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Ananth Shastri

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Fair and lovely: Colorism in language

Fair and lovely: Colorism in language

July 7, 2020

While researching skin-lightening creams, I started to wonder if fair as in “just,” fair as in “beautiful,” and fair as in “light-complexioned” were etymologically linked. According to the...

In defense of a skirty bitch; The politics of being seen

In defense of a skirty bitch; The politics of being seen

February 12, 2020

When you tell me that you like my skirt, or dress, or leggings, what do you really mean? Do I look weird to you? Do you find my colors and contours unusual? Have you never seen this combination of...

On violent language: A student of John Kleiner responds

On violent language: A student of John Kleiner responds

November 13, 2019

Professor Kleiner: Last Wednesday you submitted a letter to the editor that explained and defended your use of the N-word during a class on James Baldwin. I understand that some people will disregard...

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