“Mean Girls,” famously penned by possible goddess Tina Fey, features the word slut numerous times. Its uses range from what girls are allowed to be on Halloween to the ultimate insult Regina uses on herself to incriminate her friends. Slut is a fixture in our lexicon, a label we use to be degrading, and honestly, I don’t like it. I’m against slut-shaming for many reasons, and if most people thought about it, they would not be so into it either.
Let me start out with being amazingly clear on this. I, in no way shape or form, remotely support cancer as a disease. It’s an awful, devastating thing to happen. My father died of cancer when I was seventeen after having it for five years and his mother had breast cancer twice, so in absolutely no way am I trivializing it. However, it’s now Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I feel we need address the fact that breast cancer has been reduced to a fad in our society. I want to address this even though I know my opinion will be considered unpopular.
There is an old piece of wisdom when it comes judging character. You can tell what a person is really like by how they treat people doing them a service. This includes waiters, cleaning staff, office clerks and bus drivers. Judging by some passenger’s behavior, there are a bunch of heartless students with poor character here.
A huge percentage of us take the bus. As a student who lives off campus, I frequent the express, but I have ridden a bunch of them. And while many of us take the bus, a slightly lesser percentage act like terrible people the minute they ascend those steps.
There are about 1,000 undergraduates who identify as Jewish at Stony Brook University, and I am one of them. My name is Hillary Steinberg, and if you are familiar with…