Editorials

Men should be feminists, but not just for themselves

Anyone who considers themselves a feminist must be actively participating in dismantling misogyny in all its forms, not just those which directly impact them. This standard has to extend to men in feminism as well.Continue...

Canada should sever ties with the British royals—now, rather than later

Barbados’ recent split from the royal family has renewed calls for Canada to do the same. It should.Continue...

Journalism, not just Ryerson, has a discrimination problem

An open letter from students alleges the Ryerson School of Journalism fails to properly represent and support BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ students. Ryerson should be paying attention—but so should journalism bodies as a whole.Continue...

Queen’s must commit to a plan for the fall term

As Queen’s decides how and when to implement its back-to-campus framework, it’s vital the University is realistic and transparent about what the fall and winter terms might look like. Given how unpredictable the pandemic has been, committing to an online or hybrid year is the best call.Continue...

Fast fashion is taking a toll on the environment. Our consumer habits can change that.

The fast fashion industry contributes to an endless void of textile wastage and excessive pollution that we don’t need more of. We must hold this industry’s companies accountable, adjusting our own consumer habits to do so.Continue...

Celebrities don’t owe us an explanation of their sexuality

Celebrities like Harry Styles and Taylor Swift have long been accused of queerbaiting, embracing gender fluidity without being openly queer. While it’s true these celebrities might profit off questions surrounding their sexuality, we must avoid policing people’s sexuality.Continue...

Online discussion of social issues should be accompanied by offscreen advocacy

When it comes to societal change, mass media is an important site for representation and advocacy, but it still has limitations. While talking about social issues online is important, these discussions should be accompanied by tangible action.Continue...

In defense of YA literature: teenage experiences are valuable, too

A lot of people put down Young Adult (YA) literature. Not only is it considered less valuable than other literary genres by the academic English community, but the general public often frowns upon readers of the genre who lie outside of its targeted age demographic. It’s labelled unrealistic, inconsequential, and just plain cheesy.Continue...

Sex has a place in teen shows. Sexualization of teenagers doesn’t.

Exploring one’s sexuality is a cornerstone of many teens’ real-life experiences. While it’s important to explore this sexuality in television, it’s equally important to avoid sexualizing the underage characters themselves.Continue...

Ford wants to restore the Student Choice Initiative during a pandemic. It’s a low blow.

The Student Choice Initiative (SCI) had devastating consequences for students and student clubs when it was implemented in 2019. Bringing it back now—in the midst of a pandemic—will only harm students more.Continue...

The world needs to boycott the Beijing Olympics. Canada should take the lead.

In 1936, the world was faced with a choice: either attend the Berlin Olympics, hosted by the Nazi regime, or stay home in protest of Germany’s brutal human’s rights violations. We chose wrong.Continue...

Women aren’t suffering ‘imposter syndrome.’ They’re experiencing workplace discrimination.

Too often, the phrase “imposter syndrome” is thrown around to describe women’s feelings of inadequacy in the workplace. In many cases, the words shield a much larger problem: discrimination in the workplace.Continue...

Black creators are using TikTok to educate. We should all pay attention.

TikTok is home to more than just dances and funny videos; for many, it’s a platform to discuss social issues in need of more attention.Continue...

Looking for a job this summer? Think about tree planting.

Being a university student is tough, especially during the summer, when most of us aren’t actually studying. For those of us who can’t find—or aren’t in the right faculties for—lucrative internships or experience-building research positions, the summer can be an outright slog, characterized by low pay, high work hours, and little personal or professional fulfilment.Continue...

Editors' Note: Black History Month Issue

The Queen’s Journal, Issue 21, was originally intended to be our first Black History Month Issue. While we campaigned for Black contributors and planned extensive Black History Month content, we were unable to garner the amount of engagement from Black students we had hoped for.

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Being healthy isn’t about perfection, especially in a pandemic

Like everything else, healthy eating has been further complicated by the pandemic. Maintaining our health-inspired habits is important, but by no means demands perfection—especially now.Continue...

Editors' Note: The Queen's Journal BIPOC Advisory Board

This past November, The Journal formed its first BIPOC Advisory Board. An idea first suggested by Aysha Tabassum, incoming co-Editor in Chief and current Features Editor, the Board will bring much needed representation from Queen’s BIPOC community to The Journal’s editorial board.

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Onscreen abortion representation is vital, but has its limits

Abortion isn’t just a right; it’s a choice made by women every day. Mainstream media should represent the procedure as such—at the very least an option, if not a decision made—though we can’t rely on Hollywood to do the heavy lifting when it comes to improving access to abortion and contraceptives.Continue...

Queen’s didn’t tell students it’d missed its fundraising deadline for the JDUC. Now what?

This year, undergraduate students paid $40 each to support turning the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) into a more sustainable, accessible, and modern building through the mandatory JDUC Redevelopment Fee established by the AMS.Continue...

As a journalist, tweeting hate speech has consequences—as it should

It’s well within a newspaper’s rights to fire staff with cause—especially if that staff member is expressing hateful views.

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