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Inclusive sexual education matters

Camilla Tarpey-Schwed, Columnist April 9, 2021

Do you remember your middle or high school sexual education class? I do. In 8th grade, my sex ed teacher discussed heterosexual relationships and contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy. Very little...

Illustration by Shasta Soles.

The internet is an American geopolitical weapon

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Columnist April 9, 2021

The history of the internet receives little attention in America. We sort of think computers became popular in the 80s, that the internet came about in the mid-90s and everybody lived happily ever after...

Get your gender expectations out of my inbox

Get your gender expectations out of my inbox

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor April 9, 2021

If you’ve ever received an email from me, I’m sure you’ve noticed my bubbly email persona. Virtually every email I send has at least one exclamation point, one smiley face and probably one or two...

Social media sites: Personal advertisers for white supremacist groups

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist April 1, 2021

Much of the world rejoiced on Jan. 8, 2021, when Twitter announced the permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump from their platform. Twitter cited misinformation and the events of the capital riots that...

Illustration by Hannah Paul.

The problem with “choice feminism”

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist April 1, 2021

In 1968, women flung girdles, Playboy magazines and bras into a trash can, symbolically freeing themselves from the instruments of their oppression. In the coming decades, scores of women declined to take...

Hey admin, we’re exhausted

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist April 1, 2021

This semester has been one for the books. With the controversy surrounding the FSR, President Murray announcing her resignation and the various adaptations we’ve had to make because of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

We need neurodiversity in the college classroom

Camilla Tarpey-Schwed, Columnist March 25, 2021

According to the Whitman mission statement, we are expected as students at Whitman College, to “develop our intellectual and creative capacities in a supportive scholarly community.” While I agree...

I can’t believe I have to say this, but vulnerable populations need the vaccine more than you

Dana Walden, Opinion Editor March 25, 2021

This article has been updated from the version published Issue 6 of the Wire’s print publication. On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, an email claiming there were “no restrictions on eligibility today at...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Why don’t people trust the media?

Michael Conlin-Elsen, Columnist March 25, 2021

It’s no secret that a large portion of the American population regards mass media with contempt. Whether it’s in YouTube comments or Twitter threads, you hear users left and right decrying the...

A zero-sum game: The democratic politics of voter suppression

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist March 18, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased awareness of voter accessibility, the 2020 election created opportunities for more voter turnout and participation. However, the election simultaneously gave...

Illustration by Madi Welch.

Home is wherever you make it

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist March 18, 2021

We are all familiar with the saying “Home is where the heart is,” but I believe that home is wherever you make it. Around this time last year, before I came to Whitman, I was making plans to go home...

Does your Green Dot really matter?

Zoe Schacter-Brodie, Columnist March 18, 2021

“Your Green Dot Matters!” Flyers and posters boast this phrase all around campus. Does it really? Adopted by Whitman in 2009, the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program has been controversial from...

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