I have taken issue with my body for as long as I can remember. I’ve been thin, I’ve been chubby, I’ve been fat. But I’ve rarely ever felt good enough. Growing up in Southern California beach towns, I have always been aware of the cultural obsession with thinness and “fitness.” Growing up in a family … Continue reading Society Is Struggling with My Weight
My deen, my religion - Islam. I list it along with other identities when trying to encapsulate who I am - “brown Latina Muslim woman” - but that might be a mistake. My faith is not the same as my ethnicity or gender. Sure, these overlapping lenses color all of my experiences and perspectives, but … Continue reading Muslims, Allies, and Tolerance at Arm’s Length
I am a plant growing in the ground, rising up alongside all the others, perpetually shaped by the sun and the storm. But if you look closely at the spot where my stem sinks into the dirt, you will see it is twisted and warped. As I passed from my birth mother’s arms into the … Continue reading Uprooted
One year ago, I walked away. As I pushed the front doors open, the mounted silver letters spelling “University of Southern California Law School” loomed overhead, heavy with history and expectations. As I descended the stairs and made the journey across campus for the last time, a rush of adrenaline propelled me forward. I had … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Dropped Out of Law School
I Google her name, just to see what will come up. I know the search results by memory; I've seen them too many times to count. But I type her name in anyway, figuring there might be something new. . I am right, unfortunately. . My dad calls the county the next day, gets the … Continue reading Miriam
Corporations often seem to care about marginalized communities, but only if it is beneficial for them. When Coca-Cola airs a commercial about cultural diversity in America, or Nike decides to design a performance hijab, it’s difficult for left-leaning news publications and Facebook friends not to get excited. Consumers write and disseminate articles about these sorts … Continue reading A Consumer Revolution?
Who is considered a "suitable parent" in American society? Whenever I examine this question, I find myself bouncing between stereotypes and reality. We know there is a correlation between parents’ socioeconomic status and their children’s educational outcomes. We know, too, that parents with a higher socioeconomic status can pass that on to the next generation, … Continue reading The Danger of the “Suitable” Parent Narrative
“But she’s not THAT kind of Mexican!” exclaimed my mother's acquaintance, backpedaling in the conversation after stating there were "too many Mexicans" at our local middle school. I, my mother’s adopted brown daughter, heard about this conversation later. My 12-year-old brain struggled to understand what kind of Mexican was so bad, what kind of Mexican … Continue reading You’re Not Like the Other Ones: How Selective Colorblindness Harms Adoptees of Color