The fear of feminism Feminism doesn’t need to be scary, it needs to be understood
Nov09

The fear of feminism Feminism doesn’t need to be scary, it needs to be understood

By: Jordan Graber I used to be scared of feminism. I think a lot of people are still wary when they hear the word and connect their understanding of it. Often, those associated with the word feminism are often seen as angry, aggressive and in opposition of men. This is the first problem with this many people’s relationship with this term; misunderstanding. Feminism by definition is, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the...

Women-only gym hours  A women’s only gym? That’s too much to ask for. Women’s hours? We shouldn’t have to ask for that
Sep07

Women-only gym hours A women’s only gym? That’s too much to ask for. Women’s hours? We shouldn’t have to ask for that

McMaster University’s Department of Athletics & Recreation is home to a wide range of facilities. With three different gyms, two dance studios, an indoor track, a climbing wall, a sports hall and a mindfulness centre, there is only one thing missing: separate gym hours for different genders. Personal health and finess is not limited to a specific gender and should be practiced by everyone.With the rise of body image insecurities...

Making Waves and the necessity of closed and open events Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments
Mar09

Making Waves and the necessity of closed and open events Allies and those affected by issues are able to discuss topics better in structured environments

By: Rachel Guitman – WGEN Contributor One of the goals of Making Waves, formerly known as International Women’s Week, is to reframe conversations about gender equity to include those who are agender, transgender or gender nonconforming. These conversations are also meant to communicate the idea of activism, progress and creating inclusive spaces. The event aims to raise awareness and engagement among students about the...

The benefits of safe spaces Positive work by the McMaster Womanists helps frame conversations on race and gender
Mar02

The benefits of safe spaces Positive work by the McMaster Womanists helps frame conversations on race and gender

By: Emile Shen – WGEN Contributor The annual occurrence of Black History Month in the United States and Canada is something that most of us have been aware of since elementary school. Not officially recognized in Canada until 2008, it still served as an important reminder of the contributions and legacy of Black Canadians. In my memory, however, the root causes of oppression were never explained well enough when I was younger....

Women of colour and McMaster Women of colour need more representation at McMaster science events
Feb09

Women of colour and McMaster Women of colour need more representation at McMaster science events

By: Shruti Ramesh – WGEN Contributor As a woman in academic spaces, something that is too uncommon is the presence of women who look like me and whose names sound like mine. It’s not that these women aren’t out there. At McMaster alone, we have women of colour who are competitive in their fields across numerous disciplines. The caveat is that spaces meant to promote positive representation for women in academia, in politics and...

A hairy situation Whoever is without hair amongst us, let them be the first to cast the razor
Mar31

A hairy situation Whoever is without hair amongst us, let them be the first to cast the razor

Summer is approaching fast, and that means it’s either time to bring the dusty old razor out again, or leave your body hair as it is. Judgemental looks from other women or raised eyebrows from men are bound to make an appearance along with hairy legs. Women are expected to be hairless everywhere aside from the tops of their heads. It feels like the only alternative is to let everything go au natural, and be fiercely proud about it....