Letter to the Editor

Urban Dictionary defines “slut” as “a disgrace to all women … someone who sleeps around,” and “stud” as “slang for someone very attractive … basically a badass.” Though Urban Dictionary is not a source for technical definitions, it may be used as an indicator of modern cultural perceptions. In the March 14 issue of this publication, an Op-Ed implied that the word “slut” is a valid characterization of 21st century women with multiple sexual partners. The Op-Ed went on to insinuate that “stud” is a title earned by men who have sex with multiple women because men have to “put more effort into getting laid, [while women] only [have] to ask.” 

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Letter to the Editor

As a queer woman, I find myself utterly confused by [the article] “Queer Should Not Be Reclaimed” [from the March 14 article from The Lamron]. While I would like to give the author the benefit of the doubt, the piece not only overlooks the vast history of reclamation the word has within their own community, but fails to address the word’s importance within some transgender spaces with the term “genderqueer,” or queer as a bridge between “non-normative” gender and sexuality. 

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United States military draft should include all genders

The United States is considering deeming military drafts gender-inclusive, according to The New York Times. Currently, only able-bodied American men aged 18-25 are required to register for the Selective Service System, which is the nation’s apparatus for issuing mandatory enlistment into national service.  

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All college majors should be respected, taken seriously regardless potential success of discipline after graduation

One of the most common questions asked when first meeting a fellow college student is “What major are you?” This is a great conversation starter—either two strangers find something in common or they can explain their majors to each other. Sadly, that is not why most people ask it; instead, it is often used to help form an idea about what that person is like.

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United States should follow New Zealand’s example of mass shootings prevention

In the wake of the devastating shooting at two New Zealand mosques on March 15, people around the world have offered prayers and continue to hope for gun reform. After the mass shooting that killed 50 people, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday March 21 that the government will ban assault rifles, semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines, according to CNN.        

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Celebrity endorsement of harmful weight-loss products must end

Out of all the reality shows, spin-offs and scandals in the world, there isn’t a family more polarizing than the Kardashians. They’re both loved and hated—aggressively. 

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Low administration transparency ranking reflects frequent claims of Geneseo students

Geneseo was ranked among the least transparent out of 10 Western New York colleges and universities evaluated in a report released by the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government on March 8. 

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“Queer” should not be reclaimed given its painful history as a slur

The word “queer” has undergone something of a renaissance during the past few decades. Colleges are implementing “queer studies” programs, the LGBT+ acronym has been expanded to become LGBTQ+ in many uses and more and more people are using it as a term of endearment. 

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Pressure for immigrants to adopt “American” names strips them of significant cultural identity

United States immigrants are often pressured to choose an “American” name in place of their non-American birth names. This common practice stems from many reasons including easier pronunciation, less chance of discrimination and appreciation for their nation of refuge. 

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Differences within dating culture give merit to gendered labels

In the realm of dating, it has often been said that men who have multiple female sex partners are considered “studs,” but women who have multiple sexual encounters with men are classified as “sluts.” 

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Cancel culture is counterproductive, harmful to well-being of celebrities

It’s no secret that one must use caution when posting online—everything that’s posted is permanent. Whether it’s those spring break pictures from the Caribbean or that angsty teenage poetry on Tumblr, everything floats around in cyberspace forever. 

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Fictionalized accounts of true crime should be viewed critically rather than as entertainment

With the anticipated release of Hulu’s newest original series “The Act” less than a week away, it’s time society reevaluates its relationship with true crime stories. Following the life of convicted murderer Gypsy Blanchard through dramatic reenactment, “The Act” is expected to fall in line with other popular true crime media by exaggerating and glorifying the gruesome reality.

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College admissions conspiracy highlights corruption, privilege

News of perhaps the largest college admissions scandal in the United States broke on Tuesday March 12. More than 50 wealthy parents were involved in a bribery scheme that allowed their unqualified children admission to some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. 

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Public must educate themselves regarding universal impacts of fentanyl, drug abuse

Thursday March 7 marks the six-month anniversary of rapper Mac Miller’s death. Before his accidental overdose, Miller was active on Instagram and he was set to start touring in October 2018. Things seemed okay for Miller—normal, even. 

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People should ignore harmful body image standards, embrace self-love

Body image is an increasingly prevalent issue, especially with the expansive use of social media. Models on Instagram portray a supposedly “picture-perfect” figure and Facebook advertisements depict weight-loss supplements for a “summer body,” but none of these portrayals come anywhere close to an accurate depiction of the average human. 

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Problematic Kardashian family empire must fall, viewers should redirect attention elsewhere

It’s no secret that the Kardashian-Jenner family is one of the most famous families in Hollywood today. With the whole world able to see into their lives through “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and their constant social media posts, this family feeds off of the attention given to them from any medium possible.

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Restrictions on laptop use in class should be eliminated

When entering Geneseo, students are asked to sign a contract with the school, stating they will adhere to the guidelines of the Student Code of Conduct. Within the Student Code of Conduct, it says it is mandatory to own or have access to a laptop to attend the college. What the college fails to recognize is that laptops cost anything from $800 to $2,000, an amount of money that most people do not have lying around. 

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Social media organizations must properly protect, compensate content moderators

Thanks to content moderators, the unseen heroes of social media, people can be relatively positive they won’t stumble across something extremely graphic or triggering on their feed. Everyone deserves to feel safe while scrolling and to know that the disturbing content others post is being monitored and removed relatively quickly.  

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Geneseo must expand, simplify dining options for people with specific dietary restrictions

Geneseo prides itself on its abundance of food options, specifically for people with dietary restrictions. In fact, Geneseo’s apparent abundance of options is so coveted that it is highlighted on campus tours for perspective freshmen. 

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Professors should be given education training to optimize student learning outcomes

As a student here at Geneseo, it has become increasingly evident that the academic staff is filled with intelligent and talented individuals. This fact, however, does not always make them the best candidates to relay their knowledge to students.

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