By Katherine Gwynn

Katherine Gwynn

Opinion Columnist

Contact Katherine Gwynn

Katherine Gwynn is a sophomore studying English Creative Writing and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She’s a fan of writing, feminism, and reading, as well as cat videos on the internet, 90’s pop music, and BBC’s entire broadcasting list. She’s got a major crush on both Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow, and she tries to find the funny side to all the topics she writes about.
Gwynn: When did we start defending accused before the accuser?

Gwynn: When did we start defending accused before the accuser?

Being an outspoken feminist writer whose articles get a fair amount of traffic, I’ve gotten used to my articles getting a bunch of online trolls commenting. There is always the person who is going to vehemently disagree with me, no matter whether the topic is expanding sex education or marriage equality. I’ve gotten pretty used […]

Gwynn: Men need to confront sexual violence

Gwynn: Men need to confront sexual violence

We have a nasty habit of victim-blaming when it comes to sexual violence in our culture. When someone is raped, or sexually harassed, we tend to throw out questions like “well, what was she wearing?” “Was she drinking?” “Did she flirt with the dude all night?” We tell women to protect themselves from violence, to […]

Gwynn: Legislators factually incorrect in anti-abortion bill

Gwynn: Legislators factually incorrect in anti-abortion bill

The Kansas Legislature is attempting to screw individuals’ sexual health — and not in a good way. On Feb. 6, HB 2253 was introduced in the legislature, a 70-page bill that endeavors to severely restrict reproductive freedom in the state of Kansas. It further limits freedoms of individuals with the capability to become pregnant who […]

Gwynn: KUBoobs sparks feminism debate

Gwynn: KUBoobs sparks feminism debate

Let’s be real — you’ve heard about KUBoobs. I’ve heard about KUBoobs. The Huffington Post has heard about KUBoobs. And the feminist community has certainly heard about KUBoobs. If you’re in denial, I’ll play along and inform you that KUBoobs is a social media craze that began here at the University last spring during March […]

Gwynn: Coming out can be a struggle

Gwynn: Coming out can be a struggle

The past year has, in a way, kind of been the year of the “casual coming out.” From Frank Ocean, to Anderson Cooper to Jodie Foster just a week ago, more and more celebrities have been coming out as part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning community. Not with covers on Time […]

Gwynn: Educate yourself on transgender issues

Gwynn: Educate yourself on transgender issues

November is nearly over. To most people, this might mean a variety of things: finals are approaching, Stop Day is nearly here, winter is coming—but I can guess what isn’t on most of your minds. “Aw, Transgender Awareness Month is coming to an end!” November is officially Transgender Awareness Month, a time to bring attention […]

Gwynn: Feminist Ledbetter leads by example

Gwynn: Feminist Ledbetter leads by example

In case you haven’t read any of my columns pretty much ever, I’ll go ahead and out myself as a flaming feminist. I feel like this gives some necessary context to help you understand why a little over two months ago, when the Democratic National Convention came along, I felt as if someone had just […]

Gwynn: Vote for Obama

Gwynn: Vote for Obama

Tomorrow’s election day, folks. And if you’re still undecided on who you should select to be your presidential pick, let me give you a breakdown of why I believe Barack Obama deserves, not just the majority of Americans’, but college students’ votes in particular: The Affordable Health Care Act, aka, Obamacare This has been President […]

Gwynn: Voting is your voice

Gwynn: Voting is your voice

Minus “Harry Potter” and kittens, I pretty much talk about politics in my everyday conversation the most and with the most passion. Political discourse is a constant reality for me and the friends I make listen to me. This is mostly because there are so many issues dealing with politics that I’m passionate about: LGBTQ […]

Gwynn: College students need better sex education

Sex education is one of those things we were taught to roll our eyes at in middle school and high school. We giggle at memories of condoms on bananas, gym and health teachers mentally preparing themselves to say “vagina,” and being told that if you have sex “you will get pregnant, and die.” (And of […]

Gwynn: Pro-choice movement is part of personal freedom

Gwynn: Pro-choice movement is part of personal freedom

A few months ago, I was spending time with my five-year-old niece, along with one of her uncles. I’m not quite sure how the conversation started, but at some point we were discussing things my niece could be when she “grows up.” Her uncle started jokingly telling her that one of the options (it might […]

Gwynn: “Gay Marriage” is an incorrect term

It’s not news that college students have a tendency to use language incorrectly, or improperly, or just kind of stupidly (that’s how half of all hashtags are invented). Particularly, there’s an inclination to use language that implies a meaning very different from what the speaker actually intends. There are plenty examples of this that really […]

Gwynn: Consent still needed in college nightlife

The beginning of the school year is always a time when things get a little (pardon my decay-of-the-English-language slang) “cray”. Professors usually haven’t assigned much homework, you intercept people you haven’t seen since last May with “ohmigawd how are you?!” and students normally have a decent amount of free time to go out, especially at […]

Gwynn: Campus isn't scary if you know what to do

Gwynn: Campus isn’t scary if you know what to do

To all the freshmen currently floundering about campus trying to figure out how to get to your 500 plus person lecture, or how to navigate the buses, or how to attempt making friends with the other equally confused freshmen around you—I’ve been there. Just a year ago, actually, which is a short enough span of […]

Gwynn: Mentors are important part of becoming better

Mentors are an essential part of growing as a person.