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The Oberlin Review

Feminism Will Become Law Under Clinton

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As a country, we’ve finally made it through all three presidential debates. The matches were tense and personal, which gave us a deep look at the candidates’ characters. One resorted to insult, accusation and primal displays of arrogance while the other prioritized policy over performance. She may not make great TV, but Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the model of poise and compassion in the face of ugliness. During the second and third debates, Clinton heatedly challenged Republican nominee Donald Trump’s mistreatment of women. She admonished his unforgiving position for women who receive abortions and condemned his alleged sexual misconduct. Call me biased, but I don’t blame her for her indignation. ...

Feature Photo: “Thanks for Coming”

Feature Photo: “Thanks for Coming”

February 19, 2016

College sophomores Kyla Van Gelder, Isabel Levey-Swain, Lola Gatti and College first-year Sophia Attebery perform in College senior Alana Reibstein’s senior dance recital piece, “Thanks for Coming,” in Warner Main Space Friday and Saturday. The piece focused on how women struggle to find their voices within a patriarchal society. A male voice directed the performance by commanding the eight women dancers to perform absurd actions, a commentary on the unreasonable societal expectations placed...

Girlpool to Bring Female Voices to ’Sco

Sophie Kemp

October 9, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music

“I thought I found myself today/ No one noticed / Things are ok,” are the opening lyrics to punk rock band Girlpool’s song “Ideal World” from its eponymous new album, which explores intimate experiences of girlhood: an existence that is often messy and terrifying but also beautiful. Started in 2013 by guitarist Cleo Tucker and bassist Harmony Tividad, Girlpool will make its ’Sco debut this Friday, Oct. 9, with an opener by fivepiece New York riot grrrl act T-Rextasy. The double bill is indicative of an increased effort by concert organizers to sign non-cisgender, non-male bands to play at the ’Sco. At present, conventional male artists who frequently bring expensive noise-distorting equipment to the stage...

Students Protest Sommers’ Lecture

Students Protest Sommers’ Lecture

April 24, 2015

From her podium in Dye Lecture Hall, Christina Hoff Sommers, an author, former philosophy professor and self-proclaimed “freedom feminist,” attempted, amid protesters and dissenting audience members, to persuade Oberlin students that feminism has become too radicalized. She was invited to campus on Monday night by the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians and is the most recent speaker in the Ronald Reagan Lectureship series, which is devoted to bringing views that members of OCRL “believe...

Clinton’s Benefits Outweigh Her Problems

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

April 24, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In case you live under a rock, Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States. After Clinton announced her bid for the Oval Office on April 12, Jada Pinkett Smith, the successful actress, musical artist, businesswoman and mother of three kids — two with their own social-media empires, Willow, Jaden and the oft-forgotten Trey — discussed her feelings on Clinton in a thoughtful Facebook post. On April 18, Pinkett Smith discussed her apprehensions about voting for a white woman for President. “Her announcement conjured many old hurts and scars,” she wrote. “Hillary’s announcement reminded me that the relationship between black and white women on the political platform has been deeply complicated,...

Sexist Hiring Standards Unprofessional

Elizabeth Bentivegna, Contributing Writer

April 18, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS

On April 1, I interviewed for a programming job at OnShift, a Cleveland-based tech company that makes medical shift scheduling software. Two weeks later, I received a phone call from the recruiter who had contacted me about the position, saying that they would not be hiring me. The hiring director had relayed to her that they would have hired me based on my personality and technical abilities, but would not be doing so because of the way I looked. I was informed that my appearance “looked more like I was about to go clubbing than to an interview,” and that the run in my tights, coupled with my mild lateness — which I had informed them of earlier, due to my afternoon class — suggested to them that I was “unprofessional...

OCRL Lecture Series Fosters Diverse Opinions

OCRL Presidents

April 18, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: The Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians are proud to host Christina Hoff Sommers as part of the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series. Since its beginnings in 2006, the Reagan Series has brought many distinguished scholars and commentators to our campus. As the Series’ organizers, we have endeavored to bring speakers who articulate the value of political and economic liberty, freedom of speech and thought, respect for individuals, national defense or voluntary association. We have aimed to offer views that we believe are underrepresented at Oberlin. We have also worked to promote the exchange of reasons, rather than recourse to rhetoric, on controversial topics. We look forward...

Off the Cuff: Amanda Matos, founder of the WomanHOOD Project

Off the Cuff: Amanda Matos, founder of the WomanHOOD Project

April 10, 2015

Amanda Matos, founder of the WomanHOOD Project and reproductive justice activist, gave a lecture at Oberlin this Wednesday as part of the Sexual Information Center’s Radical Explorations of Sexual Health and Personal Experience week. Matos, originally from the Bronx, graduated from Columbia College in 2013, just over a year after she started the Bronx-based WomanHOOD project, a program that educates high school women of color about intersectional feminism. Matos sat down with the Review to discu...

Censorship Perpetuates Misogynistic Ideals

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

April 3, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: The following op-ed contains a mention of blood and derogatory language referring to women. When Toronto-based spoken-word poet and author Rupi Kaur posted a photo of herself on Instagram with period-stained sweatpants, Instagram’s decision to remove the image and the resulting uproar was a bloody mess — pun intended. Since the photo did not violate any of Instagram’s terms and conditions or community guidelines, Kaur and supporters claimed it was misogynistic and an erasure of experience to delete the image. Kaur posted on her Tumblr, “I will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in ... underwear but not be okay with a small leak. ...

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

Editorial Board

March 13, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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 on the broad topic of “gender equality ... justice and dignity,” according to the IWD website. While this effort at uniting women across the globe under the umbrella of gender inequality is no doubt well-intentioned, International Women’s Day glosses over the intersecting factors that compound women’s inequality; race, class, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and trans status all play into how women are tr...

Feminized Gun Marketing Exacerbates Rape Culture

Editorial Board

February 27, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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 to walk home alone if they can help it, not to put their drinks down at parties, not to show too much skin — all for fear of inviting sexual assault. It’s a similar, if violently escalated, vein of logic that Second Amendment activists employ when they tell women on college campuses that the best way to protect themselves against sexual assault is to up the ante: Carry a gun. The argument, which briefly caught the...

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