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The Weekly Graze: U.S. Presidential Election

What has The Gazelle team been reading this week?

Nov 12, 2016

Here at The Gazelle, we work hard to bring you interesting, informative content that you can enjoy and engage with. But what do we read when we aren’t in production every Saturday, working late into the night? The Weekly Graze is a series in which The Gazelle’s staff members pick their favorite written pieces from the past week, in the hope that you might discover some interesting reads too.
Larayb Abrar Features Editor
Her Loss, Lindy West
In this article, columnist Lindy West justifies her emotional reaction to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. West, in essence, describes Hillary Clinton’s loss as a result of the internalized gender inequality ever-present in society. She then delves into the respective tracks men and women have to take to attain positions of power. She describes how, despite being far better than her husband ever would be, Clinton had to stand on the sidelines and watch him speed through his political career. West mourns Clinton’s loss, not as a loss for the Democratic Party, but rather as an affirmation of the continued double standards of society.
James Pearce Deputy Features Editor
In this article, Matthews explores the dangers of a Trump presidency in regard to Barack Obama’s legacy. Obama has been hailed by liberals as one of the most consequential presidents in U.S. American history, yet voters, in rejecting Hillary Clinton, firmly denied what many commentators referred to as Obama’s third term. The election of Donald Trump was a clear message to Obama and his administration — voters weren’t happy with where his administration was steering the nation. As a result, what Trump will do to alter Obama’s potentially significant legacy is yet to be seen.
Annie Bauer Deputy Copy Chief
The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh
In this time of extreme political division and hateful rhetoric, many people in the U.S. and elsewhere feel that they can’t even understand the basic arguments of those who oppose them. Productive communication becomes impossible when we immediately write each other off as biased, stupid, elitist and so on. Furthermore, the ideological rifts between us are often intensely personal and emotionally charged. Thich Nhat Hanh is a celebrated peace activist, Buddhist monk and prolific writer. In this small volume, he explains how to use compassionate listening and mindful self-expression to communicate effectively across those divides.
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