Who’s controlling birth?

On June 24 of this year, the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, dismantling federal legal protection for women seeking abortions. It was a Friday, and I was working at a summer camp without access to my phone or the news. As campers were leaving on Saturday morning,...

Let’s Vote Mississippi

The voting season has generally been lax here in Mississippi, which isn’t a good thing. Even with seemingly less at stake, midterms matter.  That should go without saying, right? Not so much. It’s a well-known fact that midterm voting turnout has always been lower than general elections, which includes presidential...

An Explanation For Our Separation

It is easier to attack a person's character when you have no idea who they truly are.  Whether it’s because of race, political party affiliation or a preferred football team, we quickly categorize people based on the most minor, irrelevant details about them. But the truth is that we see...

Redefining abuse

Graphic by Sedley Normand. A common entertainment trope of a distraught lover entrapped by a manipulative, abusive partner. Characters become imprisoned in relationships, whether it be in pursuit of an image or status. In these films, plays or shows, it’s easy to label that behavior, for example, Ike in “What’s...

Empower women, shed standards

Not to go all Carrie Bradshaw on you, but I have some thoughts about sex. More specifically, the double standard when it comes to the sexual narrative.  I can’t count how many times I have heard a woman justify her sexual decisions, among both strangers and close friends. And in...

The story outside of breast cancer

Graphic by Sedley Norman. Margaret Hurley grew up in Elkhart, Ind., surrounded by 10 brothers and sisters. After graduating high school, she married Ron Hurley and moved across the country as her husband finished a deployment in the Air Force. Two sons and a daughter later, Margaret and her husband...

The suffocation of Blackness

Graphic by Sedley Normand. Living in Mississippi as an African American can leave you experiencing negative assumptions, different connotations, changing views and many perspectives. Even so, you always come back to one trait: your race. Your Blackness in life is inescapable but in predominantly white spaces, it can leave you...

Buzzwords do not equate to change

Diversity, equity and inclusion are buzzwords in today’s political and social landscape with every company, brand and organization setting up some sort of team or statement that addresses the issues that have been present for decades associated with these topics. This year marks the 60th anniversary of integration at the...

The power of perspective

As the 60th anniversary of the integration at the University of Mississippi continues, the University of Mississippi will celebrate, honor and reflect upon the legacy of James Meredith. This fall, the Overby Center is hosting a variety of events to commemorate what took place on this campus 60 years ago....

The impact of racism is far from over

Last week, during celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, many festivities focused on how the university was able to leave racism in the past and look forward to a brighter, more inclusive future.  Many events, articles, lectures and exhibits focus on the first African...

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