I’m a librarian in Puerto Rico, and this is my Hurricane Maria survival story

Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico.(Photo by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos/PRNG-PAO) Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico – Humacao I’ve always been fascinated by storms, particularly Puerto Rico’s own history of them. I think it’s because I was born in September 1960 during Hurricane Donna. In its wake, that storm left more than 100 dead …

Why America needs Marvel superhero Kamala Khan now more than ever

Katie M. Logan, Virginia Commonwealth University During the first few weeks of the Trump administration, we’ve seen increased pressure on Muslim and immigrant communities in the United States. In the face of these threats, which Marvel superhero might be best equipped to defend the people, ideals and institutions under attack? Some comic fans and critics …

Japan’s gender-bending history

Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer. _genking_/Instagram Jennifer Robertson, University of Michigan I’m an anthropologist who grew up in Japan and has lived there, off and on, for 22 years. Yet every visit to Tokyo’s Harajuku District still surprises me. In the eye-catching styles modeled by fashion-conscious young adults, there’s a kind of …

How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse by men like Weinstein

Advertising continues to portray women as charming keepers of the home, making it harder to succeed at work. Andrea44/flickr, CC BY-SA Virginia García Beaudoux, University of Buenos Aires The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that “this way of treating …

At the beauty salon, Dominican-American women conflicted over quest for straight hair

A Dominican immigrant cuts the hair of a customer at her New York City salon. Seth Wenig/AP Photo Melissa Godin, New York University When Chabelly Pacheco – a Dominican-American who moved to Long Island when she was five years old – walks into her favorite Dominican salon on Brooklyn’s Graham Avenue, it’s more like entering …