On Sunday, March 8, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,held a campaign rally on the Diag at the University of Michigan in advance of the March 10 Michigan primary. 10,000 people were in attendance at the rally, which consisted of speeches from local, state and national-level officials, and finally from Sanders at the very end.
Thanksgiving was first celebrated in the late 19th century. It embraces a whitewashed history of Native Americans sitting down happily with the Pilgrims to celebrate a successful year of harvest, and most importantly, life. The story touts that the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to hunt turkey and plant corn, and with their freshly harvested crops and fire-roasted bird, everyone celebrated and feasted together.
Recently, musician and singer T.I. went on a podcast called Ladies Like Us on Nov. 5, and boasted about how his daughter’s hymen is still intact, and he knows because he forcibly takes her to the gynecologist. Here’s why that is problematic, and frankly, sickening.
Of the three campus tours I took prior to enrolling at the University of Michigan, the most memorable highlight from each trip up to Ann Arbor was the Martha Cook Residence Hall. The tour guides I had as a high schooler emphasized how this building was the embodiment of pure feminine class at the University and one of the only all-female dormitories left. As a result, I’ve had this magical ideal of the women who live in Martha Cook cemented as old-fashioned, proper students who have mandatory tea times and cannot speak to boys past 10 p.m.
With so many new companies offering organic cotton menstrual products, my housemates and I got to talking one night and wondered why so many people were making the switch. There are the obvious reasons: There’s less waste with silicone cups, and the smaller companies are run by knowledgeable women versus huge corporations.
In light of the recent chaos of our political scene, movements bringing awareness to sexual assault survivors have gained more traction now than ever. The hashtag #MeToo was first coined in 2006 by grassroots activist Tarana Burke and truly paved its way into mainstream media two years ago. The movement urges women to write #MeToo to show the magnitude and impact of sexual assault.
I was first exposed to the concept of genetic testing companies in a Biology 172 lecture my freshman year. The professor at that time stated, “This was one of the things I fear most about revolutionary genetic technology.”