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Blood donors wanted: unless you’re gay

Blood donors wanted: unless you’re gay

Rayanne Painter

October 21, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

When entering the American Red Cross website, a red banner pops up on the top of the screen: Critical Need for Blood and Platelets.Unfortunately for the Red Cross and those who benefit from their donations, less than 38 percent of people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood. This gives urgency to finding eligible donors, but surprisingly enough, they will turn down potential do...

Plastic is making you fat

Plastic is making you fat

Brooke Martin

October 17, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

All of the hard work we put into looking good may be going to waste by just one simple thing - plastic.At the gym, in class or simply on the streets, you will see people chugging water from plastic bottles. Besides needing water to live, people drink water to stay healthy and, sometimes, to curve appeti...

Feminists respond to meninism

Feminists respond to meninism

Rachael Bayuk

October 17, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Do we even have to?Meninism started as a joke. It should end as one too.To suggest that the Meninist "movement" is a legitimate and positive thing is ridiculous. They are not revolting against a power structure designed against them. There are not healthcare issues they must fight for. No laws that go...

Men should not be left out of the equality fight

Men should not be left out of the equality fight

Brooke Martin

October 17, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Meninism: myth or fact?President Donald Trump was recently quoted saying, “It is a very scary time for young men in America…” He has since faced much backlash for this comment, but it has brought up the question: Do men face gender inequality too?Feminism is a term and social movement promot...

Chico’s City Council candidates fail to represent minority populations

Chico’s City Council candidates fail to represent minority populations

Karen Limones

October 17, 2018


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The United States government is slowly progressing at including men and women from minority backgrounds in elected positions. However, Chico has failed to fulfill this gap as there still continues to be an absence of racial and ethnic minority representatives running for City Council. A City Councilor...

Nipples are the knobs to sex’s door

Nipples are the knobs to sex’s door

Rachael Bayuk

October 16, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Is it cold in here?The female nipple has been sexualized to the point of censorship. Female nipples are touched, kissed and stimulated by tongues. This is considered normal and pleasing behavior. So why are male nipples not equally allowed the pleasures of touch?Male nipples aren't sexualized. Most men d...

Letter to: sexual assault survivors

Letter to: sexual assault survivors

Rayanne Painter

October 15, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Dear survivors of sexual assault,First off and most importantly, I believe you. You are strong and resilient, no matter your situation.I know these past few weeks have been hard, with all that’s been going on in our country. Not only are the topics of survivors and their experiences on the front of ...

America’s conversation about sexual assault is disgusting

America’s conversation about sexual assault is disgusting

Rachael Bayuk

October 12, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Don't be persuaded, this is unacceptable behavior.Kevin Jackson, Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump have many things in common. But, the most disgustingly profound thing is their recent treatment of survivors. It takes immense strength to stand in front of anyone, let alone the world and tell your story. Then to be laughed at and called “skanks” by men in powe...

Seven reasons why your friend might be the real snake

Seven reasons why your friend might be the real snake

Brooke Martin

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Columns, Opinion

Toxic friends come in many shapes and forms. Most of us, if not all of us, have had a friend that’s turned out to not be an actual friend. Snake venom is toxic, but friends shouldn’t be. Friends are supposed to build you up and make you a better person, but this is not always the case. It can be hard to let go because you two share so many happy memorie...

We need to be held accountable for the language we use

We need to be held accountable for the language we use

Rayanne Painter

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Here, in the United States, we have a protected right to say essentially whatever we want within reason. But should we really speak without any regard?In recent years, especially during and after the 2016 election, we have been in this kind of tug-of-war with what language is okay to use. This concept o...

Place those hands where we can see them

Place those hands where we can see them

Karen Limones

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Since we were kids, there has always been a lack of knowledge on the topic of sexual assault. But without a doubt, it is generally assumed it is done by a man. Given our prevalent cultural understanding of society and how common perpetrators of sexual violence are men, it is understanding. And now that off...

Letter to: My fellow ‘good’ men

Letter to: My fellow ‘good’ men

Alex Grant

October 10, 2018


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Dear men, After Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court last Friday, it's clear, now more than ever, that it's time for men to step up. Just being a 'good' guy isn't good enough anymore. It's time to start calling out our friends who cat call, who grab people without consent and who ta...

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