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Letter: James Benedict's photo & Erica Gibson's story re. Slut Walk, 'Feminism Matters'

While I commend IDS staff for a provocatively impactful front page layout for the April 22 issue of the print edition of the Indiana Daily Student , I have observed the problematic juxtaposition of James Benedict’s photograph with its accompanying caption for Erica Gibson’s story “Feminism Matters: Slut Walk protests rape culture and promotes changing the perception of consent.” Specifically, the caption beginning, “Students gather in Dunn Meadow to listen to Lisa Kwong before marching on Kirkwood Avenue during the Slut Walk on Thursday ,” would normally call for a photograph featuring Lisa Kwong, an adjunct professor at the IUB Department of English.  Contrary to reader expectation, however, the image of Professor Kwong in the Benedict photograph is out-of-focus and barely perceptible behind the large all-caps lettering that reads ‘Feminism Matters.’ At the same time, the major in-focus image is that of an unidentified white woman whose back recalls a whiteboard on which is inscribed “Consent is Sexy Mandatory.”  While a semantic equivalence based on identify politics can be constructed between the two women in the photograph, both the photograph and the caption are nevertheless problematic due to their inherent threat of reinscribing stereotypes concerning Asian-American invisibility and marginality.  Furthermore, the photograph and the caption jointly devalue the discursive authority of Asian American faculty while persistently giving feminism a white face.


Letter: Paying for my music

The recent death of Dave Baker brought up a lot of feelings in me besides the sadness of his passing.


Letter: Waltzing to Congress

During the past campaign season, I had a chance to get to meet all of the candidates currently running to be Indiana’s ninth district’s Congressman.


Letter: Send in the Marine

I have spent the past three years at IU studying politics. During my time there I was able to meet, work with, and campaign for Congressman Todd Young.



Letter: Choosing a major

A bright ambitious student the other day asked what she could do with an econ major. To her, the path to a good career seemed more clear cut with a degree from a professional school.


Letter: Single-sex facilities

I was recently in a discussion regarding Indiana Senate Bill 35, which criminalizes using the wrong gendered bathroom.


Letter: Response to Therin Showalter

Dear Therin, I read the article, “Modern American Christians ...,” and appreciated the challenge to show equal concern for all sin, not just sexual sin.


Letter: SB No. 35

I’ve recently learned about a bill that is waiting to be passed senate bill 35. I don’t think that anyone should support it because it is simply ridiculous to monitor the restroom use of others.  This bill states that it would prevent transgender from using the same restroom as the one they identify with.


Letter: Senate Bill 14

Most of us are familiar with the Jared Fogle case involving child exploitation and child pornography.



Letter: IN Senate Bill 35

As a young Christian seeking to define my identity, I have never identified myself as an LGBT activists.  I have, however; identified myself as one that rejects mistreatment, injustice, and hate.


Letter: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

Or perhaps let’s talk about rape, because well, they are different. Since it is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and colleges across the country are attempting to exude a Culture of Care, I want to weigh in on the topic.


Letter: Pay to pee Bill

I really need to know why Indiana legislators are so worried about who poops next to who? With everything else going on in our world, like perhaps the fact that Donald Trump may become president, I feel like who we poop beside does not need to be regulated. It is sad that I now feel very fortunate to have always been given the opportunity to use the restroom that I identify with, without any threat of facing charges for my choice.


Letter: Pay attention to your surroundings

On Monday, March 28th, I got to meet a young lady driving a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.  She drove thru a stop sign at 11th and Woodlawn and hit me.  I was driving a Kubota, you’ve seen the orange vehicles driving all over campus.  Mine had lights on and a yellow strobe light on the roof, and has a max speed of 18 mph.  She hit me in the right front wheel and passenger door, pushing me into the oncoming lane, over the curb and stopping 25 feet away on the sidewalk.  It could have been much worse; I could have been flipped, pushed into oncoming traffic or hit a pedestrian standing on the sidewalk.  I’m lucky, just bruised and very sore.  I have no idea why she did not see me, what she was doing or why she didn’t simply stop at the sign that has been there for years.  She said she was going to class, and since we are creatures of habit, she has probably been that way before. My point for all of this is that every day I see students, staff and faculty trying to do too many things at once.  Headphones, earbuds and cell phones are a major problem.  No one pays any attention to their surroundings or safety.  People walk down the middle of streets instead of being on the sidewalk two feet to the left.


Letter: Trump opened my eyes

I must admit, I am 35 years old and have never voted. I have always believed the system is corrupt, my one vote does not count, and that nothing will change.



LETTER: Taking advantage of the farmer's market

Bloomington’s Farmer’s Market is a place to buy local food grown by local farmers. Yes, there are special guests but this should not be the focus of this event and this is why I am responding today.


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