A hairy situation Whoever is without hair amongst us, let them be the first to cast the razor
Mar31

A hairy situation Whoever is without hair amongst us, let them be the first to cast the razor

by Summer is approaching fast, and that means it’s either time to bring the dusty old razor out again, or leave your body hair as it is. Judgemental looks from other women or raised eyebrows from men are bound to make an appearance along with hairy legs. Women are expected to be hairless everywhere aside from the tops of their heads. It feels like the only alternative is to let everything go au natural, and be fiercely proud about it....

No ragrets Advice from a regretful writer
Mar31

No ragrets Advice from a regretful writer

by Every few months, we get a message from a student or alumnus who wants us to take down something they’ve written for the paper. Our policy around removal has always been that if the published article poses a safety risk or creates any other form of danger, we’ll take it down or take your name off the article as requested. Otherwise, we will work with the person to find alternative ways to mitigate their discomfort with having the...

Boxed in When a hairstyle is more than meets the eye
Mar31

Boxed in When a hairstyle is more than meets the eye

by By: Jezerae Stewart/ Contributor Very recently, my hair was braided into long box braids, and I have been given countless compliments on it. Despite the fact that I am extremely self-assured I have to admit it feels nice to hear such kind words, especially since I was so apprehensive to get the braids done the first place. My concerns did not stem from inexperience. My hairstyles have changed over the years and braids have been a...

Speak ill of the dead Respectful mourning isn’t a problem, selective mourning is
Mar31

Speak ill of the dead Respectful mourning isn’t a problem, selective mourning is

by If one more person tells me to posthumously respect Rob Ford I’m going to lose it. Even if we disregard him lying about smoking crack, he was objectively a bad mayor. He was accused of drinking in his city hall office, verbally and physically abusing his staffers, and frequently missing work. This is a man who said that he felt sympathy for cyclists, but stated that their deaths were “their own fault at the end of the day.” He...

IAW? NBD. In the aftermath of Israel Apartheid week, we should be asking ourselves whether the conflict should be a priority for McMaster students
Mar24

IAW? NBD. In the aftermath of Israel Apartheid week, we should be asking ourselves whether the conflict should be a priority for McMaster students

by By: Biran Falk-Dotan I’ve been a student at McMaster for three years, and every year the same controversy comes up. One side claims that Israel is a tolerant and peaceful nation; the other side blames Israel for the oppression and deaths of Palestinians. Each year, The Silhouette publishes multiple Opinions articles on this issue. During my time at Mac, this issue and Boycott Divestment Sanctions dominated two MSU General...

The customer is always wrong Don’t expect employees to bend over backwards for you, dealing with unreasonable demands is not part of our job description
Mar24

The customer is always wrong Don’t expect employees to bend over backwards for you, dealing with unreasonable demands is not part of our job description

by When I’m not busy being your friendly neighborhood opinions editor, I work retail. I adore my job. I work at a little independent clothing store selling dresses I love, and working for employers that I respect. As far as sales work goes, it is the best case scenario. However, even in the best of retail environments, there is always one problem: the customers. Despite what you may think, retail and food service jobs are difficult....