International Women’s Day Fails to Recognize Global Diversity of Experiences

Editorial Board
March 13, 2015
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Content warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence. In a country with more CEOs named John than CEOs that are women, the need for an International Women’s Day is clear. This year’s event centered around the hashtags #MakeItHappen and #PaintItPurple to shed light... Read more »

Nemtsov Killing Should Prompt Introspection Alongside Condemnation

Editorial Board
March 6, 2015
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When prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a Moscow street last Friday, days before he was slated to lead a major anti-government protest, global leaders rallied behind familiar cries. Nemtsov, an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been well known since... Read more »

Feminized Gun Marketing Exacerbates Rape Culture

Editorial Board
February 27, 2015
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Many women learn early on how to defend themselves in dangerous situations: hold their keys between their knuckles in dark parking garages; keep mini-canisters of pepper spray in their purses. From a young age, just as everyone learns to look both ways before crossing the street, women are taught not... Read more »

Williams Controversy Highlights Perils of Fame in Objective Journalism

Editorial Board
February 20, 2015
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Media lenses turned inward last week when NBC announced its Feb. 10 decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Revelations that the Emmy Award–winning news personality had repeatedly misrepresented his experiences reporting on a 2003 Iraq War mission left the news network reeling,... Read more »

By Ignoring Parallels with Present, Audiences Undercut Black Retellings of History

Editorial Board
February 13, 2015
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Fresh from the success of a powerful Winter Term production that filled Hall Auditorium last weekend, members of the cast of Dessa Rose reunited Wednesday for one final performance, this time before a markedly different audience: minimum-security inmates at Grafton Correctional Institution. “I... Read more »

Bryn Mawr Debacle Highlights Weight-Centric Approach to “Health”

Editorial Board
February 6, 2015
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Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of eating disorders and body image.  A troubling Health Center email sent to students with “elevated” BMIs, encouraging them to “Give a HOOT” about their body size, generated protests and unfavorable press at Bryn Mawr College in... Read more »

Rolling Stone Errors Highlight Poor Journalism, Perpetuate Rape Culture

Editorial Board
December 12, 2014
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Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence.   After weeks of controversy over the veracity of a Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, an anonymous source came forward on Tuesday claiming that the deputy managing editor of... Read more »

Representative Media Coverage Requires Voices of Citizen Journalists

Editorial Board
December 5, 2014
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Hours after a Staten Island grand jury announced Wednesday that a white NYPD officer would not be indicted in the death of Eric Garner, a black father of six who stopped breathing while held in a banned chokehold, The Huffington Post published a headline that stood out in the media frenzy: “A Grand... Read more »

Emergency Declaration in Missouri Premature, Discourages Structural Change

Editorial Board
November 21, 2014
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In anticipation of the announcement by prosecutors of whether a grand jury will file charges against Darren Wilson — the Ferguson, MO police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in August — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stoked the flames of a virulent disconnect between government officials... Read more »

Net Neutrality Essential in Maintaining Worldwide Flow of Information, Ideas

Editorial Board
November 14, 2014
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President Obama announced on Monday his support for protecting net neutrality — the principle that all internet traffic, from personal blogs to viral videos to CNN breaking news, should be treated equally by internet service providers. This welcome gesture did little, however, to convey the gravity... Read more »

Street Harassment Discourse Disregards Intersectional Issues

Editorial Board
November 7, 2014
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When online videos related to pressing social or political issues go viral, the mainstream media sometimes weighs in. This week, the online branches of media outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR did just that in response to the video gracing news feeds across the... Read more »

Disparities in Ebola Response Reveal Broader Health Care System Flaws

Editorial Board
October 31, 2014
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At first glance, the swift diagnosis and isolation of Craig Spencer in New York City last week seemed to demonstrate improvement in the United States’ response to Ebola, the disease which has now killed nearly 5,000... Read more »