Stop Shaming Students For Attending Michigan State

Stop Shaming Students For Attending Michigan State

We’re angry and we want change, but we still love our school.
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The events that have transpired at Michigan State lately have shook me to my core. You hear about these horrible things happening at universities, but when it happens at yours, you can’t help but feel a disgust for the school you go to.

I first came to Michigan State around the same time Larry Nassar was fired. My roommate, being a journalist, kept me updated on the story. Soon I forgot all about it. That was until I returned to school the following fall.

The story I had forgotten began to unravel quickly. The story I once didn’t know much about was all anyone could talk about. Heinous acts of sexual abuse committed on this campus, by a member of the faculty that young girls were supposed to be able to trust. How could this happen here?

It’s no secret Michigan State has an issue with sexual assault, but this was so much more than that. I couldn’t believe this was happening here, at the school I chose to attend. I’m still shocked and saddened by the events that took place on this campus. I feel for the victims and respect their bravery in coming forward. And it gives me hope in seeing so many students stand up and give their utmost support to these victims.

With the recent events, not only has Michigan State been the target of hateful remarks, but the students have too. Before I continue, I want to make clear that the events that happened on this campus are disgusting and inexcusable, and that every member of faculty involved should be punished. But what I don’t agree with is the shaming that every student here has endured for attending this school since these events transpired.

We didn’t choose for this to happen. We are furious that something so horrible could happen at the place we are supposed to feel safe, and the place we choose to call our home three quarters of the year. But in no way are the students responsible for what happened. We’re as shocked and hurt as everyone else learning about what has happened here over the years. But what does shaming us do? What does it help? We didn’t play a hand in what happened, so why are we made to feel guilty about the school we’ve chosen to attend?

I chose to go to Michigan State because I wanted to get the best education I could. Coming from a small town, I wanted to be apart of something bigger, something exciting. As upset as I am with what happened here, I still love my school. Why am I being shamed for that?

Fans from other schools are quick to bring up the sexual abuse that has happened here to try and tear me and others down, and make me feel as bad as I can for attending Michigan State. I just don’t see how that’s fair. Just the other day one of my friends was told by someone that she shouldn’t be wearing her MSU sweatshirt. What used to be playful banter with others on the MSU v. U of M feud has turned into snarky remarks like, “How’s your rapey school?” These comments aren’t just disrespectful to students here, they’re disrespectful to the victims. To turn their abuse into a way to try and justify whatever college sports team they support is better than MSU is disgusting.

I don’t care if you aren’t a fan of MSU. I don’t care if you’re a U of M fan or an OSU fan. Bringing up the recent sexual abuse scandal that happened here to try and bring us down for attending Michigan State is unfair and wrong. Just like I didn’t think it was fair to shame Stanford students during the Brock Turner scandal, I don’t think it’s fair now. It’s wrong and it’s low. Don’t think for one second that not every student here is angry about what happened. We were all shocked and upset when the story broke, and we still are.

The students at Michigan State are NOT to blame for what happened. You know who is to blame? Larry Nassar. And every single member of the faculty who didn’t do anything to stop what was happening. I’m sick of people trying to make me feel like a bad person for the school I’m attending.

Even though I’m disgusted at the events that have occurred here, I still love Michigan State. I’m still grateful that I’m able to go to school here. I still believe Michigan State is a great school. The actions of those who have done wrong here do not represent the students that go here.

We stand with the victims and want everyone involved to receive the punishments that they deserve. We’re angry and we want change, but we still love our school. Stop shaming us just for the fact that we attend Michigan State.

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No, I Don't Have To Tell You I'm Trans Before Dating You

Demanding trans people come out to potential partners is transphobic.
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In 2014, Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina woman, was brutally murdered after having sex with a U.S. marine. The marine in question, Joseph Scott Pemberton, strangled her until she was unconscious and then proceeded to drown her in a toilet bowl.

Understandably, this crime triggered a lot of outrage. But while some were outraged over the horrific nature of the crime, many others were outraged by a different detail in the story. That was because Jennifer Laude had done the unspeakable. She was a trans woman and had not disclosed that information before having sex with Pemberton. So in the minds of many cis people, her death was the price she paid for not disclosing her trans status. Here are some of the comments on CNN's Facebook page when the story broke.

As a trans person, I run into this attitude all the time. I constantly hear cis people raging about how a trans person is "lying" if they don't come out to a potential partner before dating them. Pemberton himself claimed that he felt like he was "raped" because Laude did not come out to him. Even cis people that fashion themselves as "allies" tend to feel similar.

Their argument is that they aren't not attracted to trans people, so they should have a right to know if a potential partner is trans before dating them. These people view transness as a mere physical quality that they just aren't attracted to.

The issue with this logic is that the person in question is obviously attracted to trans people, or else they wouldn't be worried about accidentally going out with one. So these people aren't attracted to trans people because of some physical quality, they aren't attracted to trans people because they are disgusted by the very idea of transness.

Disgust towards trans people is ingrained in all of us from a very early age. The gender binary forms the basis of European societies. It establishes that there are men and there are women, and each has a specific role. For the gender binary to have power, it has to be rigid and inflexible. Thus, from the day we are born, we are taught to believe in a very static and strict form of gender. We learn that if you have a penis, you are a man, and if you have a vagina, you are a woman. Trans people are walking refutations of this concept of gender. Our very existence threatens to undermine the gender binary itself. And for that, we are constantly demonized. For example, trans people, mainly women of color, continue to be slaughtered in droves for being trans.

The justification of transphobic oppression is often that transness is inherently disgusting. For example, the "trans panic" defense still exists to this day. This defense involves the defendant asking for a lesser sentence after killing a trans person because they contend that when they found out the victim was trans, they freaked out and couldn't control themselves. This defense is still legal in every state but California.

And our culture constantly reinforces the notion that transness is undesirable. For example, there is the common trope in fictional media in which a male protagonist is "tricked" into sleeping with a trans woman. The character's disgust after finding out is often used as a punchline.

Thus, not being attracted to trans people is deeply transphobic. The entire notion that someone isn't attracted to a group of very physically diverse group of people because they are trans is built on fear and disgust of trans people. None of this means it is transphobic to not be attracted to individual trans people. Nor is it transphobic to not be attracted to specific genitals. But it is transphobic to claim to not be attracted to all trans, people. For example, there is a difference between saying you won't go out with someone for having a penis and saying you won't go out with someone because they're trans.

So when a cis person argues that a trans person has an obligation to come out to someone before dating them, they are saying trans people have an obligation to accommodate their transphobia. Plus, claiming that trans people are obligated to come out reinforces the idea that not being attracted to trans people is reasonable. But as I've pointed out, not being attracted to trans people supports the idea that transness is disgusting which is the basis for transphobic oppression.

The one scenario in which I would say a trans person should disclose their trans status is if they are going to have sex with someone and are unsure if their partner is attracted to whatever genitals they may have. In that case, I think it's courteous for a trans person to come out to avoid any awkwardness during sex. But even then, a trans person isn't "lying" if they don't come out and their partner is certainly not being "raped."

It is easy to look at the story of Jennifer Laude and claim that her death was due to the actions of one bigot. But it's more complicated than that. Pemberton was the product of a society that told him that disgust towards trans people was reasonable and natural. So when he found out that he accidentally slept with a trans woman, he killed her.

Every single cis person that says that trans people have to come out because they aren't attracted to trans people feeds into the system that caused Jennifer Laude's death. And until those cis people acknowledge their complicity in that system, there will only be more like Jennifer Laude.

SEE ALSO: Yes, You Absolutely Need To Tell Someone You're Trans Before Dating

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10 Men That Will Change Your Mind About Hair Loss

It happens to the best of them, but these men look better with a bald head!

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Hair loss is such a common thing for men to face as they get older. As a society, I feel as though we typically frown upon it. This is probably the case due to the amount of hair transplants and hair products to stop hair loss and start hair growth. However, there are some men who can make the hair loss turn into a great thing because of how good they look bald. So, I have found the best looking bald men (in my opinion, of course!) and put them all into one list for your viewing pleasure!

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1. Will Smith

First of all, I am extremely bias because I believe that Will Smith is the best looking man on this planet (even my boyfriend knows this!). Second, Will Smith is not always bald, but when he is, he tops the list of all bald men. In his role of Deadshot in Suicide Squad, Will was rocking the bald cut and looked absolutely amazing while doing so. 10/10, would recommend.

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2. Idris Elba

Once again, another man that is not usually bald but when he is, he sure does kill. Idris Elba is such a great looking man and has an even better sounding voice. What is better than a man with an accent that looks good bald?


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3. Dwayne Johnson

We all know that the Rock is a favorite among women. He is tall, handsome and has the big strong muscles. Not to mention he plays the sweet father role well and has a great sense of humor. But the most impressive part of him is that he can be bald and pull it off VERY well!

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4. Morris Chestnut

Such a beautiful man with an amazing smile. I am not sure how someone could not love the appearance of Morris Chestnut. Did I mention his smile?

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5. Shemar Moore

Another man with no hair that steals the show with a great smile is Shemar Moore. His bald head stands out in a great way and I think it would be impossible to have this type of list without Shemar on it.

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6. Kobe Bryant

Not only is the MVP of basketball but he might be the MVM (most valued man) of the bald men out there! Once again, another beautiful smile. Not to mention, he's extremely talented.

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7. LL Cool J

A singer and an actor, representing the best of the bald men out there. Such a beautiful smile (are we seeing a trend here?) and an even better looking man. Could not leave LL Cool J off of this list either.

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8. Tyrese Gibson

Another man who can definitely give a positive view on being bald and losing your hair, Tyrese has been doing the look justice for a long time now.

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9. Vin Diesel

We all know him from the Fast and the Furious, but let's recognize that he is a great looking man, rocking the bald head look. We love the movies and we love him. Go you Vin Diesel, keep rocking out and winning over all of our hearts (and eyes!).

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10. Common

What common lacks in hair on his head he gains in facial hair. I swear he has one of the best beards ever. Also, those freckles? Hello? So cute!

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Hopefully, after seeing as these wonderful men absolutely slaying the bald look, you'll think twice about hair loss (whether you're a man or a woman!).

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