Letter: Lena Dunham continually detracts from feminist ideas

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham is no stranger to controversy. She has been finding herself in hot water since 2015, with accusations of anti-Semitism and racism, attributed to her publishing a satirical article titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” Her problematic moments continued as she made comments relating her online hate comments to domestic abuse and claims she never had the opportunity to have an abortion, but wishes she had. Dunham often proclaims herself to be a feminist, but her actions seem to lack a connection with this identity. Her latest controversy involves her defense of a colleague. On Nov. 17, actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report accusing Girls writer Murray Miller of sexual assault. Representatives for Miller were […]

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Opinion: Weinstein case shows deeper problems

This week in Hollywood, Ariel Winter was spotted having a candid kiss with boyfriend Levi Meaden in an Los Angeles grocery store, Kylie Jenner posted a busty photo on Instagram- and leading movie producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting 34 women and counting. In just one week, the climate in the entertainment industry changed, as multiple women came forward with their stories of a predator. On Oct. 11, Cara Delevingne posted on Instagram that Weinstein had tried to coerce her to kiss another woman in his hotel room. They had worked together when Weinstein produced the 2015 film Paper Towns and met up to discuss a new movie role. Delevingne wrote that she was instructed to accept Weinstein’s […]

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Letter: Sexual Violence Policy criticism warrants changes now

Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy is a product of the provincial government passing Bill 132 in 2016. The Bill outlines that all Ontario universities who receive public funding are required to develop a sexual violence policy that outlines resources available to survivors, the reporting process, and requires input from the students as well as revision at least once every three years. Although Carleton University presented many drafts of the policy and consulted with both students and staff over the policy, it was evident that it was a rush for Carleton to establish a cohesive and competent sexual assault policy by the January 2017 deadline. On Dec. 1, 2016, however, the policy was presented to and passed by the Board of Governors. […]

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Letter: Rape culture language is unacceptable

I’m walking across campus to my first class of the year, looking forward to the new term and to meeting my new students. I’m a little nervous, mostly excited. But my focus is interrupted by a group of four students, all guys, walking behind me. They’re using deeply misogynist, toxic, sexually objectifying language to describe a female acquaintance of theirs and laughing about it. My stomach flips, my heart starts racing, I shrink into myself. They are speaking at a volume that makes it impossible not to hear them, and I couldn’t have been the only one who did. Do I turn around and confront them? Do I say nothing, keep going, and hope none of them turn out to […]

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Opinion: Educate frosh about sexual violence

I am certain that many individuals would praise the fact that Carleton frosh facilitators advertise sexual assault support services on their jerseys and would commend the fact that Diversity and Sexual Violence was the first topic to be discussed during the Fall Orientation leader training. The Consent Team implemented by student group Our Turn is also a good step forward. The truth of the matter, however, is that in comparison to the sexual violence ravaging universities across the country, these efforts are meagre in combatting this epidemic. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent how these bright initiatives and promising pursuits often do not yield much progress in advancing consent education and reducing sexual violence during frosh. For example, although we […]

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