Category: Opinion

OPINION

Decriminalizing Sex Work Protects Asian Immigrant Women in the Spa Industry

Over the last decade, the stigma surrounding sex work has begun to shift from being considered a taboo practice to a more normalized profession in the U.S. Despite the growing acceptance around sex work, the sex trade is still incredibly dangerous. The line between voluntary work and trafficking is easily blurred as women and others [...]

Vegan Leather Is Not as Sustainable as it May Seem

(Emory Wheel/Gabriella Lewis) As recent data supporting the sustainability of a vegan diet has surfaced, the vegan lifestyle has swept across the United States, and the fashion industry is no exception. Brands and consumers are striving to incorporate veganism into other areas of their lives. From this movement, the vegan leather trend has arisen. Whether [...]

The Politicization of Food is Diminishing Its Simplicity | Sophia’s Smorgasbord

Tunde Wey, Nigerian chef. (Emory Wheel/Ally Hom) For most people, trying to tackle the racial inequity in health care is a multi-faceted problem, complicated by numerous factors like race, socioeconomic status and inadequate accessibility. But for Tunde Wey, a Nigerian chef and founder of BabyZoos, his solution was simple: applesauce.  Wey’s start-up company, BabyZoos, sells [...]

It’s Time for Emory to Prove its Climate Leadership

Photo Courtesy of Jaylan Jacobs (Emory Climate Analysis and Solutions Team) Climate change is already having dire effects on all forms of life worldwide, and Georgia is no exception.  Over the coming centuries, Georgians will continue to suffer greatly from the public health impacts associated with climate change, including extreme heat, natural disasters such as [...]

We Must Prepare Ourselves for Post-Pandemic Life

(Creative Commons/wuestenigel) As 46 states open up their vaccination processes to all individuals above the ages of 16 or 18, Americans are preparing for a summer of greater  immunity and looser restrictions. A pandemic-free life is on the horizon. A recent Axios-Ipsos poll found that during the first week of March, 44% of Americans reported [...]

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OPINION

COVID-19 Immunization Required for Emory Students in Fall

On April 19, President Fenves announced that Emory University would require all students to be immunized for COVID-19 for fall 2021, with exemptions based on medical conditions or strong personal objections. Emory has added the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of already required vaccines for students after extensive consultation with public health experts, vaccine scientists, [...]

A Letter from the Wheel’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 

Almost a year ago, this newspaper acknowledged its lack of diversity, longstanding inequity and barriers to accessibility since its inception in 1919. We vowed that we had a responsibility to uplift and support diverse voices within our newsroom and nationwide.  Student journalists operate in a strange space between collegiate and professional worlds, and those at [...]

Drag in Atlanta, Contextualized by Queerness in the South

(Pixabay/nnguyen) Southernness and queerness are often constructed in antagonism to one another. In fact, 21st century novelist Brandon Taylor describes this in relation to his own identity by writing, “I thought that there was nothing worse than being gay and southern, that no two parts of a person could be more in conflict.”  Yet within [...]

Decriminalizing Sex Work Protects Asian Immigrant Women in the Spa Industry

Over the last decade, the stigma surrounding sex work has begun to shift from being considered a taboo practice to a more normalized profession in the U.S. Despite the growing acceptance around sex work, the sex trade is still incredibly dangerous. The line between voluntary work and trafficking is easily blurred as women and others [...]

Vegan Leather Is Not as Sustainable as it May Seem

(Emory Wheel/Gabriella Lewis) As recent data supporting the sustainability of a vegan diet has surfaced, the vegan lifestyle has swept across the United States, and the fashion industry is no exception. Brands and consumers are striving to incorporate veganism into other areas of their lives. From this movement, the vegan leather trend has arisen. Whether [...]

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