The Backlash to the Backlash

As someone interested in gender equality in the workplace and in issues of work-life balance, the past year has been filled with headlines of interest.  Beginning with Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in The Atlantic last summer, there has been a frenzy around what successful women have to say about their positions of power, particularly what they […]

New Pope, Old Questions

The white smoke announced Pope Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Since the announcement there has been a media frenzy. Cardinal Bergoglio was not on the short list, even though he was “runner-up” in 2005, so his background was not well-researched during the pre-conclave “sweet Sistine” coverage. Pope Francis is the first to […]

The Bolling Alley

As one of only two states holding a gubernatorial election in 2013 (New Jersey is the other), Virginia stands to receive a lot of attention from political commentators starved for something to occupy themselves with after the conclusion of last year’s presidential election.  The major party candidates are all but decided.  The Republicans stand to […]

Collective Silence

There are two issues in the political world right now that I find incredibly concerning: the sequester and the intention to allow drones over U.S. soil.  Both of these are extremely troubling. Due to a priority of party politics over actually leading the country, the congress and senate have allowed the sequester to take effect: […]

Death of a Revolutionary

There are very few heads of state that most Americans can name, Hugo Chavez was one of them. I haven’t followed his political career closely, but I must admit I have a soft spot for revolutionaries. It is not easy to stand up to America, maintain your power, and avoid isolationism. While it is easy […]

Nostalgia of the young? Or something else?

Projects like the Sabbath Manifesto, which encourages people to dedicate an evening per week without technological tethers, have been interpreted by some as fetishizing unmediated experiences and as false nostalgia for a time that never was. Instead of decying them as unhelpful, I think these expressions of nostalgia are interesting; furthermore it’s even more fascinating that […]