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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...

Empowering Muslim women The importance of female Muslim representation in professional fields
Mar12

Empowering Muslim women The importance of female Muslim representation in professional fields

By: Zaynab Al-waadh and Sunia Hassan As young Muslim women, we rarely find ourselves reflected in the careers we want to pursue. Is this because there are no Muslim women who are lawyers, doctors or entrepreneurs? Or is this because we lack the drive to exist in such positions? We refuse to accept either of these ideas. Rather, this lack of visibility is because our existence and achievements in these positions are rarely recognized...

The Selma snub Lack of a Best Director nomination for the film should spark discussion
Jan22

The Selma snub Lack of a Best Director nomination for the film should spark discussion

Film awards have been, and probably always will be, rooted in Hollywood politics. From snubs to last-minute bidding, it seems as though the merit of individual films are often overlooked in favour of marketability. The 2015 Oscar nominations were recently announced and have resulted in many discussions about race relations in Hollywood. Not only were the acting categories all white, many have begun to examine why certain films were...

Why aren’t women running? Accounting for an all-male presidential race
Jan20

Why aren’t women running? Accounting for an all-male presidential race

Two days into the presidential campaign, The Silhouette is ready to make a bold prediction: the next MSU president will be a man. After a year with two female and three male candidates, this race feels like a setback for a student union that has had only four female presidents in its 125-year history. Given that women make up more than half of our student body, the consistently higher number of male candidates and presidents is not...

Perpetuating rape culture What our society still gets wrong about sexual harassment
Jan08

Perpetuating rape culture What our society still gets wrong about sexual harassment

By: Isabel Contin Last week, I was leaving a small get together at my friend’s apartment building. As I was walking to my car at around 2 a.m., I noticed someone following me. Out of fear and panic I decided not to look back and walk as swiftly as I could to get to my car safely. The unknown stranger never said or did anything, but I could hear his footsteps following closely behind me. As the only girl in my family, I had been raised...