Single parenting It is time to give single mothers their due praise
Mar17

Single parenting It is time to give single mothers their due praise

By: Sophie Geffros I tend to view having a relationship with your biological father as being somewhat akin to owning a dishwasher. It’s nice, sure. It takes some of the work and pressure off of your primary caregiver, and a lot of people have them. But fundamentally, plenty of us grow up without them and do just fine. That said, nobody assumes you will be a criminal if you grow up without a dishwasher. In July, Republican presidential...

Praise for the stunningly ordinary Or five things we need to stop praising white guys for
Mar03

Praise for the stunningly ordinary Or five things we need to stop praising white guys for

I breathed a sigh of relief Sunday night. Leonardo DiCaprio has officially received his Oscar. You may have seen the deluge of memes, gifs, and video compilations all protesting his lack of Academy recognition. I have never seen the Internet collectively want something so badly. “Please God,” I said, eyes skyward, “let this be the last I hear about how mean the Academy has been to little Leo.” Don’t get me wrong, I think DiCaprio is a...

Tackling tutorials Your gender may be impacting your participation in the classroom
Mar03

Tackling tutorials Your gender may be impacting your participation in the classroom

By: Emily Current When we take part in a group discussion we pay so much attention to what people are saying that we don’t really think about who is speaking. It wasn’t until I talked to a classmate of mine one day about classroom dynamics that I noticed that our tutorial often ended up being male dominated. One of the reasons why it can be so difficult to see how gender dynamics play into classroom discussions is because these sort...

A fate worse than death Or how I am surviving my first mortality crisis
Feb25

A fate worse than death Or how I am surviving my first mortality crisis

I found out over reading week that one of my distant cousins died. This, coupled with the death of two grandparents in the span of a year, has led to my first mortality crisis. “One day,” I said to myself, “you will die.” Here’s the thing; I’ve been worried about growing old for a much longer time than I’ve been worried about what follows it. I wasn’t even particularly worried about a decline in quality of life with age (which has now...

Talking to parents about the f word When it comes to understanding feminism, age is slightly more than just a number
Feb04

Talking to parents about the f word When it comes to understanding feminism, age is slightly more than just a number

  “I’m not a feminist.” I was shocked to hear the words leave her mouth; I almost didn’t even believe it. “I can’t tell, are you joking right now?” I asked. “No. That’s just never a word I would use to describe myself.” Hearing my mom tell me she didn’t relate to the term “feminist” was a blow to my whole understanding of society. For my entire life she has been the driving force that has taught me that women deserve equal rights when...

WGEN column: Yourself and your uterus Its time to talk, period
Nov26

WGEN column: Yourself and your uterus Its time to talk, period

By: Mia Kibel This week we’d like to talk about a topic you might expect from your friendly neighborhood feminists: periods and birth control. Compared to other normal health events, there is a lot of ignorance surrounding contraception and menstruation. Most people can only name two or three kinds of birth control and one or two menstrual products. There is a lack of available information about cheap, environmentally friendly and...