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Stephanie Drenka


“freeheld” wins oscar

I was so privileged to meet filmmaker Cynthia Wade when she screened her documentary at DePaul’s Out There conference. This film undeniably deserved it’s Oscar win for best documentary short. I hope that the public recognition will encourage more people to view and be inspired by this powerfully moving film. At Sunday’s 80th annual Academy Awards, the Oscar for best documentary short film went to “Freeheld,” a film about the fight of the late Detective Lt. Laurel Hester, who worked in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for 25 years, to leave her pension to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree, Point...

love.

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. – Victor Hugo Perhaps this entry seems belated, but I decided not to grace February 14th, a holiday glorifying materialism and heteronormativity under the guise of love, with the effort. It feels wrong to celebrate a day when men are pressured into lavishing expensive gifts of flowers, chocolate, and jewelry on their significant others, and women flood the dressing rooms of Victoria’s Secret searching the perfect ensemble to entice their partner, in an attempt to confirm their...

human trafficking awareness

The Senate resolution, first proposed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-TX), Barack Obama (D-IL), and Dick Lugar (R-IN) was passed on June 27, 2007. So this will be the first time the nation will be able to celebrate Human Trafficking awareness. Are you interested in spreading the word and educating your family and friends about human trafficking? On January 11, email, call, blog, and social network to increase knowledge of this horrible crime. Don’t know what to say?: Human trafficking is called by many ‘modern day slavery.’ It is the use of force, fraud, or coercion to make...

first ladies and feminism

She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world. (Adlai Stevenson on Eleanor Roosevelt) I adore Eleanor Roosevelt. For transforming the role of a first lady (despite the social conditions of the time), for her eloquence, her dedication to civil rights and social justice, and for her grace. Eleanor Roosevelt did not settle for progress, she reformed. And all the while, she never compromised her morals. Beyond her hand in the civil rights movement and her denouncement of segregation, she used her influence to challenge patriarchal institutions– holding press conferences which she limited...

Gay-sian Power

Why are some Asian Americans, despite their understanding of oppression by the dominant culture, so reluctant to ally themselves with the gay community? Lately I’ve been addicted to the Food Network and HGTV. But, I really can’t stand Rachel Ray’s voice for any longer than 5 minutes continuously, so I started flipping through channels. Landed on CSPAN which was showing a debate on gay marriage, hosted by PACE Law School with David Blankenhorn and Evan Wolfson. I think I caught it towards the end, but what I did see was enough to make me turn off the television set after...

The world’s a stage

I had a dream the other night, that I was auditioning for “Footloose” somewhere. I don’t remember specific details, but I did remember being excited at the fact that I was told I had a good chance of getting the role of Rusty. Anyway, I woke up with “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” audiating in my head, and a feeling like something was incredibly wrong. I get this twinge of regret every now and then but I never really deal with it. My answer is just to look forward and move on with my life. People ask me why...

Being “American”

[EDIT] After doing some research, I found the author of the original article. His name is Barry Loudermilk. I’m not sure how I feel…almost even more disappointed because I was hoping that the article had been written by some ignorant angsty prepubescent teenager. To learn that grown man would find these generalizations to be founded is incredibly disheartening. But, I guess when I think about all the experiences with racism I’ve had in the 20 years of my life, I can’t really be all that surprised. [/EDIT] “I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone...

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