Roxanne Varzi, UCI professor of anthropology writes, “At the end of the day, the mask doesn’t represent a lack of choice, but a good one. It’s been recommended by public health experts for personal safety and not for political or religious reasons. It’s more than a symbol. Bound by politics and danger — and what we anthropologists call a social contract — what we wear is not immaterial. Sometimes it’s more than a political statement, it’s a matter of life and death.”

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