are handling the trial of XX against XY. We’ll start small in the realm of those that buzz  and freak us the hell out. Insects. Bees are dying at an alarming rate. That has nothing to do with my point but it’s true. In the case of the honeybee, the female is literally the queen. But this isn’t a one woman show. Contrary to popular…

Kylie and Taryn Ohlmiller are experiencing a dream.Both are currently  playing for one of the top women’s lacrosse teams in America. For the sisters, getting to experience that dream together makes it even more surreal. Kylie, a 20-year-old junior, joined the Seawolves in 2015 and made an immediate splash. Throughout her career, she has put up 232 points in just 49 games to date. She had the help of teammates like Courtney Murphy and Dorrien Van Dyke on offense for her first two seasons. Now, she has them and her younger sister. “I was very excited when Taryn decided she wanted to come join me here at Stony Brook,” Kylie Ohlmiller said. “We’ve always been very close so I had no problem at all sharing my college experience with her.” Taryn said that in the spring of her junior year of high school, when she decided to commit to Stony…

It wasn’t exactly your regular, run-of-the-mill, punk rock band but when Shari, Nikki and Kate got together, responding to an advert on Craigslist by Nikki, the chemistry was instantaneous. They came together as the self titled “Girlwave” band. “I was dating this tall lanky guy at one point and he was like, ‘you’re so pretty and so thick,” Nikki said, explaining the band’s unusual name. “I was like, yeah, Thick. That works.” Nikki’s idea of naming the band “Garbage Ghost” didn’t work. It was a Saturday night and the band sat at a bar in East Williamsburg, just a block away from the location of their first show, after performing at this year’s South by Southwest at Austin, TX. “It was great, the crowd was very chill and we had a lot of fun playing at the show. We also ended up playing at a small show in Asheville right…