Feminism | Posted by Reilly W on 09/1/2016

The Truth About Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings

UChicago got trigger warnings and safe spaces wrong.

This past week, the University of Chicago sent a letter to incoming freshmen that stated they would not support “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” at the school. Instead of making the topic a discussion, a conversation, a process, they made it a rule book. Universities should, of course, be spaces of enthusiastic debate and a mosaic of different views. But this debate begs the question: Where does the line between freedom of speech and infringing on somebody else’s right to that freedom lie?

This letter not only insults the intelligence of these students, but also blatantly misunderstands the entire concepts it seeks to destroy. UChicago students — like college students around the country — are intellectually curious and dynamic. We know that …

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Feminism | Posted by Regina on 02/23/2011

The Link Between Beauty, Privilege and the Media

the link between beauty and privilege

the link between beauty and privilege

We don’t live in a vacuum. Our ideas, our lexicon, and our beliefs are shaped by outside forces like society, culture, environment, and religion. Fields like sociology and anthropology prove that.

Words matter. You said something heterosexist because your parents / the media / your religion told you; you weren’t born a bigot. Forces like that reflect and shape your ideas. When people, especially celebrities, say transphobic things they fuel transphobia and other people think it is ok because their ideas aren’t challenged. Their bigotry is reinforced every day by outside forces like that. We are conditioned to say things that hurt other people, but we don’t change it because it seems like it doesn’t affect your reality.

That’s where privilege comes from. If …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 09/15/2010

Political Correctness: Where’s the Line?

where should we stand on political correctness?

where should we stand on political correctness?

This past week, my school’s website posted a link to my blog. This resulted in many of my peers who to my knowledge had generally thought of me as the random girl who sits in the corner (or hadn’t thought about me at all…no that’s definitely it) asking me about my views on feminism. In general, I love talking about feminism – not just because it’s “my thing” (as in “That’s Julie: The Feminist”) but because I like educating people about something they didn’t understand or thought was evil. The feeling I get when people I talk to about feminism actually begin to consider incorporating it into their lives totally overrides every negative comment people have made to me about feminism. Times a …

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