April 2018: Wellesley Chop by Major

February 2018: Moral Alignments

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ecember 2017: Collaboration with SCoop
How vegetarian and/or gay are you?

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Definitely. Clearly I am not gay and I eat meat. I cannot possibly draw any other conclusion.

Lmaooooo, I think there are Veg(etari)an Gays but one of my best friends is Super Gay but loves steak.

No, a lot of gay people tend to be vegetarians though, but there isn't a direct correlation.

"bitch I'm gay of course I'm a vegetarian" - overheard at wellesley college

no, and i think this poll has the potential to make vegetarians who don't identify as gay feel weird and uncomfortable. why do we have to link the two? i don't think this is funny at all, and i do identify as queer. but my straight friends who are vegetarian might find this offensive, or at the very least might feel uncomfortable with this poll. the two shouldn't be equated, because it marginalizes people who don't feel they are connected. and what an awkward position it will be for a straight person to say "hey, as a straight vegetarian, i feel marginalized by/uncomfortable with this poll". my experience at wellesley so far is that this is a very welcoming campus for queer folks (at least non-heterosexual people), but i have also experienced the queer culture here as so dominant and loud that my straight friends have felt unwelcome. which is hard to confront and sort through because queer people have been historically oppressed and pride and queer culture is so important and i don't want to ignore any of that. and how ironic and almost wonderful it is that we've reached a point where straight people feel uncomfortable with their sexual orientation in certain situations?? except it's not wonderful because the goal is that everyone feels comfortable and welcome and respected and appreciated regardless and also because of their identity. tl;dr: this poll feels unnecessary, and i really don't understand it. you wouldn't publish a poll asking people to rate, oh, their love for beer and their level of straightness and then whether they think the two are related. but i do love you counterpoint!

I think there are a lot of gay vegetarians but there are also a lot of meat eating vegetarians and a lot of straight vegetarians. I think they're relatively independent of one another.

I used to be vegetarian, then vegan, then back to eating animal products. I know at least for lesbians there's a lot of vegans and vegetarians among us.

I think they may be. Sometimes I feel like LGBT people are more creative, which could lead to an environmentally conscientious personality/veganism.

i feel like a lot of white gay people are vegetarian/vegan

nah bro

I think they are mildly correlated but one doesn't necessarily cause the other! Queer people are more likely to be democrats and democrats are more likely to care about the environment, and those who care about the environment are more likely to be vegetarians imo (though I personally am a carnivorous gay liberal)

They could be? Maybe in the crunchy granola sort of way

Rainbows?

i love meat and being queer, so is this a.... contradiction.... or innuendo...

All my friends(all gay) are either vegetarian or vegan. All.

I wouldn't be surprised if there's a correlation, maybe? Perhaps because those in marginalized communities like LGBTQ are in a situation which allows them to be more sensitive to certain issues and "effects of certain ways of life" like eating meat.

no. i associate vegetarianism with the Whites tho. "omg animals :(" what about the exploited undocumented immigrants that pick your veggies you Dumb Fuck

Only because people know it's a stereotype, so gay people are more likely to try vegetarianism

I would like to say I am G A Y, although I identify as queer, am attracted to all genders, and some might say that that is not 100% clear-cut homosexual. I am only a tiny bit vegetarian, in that I eat meat when the mood strikes, but not all the time. Read into?

I didn't know that there is a stereotype of gay correlating with vegetarianism until quite recently! I don't think that there is an actual tendency for gay people to be vegetarian BECAUSE they're gay, but maybe there's this perception of the two being related because they're both kind of socially deviant/alternative? Like, we think of gay as sexually deviant and vegetarianism as also kind of culinarily deviant (in a western sense), so they tend to get lumped together? Or maybe it's even that when someone is marginalized because of their identity (ie queer), they're more receptive to having a certain kind of politics/being sensitive to certain issues, such as considering the ethics of their food more and thus being more likely to be vegetarian/vegan.

I put myself on the original Scoop chart circa 2014. That's how I accidentally came out to all my friends as 80% gay and 20% vegetarian.

nope. maybe just being super "outwardly" gay is related to vegetarianism, just bc of social/political ideas and expression.

I think being “gay”/queer and being vegetarian are both traits that generally fall on the more liberal end of the political spectrum, so they are definitely correlated.

I think vegetarianism is encouraged by your friend group and at Wellesley the especially gay and mostly vegetarian friend groups overlap a lot.

Not gonna lie, there does seem to be a correlation within the people I know. That said, I do know a vegan straight person and the most carnivorous gay you will ever meet.

Correlation = Causation ?¿?¿?

I fail to decipher any correlation. Maybe it's because I'm not gay enough.

I wonder if those being oppressed because of their sexuality--something they cannot control--subconsciously or consciously turn to regulating their diet to have personal freedom in an area that's much less stigmatized

i mean vegetarian and vagatarian... need i say more?

I believe a comparatively high number of LGBT people are vegetarian; gay people may be more socially aware and that includes being informed about the harmful effects of eating meat. They also may also be able to empathize more with the animals after having experienced mistreatment in their own lives and therefore become vegetarian/vegan.

Yeah I think it has to do with being marginal to mainstream societal practices and conventions.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MY NUMBERS ARE THE EXACT SAME FOR BOTH QUESTIONS.

yeah, but not because of what they are in themselves. if you identify as gay you probably are more socially aware, so you might be more likely to be vegetarian.

Me being so high on the vegetarian scale does not have anything to do with moral principles, but has everything to do with the fact that I just don't really like meat.

I was a better vegetarian when I thought I was straight but now I eat chicken and fish and I'm GAY AS HELL

I don't think necessarily being GAY, but perhaps being more open to a certain kind of lifestyle??

Indirectly. I think those who are able to accept their sexuality tend to be in more liberal environments, which are generally also more affluent. Being affluent is loosely correlated with being vegetarian, likely because those in poverty do not have much choice on which foods they do or do not want to eat.

No since one is something that you cannot control and the other is. I think that students who are queer or fall within the LGBTQIA+ community tend to reconsider the dominant narrative since they themselves can be directly affected by harmful narratives and misinformation and therefore might be more inclined to reconsider other dominant narratives i.e. eating meat and animal products is necessary to live a healthy life. However, this is obviously not a scientific poll if there is any relation it is just a correlation, NOT causation.

the only thing i know is that that straights are much more likely to worship meat

There's like a rebelling against norms type thing going on

I'd say vegetarianism is related to being gay but not veganism

yes lesbians invented being environmentally friendly

Who knows? The workings of the mind are an mystery....

I think a lot of gay people are also vegetarian but I don't think a lot of vegetarian people are gay. Is it a privilege thing? Like maybe privileged people are able to live their life as a gay person and live their life without eating meat? Hm.

politically connected? liberals who are pro-gay and not supported by meat lobby? idk

I'm a vegetarian except for chicken nuggets and I'm gay except for Troy Bolton.

But yeah it definitely isn't rare for those categories to overlap. Stereotypically, they both align with a more liberal belief system? But idk tho

I think maybe a lot of ppl who are gay have thought more deeply/critically about social and ethical issues, possible including animal rights/environmental responsibility so maybe? But I don’t think not eating meat makes u gay

I have no idea. "gayness" is too ague a term and there are a lot of reasons to be vegetarian.

There may be some correlation, but no causation.

Not inherently, but both vegetarians and openly gay people tend to lean left politically, while proud meat-eaters and gay rights objectors tend to lean right.

YES correlation implies causation in this case.

Yes—correlation is probably do to social and environmental awareness as well the occasional performative woke vegan

eating pussy~eating veggies=correlation not causation

As someone in STAT 101, I can tell you that correlation ≠ causation

I think vegetarians are in general open to different/unconventional ideas, so perhaps they would be more secure with their sexuality, whatever it is. But I'm not sure if being gay makes you more likely to be a vegetarian!

No. Vegetarianism is a lifestyle choice. Are you saying being gay is as easy as not eating chicken for dinner?

It’s hard to be apathetic and gay, because lots of gay people grow up with an acute awareness and understanding of what it’s like to be vulnerable/subjected to various forms of discrimination and abuse. Vegetarianism is just one place where you can see us gays as having a higher level of social involvement. (On the other hand, I turned my straight white male conservative dad into a hardcore vegan, so who’s to say lol)

We're all hippie trash

Of course! I only BI organic veggies for a reason ;)

Idk but for anyone making a "yea gays are vegetarians bcz the only meat they want to eat is p*ssy" i want all yall to know that that's transphobic and horrible!!

Only at Wellesley

No. This just further adds to the notion that there is a way to be gay or that there is a "look/ aesthetic" to being gay which makes it confusing for our fellow sibs who are coming to terms with themselves and their sexual orientation and don't feel as if they "fit" the "'gay aesthetic".

I dont know, "gay" is such a vague term

November 2017: Societies & Co-ops

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Positive or Negative contribution, and why?

Negative. Racism and classism are rampant in societies and co-ops, with people who commit acts of oppression and abuse are not publicly reprimanded or stripped of membership. However, I do think co-ops have done a better job of addressing issues and actually doing things, while societies are relying on their POC siblings to actually do things. But then again, we are at Wellesley College…

it's the only contribution... doesn't mean it's positive

Societies for sure create events and parties that everyone can partake in, which is good, but I wish the houses could be repurposed for other groups on campus. I think the co-op system is fine, I appreciate that the pub is increasing their programing and expanded their list of non-alcoholic drinks so the space feels fro inclusive.

eh . both are sus. societies are...paying for social lives/connections on basis of weird convoluted rules, which is fine and makes sense in terms of like networking and socializing in weird heavily social settings, but i don't pretend there's any virtue in it, nor would. co-ops are honestly about the same even tho they provide goods or services, for the most part, and instead of paying for friends, u are often working a job, putting ur labor into something. still both are sus. both are positive in that they create a lot of extra dynamics here. negative in that most of the stuff they create is messy.

I think that, especially in terms of co-ops, the dedication to living their lives according to the principles they preach is inspiring and sets an example of how we can embrace the values of ecofeminism.

I've really come to appreciate our campus coops over my time at Wellesley. I felt shy about patronizing the Hoop/El Table as a first year but as a thesising senior the Hoop and El have become key workspaces for me this semester, and now that I'm 21 the Pub has also been nice (I was never a big attendee of Pub Night but it seems great for people who love that!). I've had nothing but positive experiences with Scoop and Instead, though I've never attended Naked Party or anything. I'm more ambivalent about societies.

Probably negative. I think there should be far more societies and co-ops for people to choose from and have the option to join.

I believe they generally have a negative contribution, but would be weary of lumping societies and co-ops together. While they are both inherently exclusive, there are major differences in the ways that they operate, how are structured, and their purposes on campus. It's disappointing to see them conflated because if restricts meaningful conversations about either.

I think co-ops create spaces where all students can hang out and meet up with friends and are exclusively for students, I think they have a positive impact. But societies it's more like they contribute to a hierarchy of who can and can't have a social life, and all their open events are academic lectures and stuff. I'd say that's a negative impact on the campus.

I believe Shakes/Scoop are extremely positive but the more "sorority" like societies are exclusive and divide the student body.

Good for Culture or nah?

Not particularly. They drive and perpetuate a certain stereotype that's not necessary, also for co-ops, the term "gay society" is true and it's pretty bad that they seem to like and thrive on the "cool queers" notion. The same is true for societies, but on a much broader point, less queer and more "popularity status."

I believe coops are definitely good for campus culture. They provide a place for people to come together and interact with each other, members, and the space, and each space feels open and welcoming. I don't think societies are good or bad for campus culture; they feel like any other org to me, just one that's a little harder to join, and that doesn't feel like a bad thing to me.

No. I think societies should give up their houses to cultural orgs. I think they're elitist, classist, cissexist, and honestly racist. As a person of color it often feels like societies tokenize their members of color. I understand the importance of wanting a social life on campus but societies are just the liberal arts version of sororities.I don't think the conversation around social life/fun on campus should be centered around societies opening up their events to non-members but rather, a larger discussion about stress culture, narcs, accessibility of going out, and the hierarchical and problematic nature of societies.

Yes. Wellesley can be incredibly isolating and this can be worsened when there isn't a sense of community among students that exists outside academics. Societies and co-ops allow people to find communities within Wellesley where they can relate with and learn other passions, cultures, common backgrounds, etc. Societies and co-ops are impactful communities that incorporate those outside their own members as well. Societies host meaningful lectures by inspiring speakers and events that are open to everyone like TZE and Mezcla's latest benefit concert, and co-ops host engaging events that are meant to bring different groups of people together--just think of all the events hosted by the Pub, Hoop, and El Table!

I believe coops are definitely good for campus culture. They provide a place for people to come together and interact with each other, members, and the space, and each space feels open and welcoming. I don't think societies are good or bad for campus culture; they feel like any other org to me, just one that's a little harder to join, and that doesn't feel like a bad thing to me.

societies can be toxic and cliquey. co-ops can too, but since they're smaller and more open they are less so. i'd never dare say a word against hoop or el table though, since they keep me alive.

i think they would be good for campus of their events weren't exclusive. a big issue with social life on campus is that getting into almost any group with a strong community aspect is competitive, and societies and co ops are by far the worst offenders. in general i think tri coop and society formal do more harm than good because it's great that some people are having fun, but the cost of that is cliqueyness and people feeling like they're missing out and not part of the campus community or not valuable.

No. Societies in particular have an especially negative contribution on campus culture. They are elitist institutions predicated on notions of classism and racism. They require members to pay large sums of money for membership, base their membership on conventional attractiveness and have been known to tokenize members for their own gain. Furthermore, they create hierarchies on campus by positioning themselves as some of the only outlets for social life and partying. Many students feel as if they will not have a healthy or thriving social life on campus without obtaining membership, which, for the reasons mentioned above (and more) is extremely exclusive. I don't want to attend a society event, I want them gone.   

They are a group like any other. Many other groups on campus have events that are exclusive to members and that is a perk of membership. They are another space on campus for a group with similar interests to form.

As I've said, I believe the coops are powerful and important ways for students to take ownership of community spaces and community cultivation, and believe overall that they are good for campus culture. I think the societies needs to do a lot more work becoming less exclusive and truer to their purpose for existing, which is to promote their academic focuses. I also think the houses should be actively used more as community spaces.

I think they're fine, but I think as a community we should really consider redistributing the society houses. Right now that is so much space dedicated to so few students simply because they got accepted into a social group that is decided on by other students. I think Slater and Harambee are good examples of how those houses can be used to strengthen our community and meet pressing student needs.

I think they're pretty neutral. They're like clubs or orgs but just exclusive because those who run them are the ones selecting who can be a part of it. If someone seeks that kind of validation, it's there for them. For those who don't, thankfully Wellesley's societies/co-ops don't try to assert any sense of superiority over other campus life.

 

September 2017: Summer Internships

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May 2017: Senior Exit Survey

April 2017: What major do you wish Wellesley had?

March 2017: Wanna Grab Coffee? What to Drink on an Awkward Tinder Date

February 2017: Favorite Iconic Music Montage from the Shrek Franchise

December 2016: Weather Phenomena

November 2016: Wendy or Wanda

October 2016: Seven Deadly Sins

 

September 2016: Pokemon Go

May 2016: Senior Exit Poll

April 2016: Straightness by Class Year

March 2016: Pubic Hair Habits

February 2016: Harry Potter Houses

December 2015: Clean Underwear


November 2015: Makeup Habits


October 2015: Culturally Appropriative Halloween Costumes

This month, we asked you about whether or not you’ve ever worn a culturally appropriative Halloween costume (knowingly or unknowingly). 324 people responded, of which 39.5% said yes, and 60.5% said no. Beyond yeses and nos, however, we received a multitude of questions about the meaning of cultural appropriation and the nuances that term encompasses. 

We as a staff thought that this could be a great opportunity to raise awareness about cultural appropriation around Halloweentime. We’ll share some of the questions we received below (verbatim, so don’t judge us for the typos!), and then we’ll share a round-table-esque discussion we had as an org in response to these questions. So, the questions:

1. “What counts? And isn’t the point to dress as someone or something you’re not? I don’t think it’s disrespect to dress up on Halloween. Not everything is a political stance. I think saying it’s only okay to dress up as animals or occupations is dull and misses the fun of halloween, to dress and be someone else for a day. Why does dress up and eat candy day have to mean I’m hateful. I’m not hateful. Not everything I do has to do with other people. I don’t think most people take the day to make fun of or demean people, so why act like people have malicious intentions or have wronged others,  when clearly that was not the intentions nor the actions. Like if someone wants to be Pocahontas for Halloween it’s probably not because they think Native Americans are lesser people.”

2. “A question for you: What seperates the difference between celebrating someone else’s culture/history and what is being protrayed by you as negative ‘culturally appropriative’. Are we limiting people on what they can wear based on what their cultural heritage is? For example, is it ‘cultural appropritiation’ for an African American to wear a Belle costume from Beauty and the Beast because Belle was European? Is it ‘cultural appropriation’ for an American of European heritage to wear a Pocahontas costume, which she might see as part of her American heritage even though she herself is not Native American?”

3. “What’s the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange?

4. “Does it count if it’s your own culture?”

5. “I don’t believe in culturally appropriation.”

6. “To what extent is dressing up as Disney princesses specifically cultural appropriation? It seems like a lot of the answers are those princesses, as opposed to generic ‘native american’ or ‘japanese person.’”

Check out the Writing section of our site to see the staff discussion on cultural appropriation (and for answers to these questions)! 

September 2015: Shy Poopers

May 2015: Senior Exit Poll

April 2015: Sleeplessness by Major

March 2015: Grading President Bottomly

February 2015: Societies vs. Sororities