Transphobia and slut-shaming do not make someone a better feminist. In fact, saying that the victories won by transgender people somehow undermine one’s status as a white, cisgendered woman is a severe step in the other direction.
Opinion | Letters To The Editor
Toward the end of last year, it seemed the world had finally begun to pay attention to what was occurring in Syria. There was a flurry of news coverage, protests and conversation over social media. Although many of us have moved on, the conflict between Bashar al-Assad’s regime, rebel forces, ISIS and the Russians continues to kill and displace people in the region. The most recent reports show a total of about 4.7 million Syrian refugees who are, in many cases, without food, water, shelter and other basic needs. In a recent memorandum, the Human Rights Campaign identified three key areas of need, one of which is education. About 222,000 children in Lebanon, 100,000 in Jordan, and 400,000 children in Turkey are not in school. This occurs as a result of language barriers, economic hardship and enrollment requirements meant to bar Syrian students from attending schools in these host countries.
The absence of a senator for the new residence hall, Infinity Hall, motivated me to attend the Student Senate meeting Sept. 15. I learned that my representatives in the Senate were the District A senators, none of which live in Infinity. During this meeting I voiced my concerns; however, they were not heard by the majority in the Senate.
I am writing today in reference to an article that was run earlier this week about dropped charges on my record for possession of fake identification. While I am upset that after a long and successful career in the Student Senate this issue is only being brought up now during election season, I wanted to take the time to address many of the claims made in the article.
What occurred in Lafayette, Louisiana, was a tragedy. But what is occurring in its aftermath across the nation is simply atrocious and despicable.
I went to the Paynes Prairie lookout off of 441 on Saturday to show my aunt, who is visiting from Vermont, the beautiful wildlife of Florida. We got to encounter a 6-foot alligator sunning itself right by the dock. Unfortunately, the awe was cut short upon seeing a ton of empty bottles floating beside the alligator.
To Whom It May Concern:
Created Equal may “believe what they believe,” but their display was simply inaccurate, inflammatory rhetoric. Their only goal was publicity and they achieved it. One could evoke similar revulsion among viewers by photographing any surgically removed human organ and displaying it, billboard-sized, on a truck. It is immaterial that such beneficial surgeries remove cancerous organs to prolong human life. I doubt their display changed any “thinking” minds. More likely, last week’s stunt merely hardened previously held positions, both pro- and anti-abortion rights, among our campus community and effectively stifled any reasonable debate on campus regarding abortion and the anti-abortion rights movement.