Not as many feathers: Paglia, Leda, and the women of today.

Nora Cornell • September 22, 2020 Camille Paglia’s essay on Yeats’ “Leda and the Swan” is a masterclass in both interpretation and extrapolation; her breadth of analysis gives the poem a deeper meaning, and scattered literary allusions twist her writing into a criticism of the larger Western canon. At first, it feels strange to handleContinue reading “Not as many feathers: Paglia, Leda, and the women of today.”

How feminist art works to dismantle patriarchal beliefs

by Jackie Weyerhaeuser Artworks typically classified as “feminist” have sparked profound conversations about the established patriarchy and how we challenge its established norms.  Hahn/Cock does so in multiple ways. The way the rooster poses (in a large and imposing manner) implies the power men hold in society. Since it is literally placed on a pedestal, itContinue reading “How feminist art works to dismantle patriarchal beliefs”

Bring Down the Cockrel: How to Dismantle Toxic Masculinity?

The Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch in Trafalgar Square in London, among statues of prominent men in English history. By Taggert Smith September 14, 2020 In our class discussion of the shared terminology we will be using in this course, among concepts like feminism and the patriarchy, the term “toxic masculinity,” with its various associations andContinue reading “Bring Down the Cockrel: How to Dismantle Toxic Masculinity?”

The Right to Bare: Who Are We to Judge if a Woman Goes Topless?

by Jenna Thrasher September 11, 2020 During Thursday’s class, we spent some time analyzing a Steve Sack cartoon for the Star Tribune, titled “Police lineup, toplessness” edition. In the cartoon, an older woman is looking at topless suspects, with a police officer asking her, “Can you identify the nipples that offended you?” In a worldContinue reading “The Right to Bare: Who Are We to Judge if a Woman Goes Topless?”

“Free the Nipple”: An Equality Issue?

by Hannah Sweet The Star Tribune’s editorial board said it best, “To say men’s chests are acceptable in a way that women’s are not is an offense to logic, to equality.” Women have nipples and men have nipples. Women have breasts and even some men have breasts, yet only one of their bodies is regulatedContinue reading ““Free the Nipple”: An Equality Issue?”