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Writing Wrongs: He wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts, and clothing is genderless

Writing Wrongs: He wears short skirts, I wear t-shirts, and clothing is genderless

May 23, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Clothing keeps us warm in Marin’s uniquely irritating weather patterns, and I appreciate the way it keeps “everything under wraps.” But clothing is more than that. Our society prescribes ritual and meaning to it, based on myriad factors. Despite this all, though, I’d like to advocate the simple–though...

Writing Wrongs: The Myths of Dragons, Santa Claus and Reverse Racism

Writing Wrongs: The Myths of Dragons, Santa Claus and Reverse Racism

Bella Levaggi

April 22, 2014


Filed under Opinion

When I was five, I thought that dragons were real. “Dragon Tales” captivated me and I used to “wish and wish with all my heart” that I too could one day fly away to Dragon Land and learn valuable life lessons alongside my scaly friends. Alas, I have since been told time and time again that dragons...

Writing Wrongs: When Aiming for the Real Thing Isn’t Enough

Writing Wrongs: When Aiming for the Real Thing Isn’t Enough

Bella Levaggi

March 24, 2014


Filed under Opinion

This month, I was ready to write a short column heaping the entirety of my secret rainbow glitter stash upon Ellen Page, who used a Valentine’s Day speech for the Human Rights Campaign as a platform to publicly come out as gay. I was going to make a lot of points about the importance of celebrity visibility...

Writing Wrongs: And the Oscar Goes to… Systemic Discrimination!

Writing Wrongs: And the Oscar Goes to… Systemic Discrimination!

Bella Levaggi

February 13, 2014


Filed under Opinion

It’s pretty easy to not think about any of the politics behind something like the Academy Awards. The elegant outfits, cutthroat competition, and opening monologue are great distractions for someone like me, who naively believes in the spirit of honest competition and the notion that the most deservi...

WRITING WRONGS: Mackle-no-more

WRITING WRONGS: Mackle-no-more

Bella Levaggi

December 21, 2013


Filed under Opinion

I spend a lot of time on Tumblr, where hoaxes and satire run rampant and are often confused with fact. Therefore, I am skeptical when scrolling down the homepage, lest I join the league of Internet fools by falling for an unsubstantiated rumor. When I saw blogs linking to a promotional video of Ma...

WRITING WRONGS: The 18 Percent

WRITING WRONGS: The 18 Percent

Bella Levaggi

November 19, 2013


Filed under Opinion

What do “The Avengers,” “Lincoln,” “Django Unchained” and “The Hobbit” all have in common? Yes, they were all successful feature films, garnering critical praise and monetary success. But they share another similarity: none of them pass the Bechdel Test. While the structure of a written colu...