Editorials

Jagmeet Singh’s Tik Tok campaign should make voters think about the relationship between politicians and social media

New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jagmeet Singh has gone viral for using Tik Tok videos to outline his political campaign. Although his strategy might be a move in the right direction, this union of politics and entertainment is a reminder of larger social media concerns.Continue...

The Texas government is pushing women down a rabbit hole of shame, isolation, and targeting

Even in the progressive Western world, there are women who are fighting for a chance to survive, let alone thrive.Continue...

Queen’s community must unite to encourage confidence in personal cultural identity

Families house cultural roots, passed on from parents to children for generations. Moving away from home can make it difficult to continue these traditions and to preserve one’s personal cultural identity.Continue...

Editors’ Note: Queer Issue

The Queen’s Journal Vol. 149 Issue 2 is our inaugural Queer Issue. In honour of Pride month, this Issue will take a special look at queer voices at Queen’s. It celebrates the joy and community created by queer students, highlights some of the work that needs to be done on-campus and abroad, and takes a look at some of the foundations of Pride.Continue...

Healthy emotional expression is key in developing men’s identities

Outdated and toxic expectations of masculinity discourage men from emotional self-expression. But it doesn’t have to be this way—we can change these harmful values.Continue...

The false dichotomy between queerness and Islam only hurts queer people

You can either be queer or you can be Muslim.Continue...

Elitism around math reflects flawed education priorities

The standardized method of teaching math and the overbearing importance placed on the subject begs a re-evaluation of how we prioritize subjects in the education system at large.Continue...

Queen’s should implement a vaccine mandate for students living in residence this fall

While Canada’s vaccine supply is growing, so is speculation about and pushback against requiring vaccinations on campuses.Continue...

Queen’s needs to stop defending its academic prowess through privileged metrics

When I woke up on April 21 and checked Instagram, every account affiliated with Queen’s was running one eye-grabbing headline: “Queen’s ranks first in Canada and fifth in the world in global impact rankings.”Continue...

France is promoting Islamophobia under the façade of secularism

In the last week, social media has been buzzing over the news of France’s proposed hijab ban for women under the age of 18. In their attempt to save and “liberate” young Muslim women from their faith, the French government is oppressing women under a façade of secularism.Continue...

Queen’s must revaluate its relationship with the police

Queen’s University must begin distancing itself from systems of policing.Continue...

Dear Body Shamers: A woman’s weight is not indicative of her health

In a society that privileges toxic, Eurocentric ideals of thin bodies, women—particularly women of colour—suffer.Continue...

Racism is as deadly as the pandemic. Queen’s Student Code of Conduct should reflect that.

The University is using the Student Code of Conduct to punish off-campus public health violations , claiming it applies because they threaten university operations. Yet this so-called loophole hasn’t been used to address off-campus acts of racism—a notable double standard that shows Queen’s administration cares more about public image than student safety.Continue...

After a year of remote learning, professors must commit to academic accommodations

Universities can’t keep letting professors set impossibly rigid standards when it comes to coursework, especially in the middle of a pandemic. The need for extensions is inevitable, and professors must accept that.Continue...

We need to start taking gendered micro-aggressions seriously

By now, it should be common knowledge that rape and misogynist culture lives on a spectrum not only including the worst, most violent actions, but micro-aggressions as well.Continue...

Sports must invest in its female athletes

When women’s sports don’t receive the same resources and funding as their male counterparts, they’re set up to fail. The vast difference in men’s and women’s weight rooms in the NCAA bubble proves that—and is a sign things need to change.Continue...

Women’s safety should be a priority—not a luxury

Women shouldn’t have to stay home past dark to stay safe.Continue...

Not every hobby needs to be a side hustle

Since the start of the pandemic, many have had more flexibility built into their schedules to pursue new or existing interests.Continue...

Supporting a culturally diverse campus is essential

When it comes to teaching students about other cultures, the way schools go about teaching them is vital.Continue...

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