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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...

Sweat the small stuff Change isn’t brought about by focusing exclusively on “big” issues
Nov19

Sweat the small stuff Change isn’t brought about by focusing exclusively on “big” issues

I’ll let you in on a little secret: feminists are sometimes very angry people. We hold signs at rallies, we swear at catcallers, and sometimes we publish aggressive opinions pieces. Often we are accused of focusing on issues that are too small. Are you moaning about the lack of female MSU presidential candidates? What about the environment! Are you upset about the wage gap? What about genocide? Missing and murdered Indigenous women?...

The bisexual aesthetic Trusting bisexuals to form their own identities is the best way to make us feel welcome
Nov05

The bisexual aesthetic Trusting bisexuals to form their own identities is the best way to make us feel welcome

By: Victoria Marks “I’m bisexual,” I said to my high school friend. “Really? I don’t think you are,” was her reaction. This was the first in a series of frustrating responses I’ve had since I started coming out to friends and family. Ten years later and I’m still bi, but unfortunately the rude comments I’ve gotten on the subject haven’t changed. “Do you prefer men or women?” “How many girls have you slept with?” “Are you doing this...

Black girls matter Black girls can’t count on their own safety — not even in classrooms
Nov05

Black girls matter Black girls can’t count on their own safety — not even in classrooms

I think I’m supposed to be outraged. My blood should probably be boiling at a video filmed by a classmate of the teenage girl at Spring Valley High, who was dragged from her chair and pinned down by a police officer in her classroom. Instead, it hurt me. She did not threaten anyone and did not have a weapon. The discussion around the incident has been focused on the excessive force used by the police, not the fact that there was an...

Bloody politics Tampons are a human right — they should be free
Nov05

Bloody politics Tampons are a human right — they should be free

By: Suzy Flader As of July 1, Canadians no longer have to pay federal tax on menstrual hygiene products. This decision came in response to an online petition titled “No Tax for Tampons,” which received over 75,000 signatures. While items like wedding cakes and cocktail cherries had gone untaxed in Canada, necessary menstrual hygiene products have been unfairly subjected to a five percent “luxury” tax. By removing the luxury tax from...