The Oberlin Review

Rolling Stone Errors Highlight Poor Journalism, Perpetuate Rape Culture

Editorial Board

December 12, 2014

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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 the magazine, Sean Woods, had offered his letter of resignation to Rolling Stone’s founder and publisher, Jann Wenner. The move follows a series of journalistic errors that has unnecessarily diverted media attention away from the realities of campus sexual assault. The article, “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, told the story of a first-year, “Jackie,” who was gang raped b...

Students Offer Personal Responses to Lena Dunham Abuse Allegations

November 7, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Trigger warning: The following article contains detailed personal accounts of childhood sexualized violence. Due to the sensitive nature of these narratives, the authors have chosen pseudonyms.   –––––––––––––––––––   Lena Dunham, OC ’08, the creator and lead actress of the HBO series Girls, attracted headlines and scrutiny this week over allegations that she sexually abused her younger sister during childhood and as a teenager. The allegations first arose when conservative commentators Kevin Williamson (“Pathetic Privilege,” National Review, Nov. 3, 2014) and Bradford Thomas (“Lena Dunham Describes Sexually Abusing Her Little Sister,” Truth Revolt, Oct. 2...

College Athletes Must Lead by Example

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

September 26, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In my experience, varsity athletes at Oberlin integrate well into the broader campus community. While some may disagree, I’d bet that most would safely acknowledge that we’re not the dominant cultural force on campus, as is the case at many larger state schools. At the very least, I can speak for the baseball team here. Under some circumstances, however, the privileges that many athletes enjoy on college campuses manifest themselves in the form of blatant disregard for the purpose of collegiate athletics. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Jameis Winston, last year’s winner of the Heisman Award and the quarterback at Florida State University. Winston was barred from playing in Saturday’s game...

Stress in Stuebenville

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

February 15, 2013

Filed under Football, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Six months ago, an unconscious 16-year-old girl was raped at a high school party in Stuebenville, OH, an old steel mill town of only 18,440. Crimes like this are common in the U.S., with most rape cases going unreported, but for some reason this case made international news. Even months later, Stuebenville officers are receiving death threats, online petitions seeking justice have reached over 70,000 signatures and protesters are flocking to the small town. But why this particular case? Social media has certainly been a large factor. At the scene of the crime, other partygoers tweeted the action, and some even posted pictures on Instagram. It wasn’t until three days later that the rape was reported, which isn’t...

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