The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Sneaky sex is better

Sneaky sex is better

Max Akom, Opinion Columnist December 8, 2022

Sneaky sex is better, it’s as simple as that. Whether it’s because of the risk, the effort and ingenuity, the connection to nature or even due to its unique ability to create comedic stories, sneaky...

The journey to self-love after sex trauma

The journey to self-love after sex trauma

Grace Visco, Opinion Editor December 7, 2022

Content warning: mentions of sexual assault, disordered eating and self-harm  The sex issue is weird. It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s liberating—but it’s complicated, too.  You can’t talk...

The problematic glorification of porn

The problematic glorification of porn

Ayelet Kaminski, Opinion Columnist December 6, 2022

Content warning: mentions of pornography, sexual assault, child abuse and violence against women The internet has made pornography more accessible than ever, but at what cost? There are positive...

Sex ed should not be gender-segregated

Sex ed should not be gender-segregated

Emma Dinsmore, Opinion Columnist December 5, 2022

Content warning: sexual violence, suicide Too often, sex education in schools occurs with splitting the class down a gender binary and teaching the girls about “girl things” and the boys about “boy...

There’s no blueprint for growing up

There’s no blueprint for growing up

Grace Visco, Opinion Editor December 2, 2022

When I was 10, I started telling everyone my favorite color was blue.  All of a sudden the t-shirts and socks my mom bought me were blue instead of pink. My birthday cakes were now frosted blue, not...

Why asking for help isn’t the hardest part

Why asking for help isn’t the hardest part

Ayelet Kaminski, Opinion Columnist November 30, 2022

Content warning: discussion of self-harm  Although I had started struggling with my mental health long before seeking professional help, I was 15 when I made my first step towards the journey of treatment.  Of...

Internalized misogyny is limiting self-expression and confidence in women

Internalized misogyny is limiting self-expression and confidence in women

Isabella Soddu, Opinion Columnist November 29, 2022

When I was a little girl, I would never shut up. I knew about 50 words around the age of one and had a habit of using them frequently. At four, my favorite word was “why,” and my least favorite...

There are no winners in a trauma battle

There are no winners in a trauma battle

Abby Stevens, Opinion Columnist November 28, 2022

The decision to share trauma with others is one that is complicated and challenging for those who have experienced traumatic events.  When asked to open up about my trauma, I am often hesitant to share...

A smile can stretch a mile

A smile can stretch a mile

Petra Zucker, Opinion Columnist November 17, 2022

I have always been known as someone who is friendly and constantly smiling.  Every morning, on my long walk from Redstone campus to my classes on Central campus, I see people I know or recognize.  Whether...

Take degree requirements off of jobs that don’t need them

Take degree requirements off of jobs that don’t need them

Meg Lavallee, Opinion Columnist November 16, 2022

Is graduate school really always the best option?  With a 22% increase of graduate program enrollment in the United States over the last twenty years, according to the National Center for Education...

The eating disorder treatment system needs to change

The eating disorder treatment system needs to change

Olivia Langlan, Opinion Columnist November 15, 2022

Content warning: discussion of eating disorders Eating disorders don’t have a color, gender or weight, but in the world of diagnosis and treatment, they are governed by age-old clichés.  Our...

Must be this rich to ride: The monetization of the outdoors

Must be this rich to ride: The monetization of the outdoors

Spencer Hurlburt, Opinion Columnist November 14, 2022

Peace and solitude are why so many people go into the wilderness, but these days, you’ll often find rich people looking to show off their new skis and Black Diamond jackets.  Outdoor activities have...

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