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UNCOMMONLY THOUGHTFUL: Distinctly Confused

My name is androgynous. Upon hearing it, you cannot tell if I am a boy or a girl. Some people say that they can tell if they know how it's spelled: Jessie is a girl and Jesse is a boy. I doubt my parents meant to spell my name the "boy" way, but I sometimes wonder whether it was a Freudian slip; whether somehow, even then, they knew.
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COMMENTARY: Reflections of a veiled Egyptian muslim

Throughout my short life, friends and colleagues have often asked me why I wear a veil when I travel abroad, and why I choose to hold on to my Islamic values and Egyptian traditions. For some of them, this is something quite odd and surprising. I came to Canada a couple of years ago to pursue my PhD at McGill.
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INFORMATIONATION: Ideas are cheap in the digital age

There is one massive economic difference separating ideas from physical goods: The marginal cost of an idea is now zero. If I eat a sandwich, you cannot also eat it, but once an idea, an essay, a song or a better web browser comes around, it can be shared, from anyone and to everyone, network to network, at a negligible additional cost.
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RIGHT MINDED: Free speech in Canada

Ann Coulter is a bit of a troublemaker, isn't she? I've always had a love-hate relationship with the firebrand conservative columnist. A strong advocate for small government, Coulter is also an unapologetic advocate for Western society's ethics. She decries the silencing tendencies of political correctness and never gives in to moral relativism.
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MY POINT … AND I DO HAVE ONE: Crazy like a fox

Thanks to the great privilege afforded to me by living north of the 49th parallel, I find the American right really funny. The Bill O'Reillys, the "These Colours Don't Run" American-flag T-shirts, and everything Fox News has to offer are far more entertaining and, frankly, far less disingenuous than the earnest approach to conservative ideas put forward by the "liberals" of the Democratic Party or our own Conservative Party of Canada.
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EDITORIAL: The error of SSMU’s handbook ways

Every year, the Students' Society produces a handbook, largely for freshmen students. The handbook contains all sorts of useful information about university life, including, among other things, tips on surviving frosh, good places to eat and details on the SSMU health plan.
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EDITORIAL: Quebec should leave religious paranoia to the French

There are many areas in which France is worth emulating. The French have impressive universal health care, a generous day care system, and they enjoy a high standard of living. But unfortunately, the Parti Québécois and certain elements of Quebec society seem hell-bent on copying one of the worst aspects of French culture: religious paranoia.
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OFF THE BOARD: Of football and 9/11

For many, the highlight of the TV viewing experience this weekend was the season premiere of The Simpsons or Family Guy on Fox. Both shows are usually funny, occasionally outlandish and once in a while insightful, but don't ask me to comment on them because I didn't watch either one.
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OFF THE BOARD: The self-shot revolution

The bastard son of the 17th century's commissioned works and the late 19th century's photographic revolution, portraits are here to stay. We've all had one taken. Graduations. Weddings. Family Reunions. Selfies in the park. Sunday night webcam sessions. Blue Dog Friday night Canon-fests.
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OFF THE BOARD: Proud to be a man again

Early forms of feminism were founded upon the notion of female equality; that women should be able to take firm control of their personal and professional lives, be equally represented in the workplace, receive the same professional courtesy and salary as men and obtain the respect they merit in the home.
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