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Periods aren’t shameful

In the beginning, a woman menstruated. Today, women still menstruate, yet after thousands of years of documented human existence, periods are still seen as taboo and disgusting in mainstream U.S. culture. Last week, Canadian-based poet Rupi Kaur posted an Instagram photo of her sister sleeping on her side displaying a small circle of blood on her sweatpants—a period leak. Instagram removed the photo... 

Untreated mental illness can kill

The culprit in last month’s plane crash in France that killed 150 people may have been caused by mental illness, or more specifically, our society’s ignorance of mental illess. Andrew Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who was at the helm, had informed Lufthansa German Airlines that he suffered from severe depression in 2009. Email records also found that Lubitz took a leave of absence but was planning... 

Commentary: Real feminism involves intersectionality

<i>Commentary</i>: Real feminism involves intersectionality
Kristina Bugante, Editorial Director Lately I’ve been noticing that feminism is being gradually (albeit very slowly) accepted by more and more people. I applaud that. In my ideal world, we’re all feminists, tolerant of each other and fighting for the rights of marginalized people. However, feminism is complicated. There are many misconceptions that surround the label and there are even more misconceptions... 

Cultures are not mascots

The California state assembly’s education committee unanimously approved legislation that would finally ban schools from using or continuing to use the offensive term Redskins as their mascot last week. Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, initiated the legislation in December 2014 after the legislature criticized Washington for continuing to use the term as a name for its NFL team and four of its... 

Miss Japan faces racism

Ariana Miyamoto is the first-ever mixed-race Miss Universe Japan that will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant in January. Miyamoto is half Japanese and half African American, born and raised in Nagasaki and speaks fluent Japanese. However when she entered Japan’s Miss Universe qualification pageant, she was scared that her multiracial looks would disqualify her from the competition. Instead... 

Human trafficking prevalent locally

Human trafficking prevalent locally
Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff Human trafficking is an international issue with a $32 billion industry worldwide. Sex trafficking in part, is often presented as a problem in countries outside the United States. However, the issue of sex trafficking has crossed borders and takes place in our very own surrounding cities, and citizens need to be aware of the local problem that plagues their own... 

Clinton’s scandal is extraneous

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has put her under the public’s scrutiny even more so than usual. It was revealed earlier this month that Clinton, during her stint as Secretary of State, used her private email address as opposed to her work-related one to conduct government business. In a press conference, Clinton said that she used her personal email, which is not forbidden by the State Department,... 

Women’s history visibility is essential

The month of March is Women’s History Month — however many people would not know that due to the lack of exposure and acknowledgement of it throughout the country. We cannot stress this enough: gender inequality is still a problem — not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Women today have to deal with misogyny, wage inequality, lack of representation in positions of power, economic... 

Facebook tool needs work

A suicide prevention interface tool will soon be appearing on your Facebook newsfeed, and many are wondering how effective this new feature will be at recognizing and potentially stopping a suicide attempt. Facebook announced Feb. 25 that it would be implementing a process that would allow users to directly report their friends’ posts that may be seen as troubling. After a user reports a post, Facebook’s... 

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, While I am sure it is well intended, a mandatory helmet law is not the answer to bicycle safety (“Liu urges reform for helmet law,” March 6). This will only discourage riders from participating in a safe activity that has been getting safer over the years. Cycling accidents in California are down 42 percent since 2000. “The evidence shows that mandatory helmet laws make the streets... 
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