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Loving one’s body shouldn’t be shameful

Brigid Duffy

April 23, 2016

Filed under Opinion Columns

After Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie, the media accused her of exploiting herself and sending the message that girls are only good because of their bodies. While a woman is worth more than her body, that doesn’t mean she should be shamed for showing it off and loving what she has. In Kar...

Inflexible caucus system disrupts voters

Hannah Bernstein

April 22, 2016

Filed under Opinion Columns

Legislators in all states should abolish the caucus system and institute a policy of open primaries. This will prevent peer pressure and inaccessibility from polluting democracy. Caucuses take place in 13 states, including Minnesota, according to the New York Times. Each state’s caucus is one-of-a-ki...

No-pass list wrongfully punishes unexcused absences

Maggie Bahnson

April 20, 2016

Filed under Opinion Columns

When the infamous no-pass list came out, I was surprised to see my own name on it. The no-pass list came out after first semester and lists all the students in each grade who must be denied passes from teachers because of poor attendance habits. I had always heard about the no-pass list, but never ac...

‘White feminism’ is not inclusive

Sydney Hall

March 31, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

I am a white, cisgender, straight, middle-class feminist and I recognize my privilege. I recognize, if I wasn’t these things, I would face different issues regarding misogyny. The problem is that many women in my position don’t realize their privilege, and this needs to change. Intersectio...

Modern day feminists are hypocrites

Adah Koivula

March 30, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

Feminists brag about being an all-inclusive movement, but that is not the case today. Supposedly, anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation or political leanings can be a feminist. Feminism simply means supporting gender equality. The feminist movement has become strongly anti-conservative and ...

Q&A with Deborah Siegel

Hanna Schechter

March 29, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

What is your current occupation? I’m a writer and I’m also a coach. I work with primarily women, but people who want to have expertise and who want a more public voice. I call it thought leadership coaching. How did you first become a feminist? I would watch as my dad was invited to speak and...

Challenging athletic limitations

Alissa Meredith

March 28, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

Ever since I was little, teachers and coaches have set expectations for what I can and can’t do. From physical education classes to the ice rink, I’ve been constantly reminded how inferior I am compared to boys. I remember continually trying to prove myself in gym class, especially during fitnes...

Women take control of their bodies

Zoe Eilers

March 26, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

In 1960, the sale of birth control pills was illegal in 22 states. Not even half of the country allowed women the right to prevent pregnancy. Estelle Griswold, a women's rights activist from New Haven, Connecticut, opened a clinic to start selling birth control for women in 1962. In response, she was ar...

Men help to produce change

Max Blackburn

March 25, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

For hundreds of years, the struggle for gender equality has divided and affected many parts of life. Despite its sometimes negative reputation among men, feminism doesn’t just benefit women. Men should help women in the fight for equal rights because men can benefit from true gender equality. Me...

Feminist inspired many inside and out of the wizarding world

Maggie Bahnson

March 24, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

Since a young age, Emma Watson’s iconic character, Hermione Granger, from the “Harry Potter” series, inspired me to be the feminist I am today. Granger's witty, dynamically feminist character in a primarily male-dominated film defies gender roles, proving that anyone can turn over social norms. Let's f...

Reproductive rights belong to the individual

Jayne Stevenson

March 23, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

All women deserve the right to make decisions regarding their bodies. Under no circumstance should any person be told what they can or can’t do concerning their reproduction. In an ideal world, birth control would never fail and unwanted pregnancies would never occur. But in the case of unplann...

Don’t fear feminism

Ndunzi Kunsunga

March 22, 2016

Filed under Women's History Month

Actress Shailene Woodley holds an interesting view on gender issues — according to TIME Magazine, while she firmly believes in gender equality, she does not consider herself a feminist. I personally respect the view of believing in equality but not being a feminist. However, I do not agree with ...

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