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...

Down with corporate feminism Feminism is not the radical notion that women are customers
Oct01

Down with corporate feminism Feminism is not the radical notion that women are customers

Last week, a video about body image appeared on my Twitter feed. “Fact: 97 percent of women have an ‘I hate my body moment’ every day” begins the clip. “That’s a lot of women looking in the mirror, wanting to change something.” The film goes on to call for women to love themselves, a message that I can get behind. Here is the issue: the video was an ad for Special K cereal. In the past few years I’ve noticed a rise of “corporate...

A need, not a want What the recent ratification of the Women and Gender Equity Network tells us about the struggle for gender equity on our campus
Mar26

A need, not a want What the recent ratification of the Women and Gender Equity Network tells us about the struggle for gender equity on our campus

By: Ruchika Gothoskar With a unanimous vote resulting in the ratification of MSU Women and Gender Equity Network as a fully operating service on March 22, it was clear that many students wanted to see the further success of WGEN. However, in 2015, this is the first time that McMaster University has successfully passed a motion that made a women’s centre a definite on-campus possibility for students. Historically, women’s centres have...