Category : Politics

The New Feminism

What is feminism? Quite simply, it might be defined as a society affording equal opportunities to both genders. Is it cool now to call yourself a feminist? Right now, the answer seems to be yes, but it goes beyond being…

0 Comments / 44 View / November 12, 2014

The Cycle of Celebrity Critique: The Laundry List Legend of Lena Dunham

There is perhaps no figure more frequently scrutinized, with equal parts of criticism and praise, as a member of the millennial milieu than Lena Dunham. The actress, writer, director, producer – and now author – has generated an almost inordinate…

0 Comments / 176 View / November 10, 2014

Columbia Should Not Be The Only School Who Has to #CarryThatWeight

On Wednesday October 29th, schools and organizations across the country rallied to end sexual assault on college campuses through the #CarryThatWeight campaign. This campaign was sparked by a senior at Columbia University, Emma Sulkowicz, a visual arts major, who is…

5 Comments / 97 View / October 31, 2014

Opting Out of Rape: When Crimes Require Coverage

It was approximately two years ago when Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan (R) vetoed a bill that would require all women to purchase a separate coverage on their health insurance for abortions, including those procedures performed in cases of sexual…

2 Comments / 45 View / October 30, 2014

Why We #CarryThatWeight at Columbia

Students all over the United States rallied behind the #carrythatweight campaign on today’s National Day of Action. The campaign began at Columbia University this year when a student decided to protest the way that the University handled sexual assaults by…

3 Comments / 140 View / October 29, 2014

“Rape Joke” Revisited: Making Sense and Nonsense

Patricia Lockwood’s poem “Rape Joke” is equal parts evocative and provocative, humorous and hardened. Published in July, 2013 on the eclectic website “The Awl,” it tells the fragmented story of a sexual assault from the victim’s perspective – and tells…

2 Comments / 217 View / October 15, 2014

Call it Neurodiversity. Not Mental Illness.

When I was asked to participate in Mental Illness Awareness Week, I balked at the idea.  I have never identified as having a mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a mental illness is “a medical condition…

10 Comments / 528 View / October 6, 2014

GamerGate: Misogyny At Play

Every so often, the world seems to go mad.  A single issue pervades society and sets it ablaze. It consumes news outlets, tears communities apart, and generates intense feelings of outrage in numerous people.  The resulting chaos is never pleasant…

1 Comment / 63 View / October 1, 2014

College Game Day: Means More Than the Game Itself

In high school it was known as “Friday Night Lights,” but in college it is now known as “Game Day.” If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about football. Football is one of the most widely watched and widely played…

2 Comments / 114 View / September 29, 2014

BUYPARTISAN: SCANNING LEFT AND RIGHT

People say they swear off red meat for dietary reasons or for humanitarian beliefs. But it’s also possible that their motives are political. That is, they’re not buying “red” meat sold by companies with Boards or employees that donate to…

2 Comments / 78 View / September 20, 2014