Author: mandy van deven


Cross-posted from My Grief is Not Staged People think the hardest part of losing someone is learning to live with their absence, but it’s their omnipresence that proves most frustrating. Everywhere I go, my mother is with me, but not

My Grief Is Not Staged

As the third anniversary of my mother’s death approaches, I am spending a month on my own in Costa Rica — a place I’ve never been. This solitary endeavor will allow me to indulge in a moment of self-care, in

How Far Should CouchSurfing Go to Ensure Women’s Safety?

couch surfing

by Mandy Van Deven -USA- When I began to understand the immensity of the world, I felt a visceral inclination to discover all that it possessed – or at least as much of it as I could. There was, however,

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Girls for Gender Equity: Title IX Does Not Only Apply to Sports!

by Mandy Van Deven -USA- An unfortunate oversight of the recent media attention on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) bullying is the advocacy potential that decades-old legislation has to prevent gender-based harassment in schools. Title IX of the

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How Public Radio Gets Me to the Gym

Going to the gym is the bane of my existence. I’m not an athletic person and there’s almost nothing I despise more than getting up at 6AM every morning so I can check my email, drink a requisite cup of

The Shame of Honor:Global Activists Resurrect the Voices of the Dead

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Asma. Rukhsana. Zakia. Duaa. Fereshteh. Somayeh. Heshu. Samera. Amneh, Zahra. Semse. As an investigative journalist, Rana Husseini had no intention of shifting careers to become a human rights activist until she was given

“Deeply Divided”: Sri Lanka through the Eyes of Adele Barker

by Mandy Van Deven – India – During the year she taught Russian literature at the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Arizona University professor Adele Barker found herself more comfortable in the role of perpetual learner than educator.

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India’s Women Find Empowerment in Exotic Dance

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Anyone who has ever sat through the frequent and painstakingly choreographed musical numbers in a Bollywood film can tell you that dance is an integral part of Indian culture. From Bhangra in the

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Stripping Burlesque of Whiteness: Brown Girls Burlesque Take Center Stage

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Known for its bawdy sexual humor, over-the-top characters, and underlying social criticism, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales set the stage for the satirical theatrics which came to be known as burlesque. During its

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Parvati’s Burden: Scratching the Surface of Motherhood in India

by Mandy Van Deven – India – Unlike the abundance of exploration into the many dilemmas of motherhood by feminists in the West, in India the subject is so under-examined that it might as well not even exist. In fact,

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