Wetlands Magazine

Flaws In The Conduct System: Mishandling Sexual Assault

by Shanna Williams

The Trailheadlined an article this week titled “University addresses sexual assault.” The article mentions Green Dot bystander training, a vague overview of what happens when a sexual assault case is reported, and the various dialogues that were held earlier this semester. Unfortunately, the university has yet to address the many and major flaws of the conduct system. There is…

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Frozen’s Flaky Feminism: Re-examining Anna and Elsa as Feminist Figureheads

Frozen’s Flaky Feminism: Re-examining Anna and Elsa as Feminist Figureheads

by: Kieran O’Neil

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YAY FROZEN! SO MUCH EXCITE.

When I finally sat down to watch Disney’s Frozen with my friends, I was probably a little too excited. I was already in love with Olaf from seeing multiple trailers (here’s looking at you, “little baby unicorn” clip) and had already (admittedly) listened to “Let It Go”enough times to have the song completely memorized. And after hearing nonstop…

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Guest Editorial “To the ‘Liberal Arts’ Institution of the University of Puget Sound”

Guest Editorial “To the ‘Liberal Arts’ Institution of the University of Puget Sound”

As graduation approaches, I find myself reflecting upon my experiences here at the University of Puget Sound. These reflections are not always easy for me or kind to the university. In looking at the time that I have spent in this institution, I look not only to my relationships with my peers and professors; I also look to my relationship with the disciplines I have engaged in and with the…

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Need Your Love: Thoughts on Understanding and Forgiveness

Need Your Love: Thoughts on Understanding and Forgiveness

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by: Grace Penzell

I’ve wanted to write this for quite some time and haven’t known how to begin, but here it goes. What I want to say is that we need more love. And I’m not saying this in some hippie dippy flower crowns and smoke pot in a meadow kind of way. No, I mean that I’ve been thinking a lot lately and have come to believe that we are all scared shitless of each other and it is dividing…

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Faking it: A Critical Review on MTV’s New “Fauxmosexual” Comedy

Faking it: A Critical Review on MTV’s New “Fauxmosexual” Comedy

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by: Francesca Lorén

Last week MTV premiered its first pilot for a a show called “Faking It.”I saw the trailer and was horrified. From what I gathered in that moment, the show seemed to follow the lives of Karma and Amy, two straight girls accidentally outed as lesbians, who then choose to upkeep this lifestyle as a lie because it has since launched them into instant popularity at their…

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Why I’ve Come To Hate Bras: A Fuck You to Victoria’s Secret

Why I’ve Come To Hate Bras: A Fuck You to Victoria’s Secret

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It’s totally casual. NBD.

by: Shanna Williams

I have been an avid bra wearer my whole life. From the time I was a little sixth grader changing for P.E., I had a bright pink training bra across my chest. As I got older, I realized that bras were not only a practical invention, but also a fabricated material of sexuality. Nude and tan bras were soon seen as gross and ugly, while in my head, they…

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Tireless: Reflections on the Place of Gender Studies at the University of Puget Sound

Tireless: Reflections on the Place of Gender Studies at the University of Puget Sound

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by: Ryan Coleman

I did not find a home here at Puget Sound, I found a home in the Gender Studies program.

I came to this University fresh off the most difficult summer of my life. I started coming out as gay to friends and family without really understanding myself or my sexuality in a healthy way. I had internalized a lot of the hate that I received during that process. I was also dealing with…

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In Response to “RDG Got the Moves Like…Who?: Cultural Appropriation and Repertory Dance Group”

In Response to “RDG Got the Moves Like…Who?: Cultural Appropriation and Repertory Dance Group”

Guest post by Jenny Malone-Brown

I am going to cut to the chase here: as a woman of mixed-race heritage and a student at University of Puget Sound, I am confused and troubled by a recent article published online by Wetlands Magazine. Many aspects of the article were on-point in regards to Miley Cyrus “playing black” and then drawing attention to similar situations in America’s history. This has…

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Response to “Cultural Appropriation” from the President of Repertory Dance Group

Response to “Cultural Appropriation” from the President of Repertory Dance Group

This guest blog by Jo Ann Kassebaum, President of the University of Puget Sound’s Repertory Dance Group (RDG), is a response to our earlier published piece “RDG Got the Moves Like…Who?” by Erika Barker.

I would like to thank Wetlands and Erika Barker, in particular, for opening up the conversation about cultural appropriation on the Puget Sound campus and also for allowing my voice to be heard…

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Swipe Right: The Deconstruction of Gendered Dating Norms through Tinder

Swipe Right: The Deconstruction of Gendered Dating Norms through Tinder

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by: Annie Ryan

Last week, my entire house downloaded Tinder. It started drunkenly as a “joke” (so we told ourselves) but we quickly stopped laughing and started flirting. The first of my housemates to start playing the Tinder game began with unexpected success: within a day, she had several conversations going with several different men, all of whom she found appealing enough to have been…

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RDG Got the Moves Like…Who?: Cultural Appropriation and Repertory Dance Group

RDG Got the Moves Like…Who?: Cultural Appropriation and Repertory Dance Group

by: Erika Barker

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Last fall, after Miley Cyrus’s Video Music Awards (VMA) performance, social media erupted into a flurry of critiques and defenses of the pop star. For me, one of the most compelling aspects of this debate (which was originally downplayed by much of the white feminist media until black feminists called attention to it) was the discussion happening in some feminist circles about…

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Oooh Gurl, You Got Ignorance!: A Critique of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Oooh Gurl, You Got Ignorance!: A Critique of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Guest post by Sam Mandry, University of Puget Sound, 2014

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My name is Sam, and I am Co-President of UPS Queer Alliance. This Friday, April 18th, Queer Alliance (Q&A) will host its 12th Annual Drag Show in the Fieldhouse (for more information visit the Facebook event). As Q&A’s largest event of the year, the proceeds will benefit the University’s LGBT Leadership Scholarship. Students and…

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“Walking in Pride and Dignity”: Why Danielle McGuire’s “New History” of the Civil Rights Movement Matters

“Walking in Pride and Dignity”: Why Danielle McGuire’s “New History” of the Civil Rights Movement Matters

"African-American women were the backbone of the Montgomery bus boycott. Here black women walk to work in February 1956" (McGuire 109).

“African-American women were the backbone of the Montgomery bus boycott. Here black women walk to work in February 1956″ (McGuire 109).

by: Carol Prince

“Decades before radical feminists in the women’s movement urged rape survivors to ‘speak out,’ African-American women’s public protests galvanized local, national, and even international outrage and sparked larger campaigns for racial justice and…

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Figure Sculpture and the Ethical Implications of Objectification

Figure Sculpture and the Ethical Implications of Objectification

Jonathan Steele, "Burnt in Effigy," Woodfired Stoneware, 29"x18"x7.5" 2014

Jonathan Steele, “Burnt in Effigy,” Woodfired Stoneware, 29″x18″x7.5″ 2014

Guest blog by Jonathan Steele. A response to Elise Richman’s From Ambivalence to Conviction 

Working from the figure is an ethical dilemma for me. Because I am male, heterosexual, cisgendered, white, and rich enough to be attending University of Puget Sound, I come from an angle of every privilege. As Elise Richman states…

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Activism, Academic Language(s), and Linguistics: Deconstructing Feminist Dialect

Activism, Academic Language(s), and Linguistics: Deconstructing Feminist Dialect

by: Tosia Klincewicz

Each of us is constantly negotiating many different contexts of experience. In my experiences as a feminist and a student at a liberal arts University, I’ve noticed a meaningful divide between various registers of feminism, namely, between what I’ve come to call “academic” (think Foucault and Butler) and “vernacular” (“fuck the patriarchy”) feminism. Since I first noticed and…

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