Current American Male Gender Norms Need to Go

by Roy Chebaclo Current American gender norms call on males to be tough, rough, and unemotional figures.  These unsustainable and unnatural standards have led to the emergence of toxic masculinity.  Toxic masculinity is defined by the Oxford dictionary as, “a set of attitudes and ways of behaving stereotypically associated with or expected of men, regardedContinue reading “Current American Male Gender Norms Need to Go”

Beyonce’s Journey to Feminism and Womanhood Through Lemonade

by Savita ChamplinBeyonce has been a figure in society for many years. She became famous in her Destiny’s Child days and remained a star, but she was only known for being a talented singer and dancer with little depth to her character. Almost 20 years after this, she released the film Lemonade. This is whenContinue reading “Beyonce’s Journey to Feminism and Womanhood Through Lemonade”

Society and Prisons: How Society Controls Who Populates Prisons

by Jay Gulati Angela Davis’s Freedom is a Constant Struggle focuses on the intersectionality of black women and how their identities of being racial and gender minorities overlapped and influenced one another. Davis uses this lens to discuss the prison system and how she observes that trans prisoners and trans women have worse living conditionsContinue reading “Society and Prisons: How Society Controls Who Populates Prisons”

Redefining Masculinity- are you brave enough?

by Ella Deignan The social stigma of men’s masculinity, created and upheld by lockerroom talk, paternal pressures (mental+physical abuse), and women’s dependency on men leave many men with little space, internally and externally, to show vulnerability. In The Atlantic’s The Miseducation of American Boys, Peggy Orenstein writes on multiple factors that lead to boys definingContinue reading “Redefining Masculinity- are you brave enough?”

The Importance of Accepting Neopronouns

by Daria Haner When students discuss neopronouns, they express some common thoughts: “You can’t just make up a new gender” or “People are just saying their gender is ‘bacteria’ or ‘cloud’, how does that make any sense?” So, what are neopronouns, what do they have to do with gender identity, and how can allies respectContinue reading “The Importance of Accepting Neopronouns”

Male Toxicity: The Broken System Fails Our Men

by Sage Marmet Peggy Orenstein’s article “The Miseducation of the American Boy” unpacks narrowing male archetypes, revealing the ways in which the youngest generation of men feel those affects. When growing up, boys learn that it is socially acceptable to objectify women, casually use offensive language in everyday lexicon, and joke about sensitive–and sometimes triggering–topics.Continue reading “Male Toxicity: The Broken System Fails Our Men”

Leda and the Swan: A Twisted Blueprint

by: Hank Bernhardt The idea of gender is not a concept humans must follow. When thinking biologically men and women are different in ways far more numerous than just genitalia. Whether it is muscle mass or sensory abilities, biological boys are different then biological girls. In the case of The Round House the male charactersContinue reading “Leda and the Swan: A Twisted Blueprint”

Lessons From Parvez and Ali

by Lily Liu While reading “My Son the Fanatic”, I found myself beginning to search for parts of the text that felt relatable to my own experiences. There are plenty of differences between the story of Ali and Parvez and mine: setting, family dynamics, and the origins of such conflicts, but the larger themes resonatedContinue reading “Lessons From Parvez and Ali”

Listening to the Other Side: Are Western Authors Finally Listening to Female Voices?

by: Jay Gulati Carol Ann Duffy’s poem “Mrs Sisyphus,” portrays a man pushing a large stone up a hill while a female onlooker mocks the redundancy and stupidity of the task. The stone eventually rolls all the way back down the hill, and the man goes right down the hill and starts pushing the rockContinue reading “Listening to the Other Side: Are Western Authors Finally Listening to Female Voices?”