Tolerance is a word that has been overrated for too long. Progress doesn’t happen by simply acknowledging things are different than we’re used to, but by going out of our way to learn about them. We don’t need to necessarily understand everything – but we do need to make an effort to push past the stigma. By doing this we can create a more inclusive world for everyone – but we won’t get there by hoping someone else does it first.
In this issue, Manal, our cover model, talks about why it’s so important to end the stigma towards Muslims. She promotes the idea that if people just met a Muslim, they wouldn’t so often equate them with terrorists. People are scared of what they don’t understand – and the only way to get to know something better is to become personally aqainted with it.
Asking questions is a start. Like, “why are women leaving feminsim?” Erin explores this in her essay through analyzing F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism by Lauren McKeon. Instead of villanizing these women, Lauren tries to understand how they got here and the flaws in feminism that have caused divides. What can we do to bring people together instead of choosing sides?
This winter, people will be celebrating the holidays differently than you. Instead of simply tolerating other cultures and religions, why not ask to be invited to someone else’s festivities? Not only will you learn something new, but you’ll see that people are similar everywhere you go, and that our differences make us interesting, not frightening.
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