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Why Are We Surprised by Leniency for White Rapists

By Kristance Harlow | August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
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With Stanford rapist Brock Turner being released from prison Friday after a laughably short sentence, it’s time to look at privilege. Again. Widely publicized news stories paint a picture of the powerful (read: white and those benefiting from white male power structures) being protected because of their (imagined, good) intent — while the disenfranchised (read: people of color) are punished for theirs.

Feminist and Feeling the Bern 

By Kristance Harlow | April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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I am a progressive feminist, I am voting for Bernie Sanders, and I’m not the only one. Let’s begin with dispelling an important misconception, feminists are not a unified force on all issues. Feminism isn’t a cult or secret society, women don’t get initiated and then promise to always choose the lady over the fella if they’re duking it out.

Poverty and Homelessness in Argentina

By Kristance Harlow | December 5, 2015 | 1 Comment
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“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” Pope Francis

Uncle Sam Wants You to Speak Spanish

By Kristance Harlow | September 8, 2014 | 6 Comments
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September 8, 2014 Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash I was on my usual grind yesterday. You know the drill: opening up a blank word doc to write an article on the right side of the screen and on the left opening Chrome with the intention of doing research on said article. Despite my good…

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Expats and Depression: The Research

By Kristance Harlow | July 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
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My last blog post on depression and expats sparked some interesting discussions on LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the thread when I got pissed at my non-responding mouse and started clicking it like a madwoman. In my fury of clicks it responded, just to delete a very productive conversation. Thanks technology. I’m going to follow…

Individuality, Civil Rights Not Identity Politics

By Kristance Harlow | January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
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As society continues to place more and more responsibility on the individual, we being to perceive the collective as weak and silly. Individuality is the western perception of the person as a static, singular, indivisible being without extensions beyond the individual body.

Children plantation workers in Bacolod, Philippines

10 Horrifying Examples Of Modern-Day Child Slavery

By Kristance Harlow | January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Childhood is defined by culturally set boundaries which have changed throughout human history. There are millions of children trafficked around the world and forced into lives of depravity and despair.

Nelson Mandela Confronts White Privilege

By Kristance Harlow | December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Nelson Mandela’s final speech to the African National Congress was in 1997, and he used the opportunity to confront white privilege. His speech made the white privileged masses shudder and react defensively with movements such as Red October.

Honoring Nelson Mandela’s Humanity

By Kristance Harlow | December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
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No one goes through life without controversy. From the store manager who takes the heat for her employees’ mistakes to the Hollywood star who faces tabloid gossip for their fame, everyone deals with controversy. A certain degree of misunderstandings and rumors are the hallmark of a life well lived. Nelson Mandela was no stranger to…

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Street Art in Buenos Aires Argentina

By Kristance Harlow | November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The sunny disposition of Buenos Aires, Argentina — where there is literally constant sunshine, parties until 6 am, and every greeting includes a kiss — can blind visitors to the country’s darker chapters. There is a dramatic layered history of homelessness, poverty, missing people, and untimely deaths. Street art exploded on the scene when Argentina’s Dirty…

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