Films Flunk Under Feminist Scrutiny

Sitting down in a movie theater often has a peaceful effect, probably because the audience is getting a break from reality by being submerged in a fictional story for a couple of hours. While quietly consuming concessions, many audience members are not aware they may be watching a film perpetuating issues of gender inequality.

Living with the Minimum Wage in a Gilded Age

Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of AB10 gives 25 percent increase over the next three years in the minimum wage for low-wage workers. But questions remain as to whether it will keep low-wage workers from being exploited by corporations.

Universities Shouldn’t Favor the Elite

It was recently revealed that George Washington University changed their school’s admission policy from “need-blind” to “need-aware,” meaning students in need of financial assistance who may otherwise meet admissions standards may be scaled down from “admitted” to “waitlisted.”

The Risk of Constructing Hasty Conclusions

Every year it seems there are an excessive number of tragedies involving youth and firearms. Teenagers turning guns on their teachers and peers, children accidentally shooting themselves after finding an improperly stored gun, and more recently, a 13-year-old shot by a police officer who feared his life was in danger because he mistook the boy’s replica airsoft gun for an AK-47 assault rifle.

The Dehumanizing Trend of Culturally Insensitive Costumes

As Halloween approaches, the pages of UC Santa Cruz’s Facebook network have hosted a number of conversations about costumes. One in particular focused on Native American costumes and their popularity contributing to issues of cultural insensitivity. A simple search for “Indian costume” on the Internet is telling — the first page of results on Google Shopping reads “tribal tease Indian,” “tribal treat” and “sexy Native American temptress.”

No Place for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Lihuan Wang, an intern at Phoenix Satellite Television U.S. in New York, discovered she could not follow through with a lawsuit under New York human rights laws after being sexually harassed, merely because she was an unpaid worker.

The Unhealthy Obsession with ‘Perfection’

I take a look online and the photos that bombard me are those of women with “perfect” figures. Many young women seem to have an overwhelming desire to change their appearance to fit society’s standard of beauty. The craving for a flatter stomach, bigger breasts or an overall lower body weight demonstrates the unfortunate body pressures placed on women by the media.

Bipartisan Embarrassment Disrupts the US

On Oct. 1, the United States government effectively shut down, following Congress’ inability to pass a spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year.

Breach of Privacy, Breach of Power

The next time you enjoy a casual Skype conversation with your family, there is a chance the government may be listening in.

Leveling the Playing Field for the American Dream

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed more than 200,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial, speaking of the Declaration of Independence and its promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all men.