Growing up in Southeast Asia subliminally conditioned me to believe that fair skin was the only shade of skin color that was beautiful. From the lack of diversity in local cosmetics and fashion campaigns to the absurd advertisements about skin-whitening products to the backhanded comments made about individuals with darker skin tones in social settings – it comes as no surprise that many people, in this region share this same sentiment. This ideology is referred to as “colorism,” which Evelyn Nakano Glenn, a graduate school professor at the University of California Berkeley, refers to as “the preference for and privileging of lighter skin and discrimination against those with darker skin". Although this deeply rooted mindset dates back to colonial times, due to Western influences on the perception of beauty and in the media, our capitalistic society has monetized this obsession through advertisements by using fair Asians or Caucasian models for local … [Read more...] about Who’s the fairest of them all? How about, who cares?
How discrimination affects society
Safe schools a sanctuary for the youth ROSES AND THORNS - Pia Roces Morato (The Philippine Star) - August 16, 2019 - 12:00am Schools have long served as a safe space for our students. Whether a student is escaping abuse at home, discrimination due to sexuality or race, or overcoming trauma, one can say that part of a teacher’s vocation in schools is to be able to provide much more beyond academic learning. Schools offer therapy, support, and a place of sanctuary for students which makes learning possible. I started out as a humble teacher and from the start, my students often came up to me for advice or simple story telling – all of which had nothing to do with the subject I was teaching. There is a sense of sacredness when it comes to schools. Once a student enters its premises, teachers understand that caring for them is a wholistic duty wherein skills are honed, but having dignity and working on the right … [Read more...] about Safe schools a sanctuary for the youth
(Reuters Health) - Women who push themselves to work or study despite menstrual symptoms like painful cramps may be less productive on those days and might benefit from being able to work from home or take a day off and make it up later, a large survey suggests.The online survey, conducted in The Netherlands, found that the average woman took off 1.3 days per year for reasons related to her periods. And nearly 81per cent of the women said they regularly show up for work or school even though their period is making them feel sick, researchers report in the journal BMJ Open.When the researchers asked the women to what extent they were able to be as productive as possible on bad period days, they found the average woman perceived herself to be about 33per cent less productive on those days.Theodoor Nieboer of Radboud University Medical Center and colleagues recruited 32,748 women and teens via an online campaign on Twitter and Facebook in 2017.Participants answered questions about their … [Read more...] about ‘Presenteeism’ takes toll on menstruating women
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?