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A Loss for Words

Do we have to change our language before we can change our ideas?

Features, Feb 16 2018

by Jane Argodale

Contemporary debates on free speech, political correctness, and identity politics have all taken up language as a site of contention. Figures …

The Veil and What It Holds

Beyond a cultural relativist perspective

Features, Feb 09 2018

by Orwa Mohamad

Rising nationalist sentiments in Western countries have put religious freedom under attack. With President Trump placing a ban on the entry …

Rainbow Saviors

On the politics of (not) coming out

Features, Feb 02 2018

by Paula Pacheco Soto

cw: homophobia, sexual assault. The first accusation of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey surfaced on October 29, 2017 by actor Anthony …

Dear Indy...

Features, Dec 01 2017

by W

Submit your questions anonymously for the Indy advice columnhere. Dear Indy, I’ve just been ghosted by my Tinder date. It feels …

All the Young Women

Lady Bird and shifting representations of teenage girlhood

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Lisa Borst

content warning: sexual assault/harassment There’s a subplot in Greta Gerwig’s acclaimed new movie, Lady Bird, in which the titular protagonist’s best …

The Railroad Lie

Trains and nostalgia

Features, Dec 01 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In a May 1867 letter to the San Francisco Alta California, Mark Twain wrote: “A railroad is like a lie—you have …

Vinegar, not Jam

A magical, maximalist artist

Features, Nov 17 2017

by Marielle Burt

“The Two of Swords! This card is something to fear. It means stability, equilibrium. Of course! I’m fucking terrified of stability,” …

A Constructed Divide

Puerto Rican migrants and the future of a people

Features, Nov 10 2017

by Soraya Ferdman

There are few things more difficult to talk about, even fewer to be hopeful about, than the future of my island. …

Greater Welfare

Nixon’s Family Assistance Plan and the contemporary debate over Universal Basic Incomes

Features, Nov 10 2017

by David Golden

Since the Great Recession, proposals for a radical transformation of the American welfare state have appeared in think-tank proposals and newspapers …

PrEP Failure

Drugs and stigma in the ‘post-AIDS’ era

Features, Nov 03 2017

by Mitchell Johnson

content warning: homophobia, racism In February of this year, several media outlets picked up a story about a gay man in …

No Clashes

One genealogy of state violence

Features, Oct 27 2017

by MCAS

content warning: sexual violence, suicide “To my daughter I will say, when men come, set yourself on fire.” –Warsan Shire, Teaching …

The Lights Coming Down

An oral history of Aurora

Features, Oct 27 2017

by Will Weatherly, Sophie Kasakove, Maya Björnson & Nora Gosselin

If you live in Providence, it is likely that you have attended an event at Aurora at some point during its …

El Pueblo Unido

Lessons from the Chilean student movement

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Paula Pacheco Soto

content warning: police brutality Santiago de Chile, 2013. I clearly remember the first time I was arrested: it was a day …

Sound and then Fury

The azaan in the Islamophobic West

Features, Oct 20 2017

by Sheena Raza Faisal

In a video posted on Twitter on September 13, White Woman A stares wide-eyed into her selfie-cam. The azaan plays loudly …

Breaking, Bread

How tradition dictates Russia's relationship to Belarus

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Signe Swanson

In Saint Petersburg, Russia, the words ‘traditional cuisine’ stand guard on so many restaurant signs. They are so pervasive that to …

Mi Puerto Rico

Features, Oct 06 2017

by Sebastián Otero, Soraya Ferdman, AnaSofía Velázquez & Ella Scholz

The Cuban writer and revolutionary José Martí coined the term= “patria es humanidad”––homeland is humanity. After Hurricane María hit my island, …

Dear Indy...

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Lisa Borst, Will Tavlin & Erin West

Dear Indy, Thoughts on PDA? LB: Despite long being an object of public scrutiny, regulation, judgment, and fantasy, the thing about …

Bleach

What does it mean when East Asians go blonde?

Features, Sep 29 2017

by Olivia Kan-Sperling

cw: racism, suicide A couple of weeks ago, Kim Kardashian bleached her hair blonde—again. The first time was back in March …

The Naked Dead

How the Haitian zombie was stripped of its meaning

Features, Sep 22 2017

by Marielle Burt

content warning: slavery, racial violence, sexual violence “Your grandmother has always operated by her own logic.” This is how my father …

Zero Ground

Reflections on collective trauma

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Zack Kligler

The Atacama Desert, which spans 50,000 square miles on the Western side of the Andes, is known as the driest place …

Blood Burden

Pursuing justice for all menstruating bodies

Features, Sep 15 2017

by Mara Dolan

content warning: sexual assault, incarceration, anti-trans violence The tampon tax will not die. In 2015, when President Obama was asked by …

Wearing Your Politics

On fashion as political expression

Features, Apr 23 2017

by Shavon Bell

Confession: when listening to TLC’s hit 1992 song, “Hat 2 Da Back”, I too, often turn my hat 2 da back. …

A Spellbound Semester

Race and identity as a Brown girl at a Black college

Features, Apr 21 2017

by Kali Ridley

The professor of my Survey of African-American Music course faced the wall and played the saxophone for the first 10 minutes …

Bad Blood

Haiti and the mythology of AIDS

Features, Apr 21 2017

by Andrew Deck

The Windward Passage spans the distance between Port-au-Prince and Santiago de Cuba. It’s the strait left between the islands of Cuba …

Vision

A tool for the colorization of dance

Features, Apr 14 2017

by Anh Vo

In the West, concert dance has historically been linked to the theatre and the proscenium stage—the most common structure in a …

On Fathers

Features, Apr 14 2017

by Jacqueline Gu

After "mothers and fathers" by Irene Hsu content warning: racism, xenophobia The ones who know how to keep spices for years, …

Farm to Bargaining Table

The farmworker fight against exploitation by fast food

Features, Apr 07 2017

by Mitchell Johnson & Erin West

“Wendy’s, escucha la voz del pueblo porque nosotros somos el pueblo y nosotros demandamos justicia,” farmworker Lupe Gonzalo announced to a …

Wading the In-Between

Constructing Asian Identity in Comme Des Garçons and Get Out

Features, Mar 24 2017

by Kion You

During this year’s Paris Fashion Week, Rei Kawakubo, the 74 year-old Japanese founder of the high fashion clothing brand Comme Des …

Word of Mouth

Features, Mar 17 2017

by Emily Sun

Pauline was always calling her boss in the middle of biology class. “Okay, okay,” she would say, and I imagined her …

A Secret Yesterday, A Movement Today

The fight to ensure reproductive rights for Rhode Islanders

Features, Mar 10 2017

by Katrina Northrop

In the spring of 1965, Edith Ajello became pregnant after having sex for the first time. She was 21 years-old, unmarried, …

In Chile, a People's History

Memorializing state violence on their own terms

Features, Mar 03 2017

by Ilgın Güney Korugan

The 38th building of Londres Street in Santiago de Chile has an important place in the memory of many Chileans. Over …

Criteria for Membership

Racialized anti-gang policies target undocumented immigrants under Trump

Features, Mar 03 2017

by Neidin Hernandez

Daniel Ramirez Medina was asleep in the living room of his father’s home in Des Moines, Washington on the morning of …

Impatience

Negotiating time in the clinic

Features, Feb 17 2017

by Julia Tompkins

In February 2015, seven months before his death, the late neurologist and author Oliver Sacks published an essay in the New …

Fabulous in Re/verse

How to appear at the club—or on the page

Features, Feb 10 2017

by Noah Fields

“Work! You look fabulous,” one queen exclaims to another. Getting dressed up to go out for the night is more than …

Planting a Nation

Settler colonialism and the Jewish National Fund

Features, Feb 10 2017

by Joshua Kurtz

“It was nothing: sand and sand. We are going to bring to the Negev life,” two Israeli men affirm in an …

Getting Closer

Changing feminisms on a Virginia 'Commune'

Features, Feb 03 2017

by Erin West

It’s 9:00 AM in Virginia. The sun has just started to dry the dewy fields of Twin Oaks, an income-sharing intentional …

Marching Toward Inclusivity

Can we have a Women’s March for everyone?

Features, Feb 03 2017

by Roksana Borzouei & Julia Tompkins

“We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,” reads the Mission Statement for …

Writing Nightlife

How is a rave like a writing desk?

Features, Dec 02 2016

by Noah Fields

Suppose a writing desk walks into a gay club. Or perhaps the desk is the dance floor of the club. The …

Working Through Empathy

An interview with director Josh Oppenheimer

Features, Dec 02 2016

by Elias Bresnick

Josh Oppenheimer is an American documentary filmmaker best known for his films The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. …