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When it comes to mental health initiatives at Rutgers, any faculty, administrator or student leader can immediately point you toward several different resources — the Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program & Psychiatric Services (CAPS), Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (H.O.P.E), Rutgers-Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) or the Office of Disability Services (ODS).
In a highly diverse and densely populated area such as Central Jersey, it is easy to overlook discrimination against certain minorities, especially South Asian Americans. Due to their accessibility and proximity to large international airports, big cities near the coasts are home to many South Asian American immigrant families. According to the 2010 United States Census, more than 528,000 Indian Americans lived in California, while more than 292,000 lived in New Jersey. This statistic is on a constant rise, and “Indians have a higher percentage as a ratio of a state's total population in New Jersey,” according to the census. These statistics also do not include all South Asian American populations from countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and others. As any Rutgers student knows, South Asian Americans are a prevalent community. So, why are we so often misrepresented and mistreated?
Mental health has always had an extreme stigma attached to it. But, this stigma is even more extreme for men. According to studies, men are less likely to seek mental help than women are. One study done in the 90s showed that two-thirds of mental health patients were women. This trend goes way back — another study done in the mid 1800s supported this, showing that approximately 11,000 patients in a certain hospital were women out of the total 18,000.
After accusations of sexual harassment were made against Aziz Ansari by "Grace," whose real name remains anonymous, a controversy sparked. People debated over issues involving victim-blaming, a lack of sex education and a misinterpretation of the #MeToo movement. Babe.net released an in-depth article describing Grace’s account of her night with Ansari, how she felt pressured into certain sexual interactions, how uncomfortable she felt and how she cried on the way home.
When it comes to recognition and representation, women are infamously lacking. Even institutions that dedicate themselves to awarding and recognizing influential community members, such as the Nobel Foundation, are found to be misinformed and seemingly biased. From the fields of physics, chemistry, economics, literature, medicine and peace, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to 881 people in the past 115 years. Merely 48 out of the 881 recognitions were awarded to women, while the rest went to men. While this is a disappointing statistic, it is easy to assume that the Nobel Prize might be recognizing women more so in the recent decades than in the past. This is, unfortunately, not true. The last woman to win a Nobel Prize for physics, Maria Goeppert Mayer, was honored in 1964. The gap reflects longtime institutional biases against women within the sciences, a lag exacerbated by the decades-long backlog of Nobel-worthy discoveries, according to an infographic on the National Geographic website. Lise Meitner, one of the co-discoverers of nuclear fission, was nominated for the physics prize 29 times between 1937 to 1965 and the chemistry prize an additional 19 times from 1924 to 1948, according to the site. But, she would never win. "And while astronomer Vera Rubin's groundbreaking work revealing the existence of dark matter received wide acclaim, she died on December 25, 2016, with no Nobel to call her own," the report said.
In the midst of countless actors, politicians and other public figures being revealed for misconduct against women, other acts of unfairness are going unnoticed. In mid-October, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that they would soon be allowing girls to join their program. While this is advantageous for young girls who feel they do not fit in with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) community, this decision is problematic for many reasons including the BSA’s motive and implementation of this decision.
Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Hugh Hefner, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. This list of famous, well-respected men who wildly abused their power and privilege goes on and on. Our most recent offender, Louis C.K., charged for sexual misconduct, is one of the most surprising finds. After rumors and several different women accusing him of harassment, it finally became known that C.K. was not the figure that he made himself out to be.
In late September, as Saudi Arabia was celebrating its 87th anniversary, women were allowed into the King Fahd sports stadium for the first time. Because of the country’s specific laws that aim to segregate men and women in public spaces, women still had to use separate entrances than men and were seated in an order that placed them far from single men. This seemingly insignificant change made a world of difference to women in the kingdom. Reuters interviewed women during the celebration: “‘It is the first time I have come to the stadium and I feel like more of a Saudi citizen. Now I can go everywhere in my country,’ said 25-year-old Sultana, green and white flags painted on both cheeks as she entered the complex with her girlfriends. ‘God willing, tomorrow women will be permitted bigger and better things like driving and travel.’”
The Playboy empire began in 1953, during an immensely conservative, post-war era of American history. The 1950s held women to stereotypical house-wife standards — their only interests were serving their families, cooking, baking and cleaning. Men were held to a similar standard — domesticated, loyal and monogamous. Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, aimed to change all of this. But his success was only partial.
A lot has changed and is still changing since former president Barack Obama's administration. While the previous president’s administration implemented new guidelines for Title IX, President Donald J. Trump's administration seems to be vouching to reverse the progress made. Betsy DeVos, the recently appointed secretary of Education, has made several strides against the application of Title IX to college campus sexual assault cases. Partnered with the head of the Office of Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, DeVos’s new standards for Title IX would raise the requirements for making an allegation against an individual accused of rape or sexual assault.
Along with the fresh, new dining hall sit-in and take-out options, the College Avenue campus recently brought another eatery to the table: Panera Bread. The new eatery took the place of Au Bon Pain (affectionately nicknamed ABP), which was right next to the Rutgers Student Center for years.
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Stephen Miller, President Donald J. Trump’s senior advisor, plays a much larger role than many perceive. Miller, the same man who was one of the leading constructors of the Muslim "travel ban" that Trump had implemented, was appointed to work with Ivanka Trump on women’s issues in April — a problem that no one is talking about enough.
As I rode the bus around campus the other day, cramped next to everyone, I overheard a rather disturbing conversation going on next to me between two friends, a boy and a girl. The guy was arguing that the reason we have fewer women in the IT fields and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields is because women simply are just not interested in those fields. As he compared it to men not being interested in nursing, I grew more uncomfortable with the idea that he was so confident in society assigning the role of “nurse” to women and “IT consultant” to men. However, what made it even worse was when the girl he was conversing with wholeheartedly agreed.
On Friday, April 14, the Rutgers Hindu Students Council (HSC) will bring a cultural color war to the Banks as a way to celebrate Holi at Rutgers.
While the prison systems in the United States are flawed in many ways, one of the most prevalent issues today is the treatment of women in prison. After a recent study in 2012 found that women made up only about 9 percent of the population of prisons, it was discovered that there are countless differences in the way correctional facilities treat their female inmates compared male prisoners. Because of the low proportion of female inmates in prisons, women tend not to get the specific attention they need. One major issue is the neglect of women’s physical and mental health.
Child marriage is a global issue, one that spans from places in Asia, Africa and even here in the United States. Young girls are mainly the victims of child marriage, often forced to wed men twice their age. In Eastern cultures, families marry their young daughters off in hopes of gaining some kind of honor, or sometimes for financial reasons. If a family cannot afford to send the daughter to school, give her an education, or provide for her, in many cases she is married off as a solution. Sometimes it’s not just a solution, but their ultimate fate. In many societies, from the minute a young girl is born, she is destined to be someone’s wife.
Whether you’re an art student at the Mason Gross School of the Arts or just an amateur experimenting with the myriad of art forms, you’ll need to buy your basic supplies. Rutgers happens to be located around numerous art stores for artists of all levels. Finding the right art store, one that fits your needs, is essential in inspiring your creativity.
Many of us like to believe that slavery is over and that is a thing of the past. We’re trained to think of slavery as a shocking one-time occurrence, something that once existed in the Americas and then disappeared after former President Abraham Lincoln saved us. But in this mindset, there is a huge piece of information about the past that we are missing. Because of the lack of attention that is given to problems in non-Western countries, most of us do not know or do not care about the problems that people face in Thailand, India or Mauritania, among other countries. However, what is even more shocking is the modern day slavery that occurs in our country. Otherwise known as human trafficking, slavery in the United States is a major issue that goes unaddressed and is repeatedly ignored in the minds of many Americans. It’s usually perceived as an issue that is out of our control, and only effects disadvantaged countries, when in reality, over 161 countries, meaning more than 30 million victims are impacted by human trafficking. The United States is host to around 60,000 of those victims.
Bodily autonomy is a term that dictates how we carry, use and control our own bodies. It plays a role in how we situate ourselves in everyday issues, legal situations and even medical responsibilities — especially when it comes to abortion rights. By giving states the individual rights to regulate abortion services, many movements and ideologies have been pushing the public to oppose women's rights to those services. These pro-life groups push to limit women's rights to have control over her own body.