I'm a college junior double majoring in Government and English and minoring in Public Policy. I define myself as an activist passionate about women's issues, human rights, global health, equality issues. I think I'm a reasonably well-read (maybe I flatter myself) human being, and within that identity, I'm interested in gender theory, the greater good and politics.

This is a space where I set my thoughts free in a relatively unpolished format. If you want to read me in a cleaner, more edited format, read me when I write for institutionalized publications; this is the intersection of my personal and political.

TL;DR I'm opinionated and this is where I write about my opinions in an informal format
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
while you're not particularly active on Tumblr, I enjoy your blog and am a fan of your writing :)
lorelei-y lorelei-y Said:

Why thank you, kind stranger! I’m admittedly not very active on Tumblr; but I’m working on changing that. Thank you for reading!


Bob Beckel's non-apology for saying “Chinamen” on air is not going to fly. 

Ted Lieu is teaming up with us to ask for real accountability: the racism & xenophobia in Beckel’s words have a lot in common with arguments in favor of the Chinese Exclusion Act & Japanese incarceration during World War II.

If you think this fake apology isn’t enough, join us here.


  • 10 the number of minutes that Malaysia Airlines likely saved on its flight time by having its planes travel over Ukraine instead of around the volatile country. It also probably saved $1,500 in jet fuel, or 2 percent of the total cost of fuel used on the flight, according to the aviation firm…
Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi! I'm currently a junior in high school and am seriously considering Dartmouth as one of my top choice schools right now. I was wondering if you could give me some input on your experience at Dartmouth? Thank you :)
lorelei-y lorelei-y Said:

Hi Anonymous, 

I’m sorry for the very late response here — I hope this still comes in time to be useful to you. I’ve had a mostly positive experience at Dartmouth, particularly in terms of academic life and educational opportunities. I’ve found some really great friends and made great connections with some of my professors, which was the whole point of choosing a smaller liberal arts college. 

Thanks to Dartmouth, I’ve been able to study abroad in Scotland and intern twice in Washington, DC (once in 2012, and again this past spring). I’ve also been able to travel to India with a public policy seminar and volunteer in Florida with the Alternative Spring Break program. 

However, I think that Dartmouth isn’t for everyone. I think it takes a specific type of person to be happy at the College, and there are certainly many people who aren’t completely happy with their experience at Dartmouth. In fact, despite the many amazing things I’ve been able to participate in as a Dartmouth student, I myself wouldn’t say that I think it’s perfect. Then again, precious few — or maybe no — institutions are completely without their ills. 

Ultimately, I don’t know if Dartmouth is the right place for you. I recommend that you visit sometime during your senior year, apply and see how it goes and talk to as many people as you can about college in general and their experiences at the schools you’re interested in. 

I hope that helps! If you want to talk more specifically, feel free to inbox me again (not anonymously) and I’ll give you my personal email address to contact me with further questions.

There’s nothing in my life I’m prouder of than being a woman.

Lena Dunham in Glamour, April 2014 

Here’s to the security guards who maybe had a degree in another land. Here’s to the manicurist who had to leave her family to come here, painting the nails, scrubbing the feet of strangers. Here’s to the janitors who don’t even fucking understand English yet work hard despite it all. Here’s to the fast food workers who work hard to see their family smile. Here’s to the laundry man at the Marriott who told me with the sparkle in his eyes how he was an engineer in Peru. Here’s to the bus driver, the Turkish Sufi who almost danced when I quoted Rumi. Here’s to the harvesters who live in fear of being deported for coming here to open the road for their future generation. Here’s to the taxi drivers from Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and India who gossip amongst themselves. Here is to them waking up at 4am, calling home to hear the voices of their loved ones. Here is to their children, to the children who despite it all become artists, writers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists and rebels. Here’s to Western Union and Money Gram. For never forgetting home. Here’s to their children who carry the heartbeats of their motherland and even in sleep, speak with pride about their fathers. Keep on.
Immigrants. First generation. Ijeoma Umebinyuo.


"Print is dead?" Depends on who you ask.

The Atlantic chronicles the lively cottage industry of ethnic newspapers in New York City, where just one print shop prints and distributes 11 daily papers, as well as over 100 weekly and monthly publications in over 20 different languages. - CM

Fantastic reading (on reading) that I highly recommend.


Back in the early 1970s, thousands of tropical parrots were brought to Japan as pets. As some were freed over the years, the city of Tokyo has developed a fascinating problem: parrot infestation!

Photographer Yoshinori Mizutani noticed the phenomenon shortly after moving to Tokyo, and has been documenting their bizarre presence ever since.

Photos of Tokyo’s Surreal Parrot Infestation 

via It’s Nice That

How awesome! I’m sure there are ecological problems associated with a non-native species’ encroachment on other species’ territory, but these are beautiful.


The publisher of the NYT refutes some of the coverage of the Jill Abramson firing:

Equal pay for women is an important issue in our country – one that The New York Times often covers. But it doesn’t help to advance the goal of pay equality to cite the case of a female executive whose compensation was not in fact unequal.

I decided that Jill could no longer remain as executive editor for reasons having nothing to do with pay or gender. As publisher, my paramount duty is to ensure the continued quality and success of The New York Times. Jill is an outstanding journalist and editor, but with great regret, I concluded that her management of the newsroom was simply not working out.

During her tenure, I heard repeatedly from her newsroom colleagues, women and men, about a series of issues, including arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring colleagues with her, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues. I discussed these issues with Jill herself several times and warned her that, unless they were addressed, she risked losing the trust of both masthead and newsroom. She acknowledged that there were issues and agreed to try to overcome them. We all wanted her to succeed. It became clear, however, that the gap was too big to bridge and ultimately I concluded that she had lost the support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back.

Interesting. I wonder, though, how much it might have also had to do with the fact that female leaders tend to face an inherently uphill battle due to persistent issues with how strong women tend to (still) be disliked in comparison to strong men. Particularly suspicious here is the “public mistreatment of colleagues,” as many studies have shown that male leaders and bosses who critique their employees are seen as competent, smart leaders whereas females who do the same as seen as shrill harpies.


Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite?

From Divergent's Tris to The Hunger Games' Katniss, the women of young-adult fiction can be strong, independent, and mature—as long as they're also scrawny.

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I’ve been saying this for ever!