Author Archives: Cara Balen

Let’s do the Time Warp: Costumes Inspired by Contemporary Politics

Cara Balen gives her readers a Halloween treat by suggesting some politically inspired costumes. But be careful, because this could be more of a trick than you think, as it serves as a reminder of society’s nightmarish political climate.

The Ernst and Young Seminar: what it teaches us about gender essentialism

Ernst and Young has made the news recently with a seminar that told their female employees to conform to specific standards of work ethic, professional attire, and even fitness and wellbeing . Cara Balen discusses the way in which this adds to harmful gender stereotypes within the workplace, and examines how such rhetoric feeds into a larger narrative about gender essentialism.