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According to Mamamia, an independent Australian website focusing on women’s issues, women spend about 120 dollars a year on tampons and sanitary napkins alone every year. This is for a single woman. In my household, where we have three menstruating women, this would be 360 dollars and for the four girls living in my door room, this would be 480 dollars if we never share with anyone and we have relatively moderate periods. This doesn’t account for women who may have heavier menstrual periods or the times when we forget a tampon at home and have to ask a friend for one—it’s happened to the best of us. But even then, this is a lot of money. I know that when I get my paycheck from one job here on campus, I could only afford to buy pads and tampons for a year and have 60 dollars left over to take care of myself.
If you are sitting through Biology 120 with Dr. Cara Shillington this semester, like I am, you will learn that all mammals have mammary glands, those which allow the animal to produce milk. However, the only organisms within a mammalian species that have working mammary glands are females within the population. And somehow, people believe that breastfeeding, which is effectively just a female feeding her child, is somehow disgusting and unnatural, even though most mammalian animals will feed their children this way. There has been uproar over the years, that is decreasing with time, fortunately, that is removing the taboo of women who breastfeed their infants in public. But even so, everyone should be in favor of breastfeeding their children.
Most girls know what it’s like to play on a playground in elementary school. Most girls also know what it’s like to get hit by a boy. It’s not something we think of as domestic violence or intimate partner violence, because it isn’t happening at home and in elementary school, when most of us didn’t have intimate partners. But at the end of the day, no one likes to be punched and many girls do exactly what they should do when a boy punches them: they tell the teacher and when they get home they tell their parents. However, something extremely alarming that many parents, older siblings or even just older people in young girls’ lives may say in response is, “It means he likes you,” when the girl says that a boy at school hits them. We need to stop this right away.
Political divisions, which seem obvious today, were still ill-defined in 1912. Amid a still-ongoing political pole-shift, Woodrow Wilson was something of a novelty—a progressive Democrat. His greatest challenger, Theodore Roosevelt, a former Republican, was a capital-‘P’ Progressive. Third- and fourth-place candidates were the still-Republican William H. Taft and socialist Eugene V. Debbs. Within a matter of years, the political realignment was nearing completion and the last of the progressives had left the Republican Party and, after briefly creating their own party, found a new home in the Democratic Party.
When I watched the first Democratic debate, I was impressed yet again with democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. Though I will not vote for him, any American politician who openly identifies as a socialist rather than skirting around their beliefs, perhaps calling it “capitalism with American characteristics,” has my respect—if only for honesty.
Many men don’t know it, but they talk over women. They talk over them a lot. This doesn’t have to be a conscious action for it to be rude either. Even though, in the United States, most of us are socialized to believe that it is important to wait until someone else has finished speaking before we begin our sentence, it still happens. It continues to happen despite the fact that we are also socialized to listen to others when they speak.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, about 17 percent of women in the United States actually see a gynecologist for regular annual exams. This could be for a variety of reasons, including time constraints or, sadly, not having insurance to go see a gynecologist. However, I bet this number is much lower when looking at girls in college. Many girls in college are busy, some don’t have health insurance at all and many may not have a way of getting to see a gynecologist, even if it is just once a year. While there could be any number of reasons why a young woman may not see a gynecologist, every girl in college should see a gynecologist for a yearly exam.
I hope you all will be lined up at the Student Center for tonight’s 7:00pm showing of “V for Vendetta.” With its political themes as well as compelling thriller qualities, this dystopian film springs from a “What If?” perspective of a post-WWII world in favor of the Axis Powers. While I have always liked the film and its depiction of the rise of the common people against their government, I started wondering if our own “superpower” country were anything like that of the film’s oppressive government.
At Eastern Michigan University, we have a tendency to be very accepting and helpful to our LGBTQ youth. There are many campus organizations and centers, such as the LGBTQ Resource Center, which aid in making EMU a safe environment for our LGBTQ students. However, throughout the community surrounding the university, as well as in many communities that students commute from, health center for lesbians are few and far between.
The media frequently pushes the idea that—more than being smart, talented, funny or kind—little girls need to be cute. In television shows for kids, the most well-liked character is often the prettiest (much like in adult television, where the women are physically attractive). We all contribute to the growth of children and it is far better to help young girls to be the best person they can be early in life, rather than dismissing their potential because of their looks.
With Halloween fast approaching and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” release coming, many people are excited to dress up as Star Wars characters. One costume, and character, that has always held my respect is Darth Vader, because he is, by far, the chief of the bad guys. Not to mention that swagger and that chic style.
As October starts to roll out, Halloween is upon us and we’re all riled up and in the spirit of spookiness. Whether we’ve been going to haunted houses, watching horror/thriller movies or helping our friend pick out a really creepy costume, we’re all in the mood to get a little scared. And it’s all for fun.
Too often, when people talk about sexual assault, they talk about the victim in terms of their relation to a man. They mention how the victim is “someone’s daughter” or “someone’s sister,” as if that somehow adds depth to the situation, when in reality it does the exact opposite.
We’ve heard the stories, watched the videos and sat through sex-ed classes. Consent is sexy. Consent is good. Consent is everything when it comes to having sex. But, it is only consent if the person is sober.
I’ve spent my entire life going to church. Both of my parents are ministers. My mother is on the board of directors for our church and my father teaches bible class. I’m a minister for the youth group at my church and, obviously, I’m a practicing Christian. Because of this, no one every really questions my actions or beliefs, when it comes to my faith—but, many people, who believe differently than me are subjected to bigotry and prejudice, simply for their beliefs. I think it’s time that we better educated people about the many different religions and, hopefully, spread some religious tolerance around.
The other day, while I was sitting in class, someone came in and sat in front of me. I overheard him complain to his friend about how his shower got way too hot that morning and his friend smiled and said, “First world problems,” and they both laughed. Now, I’m sure that we have all used this term before, but should it be used?
In first Democratic primary debate last Tuesday, Bernie Sanders declared to Hillary Clinton that “we’re sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!” Now, ironically enough, more news has surfaced about these emails that suggest that former president George W. Bush and others may have committed treason. This doesn’t come as a surprise to many, since we’ve known for quite some time that the government lied about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
I wrote last week that I don’t think anything will stop the growing desensitization of violence in America. Like a drug, we keep having to up the dosage, up the intensity, in order to have any sort of reaction to what we consume in film and gaming culture. However, while I gave this ultimatum, there is, in my opinion, one potential scenario that would change this damaging progression. What if violence were an everyday aspect of our lives?
I am vehemently prochoice. Every woman in the world should have the right to an abortion for any reason. It is her body and no one else can decide what they should do with their own body. However, prior to an abortion, there is one thing a woman should think about before she has one—whether or not she really wants it.
“Nine million children die every year before the age of five,” says American author, neuroscientist and philosopher, Sam Harris. Most of which are caused by conditions that could easily be “prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions,” according to the World Health Organization. This is a toll that any empathetic and compassionate human being would be saddened to hear of, yet to those who believe in the word of God, it is something we must simply accept as “His will.” As someone who considers himself to be a generally decent human being, I look at this number and feel disgusted by the thought that a supposedly all-loving God would allow this many people to suffer and die so young. It seems to me, then, that even the most basic of human morality is superior to that of religion.