Waiting With Bated Breath: The Supreme Court’s Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

SCOTUS has had the opportunity this session to make a big impact on the face of American politics with three big cases: Fisher v. University of Texas, United States v. Windsor, and Hollingsworth v. Perry. As of this morning, we have one down, two to go, and are being faced with a real disappointment.

In the first case, Fisher v.… [Read more]

Can the Law Make Us Better People?

It was the day of the election and we were talking about gay marriage.

“I think what really needs to happen is that people need to educate each other on tolerance and acceptance, because even if the federal government passes a law legalizing gay marriage, it won’t change people’s minds,” she said.

Then, after gay marriage won victories in Maine and Maryland, I was talking to another friend about the same thing.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 2

In this second installment of my female rights series social issues across the world will be discussed. There are a vast number of problems in our world that this series cannot even hope to encompass: perception of beauty, make-up, rape, media portrayal, and outdated gender roles – the list goes on and on.  But what I can hope to achieve is to point out that no matter where you go, women are thought of automatically as the weaker sex.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part I

From the written laws of the land to their social consequences, much of the power and privilege across the globe is geared towards males. It has been this way since the beginning of civilization itself, existing in nearly every culture. Though it’s often said that things have changed in that the rights men and women enjoy in this, the 21st century, are no longer unequal, if we were to ask ourselves whether equal rights exist now, what would be the response?… [Read more]