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‘Freedom Convoy 2022’: a show of disrespect and hypocrisy

For several weeks, there have been gatherings across ‘Canada’ of those who believe they are members of a ‘Freedom Convoy.’
Marvel heroes, graphic by Sie Douglas-Fish.

True diversity in Marvel movies is lacking

Marvel has missed the mark in achieving true racial diversity. They have made some progress towards greater representation of racialized groups, but still lack in diversifying the main popular characters…
News Unsettled Native Students Union column

Take a moment of reflection before you speak

I have been in the Indigenous Studies (IS) program at UVic for over three and a half years. It is almost perfect. The faculty is amazing, the content is informative…
A white flower, photo by Sie Douglas-Fish.

Why the portrayal of virginity in the media is harmful

In the popular TV show Jane the Virgin, the opening scene involves the young protagonist Jane learning about female purity from her grandmother. Jane’s grandmother shows her a beautiful flower…

It’s okay to be gender apathetic

When it comes to gender identity, words matter. Often, preventing acts of discrimination starts with learning these words. The right words can signify respect, recognition, and affirmation, while the wrong…

Non-binary reflections on a society that “doesn’t get it”

From straight-up insults to seemingly inconspicuous glances to totally inappropriate questions, a lot of the problems that non-binary folks face come from lack of exposure and education. Much like with…

The hidden surge of eating disorders during the pandemic

As we’ve all experienced over the past two years, the increase in COVID-19 infections brings along with it heavily imposed restrictions. These restrictions create disruptions in our daily routines involving…

UVic Mechanical Engineering curriculum facilitates a culture of social disconnect

Engineering is generally perceived as a highly technical field of study with no shortage of complex math and physics. Yet engineering, at its core, looks to develop solutions for society’s…
People dancing, photo by Kaya Martin.

A eulogy for our lost years of dance

Try to think back to the last time you were dancing in a room full of people. Picture the low lights, the flailing limbs that brush against yours, the hot…