The March issue of Perspective is officially online. This is our annual Women, Gender, and Sexuality issue, and I’m really excited and pleased by how it turned out. The pieces are:
Tyler Brandon and Lucy Caplan on women’s historical underrepresentation at Harvard. Long story short, it’s kind of a problem.
Christian Garland on the decision of Harvard-Radcliffe BGLTSA’s (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance) decision to change its name to Harvard College Queer Students and Allies (QSA). This may seem like a minor tweak, but it’s actually a pretty substantive move that follows a lot of discussion within the queer community at Harvard.
Martabel Wasserman on sex and privilege on campus. Martabel is the editor-in-chief of H Bomb, the somewhat notorious Harvard sex magazine, and she does a superb job of tying the institutionalized privilege and entitlement of Harvard’s culture to the role of sex and rape on campus.
Our staff editorial on the growth of sororities at Harvard. Shockingly enough, we’re not big fans of the Greek system.
Madeleine Schwartz’s interview with Sarah Haskins, who entire oeuvre you (a) should have seen by now (b) should go watch immediately if you haven’t. Madeleine asks the hard questions, like where Haskins (class of ’01) has and hasn’t peed at Harvard.
Ian Kumekawa on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s revival of Keynesian economic policy in Australia. Full disclosure: Ian’s my roommate, and there’s a giant, Rasterbated portrait of John Maynard Keynes overlooking my bookcase. Believe it or not, that was Ian’s idea, not mine. Apparently, the Harvard housing people get it right sometimes.
The Harvard Salient Drinking Game (which we wrote as a group). Lost in the hubbub over the Douthat piece was the fact that The Salient – the publication in which a lot of the quotes Jesse and I pulled were written – is a pretty thoroughly contemptible institution. It tends to do things like replacing the words “homosexual” and “gay” with “sodomite” in a piece without the author’s permission, or intentionally antagonize the campus Muslim community. The last issue viciously mocked victims of homophobic workplace discrimination. It’s like if The American Spectator and First Things decided to join forces and be more asshole-ish. So, we saw fit to mock them.
In any case, check it out.