Is the wilderness open to everyone?

There exists a duality between the openness of wilderness and its actual accessibility. Factors like societal norms and expectations of gender and race influence people’s accessibility of wilderness. This essay will explore these factors and evaluate how they influence the perception of wilderness for individuals.

Settler Colonialism: Gender & Race as Social Constructs

To truly understand settler colonialism as a structure, its purpose, and current function in society, I will distinguish settler colonialism from classic colonialism, its ongoing effects in contemporary society, and its use of gender as a socially constructed tool to oppress and govern.

The Kumari’s Story

Largely unknown to the outside world, Nepal’s centuries-old institution of the child deity, the Kumari Devi, is deeply embedded in the culture of Kathmandu Valley. Young, beautiful and decorous, even a glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune.