Opinion stories

Vincent Mitchell

Blow’s close call

When I got my license, my big brother told me that if I ever got pulled over by the police I should keep my hands out on the wheel...

Chris Melamed

How we mourn

When I was in 8th grade, a kindergartner at my school passed away. It was a sudden sort of death, I think caused by an aneurysm or something to...

Evaluating Hebdo (Victorio Cabrera, cr Ben McCoubrey)

Evaluating Hebdo

Earlier this month, a terrorist attack violently thrust Charlie Hebdo into the global limelight. In the days following the murders, along with the details of the attack itself, details...

Debunking the disorder

Debunking the disorder

I remember the moment vividly, even though it was over a decade ago. It was near the end of class, when my teacher asked me to step outside into...

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Witt’s misplaced attack

Last week, Patrick Witt, JE ’12, caused a media frenzy with an op-ed on Yale’s sexual misconduct policies. Witt’s op-ed is the story of an incident that, he writes,...

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Should sex be serious?

As evidenced in this very paper (or website, depending on how you roll), the issue of sexual misconduct and the policies surrounding it are among the most important topics...

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Personalizing the vote

The perilous state of democracy in America is nothing new. But beyond crushing partisan gridlock and the stunning impact of money in politics has emerged a subtler threat to...

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Straight shooting

Every Friday, I grab a shotgun, and load it with a single 12-gauge shell. “Squad ready?” our squad leader asks. In line with four of my teammates, I nod....

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Tata-free October

It’s October, which inevitably means Facebook invites to events like “SAVE THE TATAS Tailgate!” and “Superheroes: Unite to Save Boobies!” During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we encounter pink ribbons,...


Can’t avoid adulthood

Around the time of my 21st birthday, A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, suggested adulthood is over. In his widely-read article, “The Death of Adulthood...


Setting feminism aside

When I decided to do Directed Studies this year, I expected to struggle with the reading. I anticipated attempts to decipher Plato and Homeric similes. What I wasn’t expecting,...

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I’m afraid to talk about rape

I’m afraid because I don’t know if that’s the right word. Even if I’m talking about rape as it’s legally defined, should I say sexual assault? Should I say...


In defense of Uncle Joe

Here is a photo of Joe Biden eating ice cream in his aviators while flashing cash,” blared yesterday’s Washington Post headline. When you’ve gone from Congressional Quarterly naming you...


A hollow call to arms

A few days ago, I finally got around to watching the video of Emma Watson’s speech to the UN on gender equality. The speech, which Watson gave on Sat.,...


Finding humanity in the enemy

“Metropolitan Nazi Opera,” “Stop the hate—Defund the Met Opera,” “Gelb, are you taking terror $$$?” were all signs that opera-goers might have passed attending the season’s opener of Le...


Better together

When I first heard about Scotland’s referendum, I found myself in full support of its in- dependence. I am an American citizen and the daughter of a Taiwanese immigrant—I...


Second-class student

When I first got an email last fall declaring me the “new Arthur T. Shoenenberg Scholar of the Year,” I was so excited. What had I won? I hoped...