Author: Lane Feler

Myanmar’s Push Toward Democracy: A Sisyphean Endeavor?

Incoherence If I had to choose a single word to describe Yangon, Myanmar from an outsider’s perspective, it would be “incoherent.” No amount of photography could do the experience justice. When you are stuck in a five-way intersection with no traffic lights nor policemen to calm the frenzy, you can’t take a snapshot of the hordes of jaywalkers in traditional attire amidst the masses of recently imported cars—all trying to maneuver rush hour. Apparently, photography communicates the opposite of reality. Oddly, I heard my photographs described as “glamorous.” Any person who has visited Yangon would know how inaccurate of...

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Reconsidering Rape: The Consequence of Muckraking

Lane Feler wrote “Reconsidering Rape: Experience as the Life of the Law” in Issue 2 of the Morningside Muckraker, and followed it up with “Reconsidering Rape: The Conundrum of Silence” in Issue 6. Though she is now the Opinions Editor, she offers this third piece in her trilogy as a contributor, not in her capacity on the editorial board. “You may recall the description of the Man with the Muck-rake, the man who could look no way but downward with the muck-rake in his hands; who was offered a celestial crown . . . but […]

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Editorial: Be it Resolved

January brings a certain amount of reflection; we are pressed to consider that we stand at the beginning of a New Year, with the capacity to change—or not. Some of us formally declare those things, big or small, that will not survive 2015. A death to bad habits, less-savory personality traits, failing relationships. But we also give life to new aims: finally learning to play the guitar, applying for the dream job, writing a letter once a week (that last one is mine). Ultimately, we hope the cutting back and the moving forward will enable the best, or at least better, version of ourselves. […]

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On Langston Hughes

My throat feels sore from talking. I have been talking for days. Seated in Professor Sturm’s living room with some battle-weary folk. Sitting now on my porch in snow-capped Colorado. It is peaceful and quiet here, but I can’t escape heated images of flames, of rage, of desperation. I feel overwhelmed by my own feelings of grief: that my friends and strangers alike could feel so deeply cheated by both the system and country I have been taught to revere. It makes me feel cheated too. And, it is more than disconcerting. It is gut-wrenching, tumultuous, frenzied. It can’t be tamped down […]

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Reconsidering Rape: The Conundrum of Silence

Illustrated by Nelson Hua (Original photo by Rachel So // Licensed under CC2). “[M]y first reaction was shame. The same shame that I felt back when I was in a violent marriage. It’s a sort of guilt that would make me crawl into a shell and remain silent. But today, for a reason I can’t explain, I’d had enough.” Beverly Gooden, quoted in “#WhyIStayed,” Voices and Victimhood About seven months ago, I published a piece meant to draw attention to the way we learn about rape at the law school. Rather than criticize the pedagogy, which I found appropriate, I preferred...

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