Return of Kings: Familiar Foe, New Name

Katherine Apperson | guest writer – Illinois State University Trigger warning: Rape and graphic depictions of sexual violence Imagine living in a world where men are the sole bread-winners, flaunting masculinity while women are housewives who exist solely to clean and reproduce. No, this is not a rerun of “Leave it to Beaver”; it is […]

Powdered and In Power

Sam Garzillo | guest writer — American University At nearly every conference I attend, there is one thing I can guarantee — I am wearing pink heels. When pre-teen, pre-feminist me saw Legally Blonde for the first time, I thought, “Great, another pretty blonde, cutesy-ing her way to the top.” The film’s main character, Elle […]

Aerie Real: An In-Depth Analysis

Taylor Mulcahey | staff writer “Dear Aerie girls, we think it’s time for a change. We think it’s time to GET REAL and THINK REAL… This means no more retouching our girls and no more supermodels. Why? Because the real you is sexy.” The above message is part of an advertisement for Aerie, a subsidiary […]

How “Talk About It” Gets Depression Wrong

Max Chis | staff writer Another year, another semester of life on a college campus where the resources to address mental health are inadequate. As per usual, when institutions fail to provide more extensive and better quality of care, it becomes the burden of student groups to make up for institutional failings, inevitably in insufficient […]

Alarming TSA

Julia Lee | staff writer Shadi Petosky, a trans woman, made national headlines in September when she live-tweeted her experience with the Transportation Security Administration at an Orlando airport. TSA officers stopped Petosky at a full-body scanner for showing an “anomaly” — her penis — according to her tweets. The extensive questioning in the back […]