The Vanderbilt Hustler

Mac Ploetz

Pretty and Witty and Gay: Calling out racism in the spaces we love

February 8, 2018

As I near the end of my Vanderbilt career, I find myself reflecting on both my academic and personal j...

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Pretty and Witty and Gay: On trans body positivity

January 11, 2018

If you’ve been around me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me crack jokes about my o...

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Pretty and Witty and Gay: It might not “get better”

November 30, 2017

The other day, I was talking with a good friend of mine. She was telling me about the struggles she was ...

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Pretty and Witty and Gay: On toxic masculinity

November 9, 2017

I had the privilege of sitting on a panel last week that focused on personal narratives of masculinity. I ab...

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Pretty and Witty and Gay: Vandy’s student stress problem won’t get better, and here’s why

October 12, 2017

I had the honor to be among this year’s Top 10 Outstanding Seniors. I have two internships and a job, and this is my second year as president of Lambda. I sit on committees,...

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Pretty and Witty and Gay: Labels are for People (and Soup Cans)

September 28, 2017

When I was in middle school, I was really into a Facebook application called “Pieces of Flair.” I...

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Pretty and Witty and Gay: Tolerance isn’t enough

September 14, 2017

We’ve all heard this before: “You know, I don’t agree with the gay lifestyle, but they can do ...

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The Trans Military Ban Was Never about the Military

August 31, 2017

So I can’t join the Armed Forces. Who cares, right? It’s not like I engage in a ton of physical ...