page 10 The Signal December 7, 2016
Trump could spell trouble for women’s rights By Vincent Aldazabal
After Donald Trump was elected the next president of the U.S., some feared that there could be a national ban on abortion, which would likely threaten the biological and psychological security and health of American women. During the late 20th century, Nicolae Ceausescu a fascist dictator in Romania, forced women to sacrifice their mental and physical health, and caused one of the world’s greatest orphan crisis. Bans on abortion in Romania were underpinned by the state’s invasion into the sexual practices of private citizens and by a strictly enforced national quota — women were expected to provide the Romanian nation-state with at least three or four children. I was adopted from Campulung, Romania, at age 2. I am a product of fascism, the totalitarian horrors of Nicolae Ceausescu and one of the most severe orphan crises the world has ever seen.
National bans, or partial bans that forced women to obtain dangerous birth control alternatives in Romania, led to mass health epidemics, economic turmoil, widespread depression, despair and alcoholism. As a result of the bans on all forms of birth control, Romanian mothers tragically abandoned hundreds of thousands of children, and the state placed them in orphanages. Google Books summarizes what life was like under Ceausescu’s rule in Gail Kligman’s book “The Politics of Duplicity Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu’s Romania.” According to Google Books, Kligman’s book summarizes how “Ceausescu’s reproductive policies, among which the banning of abortion was central, affected the physical and emotional well-being not only of individual men, women, children and families, but also of society as a whole. Sexuality, intimacy, and fertility control were fraught with fear, which permeated daily life and took
Trump administration may abolish Roe v. Wade.
Restrictions on women’s rights in US could lead to protests. a heavy moral toll as lying and dissimulation transformed both individuals and the state.” If you are for birth control, that’s fine. However, we should talk about what the actual efforts to honor these restrictions have looked like in the past and how we should implement such policies here in the U.S. What will happen if we overturn Roe v. Wade? What will America’s totalitarian erasure of women’s autonomy look like in your family? How do you actually think a government can prevent abortion? How can a nation and a government live with the severe consequences, such as the horrific orphan crisis of Romania and post-war Europe? Cynthia Paces, a history professor at the College and a historian of modern Europe and gender, taught the students of her Holocaust Genocide Studies class this past summer that we should shy away from an exclusive focus on Adolf Hitler’s vision. Instead Paces, and many
others in her field, suggest that we fixate on how everyday Germans perpetrated and tolerated anti-Semitic ideologies and white supremacy that galvanized around the National Socialist Party and the toxic rhetoric of Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Goebbels. In the 1930s, Germany oversaw mass deportations and enacted to prevent the problem of illegal immigrants based on racist stereotypes that fabricated and claims about the Jews. I have had conversations with people who adamantly assert that the American state is justified in abruptly and violently deporting Latino and Muslims based on the similar stereotypical notions of their racial makeup. If you oppose immigration, or forms that you deem to be “illegal,” what are the policies you expect us to support? Choose carefully America. Trump may not be Hitler, but Germany and Romania are part of the world we live in, and we are deeply embedded in it.
Buzzfeed app deserves more appreciation
By Mia Ingui
As soon as you wake up, you roll over and check your phone. C’mon, admit it. We’re all guilty of doing it. If you’re an avid Buzzfeed user like I am, you know that the first app you open is not Facebook or Twitter, but Buzzfeed, which greets you with its logo — a beautiful red circle with a white cutting arrow. I think Buzzfeed is one of the most necessary and informative apps on the market, no contest. Where else can you find out about what kind of cat you are based on your zodiac sign and fun foods for a Harry Potterthemed birthday party? Buzzfeed has only continued to grow since it first was developed and founded in 2006. It describes itself as a “social news and entertainment company,” as well as a platform for “the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video.” That could not be a better description. The app acts as a launchpad for informative breaking news, a variety of video channels from cooking to beauty tips, and most famously, it’s highly entertaining — though sometimes bizarre— quizzes. I’m here to break down the best and the worst parts of the Buzzfeed app. Though there isn’t much room for complaint, Buzzfeed receives a C+ for its news section and app. If you’re
looking for hard-hitting news from a credible, renown news source, don’t turn to Buzzfeed News first. They are among the last to provide information and rarely ever get useful comments from whomever the story is about. Let’s just say that if Kim Kardashian is going to provide any news source with a comment, it will not be Buzzfeed. Turn to a more reliable source like The New York Times or ABC News when looking for breaking news. Buzzfeed gets all A’s from me for the creative outlets that it has developed. Among my favorites are “Tasty,” Buzzfeed’s video comfort food channel, “Ladylike,” one of Buzzfeed’s video channels that has a group of ladies who try out crazy things, and, of course, the famous Buzzfeed quizzes, which range in topics from Disney to pizza to “What percent ‘cool’ are your parents?” Whenever I have some spare time, I love checking out the new posts on all of these channels since they are updated frequently. I’m talking multiple times a day. It’s a great way to unwind and see some fun, positive things online for once, and sometimes the channels can prove to be super useful, especially “Tasty.” I’ve used so many “Tasty” recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas and all of the times in between, because who wouldn’t want mini pumpkin pies or churro ice cream bowls? “Tasty” has coined a method of filming
where they speed up their process to keep the video engaging and simple. “Tasty’s” short and sweet videos are equally as useful as they are adorable, and if you are looking for some easy-to-make treats, “Tasty” is perfect for you. Whenever you get sick and tired of seeing your relatives’ political opinions posted on Facebook, or the same post over and over on Instagram of that one girl who tries way too hard, or the stale, boring feed of your Twitter timeline, try killing some time on Buzzfeed. You will have zero regrets, I promise.
Buzzfeed is an underrated app.
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