Loving the Other//Loving (an)Other

Written by guest blogger Leila

Last week, in my Muslim-Christian Dialogue class, my professor continuously used the terms other and religious other interchangeably. I wondered: Other in relation to what/whom? Was this going to be yet another class where Christianity is the baseline to which everything else is compared? Since the start of classes, I have deeply questioned my role at this school and in my classrooms as a student who grew up interfaith – as a student who is living and loving proof that multifaith/interfaith (whatever you want to call it) relations and dialogue aren’t solely fostered for the purpose of resolving conflict, but can be pursued out of deep love, care, and respect for an(other) human.

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Romeo and the Feminist

By Theia. 

“People will instinctively find out, as I have done, that it is not your forte to talk of yourself, but to listen while others talk of themselves; they will feel, too, that you listen with no malevolent scorn of the indiscretion, but with a kind of innate sympathy – not the less comforting and encouraging because it is very unobtrusive in its manifestations.”

“How do you know? How can you guess all this sir?”

“I know it well; therefore I proceed almost as freely as if I were writing my thoughts in a diary…”

-Jane Eyre

Dear John*,

Although we were both too shy to admit it, I think we could call it summer love. And since we were both too shy, we didn’t know how to flirt. In the end we were just friends, and that’s what I loved most about it.

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Girl Genius: Where is She?

I was pumped when Big Hero 6 came out because the main character was like me: half-white and half-Asian. The movie is about a 14 year old genius who teams up with friends to create a super hero force to combat the mysterious villain in San Frantokyo. Like any good Disney animation film, the movie is filled with laugher, tears, suspense, and lessons about family. “The only thing that would make this my favorite movie ever,” I thought, “was if the protagonist was a half Asian girl” This thought made me realize that beyond the lack of half-Asian protagonists in mainstream Hollywood movies, there is a major lack in the girl genius archetype.


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