The Women’s March on Seoul: Believe in Us

[See the full gallery here.] The past couple of months have been hard – bitter, acerbic, and divisive for everyone. People’s faith in women’s rights, LGBTQA+ rights, racial equality, and pluralism were challenged, and sometimes even derided. Hate and fear fueled both sides of the political divide. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike realized that they may have…

Built on Sand

Built on Sand: what prevents development of laws regarding sexual assault in Korea “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet…

St. Louis stops unaffordable housing from drives teachers away

Urban areas of “concentrated poverty” face many social ailments. But due to the municipal nature of development policies and school districts, poor housing and education have emerged as uniquely city-level problems. Worse, in many cases, those two maladies interact to create a vicious cycle. Rapid gentrification, combined with other factors, hikes up housing prices, and hits many…

What Sexual Assault is Worth in Korea

In October of 2014, a 24-year-old man who raped a 12-year-old girl was given a 3-year sentence. (1) In February of 2016, a man who repeatedly raped his daughter by feeding her juice with sleeping pills dissolved in the drink was given a 5-year sentence. (2) In July of 2016, a police officer who repeatedly…

Let Girls Learn

We live in a society where women enjoy their rights to education, women are acknowledged for their accomplishments, and women are accepted as a member of the society. In fact, we often take many of these aspects as granted. However, did you know that more than 62 million girls currently do not have access to…

2016 World Suicide Prevention Day: To Write Love on Her Arms

Every September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to Bridge, Goldstein, and Brent (2006), it is estimated that around 1.3–3.8% of boys and 1.5– 10.1% of girls in the US will attempt suicide sometime during their adolescence. Many studies concur that the most commonly endorsed motive behind adolescent suicide attempts were “relief, escape, or death” Yet the same studies show that clinicians tend…

Step Onstage: How to Break Down Social Stigma (Part 2)

Last time, we covered the basics of Goffman’s dramaturgical analysis, the sociological concept that individual-society interactions are like theatrical performances. The individual is the actor and the society is the audience. The individual, like an actor, portrays a certain persona onstsage, where the audience can see them. But backstage, the individual stores his or her inner…

Dramaturgy: How Social Stigma Spoils Identities (Part 1)

“Serious mental illness strikes with a two-edged sword. On one side are the symptoms, distress, and disability that hamper people pursuing personal goals. On the other is stigma: the social injustice many people labeled mentally ill experience that can be equally challenging for achieving one’s aspirations (Corrigan and Bink 2016).” The first and widest of the barriers blocking adolescents from…