There are other ways to bring attention to humanitarian issues without objectifying the female at her expense—as the red squares mentioned earlier show. By being aware of how antiquated, nationalistic gender-roles permeate our daily lives in the 21st century, we are able to mindfully dismantle them and the divisiveness they bring.

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Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Mass Incarceration: An Open Letter to Illinois State Legislators

On a basic level, the criminal justice system is overpopulated, leading to incredibly inhumane living conditions for prisoners. More troubling though, the system itself amplifies the existing racism and sexism present in American society at large.

“I just wanted to tell a story for this family.” A Conversation with Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place for Us, debut novel of author Fatima Farheen Mirza, tells a story of the life of an Indian-American Muslim family and their paths of love, loss, and redemption. In a conversation with The Chicago Monitor, Afreen Mohiuddin and Mirza discuss the background of the novel and the role of her own Hyderabadi upbringing in her life and decisions.

Unsanctified Economic Oppression in the “Un”-Holy Land

Fifty-two years of occupation have dismantled the very essence of economic independence for the Palestinian Territories (i.e., the Gaza Strip and West Bank). The struggle of regaining economic stability and traction under the state of occupation from 1967 until today has proved...

The Opportunity of the Century and the Unresolved Conflict

Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States, stated that the proposed 50-billion-dollar investment fund would be “the opportunity of the century” at the Peace To Prosperity Workshop hosted in Manama, Bahrain.

Orientalism as an Issue in the Media and Beyond

Orient and Occident are two words that should truly mean nothing. However, they were made into these monumentally relevant and unique topics due to Western European culture’s need to produce a counter to itself. Unfortunately, this belief in the “other”, as Edward Said calls it, would only grow into a more sinister distinction which we see all too often through modern society.






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