Fanaticism—the Malignant Inflexibility of our Cultural Beliefs

By Taggert Smith Our discussion of Hanif Kureishi’s short story “My Son the Fanatic” spanned a wide range of topics, but by the end came to focus on the question of who was in the right—Parvez or his “fanatical” son Ali. To my view the tragic emotional divide of father and son implicates a cancerousContinue reading “Fanaticism—the Malignant Inflexibility of our Cultural Beliefs”

Leda and The Swan: Change is Happening

By Samrat Pradhan When reading WB Yeats’ poem on Leda and the Swan, what fascinated me most was that, in the early 20th century, his writing was considered a new revelatory way of thinking about this fable. While the story itself had not changed and was always very morally dubious, it was before, thought of,Continue reading “Leda and The Swan: Change is Happening”

Toxic Masculinity: How Toxic?

by Charlotte Chute In class, we discussed the Taylor Mali poems and how this poet induces emotion through his unique writing style. Mali uses more of an informal style of writing which sounds more personal and is much more individualistic, especially when he performs.  We read two of his poems, one titled Tony Steinberg: BraveContinue reading “Toxic Masculinity: How Toxic?”

The Positive Side of Gender Archetypes

by Anika Hahn What is gender archetype? Loosely defined by Carolyn Zerbe Enns, the gender archetype revolves around the “alpha-beta” model. The male archetype is “alpha”; the “ideal” man is dominant, masculine, and powerful, according to Enns. The female archetype is “beta”; the “ideal” woman is feminine, dainty, and submissive. By applying the “alpha-beta” modelContinue reading “The Positive Side of Gender Archetypes”

The Victorian Cage: A Woman’s Fascinating Obsession with Hideous Yellow Wallpaper

by Jenna Thrasher When reading Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” you can’t help but feel the same sense of entrapment that the leading lady endures. Since she can’t tell her husband or his sister what is really going on inside, she releases all of her thoughts onto paper, trying to find a way toContinue reading “The Victorian Cage: A Woman’s Fascinating Obsession with Hideous Yellow Wallpaper”

Shrinking the Size of a Cock: Actively Fighting Against Sexist Power Structures

By Samrat Pradhan During freshman year, I listened to Sam Gelb’s Senior Speech about a class project in which he had to write a report on a non-white male scientist. He argued that by excluding white men in that project, Blake was actively delegitimizing the accomplishments of people. He proceeded to argue that by constantlyContinue reading “Shrinking the Size of a Cock: Actively Fighting Against Sexist Power Structures”

Rape culture’s long-standing history: Leda, Zeus, and Greek mythology

by: Georgia Pettygrove The term “rape culture” is used often in when discussing sexual assalut and in media and literature, but what does it actually mean?  Simply put, the term “rape culture” describes a societal acceptance of sexual assualt. The United Nations Women’s website’s article on standing up to rape culture describes it as “theContinue reading “Rape culture’s long-standing history: Leda, Zeus, and Greek mythology”

Is There A Spectrum? Gender Identity in Our World Today

by: Charlotte Chute On Friday, our class discussed how gender norms and terminology have evolved over the course of the development of society. We read texts correlated to the Indigenous world of gender terminology, and immersed ourselves in eye opening conversations about society historically and society today. We first began to educate ourselves on theContinue reading “Is There A Spectrum? Gender Identity in Our World Today”

What Would Our World Look Like Without Gender?

by Ryan Ressemann Many generalizations since the existence of men and women have been made about the two. Most of those generalizations seek to separate them from each other by defining what one is allowed to do and what one is not allowed to do. Both “Gender is not a Spectrum” by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper, andContinue reading “What Would Our World Look Like Without Gender?”