On Equality

In this body of work I set out to explore primitive concepts of male/female relationships in order to shed light on how such concepts have survived within society, despite being archaic, and how it has impeded equality.

alejandro sandoval

The clerk asked him for his first and last name and papi answered, "Alejandro Sandoval."  Confused, yet convinced, I blurted out, "No, papi, your name is Jose!" He immediately pinched me and commanded me to hush.  I sat on papi's hip and silently wondered who Alejandro Sandoval was and why my dad was claiming to be him. Back then I … Continue reading alejandro sandoval

dandelions 

Never mind what they said we could not do, where they said we could not go, who they said we could not be; we are wild dandelions growing out of the cracks of society. Even if neglected by sunlight, we will nurture our own development, we will blossom into our potential, we will sway with … Continue reading dandelions 

I Am Skeptical of God, Not of the External World.

Am I a skeptic? Absolutely — but only when it comes to ridiculous concepts. I am inclined to doubt the existence of the Bloody Mary, the Headless Horseman, and of God. I find such concepts to be ridiculous given their mythical nature. The three are the product of the human mind, but mankind tends to create and … Continue reading I Am Skeptical of God, Not of the External World.

Marriage: An Unenforceable Promise

In “Contract as Promise,” Charles Fried admits that several kinds of promises neither are nor ought to be enforced by law. More specifically, Fried alludes to the institution of marriage, as well as contracts of employment, insurance, and carriage, as the type of promises that should not be enforced by law. Fried’s rationale for such … Continue reading Marriage: An Unenforceable Promise

Pain, Pleasure, and Masochism.

To some, a slap to the face may be a highly unpleasant experience; however, to others, a slap to the face may be a pleasurable experience. Those who derive pleasure from suffering physical pain are swept under the term ‘masochist’. In order for one to understand why a person would willingly subject themselves to physical … Continue reading Pain, Pleasure, and Masochism.

time travel and the human mind

The human mind produces memories that have similar functions to a time machine. Although one cannot physically go from the present time to the past or from the present to the future, one is able to recall past events and form future ones. This type of mental time traveling gives human beings an adaptive advantage … Continue reading time travel and the human mind

words of encouragement from an indebted graduate

It’s Thursday and you’re sitting at your corner office thinking about which student loan repay option would be best for you. The suggested monthly payment amount is $481.43. You think about how $481.43 is practically one week’s pay. There’s an option that allows you to input how much you can comfortably pay monthly. You type … Continue reading words of encouragement from an indebted graduate

hurt people hurt people

I love you. I don’t hate you. I hate what you represent. I hate that my father left this country with three children behind, promised to remain faithful to my mother, ran off with yours, and had you. I don’t hate you. I dislike the idea of you. I dislike that when I was three … Continue reading hurt people hurt people