ReadNUS Issue 21

MAR 2021 | ISSUE 21
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With International Women’s Day coming up, we thought it’d be apt for readers to review our progress as a society towards a more gender-equitable society. We’re optimistic, but these insightful titles show that there’s more to be done.

This Week’s Reads: Women’s Rights

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While culture and religion are understood to be the primary barriers to gender equality, efforts by international institutions and women’s groups to change social norms are seen as the most effective way to reduce discrimination.

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This article argues that in circumstances where states are not already committed to democracy and human rights, then premature attempts to promote norms at the regional level actually undercut efforts to positively shape the behavior of states.

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We still have to overcome challenges of unequal economic opportunity, political empowerment, gender violence, and human trafficking to achieve gender equality in Asia.

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While wartime dynamics help improve women’s political rights, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to women’s economic and social rights.

Literary Journal
We’re launching our very own Literary Journal! Each month, we’ll publish a few articles discussing the trendiest authors, books and reading news. Simply put, Lirra’s Literary Journal is your go-to publication for all things reading.
Rereading Harry Potter

Rereading Harry Potter – Remember the Harry Potter phenomenon that bewitched the world 20 years ago? Our Literary Journal writer and serious Potterhead, Haris, thinks that now is the perfect time for adults to read or re-read the 7-book series 🧙‍♂️🧙‍♀️. He writes:

“Re-reading the Harry Potter books as an adult can be revelatory. It is like watching a cartoon in your twenties and suddenly noticing the more adult jokes that you would have never picked up on as a kid. In J.K Rowling’s case, I’ve discovered a whole new range of themes, plot lines and even plot holes that weren’t apparent to me as a child.”

To read his full article, head over to our website here.

The Space Opera Subgenre

The Space Opera Subgenre – Also in our Literary Journal, Saishwar writes about the Space Opera Subgenre and the Future of the Monoculture.

In his piece, Saishwar expands upon a few properties within the ‘Space Opera’ subgenre of Science Fiction which he believes have the capacity to capture the attention of mainstream audiences with their fantastical settings and stories, and potentially become the next big piece of monoculture…

To read his full article, head over to our website here.

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