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Randy Loayza

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Randy Loayza
Randy Loayza is a political, social and cultural thinker, writer and commentator. He is also an undergraduate of Cornell University within the Department of Government.
Culture

The Good Mix Of Feminism And Music

Despite my last article, I must profess to being neither an anti-feminist nor a feminist. I simply seek to inform meaningful cultural dialogue on issue. While I encourage both feminists and anti-feminists to continue forward, this piece specifically targets the undecided person, the one who has heard both good and bad things about feminism and seeks to understand the diversity within this broad school of thought. While people  often mischaracterize feminism as angry and man-hating, the explanations offered for why this stereotype exists only serve to further promote rather than abolish the misconception. Articles blaming men for the marketing and branding ills of the feminist movement prove counterproductive in debunking the idea that feminists blame men for virtually everything. However, not all feminists shame and undermine themselves in arguments and actions. Hip hop feminism is one sub-field which seeks neither semi-satirical misandry nor fruitless ambiguity. Instead, scholar Aisha S. Durham’s Home with Hip Hop Feminism defines hip hop feminism as productively complementary and “in conversation with feminist studies, hip-hop… Keep Reading

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Feminism Is Becoming Both a Weak And Self-Defeating Movement

Feminism is a growing topic of public debate as campus activists continue to protest speakers from many different backgrounds. From radical lesbian feminist Julie Bindel to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, the suppressing of differing opinions and stifling of free and open debate now affects more than just conservative and libertarian voices. While some credit this primarily to a culture of sensitivity and moral relativism, it is time to consider the possibility that this is an elite-driven structural problem within the feminist movement which drives scholars and activists to cannibalize one another.  In order to see this in action, look no further than the treatment of artist and entrepreneur Beyoncé Knowles. In a group panel at the New School, seminal feminist scholar bell hooks accuse Beyoncé of performing lolita on the cover of Time magazine, but hooks also characterizes Knowles as a “terrorist” — whose power is ultimately a derivative of the status, wealth and… Keep Reading

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