If we as a University do not address issues such as discrimination, especially regarding admissions, we will never truly be the prestigious institution we claim to be. Additionally, if students and other members of the UCLA community continue to pass judgment on other humans simply based on race, we can never reach our full potential as a positive influence on the community.
This seems so un-UCLA that I cannot wrap my mind around it. I’m shaken by the fact that this book was approved for a UCLA course, first of all. Beyond that, though, I’m shaken by the idea a professor chose a book that they knew would alienate half of their students and decided that it was fine.
“Gender equality isn’t about conforming to a masculine ideal but accepting the idea that both masculinity and femininity are equal.”
It can be difficult for people who live in fully developed nations, like the United States, to fathom that there are children in the world struggling to get a grade-school education. But the reality is, “Right now, 66 million girls are out of school globally”. This is one of many haunting statistics revealed in 2013…
“There’s that misconception that feminists want to be perceived in the way where we don’t want to shave our legs or armpits. But the thing is, you’re as much of a feminist as someone who does shave their legs and armpits.”
“I rebelled in high school and became anti-religious. That’s why I’m a feminist.”
“Feminism is about equality among all people. Among sexes and genders not just for women. It’s a broad term for all different peoples that are deserving of equality.”
“I think the point of feminism is not to just body slam you with one side of the story, but give you the freedom of choice. True feminism respects all women’s choices, even if it’s something you personally disagree with.”
Paige Mac Millan, a junior at UCLA, considers herself a feminist. However, she did not always have these strong feelings toward gender equality.
“With a big campus like UCLA, we’re like our own city. And in our own city, we need to be aware of what is happening in our community. To let victims know it was not their fault and to help empower them and make them feel supported. At the end of the day, if we could just affect one person, that is a key goal and an accomplishment, even if we can make one person think twice. Our goal is to spread awareness and provide an opening for a conversation.”