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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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On Feminism and Tiaras: Musings on my Disneyland Experiences

On Feminism and Tiaras: Musings on my Disneyland Experiences

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by: Erica Rochelle

I have always been a Disney Princess fan. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t squeal at the sight of Cinderella on a product. I love the pink. I love the glitter. I love the sparkles, and diamonds, and tiaras, and true love’s first kiss. I’m a sucker for all of it. I recently spent two amazing days at Disneyland with my best friend during my spring break, where I shamelessly…

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A Public Letter to the Faculty and Administration of the University of Puget Sound

A Public Letter to the Faculty and Administration of the University of Puget Sound

Guest blog by Mariana Molina, Senior at the University of Puget Sound

I am writing this letter out of concern. Lately, there has been a lot of talk about increasing the diversity on this campus, but to be honest, I hope that the University of Puget Sound does not increase its enrollment of students of color anywhere in the new future. This is due to the fact that I don’t believe that this campus…

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Guest Blog- Alison Tracy Hale

Guest Blog- Alison Tracy Hale

Alison Tracy Hale is the Faculty Advisor to Wetlands Magazine, Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Department of English, at The University of Puget Sound

Down the road from Tacoma is an exquisite place, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge. If you haven’t made it there yet, or experienced its glorious combination of marsh and sky, I highly recommend it. I mention this spot not merely for the somewhat…

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When Allies Fail: An Open Letter to the University Community

When Allies Fail: An Open Letter to the University Community

by: CJ Queirolo

I’ve heard from a lot of different people that “Greek Life and Straight Supremacy,” the essay I published in Wetlands this fall, is too angry. I’ve heard a lot of allies say that they thought my tone was too “harsh.” You might be surprised that after I submitted the first draft of that essay, I edited it to make it angrier. I hope when allies read this that they don’t think I’m…

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Answers to ASK? Wetlands Questions

Answers to ASK? Wetlands Questions

You can find Wetlands every Friday in the SUB tabling, spreading the info, spreading the love, and promoting our Spring ’14 submission deadline, April 1st. On Friday February 28th, Wetlands posed a challenge to the students of Puget Sound. Ask us a question, and our staff will answer it here on our blog. Here are the results for week 2!

Q: What is intersectionality? Why is it important?

A:Interse…

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Answers to ASK? Wetlands Questions

Answers to ASK? Wetlands Questions

You can find Wetlands every Friday in the SUB tabling, spreading the info, spreading the love, and promoting our Spring ’14 submission deadline, April 1st. On Friday February 14th, Wetlands posed a challenge to the students of Puget Sound–ask us a question, and our staff will answer it here on our blog. Here are the results of a wonderful conversation between Wetlands the community it’s enmeshed…

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"I’m queer and I’m Greek … and I love it": A Personal Response by Kyle Long

Editorial note: Here is the long-awaited response to the two pieces in our Fall ’13 issue which offered a critical perspective on Greek Life. The Editors of Wetlands would like to thank Kyle Long for writing this piece and to everyone who has participated…

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