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I was talking with a friend Saturday night and he told me he felt like he was raped by a class. Looking back on the class, it was extremely difficult. Almost no one received an “A” and a disproportionate number of students failed the exams regularly. At the end of the day, the professor wasn’t very good at his job and he was unable to write fair exams and communicate information in a coherent manner. It’s not that we say the word “rape” that is the problem, it’s the fact that this word is so often used out of context and when we joke about rape or compare it to something like the difficulty of a class, we belittle the fact that people are actually victims of rape. Using rape as a joke and colloquialism is damaging.
With the White House and Congress still battling over whether or not — and if so, with whom — to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court, the November election is increasingly likely to be shaped as much by Washington as by the primaries.
According to the New York Times, both Madeline Albright and Gloria Steinem believe it is important for young women to support a female presidential candidate. So much so that Albright said: “There is a special place in hell for women who do not support each other.” We cannot help but assume that Albright is referring to young women who are not planning on voting for Hillary Clinton and instead are planning to vote for Bernie Sanders, since she was at a Clinton rally when this was said. Steinem also claimed that young women are only voting for Bernie Sanders to impress young men, according to The Guardian.
Over 9,000 people showed up to listen to Bernie Sanders speak this past Monday at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center. Many of them stood in a mile-long line outside in the cold for hours, including myself, but it was worth it to listen to one of the true progressives of our time.
Many southeastern Michiganders are excited to attend the “A Future to Believe In Rally” Monday at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center, where Bernie Sanders is set to speak about a “wide range of issues important to Michiganders including making college affordable, reforming our health care system, and getting big money out of politics,” as it states on Sanders’ campaign website.
According to an article in LiveScience, it is suggest that only 13 percent of people will not identify with some type of religion by 2050. This is taken from trends of increased amounts of religion being seen globally over the years. This does not necessarily mean that these will be major religions, but over 80 percent of the world’s population will identify with some sort of religion. According to Adherents.com, only 16 percent of the world’s population does not identify with any type of religion and over 55 percent of people practice an Abrahamic religion. This can become problematic for people who practice major religions and people who don’t. It would be fine if everyone used their own religions to decide their own personal life choices. After all, we should all have the right to make decisions for ourselves no matter how we choose to make them. However, time after time, we see that people hide behind their religion in order to try to control the actions of others. While there are no statistics that show how many anti-abortion websites there are, it only takes a quick Google search to find out there is no shortage of them. The people running them are not fighting for their personal right to have an abortion, but rather they are working to inhibit other people from making their own decisions on the grounds of a religion they may or may not practice. According to Govtrack.com, there are 71 bills that have either been passed or are in the process of being passed to stop abortion. Additionally, an article from USA Today from 2014 found that twelve states had laws against sodomy and Michigan has recently passed its own.
According to the New York Times, 82 percent of Americans don’t consider themselves feminists. That is over 8 in every 10 people. According to the Huffington Post, only 23 percent of women identify as feminists and 16 percent of men. However, this isn’t consistent with people’s beliefs. If you know the meaning of the word feminism, the actual meaning of the word without being bogged down with the unrealistic expectations and lies that different parts of society put on the word, you would think most Americans are terrible people. You would think that the reason people don’t identify as feminists is because they don’t support gender, legal or any kind of equality. After all, feminism is the idea that all people should be able to begin on the same playing field — equality across the board.
Welcome to college, an incredibly hectic time in your life, which you will likely cherish forever. Many students are balancing heavy class loads, multiple jobs and possibly even an internship. Some of us might be parents trying to finish our education, bring home a paycheck and care for our kids. It is overwhelming how much is expected of college students and how much we need to cram into a week.
At first glance, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president doesn’t make sense. Between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, why would Bloomberg risk splitting the Democratic ticket — not only splitting the ticket but splitting it three ways? To do so would give the Republicans an easy path to the White House.
In the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus, according to Real Clear Politics, Donald Trump led the Republicans in Iowa by less than five percent. By Monday, when Iowa voters went to the polls, not so much to vote for a candidate but to vote on how many delegates will be sent to the national convention, Cruz managed to close Trump’s lead (and then some) enough to win the primary.
In late January, The New York Times reported that former New York City mayor Michael Rubens Bloomberg is seriously considering an independent run for president. Having been widely seen as a likely presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012, will the third time be the charm for the three-term mayor?
When speaking of political positions, “evolution” implies a single change in a single direction. To “flip-flop” implies multiple changes in multiple directions — first to flip, then to flop. Though these have become near-synonyms in political speech, political speech is not accurate speech.
An unfortunate reality of being a person of color is understanding that you are sometimes treated differently because of the color of your skin. In progressive towns, like Ann Arbor, where I grew up, it was never awkward for me to walk around downtown with my white boyfriend (or really anyone who didn’t share my skin color). But there were always subtle hints of racism in my life.
As the months tick down to November, two things are becoming clear: one is that Bernie Sanders has a serious chance at winning the White House; the other is that his greatest obstacle to the White House might very well be the Democratic Party.
I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t talk about Trump, but in the face of yet another media feeding frenzy following the very real potential for “Trump-Palin 2016,” I’m breaking that this once to call out the proliferators of Trump’s politics. These people are as opportunistic as they are ideologically chameleonic, and yet I haven’t seen anyone giving them the ridicule they deserve. No, I’m not talking about Trump’s supporters, I’m talking about his detractors, especially those who make a living doing exactly what I’m doing now.
As Republican candidates debated in Charleston, South Carolina Thursday night, most were unremarkable. The uncharastically forceful tone stuck by Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) lasted only as long as his opening speech, former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL), now polling in the single digits, failed to make up any of his lost ground and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson proved himself as simply out of the depth running for President.
Following the publication of my most recent column (“Stop defending Islam as a religion of peace”) came a maelstrom of misinterpretation, hateful scorn and cries of “Islamophobia.” I had, of course, expected some commotion—it is, after all, a touchy subject—but I had never expected such an outcry, considering I had written about religion in the past.
It’s amazing how fast time flies. It was just about this same time last year that I gave a public lecture on “justice” during Eastern Michigan University’s 2015 annual observation of Martin Luther King’s national holiday. EMU celebrates this national holiday in a grand style that culminates in a heavily-attended president’s luncheon. Usually, this president’s luncheon is almost, if not the most, well-attended event of the university during any given year, with the exception of its commencement/graduation ceremonies.
Most of those reading have probably heard the term "The LGBT Community." When spoken politically, as it often is, the most common associations are with a perceived threat to civil liberties or sometimes simply waxing poetic about The Community's strength and courage, but the name itself betrays a disturbing quality of its existence. While many can describe what the "LG" is—its front placement within the acronym of course being purely coincidental—misconceptions and prejudices run rampant about the latter half, along with those gender identities and sexual orientations not deemed significant enough to be included. That's really nothing new. What isn't often told, however, is that these prejudices stem from within The Community itself.
Many people float through life completely unaware of how they should take care of their own bodies—not knowing what to do other than see a doctor when something is wrong. Many are even unaware of what integral parts work together in order for the body to function properly.