The Minnesota Daily

All content by Bronwyn Miller

Questionable access

September 9, 2013

When we talk about abortion, our conversations are usually informed by what we consider fact in this country: that abortion has been legal since 1973. Despite conflicting moral views and political stances,...

Give AJAM a chance

September 4, 2013

In the wake of its Aug. 20 launch, a lot has been said about the news network Al Jazeera America. Depending on who you listen to, it’s either a “mouthpiece of global terrorism” or the...

In the car, I just can’t wait

July 31, 2013

These days, classic, easily ascertainable, pick-you-up-at-seven dating sometimes feels like an endangered species. When the result of a “Call Me Maybe” is actually some attempt at courtship,...

Unwarranted targeting

July 17, 2013

Growing up, my friends and I found it entertaining to search lists of unusual laws and laugh at the absurdity of certain mandates. Dominoes cannot be played on Sunday in Alabama. It is illegal to take...

Domestic violence is everyone’s problem

July 3, 2013

he results of the first comprehensive global analysis of violence against women reveal that about a third of all women have been physically or sexually assaulted by a partner. Looking at studies from 1983...

Still sexist

June 19, 2013

When I hear the words “I’m a feminist, but..,” I already know that the clause that follows will almost certainly aggravate me. However, I was still unprepared for the ultimate palm-to-forehead...

Internship survival guide

June 5, 2013

For many college students, summer means more than day drinking and vacations: It’s internship season. Internships are generally considered an invaluable way to garner firsthand, real-life experience,...

Clitorally speaking

May 9, 2013

  Since it’s the last issue of the semester, I wanted to go out with a bang — or at least encourage you to. Luckily, the first-ever International Clitoris Awareness Week, going on now,...

Collins is not alone

May 6, 2013

  Last week, the Sports Illustrated cover story featured NBA player Jason Collins, who revealed he is gay. His words on the front cover sum up the significance of his disclosure: “I didn’t...

Love for the liberal arts

May 2, 2013

Yesterday, the College of Liberal Arts Student Board put on CLA Day, a celebration for those of us who are often told we are pursuing degrees that are “worthless,” “useless,” “easy”...

Not your baby

April 29, 2013

This weekend, in honor of the delightfully warm temps, I happily hopped out the front door in a skirt sans tights for the first time this year. I had barely skipped down my three front steps to the sidewalk...

Cue the T-Pain

April 25, 2013

The change in seasons can mean only one thing — time for a spring fling. Look no further than the University of Minnesota Secret Admirers Facebook page to find plenty of people who agree. Between...

#HappyEarthDay

April 22, 2013

  Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a reminder of our respon­sibility to treat our planet with respect and care. In recent years, this holiday — and the recognition it inspires...

An ode to paleness

April 18, 2013

  Since we’ll all soon be showing more skin as the weather gets warmer, I might as well get this off my chest now. When it comes to paleness, I’m the fairest of them all. The mirror, mirror...

The other f-word

April 15, 2013

    Practicing feminism means endorsing equal freedom of choice for everyone. It should be something that all genders alike wear as a badge of pride, but the perpetuation of the myths...

Equal pay for equal work

April 11, 2013

Tuesday marked an important holiday, but rather than emphasizing a cause to “celebrate,” it was a day of critical recognition for the gender inequality that persists in our country. It was...

Stress less, live better

April 8, 2013

  With the semester winding down and workload cranking up, many of us hardly need a reminder about stress. But although stress may at times be a necessary evil, it does not have to be a crushing inevitability....

Come together

April 4, 2013

Since my last few weeks have involved adopting the one-hit-wonder “Umma Do Me” as my personal theme song and, um, doing me, you can imagine my dismay when the British decided to crush my single-girl...

Rethinking health

April 1, 2013

This year, I’m applying spring cleaning to more than just my overflowing closet. As the slush melts away and beauty is restored in nature, I hope to similarly renew my appreciation for the beauty...

Where do we go from here?

March 28, 2013

In case you are due for a “What the hell am I going to do with my life and how will I eat” freak-out, look no further than the March 26 New York Times article, “Do Millennials Stand a...

Dissembling rape culture

March 25, 2013

  Starting with its painful real-time narration via social media, the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case has been public every step of the way. To prevent another horrific incident, the nationwide outrage...

Love in the wild

March 14, 2013

"You’ll never guess what happened. I’m in love.” So began the voicemail I received exactly two years ago from a friend who spent that semester in London. “He’s French,”...

Let’s talk about sex

March 11, 2013

As of March 9, my boyfriend and I have a no-porn pact. We both acknowledge that this will be significantly harder on one of us (no pun intended). It all started when I read about a proposal that the European...

Trouble with Twitter

March 7, 2013

Call me a skeptic, but I’ve been slow to buy into talk of Twitter “revolutionizing” anything. While it has its moments and is great for spreading news, my main view of Twitter users’...

Be considerate

March 4, 2013

  Last week during one of my classes, the person in front of me spent the entire period using Adobe Photoshop to design an event invitation. Attempting to view the professor and her PowerPoint rendered...

A senior bucket list

February 28, 2013

Seeing more than a few brave souls sporting shorts this week tells me spring fever must be setting in early. February winding down means that just over two months remain in seniors’ college careers...

Cupid called

February 25, 2013

  Remember “making love?” Yeah, me neither. These days, our vernacular is saturated with many different ways to talk about getting it on. But between “beat it up,” “smash,”...

On heteronormativity

February 21, 2013

Heteronormativity: It’s the $10 word of the day. Since the publication of James Castle’s column entitled “Diversity advice for university instructors” on Feb. 18, I have heard a...

A waiting game

February 18, 2013

When I first saw the article, “U prof develops male birth control pill” in the Feb. 12 issue  of the Minnesota Daily, I felt immediate excitement. The prospect of finally leveling the...

V-Day isn’t D-Day

February 14, 2013

Liz Lemon of 30 Rock once said, “Valentine’s Day is a sham created by card companies to reinforce and exploit gender stereotypes.” Look, I love Liz Lemon — almost as much as I love...

Stop frivolous lawsuits

February 11, 2013

  In light of a longstanding legal battle with employers making religious objections, the Obama administration recently announced new rules for the contraception coverage requirement of the Patient...

Something’s (cat) fishy

February 7, 2013

When we were growing up, creepers online had it pretty easy. With a less sophisticated Internet, chat rooms were the main platform for “meeting” new people. The identities people presented...

Come one, come all

February 4, 2013

  Like many young women, my adolescence was inspired by a hearty dose of magazines I stole from my older sister. I pored through sections with titles like “For His Thighs Only” and took...

No gin, just juice

January 31, 2013

  The University of California-Los Angeles recently released this year’s results of the largest and longest-running survey of American college students — the Cooperative Institutional...

Cruel exploitation

January 24, 2013

In today’s digital world, we have become curiously tolerant of leading increasingly public lives. We “check in” to post our real-time locations, “friend” and communicate with...

Final(s) thoughts

December 10, 2012

Well, it’s that time of year. Finals week has snuck up behind us like the typical creeper at the bar, catching us off-guard and trying to force its way into our lives when we’re just trying...

What war on men?

December 3, 2012

This year, we’ve seen an abundance of anti-reproductive rights rhetoric, bizarre misunderstandings of the female body and lack of prioritization for preventing violence against women. The phrase...

Preventing unintended pregnancies

November 26, 2012

Fifty percent of all pregnancies are unplanned, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reproductive health research.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and...

Feeling cheated

November 19, 2012

Just over a week ago, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, citing an extramarital affair that had been revealed by an FBI investigation. He has...

Safe sex is great sex

November 12, 2012

  Fresh out of the second weekend of No Shame November, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite topic for a Monday morning: sexually transmitted diseases. Perhaps the last STD reality check...

Still ‘Fifteen’

November 5, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, Taylor Swift has a new album out. It’s at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and it sold 1.21 million copies in its opening week, representing the biggest single week...

Don’t text me, bro

October 29, 2012

Last night, I spent five minutes deciding if I should use “ha” instead of “haha” in a text. At that moment, I realized that getting an unlimited texting plan likely ruined any chance...

A shot at single parents

October 22, 2012

During last Tuesday’s debate, in response to a question about gun regulation, Gov. Mitt Romney decided to shift to what he views as the real issue behind violence: single parenting. To Romney, the...

Haters on Halloween

October 15, 2012

Now that homecoming and the Zombie Pub Crawl have come to a close, many people are looking toward the next October event that involves heavy drinking and dress-up: Halloween. As we all scour for the perfect...

Bitch Bad, or is it good?

October 8, 2012

Cue the Trina and the Nicki Minaj. The proclamations that correlate female independence, strength and fierceness with being a “bad bitch” abound. The “bad, strong-willed woman”...

Violence Against Women Act

October 1, 2012

One in four American women experience violence at the hand of an intimate partner. Women ages 16 to 24 experience rape at a rate four times higher than all women do. Statistics like these are the reason...

Dear David

September 27, 2012

Dear David, it’s been almost two years since we lost you, and I still don’t know how to accept that you’re not coming back. Grief is not linear. It’s not uniform; it’s not...

All the single ladies

September 20, 2012

That’s right; it’s National Singles Week. And yes, I’m proudly single. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen way too many episodes of Law and Order: SVU, and I’m basically expecting...

Not just a phase

September 13, 2012

"The characters on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Sex and the City’ are not real. In real life, Meredith and Carrie would have warts or herpes. They’d likely be on Prozac or...

The space between

September 6, 2012

Tuesday prompted a strange reality check for many of us seniors out there: It was our last first day of school. It’s a feeling that can be classified as both celebratory and terrifying; the weight...