Harvard Discourages Single-Gender Student Clubs And Something Should Be Done About It

Harvard Discourages Single-Gender Student Clubs And Something Should Be Done About It

Elle Woods would not approve.

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Recently, a 2016 rule went in effect for freshmen last year, discouraging them from joining single-gender clubs.

The rule stated that if they were to join a single-gender club, they would not be allowed to be a leader of campus groups or a captain of a sports team. This has resulted in two sororities and fraternities filing lawsuits against Harvard University.

Due to the lawsuits, the rule has been brought to the attention of the public and students are not happy. Sororities all over America are taking a stand, including here at the University of South Carolina. We're standing up for Harvard students to have the opportunity to be a part of Greek Life organizations because of what these groups provide for us.

They provide us with countless opportunities to get involved, better our schooling/careers, and the ability to meet influential people. They, more importantly, allow us to find a sense of belonging in college and form forever bonds with people. I'm not here to sell you on joining a single-gender group or club but I do believe that students should have the ability to make their own decisions about being in them without repercussions.

Being in a sorority myself, this is a topic that is extremely concerning. I do not see why being a member of a group that should be looked upon as positive is affecting people in a negative way. While there are the typical stereotypes that come along with being a Greek life member, these organizations are an extreme benefit for college students. They give us job opportunities, study sessions/materials to help with difficult classes, and leadership roles. So many students from universities all over the country feel the same way.

This has resulted in the formation of a petition, more than 60,000 people have signed it and college students are hoping it will make a difference in how Harvard values these organizations.

Along with the four Greek life groups, two male students are suing Harvard as well. They were not given leadership roles within the university because of this rule and the negative stigma it has created.

While sororities and fraternities are a big part of single-gender clubs, they are not the only ones being discriminated against. Acapella groups that are single gender also fall under this rule along with other social clubs which have no participation or have closed.

This rule has left students questioning Harvard's values considering that a good portion of these groups were created for women by women.

If you would like to get more information or take action by signing a petition, go to www.standuptoharvard.org.

You can help young men and women of Harvard have the ability to be engaged leaders on campus while still being a member of a social organization that can better them immensely.

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

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To Fix Taxes, We Have To Rethink 'Wealthy'

"Wealthy" doesn't mean the same for everyone.

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When discussing taxes today, so many politicians are quick to rush to the adage "tax the rich." Bernie Sanders has called for the rich to be taxed higher to pay for Medicare for All. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for a 70% tax on the wealthy.

However, all of these proposals are missing a key thing: a true definition of rich.

When thinking about what counts as rich, it is important to distinguish between the "working wealthy" and the "investment wealthy."

The working wealthy are the people in society that get paid highly because they have a high skill set and provide an extremely valuable service that they deserve just compensation for. This class is made up of professionals like lawyers, doctors, and CEOs. In addition, the working wealthy are characterized by another crucial aspect: over a long term calculation of their earned income over time, they don't come out as prosperous as their annual incomes would seem to suggest. This is because this set of the wealthy has to plunge into student debt for degrees that take years to acquire. These jobs generally also require a huge amount of time invested in lower-paying positions, apprenticeships, and internships before the big-money starts coming in.

On the other hand, the investment wealthy is completely different. These are the people that merely sit back and manipulate money without truly contributing to anything in society. A vast majority of this class is born into money and they use investments into stocks and bonds as well as tax loopholes to generate their money without actually contributing much to society as a whole.

What makes the investment wealthy so different from the working wealthy is their ability to use manipulative techniques to avoid paying taxes. While the working wealthy are rich, they do not have AS many resources or connections to manipulate tax laws the way that the investment wealthy can. The investment wealthy has access to overseas banking accounts to wash money though. The investment wealthy can afford lawyers to comb over tax laws and find loopholes for ridiculous prices. This is tax evasion that the working wealthy simply does not have access to.

That is why it is so incredibly important to make sure that we distinguish between the two when discussing tax policy. When we use blanket statements like "tax the rich," we forget the real reasons that the investment wealthy are able to pay such low taxes now. Imposing a larger marginal tax rate will only give them more incentive to move around taxes while squeezing the working wealthy even more.

Because of this, in our taxation discourse, we need to focus first on making sure people pay their taxes, to begin with. Things like a tax of Wall Street speculation, capital gains taxes, a closing of loopholes, and a simplification of the tax code. These things will have a marked improvement in making sure that the investment wealthy actually pays the taxes we already expect of them now. If we stick to the same message, the only thing we will be changing is the rate that the uber-wealthy are avoiding.

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