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Medina Husakovic

Racial reckonings

The #MeToo movement could not have done the work it needed to do without the backing of large media corporations and publications like the The New York Times and The New Yorker, without the (in)famous spreadsheet, the long-rumored journalistic investigations and the utilitarian confessional hashtag. But where #MeToo has succeeded with the aid of mainstream…

Mladić and the Western response

The ground is frozen but they are told to dig. Emaciated, starving, my father alternates between a shovel and his hands, too weak to penetrate frozen ground. My father was a prisoner of war in the Manjača concentration camp during the Bosnian War in which, after the fall of Yugoslavia, heightened ethnic tensions led to…

Louis C.K. and the ethics of apology, revisited

Is there ever a right way to apologize for sexual misconduct, for sexual harassment, for rape? If so, people seem to think Louis C.K. is the prime example. Louis C.K., a stand-up comedian whose routines frequently make light of men’s hypocrisies, recently released a statement admitting that all five allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against…

Harvey Weinstein and the ethics of apology

These last few weeks, I’ve been silently tuned into the fall of film studio executive Harvey Weinstein, yet another powerful man revealed to be a serial sexual assaulter. As of Oct. 27, 60 women have come forward detailing their accounts of Weinstein’s sexual abuse, and consequently, only after fellow producers failed to clear his name, Weinstein…

Fantasies of a female Hugh Hefner

Recently, Playboy founder and pop culture icon Hugh Hefner died, something I thought would never happen. Hefner seemed like a permanent fixture of modern pop culture, filling a timeless position: that of the elite, sexually powerful man, monetizing the sexualization of women for the idolization of other men who wished their objectification of women would…
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