Starting with its painful real-time narration via social media, the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case has been public every step of the way. To prevent another horrific incident, the nationwide outrage for Steubenville must recognize that the conditions that contributed to this case are not exclusive to Ohio — they persist everywhere.
"You’ll never guess what happened. I’m in love.” So began the voicemail I received exactly two years ago from a friend who spent that semester in London. “He’s French,” she raved. “My soulmate.” Two weeks after meeting each other, they got matching tattoos of the latitude and longitude where they met.
As of March 9, my boyfriend and I have a no-porn pact. We both acknowledge that this will be significantly harder on one of us (no pun intended). It all started when I read about a proposal that the European Union will be voting on tomorrow. The Report on Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU includes a variety of recommendations from the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, and Article 17 is what’s catching everyone’s eye: a ban on pornography across all media, including the Internet.
Call me a skeptic, but I’ve been slow to buy into talk of Twitter “revolutionizing” anything. While it has its moments and is great for spreading news, my main view of Twitter users’ activity is merely that it has given new meaning to the statement “haters gonna hate.”
Last week during one of my classes, the person in front of me spent the entire period using Adobe Photoshop to design an event invitation. Attempting to view the professor and her PowerPoint rendered it impossible to completely block his activity from my vision, and on more than one occasion I found myself getting caught up in what he was doing. As he tested out multiple positions for one of the items in the image, I found myself inadvertently forming an opinion on where it should go. I then realized I had gone 10 minutes without taking notes.
Seeing more than a few brave souls sporting shorts this week tells me spring fever must be setting in early. February winding down means that just over two months remain in seniors’ college careers — and it’s time to prepare.
Remember “making love?” Yeah, me neither. These days, our vernacular is saturated with many different ways to talk about getting it on. But between “beat it up,” “smash,” “bang” and “cut,” the most common references are overwhelmingly laced with violence, confusing our perception of the dynamics of sex.
Heteronormativity: It’s the $10 word of the day.
When I first saw the article, “U prof develops male birth control pill” in the Feb. 12 issue of the Minnesota Daily, I felt immediate excitement. The prospect of finally leveling the playing field of contraceptive responsibilities made me ecstatic, and I was proud that the research is taking place here on campus.
Liz Lemon of 30 Rock once said, “Valentine’s Day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes.” Look, I love Liz Lemon — almost as much as I love talking about gender stereotypes. But I think she got it wrong here.