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.

The Error of Arming Teachers

Last August, a private school in Arkansas put up new signs around campus for the upcoming school year. These weren’t welcome signs or new parking regulations but rather signs that read, “Staff is armed and trained — any attempt to harm children will be met with deadly force.”

The Controversy Over ‘Vagina’

daho biology teacher, Tim McDaniels, received complaints from some students’ parents about his use of the word “vagina”. This incident is a microcosm of a nation-wide apprehensiveness to talk about sex and its consequences.

The Moment is Now

Comprehensive Immigration Bill needs to be more fair

Occupy the Media

The time has come to take control of the media out of the hands of an elite few.