Accusations Don’t Educate

Image credit: http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/254911/new-york-times-opposition-obamas-iran-deal-racist-daniel-greenfield On October 28, Yale Dean Burgwell Howard sent out an email to the entire undergraduate body to encourage students to be cautious of their Halloween costumes. Two days later, Erika Christakis sent an email to the Silliman community to express concern over Howard’s email: I don’t wish to trivialize genuine concerns about…

The Problem With Feminism As We Know It

Upon reading the title of this article, you may have had a few different reactions. Some of you may have thought, “Well, yeah, feminists are crazy! Of course there’s a problem,” but since this is, after all, the Women’s Center Blog, the majority of you reading may have felt uncomfortable or become defensive of the…

United States in Unrest

Ferguson Unrest: From August 9th to August 25th, 2014, the first wave of Ferguson riots followed the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer. From November 24th, 2014 to December 2nd, 2014, the second wave of Ferguson riots broke out after the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict the police officer. Baltimore Unrest:…

My Friend Sam

I have a friend—let’s call him Sam— who likes to talk to strangers. From what I have heard, it brightens up their day. The interaction goes somewhat like this: He’s usually accompanied with a friend and approaches a complete stranger, but instead of introducing himself, he shakes that person’s hand and acts as if they…

The Best and Worst of the 2015 Oscars

There was a lot of talk about the diversity, or lack thereof, of many of this year’s Oscar nominees. After watching the awards on February 22nd, I’m pleased to say that people continued to talk about this issue. The night was full of moments that highlighted the role race and gender play within the film…

The Myth of Safe Spaces (and Some Happy Discoveries)

I want to start with the statement that I can have my own opinions and still be a part of a community and an ally to my community (or various communities). No one person or group of people get to make blanket statements for everyone else, we all have our own voices, thoughts, opinions, and…

Blackface, seriously? University of Florida fraternity throws racially insensitive party, and they aren’t the only ones

By Guest Contributor Lauren Bailey Halloween is known for inspiring some rather risqué costumes, but a few Beta Theta Pi fraternity members at the University of Florida went seriously over the line in their pathetic attempts at humor. Some controversial photos surfaced this week on social media that showed attendees of a University of Florida…