Women in Pants, Men in Dresses: A Societal Double Standard

IggyPop Dress


By Chelsea Whitlow Shay

Clothing has long been used to regulate culture and express ones social standing. Whether it’s women wearing corset dresses, a staple in women’s fashion from the 16th -18th centuries, or businessmen wearing two button verse three button suits to the office, clothing is often used as a visual marker of belonging or as a sign of being an outcast. There have been eras of fashion trends that have come and … Continue reading

Insight Into the Rigid Mindset of White America

Pardon me for being born into a nation of racists


By Paul Messersmith-Glavin

From time to time, I get insights into the rigid mindset of white America and realize how some people will never change. Like my grade school friend who recently said she is all in favor of protesting, but also calls the Black youth of Baltimore “thugs” for their rebellion and actually tells people that’s a “race neutral” term. She unfriended me for contesting this. I mean, how dare I speak about … Continue reading

Is Police Violence Really a Problem of a Few “Bad Apples”?


Last week, prosecutors brought criminal charges against the police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.  Many people welcomed this development, taking it as a sign that the justice system can work to root out the individuals who are responsible for brutality.  Two Anarres contributors ponder whether the problem of police violence in communities of color isn’t really about deeper structural and cultural issues.