Toni Airaksinen

Toni Airaksinen

Toni Airaksinen is a reporter for Campus Reform, The College Fix, and Red Alert Politics. She is a junior at Barnard College in Manhattan.

Tyranny of the Ethnography: How Lived Experience Corrupts the Social Sciences

Tyranny of the Ethnography: How Lived Experience Corrupts the Social Sciences

When Arleen, a single mother of two, was evicted from her Milwaukee apartment, she had one option. It was January of 2008, one of the snowiest years on record. With no safety net, Arleen did the only thing she could. She took her sons — Jori was thirteen, Jafaris was five

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Education
Why Colleges Should Stop Teaching “Toxic Masculinity”

Why Colleges Should Stop Teaching “Toxic Masculinity”

On college campuses across the globe, young men are treated to lectures, workshops, and extracurricular activities that teach them their masculinity — an element at the very core of their identity — is dangerous, poisonous, and even toxic. Every week, another news article is published highlighting this fact. A few examples are

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Education
Review: Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream — Sara Goldrick-Rab

Review: Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream — Sara Goldrick-Rab

A review of Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, by Sara Goldrick-Rab. University of Chicago Press (September 13 2016) 368 pages.  Let’s say you’re a high-school student yearning to attend college. But nobody in your family has graduated high-school,  and

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
What I Learned In My Women’s Studies Classes

What I Learned In My Women’s Studies Classes

When I first discovered women’s studies, I was lulled into a comforting sense that I had discovered the “truth.” It was as if my veil of ignorance had been yanked away, and I was blissfully seeing the world for what it really was. I have taken seven women’s

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Art and Culture
Forget Microaggressions, Some Students Face Hunger and Homelessness

Forget Microaggressions, Some Students Face Hunger and Homelessness

The rising tide of victimhood culture on campuses is dismaying. From perpetual requests for trigger warnings at my own school, to a roving squad of microaggression investigators on the other side of the coast, emotional trauma is the top concern of today’s college activists. Everyone who fails to completely

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Art and Culture
Confessions of a Recovering Tumblr Feminist

Confessions of a Recovering Tumblr Feminist

When I was in middle-school, I discovered feminism. Always a voracious reader, I devoured every book on it that I could find — eagerly eating the words of feminists like Germaine Greer, Betty Friedan, and Naomi Wolf. When I was done with books, I turned my attention to the interwebs, where

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Feminism
Where Are The Conservative Professors?

Where Are The Conservative Professors?

As a college student, progressive ideology pervades all aspects of my life. Everywhere I turn there’s always more people preaching the gospel of feminist theory, advocating for socialism, or talking about fossil fuel divestment. In this environment, it’s almost impossible to find anyone — students or professors — who admit

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Art and Culture
Feminism Blinds Students to the Truth About Men

Feminism Blinds Students to the Truth About Men

As a student at Barnard, a women’s college in NYC, feminism pervades all aspects of the curriculum. As students, we’re awash in the pervasive narrative that women are always on the losing side of the gender wars. This is ridiculous. At a school where acknowledging intersectionality is de

Toni Airaksinen
Toni Airaksinen
Art and Culture