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Apple’s refusal to hack iPhone protects user security

Peter Sherno
March 16, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

The FBI crossed a serious line in terms of consumer privacy when they asked Apple to unlock the iPhones of two suspected terrorists. By telling Apple to create software to extract data from personally locked iPhones, the FBI sets a dangerous precedent for digital security. The order, sent Feb. 16, crosse...

America’s second first lady pioneered women’s rights

Raphy Gendler
March 15, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

One of U.S. history’s most famous wives was more than just a First Lady: Abigail Adams was an independent, political, pioneering feminist who refused to allow people to stick her in a gender role. Born in 1744, she married John Adams in 1764. A member of one of the country’s first political d...

Shattering the “glass ceiling”

Mimi Fhima
March 14, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Girls growing up in the United States find male leaders plastered on every media source — from billboards to televisions to cell phones. Leaders of multi-billion dollar corporations, like Bill Gates and Donald Trump, headline the news often. Even on the topic of women’s issues, men’s voices ...

Women’s products cost more than men’s

Makagbe Kuyateh
March 11, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Being a woman comes with many benefits, but being a woman is also really expensive. On average, women spend $1,350 more than men each year for identical products, according to Consumer News and Business Channel. Women pay more for products and services than men, and statistically get paid less than men in the workforce. According to a study by the ...

Gender equality knows no boundaries

Ethan Brown
March 10, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

My gender never has, and never will, interfere with my resolution to stand up against everyday inequality toward women. Being a feminist and a man never seemed like a horrible thing — my parents raised me that way. Not once as a kid did I ever hear it was acceptable to treat someone unfairly, rega...

Concept of virginity creates unfair standard

Olivia Sieff
March 9, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Sex is a common feature in society. It’s on the radio, TV and movie screens — it’s everywhere. Yet there’s a taboo surrounding virginity, specifically a woman’s virginity, that people refuse to discuss. For centuries, civilizations placed enormous emphasis on a woman’s virginity, with som...

Menstruation stigma used to oppress women

Hannah Bernstein
March 8, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Last week, a tampon slipped out of my jacket pocket. The man walking behind me yelled, ‘hey!” so I turned around and saw him staring at me with a horrified expression. He gestured vaguely at the ground and scrunched up his face before saying, “next time, try to keep your private stuff to yourself,...

8 microaggressions females face daily

Elise Riley
March 7, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

Microaggressions are minor everyday offenses, intentional or unintentional, that target a specific group of people — in this case women. These small aggressions can be avoided through the respect, acknowledgement and encouragement of women. 1. Gender slurs We’ve all heard the phrase “stop ...

Housing in St. Louis Park gentrified

Max Blackburn
March 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

St. Louis Park, like many other cities in Minnesota, is currently experiencing a rise in its middle-class population and tries to find space to house them by taking over the housing currently available to the lower classes. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of neighborhoods considered gentrified becau...

Education over elimination required

Sam Crary
March 7, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

Other sports provide similar lessons learned in football, but the type of teamwork football creates differs. The upfront fighting as a unit creates a brotherhood that no other sport can replicate. With many other team sports such as baseball or basketball, much of the game concentrates on one indivi...

Bureaucracy fails education system

Brigid Duffy
March 5, 2016
Filed under Opinion Columns

No Child Left Behind was an act that failed many students, and its replacement, the Every Student Succeeds Act, once again fails to meet the needs of students nationwide. No Child Left Behind (NCLB), was written into law in 2002 to standardize testing, address the achievement gap and make sure no s...

Gender norms discourage authentic expression

Harry Steffenhagen
March 4, 2016
Filed under Women's History Month

When I was 12, I was loading my suitcase into a trailer, preparing for a road trip. My friends and I were talking when I said, “I packed five outfits; one for every day.” An older gentleman interrupted me saying, “Harry, we’re men. We don’t pack outfits. We pack shirts and pants.” That ma...

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