Societal gender biases taint sports coverage

March 29, 2006 • 0
The main headline of the New York Times sports section on March 23 spoke multitudes about women’s place in the sports page. As Lee Jenkins notes in the article “Desperate Coaches’ Wives,” during televised NCAA tournament games, cameras are turning more and more frequently to the wives of male coaches sitting in the stands. As »

An activist’s work is frustrating but crucial

February 28, 2006 • 0
In his column “Activism is inefficient way to make change” (2/21), Jeff Mankoff employed a suspiciously convenient definition of activism. Almost everyone at last week’s IP debate “Resolved: Activism is a better use of students’ time than debate” did the same thing. Throughout the debate, it was posited that activists — presumed to be liberal »

Facebook project offended, informed

February 2, 2006 • 0
On Wednesday morning, printouts of individual and group profiles from facebook.com completely covered the designated boards on Cross Campus and Old Campus. Many had been torn down by mid-afternoon. On each poster, allegedly homophobic or misogynistic statements that had been included by the owner of the profile were visibly circled. To accompany the blatantly corrective »

Feminists: embrace the diversity of women

November 2, 2005 • 0
In her Oct. 30 New York Times article titled “What’s a Modern Woman to Do,” Maureen Dowd states that in light of the past 30 years or so of backlash against the American feminist movement, men no longer need to objectify women because women now objectify themselves and each other. This point, among others, is »

A fine line between paranoia and duty

October 10, 2005 • 0
Late one night last week, while walking down Elm Street, I stopped dead in my tracks for a couple of seconds as a woman ran past me on the other side of the street. About 20 feet behind her sauntered two men who appeared to be of her same age. My immediate response was concern »

Finding the right words to end predation

September 2, 2005 • 0
I was glad to see the Aug. 31 article about rape charges against a Yale student on the front page, as an arrest regarding such serious allegations certainly merits publicity. Of course, I have no knowledge as to whether or not the accused is guilty. But regardless of the outcome of this case, it’s important »

On gay equality, don’t sound victory bell yet

March 31, 2005 • 0
Apparently, the days of homophobia are over. Or so implies Cornell professor Ritch Savin-Williams in a recent Yale Herald article chronicling his just-released book. Savin-Williams cites the “attention showered on lesbian kisses in the mainstream media” as well as reports that gay youths are bullied no more than other kids. His take on “lesbian kisses” »

On gender identity, cliches don’t cut it

February 21, 2005 • 0
The most recent issue of the New Haven Advocate included a blurb about “Part-Time Ladies,” an event that will take place in the Yale Women’s Center on Tuesday as part of Trans Issues Week at Yale. This event will involve a panel of heterosexual crossdressers, male-bodied individuals who dress or live as women but who »

Bigotry in our backyard: a wake-up call

October 19, 2004 • 0
Most of the homophobia I have encountered and confronted is subtle. Many modern homophobes are getting smart enough to avoid open displays of bigotry, so you rarely see anyone standing on the street corner holding a “God hates fags” sign (unless, of course, you are looking at the Rev. Fred Phelps). But sometimes it doesn’t »

The marginalization of women in coed intramurals

October 29, 2002 • 1
Three weeks ago, I played in a coed intramural football game that made me rethink the equality of gender at Yale. I noticed, much to my disgust, that the men on my team assumed early during the game that we females were unskilled, passing the ball to us infrequently. But once I made it clear »

Stunting freshman growth on Old Campus

October 3, 2002 • 0
Virtually every night — and certainly Fridays and Saturdays — Old Campus is rocking with numerous gatherings. These offer a chance for hormonally-active freshmen to drink, bust a move, and generally make merry. Freshmen everyday have many chances to interact on Old Campus with — more freshmen. I don’t mean to insinuate that freshmen here »