Issue Areas

  • Where Gay Rights Meet Gender Wrongs

    With an ever-growing list of accomplishments—from state nondiscrimination laws to inevitable nationwide marriage to prominent positions in society and government—gay Americans and the Gay Agenda continue building momentum toward full equality. And women have played a major role in creating a society that’s better for gay men. Straight female allies […]

  • Reality TV and the Construction of Crime

    Criminal Justice, Race March 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm 0 comments

    On March 15, entertainment and reality intersected during the final episode of HBO’s six-part documentary, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” The documentary, which examined Robert Durst’s life and his connection to three separate murders, made television history during its finale by broadcasting a murder confession on […]

  • Pitfalls of Online Education

    Education March 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm 0 comments

    In recent years, an increasing number of institutions have publicly offered university-level courses online for free. Elite institutions such as Harvard and Yale have recorded a number of their undergraduate courses and posted them online. Specialized providers of massive open online course (MOOC) have also emerged, ranging from for-profit organization […]

  • Does the LSAT Discriminate Against the Visually Impaired?

    Education, Uncategorized March 14, 2015 at 10:58 am 0 comments

    Last week, Richard Bernstein, the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court, visited Harvard Law School to give a lunchtime speech entitled, “Justice Is Blind.” Bernstein, the only blind Justice ever elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, reflected on how that hardship shaped his character, giving him the empathy he believes […]

  • The Role of Violence in Ferguson

    Violence is more than just looting and fist fighting, but a harsh and rude disruption of the order of things. Can the whole of America be forced to wrestle with America’s most insidious problem absent violence of some sort considering the almost religious aversion to dealing with the continuing legacy of racism?

  • Bedford, Feminism and Prostitution in Canada

    Criminal Justice, Sex Equality March 6, 2015 at 10:01 am 0 comments

    In Canada v. Bedford (2013), the Supreme Court of Canada declared Canada’s existing prostitution laws unconstitutional and gave the Canadian government one year to redraft the existing statutes. Subsequently, the Court’s decision has provided an opportunity for feminists to discuss their competing conceptions of prostitution and of women in the […]

  • The Fight for President Obama’s Immigration Reform

    Race and Immigration March 4, 2015 at 10:07 am 0 comments

    The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of ups and downs in the fight for immigrant rights across the country. On February 16th, a Texas federal judge ordered a temporary injunction halting President Obama’s newest executive action to expand protection from deportation to broader groups of undocumented immigrants. The […]

  • Condemn, Don’t Convict, for “Graft”

    Criminal Justice February 28, 2015 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

    When news broke that Maureen McDonnell had been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for alleged crimes she committed alongside her husband, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the New York Times ran a perfunctory piece titled, “Former First Lady of Virginia is Sentenced to Prison for Graft.” […]

  • Local Government Protection of Affordable Housing

    Poverty and Economic Justice February 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm 0 comments

    Should affordable housing be a right? Perhaps this is a necessary outcome to protect the civil rights of low- and moderate-income families, which often tend to overlap with racial minorities, and prevent them from losing their homes.

  • Affirmative Action and Exclusion: How Race-Based Admissions Impact Asian Americans

    Education, Race, Race and Immigration February 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm 0 comments

    On December 17th, 2014, the nonprofit organization Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit in the Massachusetts District Court against Harvard College, alleging racial discrimination in its admissions policy. However, the targets of the allegedly discriminatory practice are Asian Americans, a group that most people would not associate with a […]