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Mary Retta is a freelance writer covering culture, identity, sexual politics, and wellness.
Cultural Criticism and Analysis
August 31, 2021
The Appeal of Ordinary Millennial Experience
Rainesford Stauffer proposes a different way to understand a generation defined by precarity and overwork.
June 1, 2021
The Astrological Is Political
Why Alice Sparkly Kat uses postcolonial theory to read the stars.
February 17, 2021
‘What Does It Mean to Be Black and Alive Right Now?’
, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham preserve an archive and envision new worlds.
August 25, 2020
The Kids Are Getting Pepper-Sprayed
Kids as young as 10 years old were among the 200 peaceful student protesters that Chicago police surrounded—tackling, pepper-spraying, and arresting several.
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July 1, 2020
Online Learning Isn’t Even Remotely Equal
We can’t just ignore it: Not every student has access to the same resources. But they should.
June 19, 2020
Minneapolis Public Schools Abolished Their Police First
While the city of Minneapolis is now considered a vanguard in the national effort to defund the police, less acknowledged is that its public school system has been several steps ahead.
May 27, 2020
Universities to Grad Students: Drop Dead
“Academic workers worldwide perform the labor that makes our institutions run. We deserve basic labor protections, especially during this pandemic.”
May 13, 2020
The Coronavirus Is Hitting Tribal Schools Hard
Native students across the country are concerned what this crisis could mean for their universities in the long term.
April 24, 2020
Students Across the Country Are Going on Strike
Students say that universities, despite their massive endowments and ongoing fundraising, are not meeting their basic needs as they continue their education in the midst of a pandemic.
December 2, 2019
These LGBTQ Students Say Their School Treats Them Like Second-Class Citizens
For years, students say they’ve faced harassment for their sexuality. At the very least, they want their club for LGBTQ students to have official status on campus.