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Affirming White Women

Illustration by Peggy Li

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

November 16, 2017

There are certain myths and misconceptions surrounding the question of affirmative action and who benefits from it, and many narratives have been built based on how the beneficiaries supposedly do not deserve their place in a certain institution, but are there only due to this policy. It is impor...

Rape Culture in ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

Emma Cooper

October 7, 2015

In the movie 'The Other Boleyn Girl', both the content and the depiction romanticize and beautify what is essentially an endorsement of the behavior of chauvinistic kings.

Guest column: Women’s victories do not erase systemic debate sexism

May 7, 2015

It's devastating to realize I am no longer a debater, but it's more devastating to understand why. I never wanted to write an op-ed or talk publicly about my experiences in debate, but the unfortunate truth is we are obligated to defend our right to fair treatment. I don't know how to put into words what ...

Advertising, sports have power to reclaim ‘like a girl’

Hillary Smith

February 12, 2015

Of the countless Super Bowl advertisements, one in particular made a deep impression on me. It included clips from an experiment conducted by Always, a feminine hygiene brand, in which people of different ages were asked to mime physical actions –– run, throw, etc. –– "like a girl." The adult...

Video game publishers more to blame for objectification of women than game buyers

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Hillary Smith

November 20, 2014

A recent segment on Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show highlighted an issue that I never before considered: the violent and dehumanizing portrayals of women in many video games and the culture of misogyny that pervades some parts of the online gaming sphere. Harris-Perry shows scenes from popular vi...

Maroon 5’s ‘Animals’: glamorizing predatory behavior

Emma Dahl

November 13, 2014

What are artists allowed to put in their music videos? Can they tell the story of unrequited love? A desperation to be noticed by their object of affection? Of course they can. Can they tell a story of a character who crosses a boundary and does terrible things in order to validate their obsessions?...

Rethinking Gender Roles

Hillary Smith

February 18, 2014

What if gender roles were reversed? Recently, I watched a French video in my French conversation group called "Oppressed Majority," by Éléonore Pourriat. While I didn't catch the majority of the dialogue (I've only had a little over a semester of French, and these actors speak very quickly!),...

Girl Scouts Serves As Feminist Outlet

Anuradha Lingappa

February 6, 2014

For my 20th birthday, my parents gave me a lifetime membership to the Girl Scouts of the United States. Being a Girl Scout shaped my identity when I was growing up, and I remained a member until I graduated from high school. I view my involvement with Girl Scouts as a foundation for the feminist ideals...

As Longtime Coach Steps Down, Debate Culture Under Scrutiny

Shelly Le

May 20, 2013

This article was written by Shelly Le, Rachel Alexander and Karah Kemmerly. Emily Lin-Jones and Blair Hanley Frank contributed additional reporting. This article is the first in a three-part series about Whitman's debate team. Part two focuses on the Title IX investigation conducted in the spring...

Whitman and Mainstream Hip-Hop: Gender Battlegrounds

Illustration by Julie Peterson

Matt Raymond

March 21, 2013

1520 Sedgwick Avenue is, by most accounts, an unremarkable apartment complex: an imposing brick-and-steel reminder of New York's failures in public housing, a specter looming and mute cast over the Cross-Bronx Expressway. It is the Bethlehem of hip-hop music. Inside 1520's recreation room, Clive Campbell, the oldest of si...

Cultural Conditioning No Excuse for Selfish Sex

Spencer Wharton

November 8, 2012

So, I've been hooking up with this guy for a couple weeks and we recently had sex. The night starts off with me pleasing him orally but he doesn't return the favor and things just lead straight to intercourse. I want him to go down on me but I don't know how to suggest it. Should I just come right out a...

Institutional challenges hinder equal faculty pay

Institutional challenges hinder equal faculty pay

Rachel Alexander

May 9, 2012

Over the past decade, the number of female faculty at Whitman has increased substantially. Women make up 60 percent of the student body, and the importance of gender equality is a topic brought up in classes across departments. On paper, the college seems to be an ideal place to be female. Yet across...

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