THIS WEEK IN THE CLEANSE: Haiti Has Been Fighting U.S. Racism Since 1804. And isn’t that the truth?

By Lydia Shiel, Staff Columnist The past four months have been particularly fruitful as far as horrifying news concerning international relations with Haiti go. But then again, so have the past 200 years.   Dick Durbin informed us at the beginning of the year that Donald Trump referred to Haiti and some unnamed African nations as sh**holes [...]

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Why I’m Tired of Getting a Gold Star for Being a Male Feminist, and Why You Should Be, Too.

When I’m meeting someone for the first time, no matter who they are, this conversation always seems to happen in one of two ways. Both cases always start when I share my [...]

In Search of My Mother’s Garden

During the spring semester of my junior year, I took four different Women’s & Gender Studies classes and all four placed a heavy focus on feminist literature and theory. [...]

UNC, It’s Time You Heard About… The Empowerment of a Women’s and Gender Studies Education

Public attacks against the Women’s & Gender Studies (WGST) curriculum at UNC and other institutions charged that these programs are unable to produce students with tangible [...]

Who Needs Feminism?

Alerted by social media that the UNC chapter of Omega Phi Beta sorority was undertaking a Who Needs Feminism photo shoot in the fall of 2012, I walked to the Pit, eager to see [...]

Finding Feminism at Carolina

Gloria Steinem is the founder of Ms. Magazine. Betty Friedan is the author of “The Feminine Mystique” and founder of the National Organization for Women. Angela Davis is a [...]

External Formulas to Self-Authorship

One of the first books I read in graduate school was Marcia Baxter Magolda’s Learning Partnerships. In this book, Baxter Magolda introduces the idea of self-authorship and [...]


Mu(Sick) Lyrics: by Madiha Bhatti So I heard this song the other day That objectified women in every way That doesn’t narrow it down much But it was pretty [...]

Calling Out Cat-Callers

The Siren's Photo Campaign to Stop Street Harassment: How Street Harassment Hurts People and What You Can Do To Help The widespread and insidious nature of street [...]

Types of -isms

A vast amount of confusion surrounds the preferred terminology used by contemporary feminisms when encapsulating the complete definition of each feminist theory. Usage of [...]

Why we revamped the Siren

Identifying yourself as a feminist must mean that you are man-hating or bra-burning person. These misconceptions about feminists cause many to misunderstand and stray away [...]