The Conspicuous Trap of Desire in the Social Media Era

The Conspicuous Trap of Desire in the Social Media Era

The apps present the ability to custom order a person with the same ease one might order Grubhub. However, that accessibility doesn't mean we should treat preferences for human beings similarly, especially without critical examination of those preferences. On the other side, users find themselves focusing on what they can do to keep getting attention from other people on the app. The apps force users to carve away important parts of their identity until only the desirable parts are left.

They Aren't Just Preferences: Questions Around Attraction, Objectification, and Fetishizing

They Aren't Just Preferences: Questions Around Attraction, Objectification, and Fetishizing

Sexual attraction is and will continue to be a part of human existence that has many gray and unlit areas. Scientists and social theorists are constantly looking at ways to explain how and why we choose the people we fall in love with as well as the people with whom we spend the night. When it comes to the sexual attraction to or against a certain group of people, though, we have to look inward and ask ourselves the heavy questions while trying to understand why we make the choices that we do.

The Model Minority: East Asian Male Leaders And The Chase For Cis Hetero Whiteness

The Model Minority: East Asian Male Leaders And The Chase For Cis Hetero Whiteness

The Model Minority myth is an albatross, a cursed blueprint tantalizing Asian-Americans with the promise of whiteness, or a way out of their racialized status. It has allowed much discussion of the plight of Asian-Americans to be confined to Hollywood discourse and led mostly by cis men, seeking to eliminate the gap in privilege between themselves and white men while maintaining patriarchy and heteronormativity in their own communities.

Tools Of Supremacy: Ignoring Women And Southeast Asians While Treading On Black & Indigenous Communities

Tools Of Supremacy: Ignoring Women And Southeast Asians While Treading On Black & Indigenous Communities

Asian Americans, as a whole, seem to take on social justice issues in a way that excises the causes of Black and Indigenous people. This may seem like hyperbole, but the accusations of anti-Blackness in Asian communities have become increasingly common as Asian cishet men take on the mantle of social justice to litigate the status of their masculinity in society, equating it to other social justice causes and eluding the effects of patriarchal oppression on women in Asian communities.

Environmental Violence In Iraq And The Toxic Global Impact Of The Most Powerful Military In History

Environmental Violence In Iraq And The Toxic Global Impact Of The Most Powerful Military In History

I’d never seen media coverage of the irrevocable damage the U.S. has waged on Iraq’s environment. This dearth of coverage doesn’t negate reality: by using its military to deploy chemically toxic weapons, incinerate hazardous military waste, and impose incredibly cruel sanctions, the U.S. has acted as little other than an environmental terrorist against Iraq.