Articles by Saranya Manoharan


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Dark is Beautiful

India is obsessed with fairness. Don’t believe me? Watch anything on TV for 30 minutes and then tally up the number of fair- and dark-skinned actors/models. Or if you’d prefer, pick up the local newspaper and take a look at the matrimonial advertisements. There would be a staggering number of ads for “fair” brides and…

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Mind Your Language

Words carry a lot of power. How often have you been hurt by the utterance of a single word? While it can seem like a lot of effort to always speak in “politically correct” language, it is well worth the effort for you are practicing equality through the language you use everyday. I often use…

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Ambivalent Sexism

“Women are the most amazing creatures on earth. They are such gentle souls.” You may have heard such sayings before. Can putting women on a pedestal be a bad thing for equality? Sexism, by definition, is the belief that one gender is superior to another. By saying that women are better than men (at gentleness…

Not a Madr*si: The Identity of South Indians
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Not a Madr*si: The Identity of South Indians

It is not uncommon to hear someone from South India being referred to as a Madrasi. However, this is considered offensive, as this one word “Madrasi” erases the multitude of quirks and idiosyncrasies that characterize the nearly 252 million people living in the southern part of India. This entertaining video, South of India by Enna Da…

On a Plate by Toby Morris
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Privilege versus Poverty: A Comic

“You have such a privileged life. Don’t waste your opportunities.” You’ve probably been told that a million times.  I know I heard it so much that I got sick of it. But it wasn’t until recently that I understood exactly what privilege was. We will discuss privilege in more detail in class, but until then,…

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