The Pressure of Perfection

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A female college graduate of Bryn Mawr College

By Samragyee Gautam

Growing up, many of us have some kind of fantasy/concerns  about what kind of student we want to be in college. Whether you are a man or a woman, that transition from high school to college can be challenging, especially because of all the expectations from parents, family, and society in general. Presently for a girl born in 21st century, the scenario is even more complicated. Because the way women are seen or expected to be seen is changing. But whatever the case is, no matter the time, there has always been a pressure for girls.  A Pressure for Perfection.

Men have a lot of pressure to deal with as well. I am not saying they are free of responsibilities, but I would argue that men are comparatively more privileged than most of the females out there. This can affect the learning environment for women in college campuses. From the pressure of having the best grades to rocking the perfect outfit, most of us girls have some common insecurities. But should I call it our insecurity? Or maybe, it an attempt to gain some kind of validation from men or even other women in general! Continue reading “The Pressure of Perfection”

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Every Part of Me Needs Feminism

A black and white photo from the 1960s depicting a lesbian feminist march. Walkers are holding signs that say "Lesbian Feminist Liberation" and "Gays of America United We Stand."
Lesbian feminism rose to prominence during the 1960s and continues to include womyn of various sexual identities in the feminist narrative

By Rachel “Rosemary” Anderson 

“I love you, but I still think you’re a sinner.”

The oh-too-familiar phrase I hear at events such as family gatherings, Christmas parties, coffee dates with friends, and (my personal favorite) college graduations. Somehow no matter where I go or what I do, my accomplishments are tainted by my sexuality. I can’t just be an educated young woman. I have to be an educated young woman, BUT a lesbian. A loving and thoughtful friend, BUT a lesbian. A shopper at a grocery store, BUT a lesbian.

Even though I’m attached to and love that label dearly for all it has represented in my life, it’s demeaning when I hear friends, family, and strangers use it as an exception to who I am as a human being.

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Well Hello There

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Author smiling. Photo credit Kat Lewis.

By Stacy Boe Miller

I am so excited to be editing the Women’s Center blog this semester. I have a lot of other things going on, as we all do, but creating a safe space to explore our ever-evolving thoughts about feminism is important work, and I’m excited to fit it into my busy schedule. After just two meetings, our group of writers has concluded that we have plenty to talk about!

I am currently a second year MFA candidate in the Creative Writing Program where I am focusing on poetry. Being part of this program has been a dream for years, and I feel grateful daily to be a part of it. I am also a jewelry artist and have a small business that keeps me busy being creative in a different way. Currently, I sell my jewelry wholesale to around ten stores in five states. Hammering metal is sometimes just the break I need from writing. I am also the mother of three children, two boys and a girl. I enjoy reading, writing, spending time with my family and friends in this amazing community, and participating in various outdoor and fitness activities.

I think a lot about what it means to be a woman. I think and write about the women I came from and the young woman I’m raising. I am grateful to those who worked hard for the rights we have today, and I hope in some way that I can do the same for others.

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By Samragyee Gautam

Namaste; translated as Hello in Nepali language because that is where I am from! I am an international student in sophomore standing, double majoring in Environmental Science and International Studies. How I got here and what inspired me is a long story for some other time. But one of the main reasons that I can tell you, is I love to travel. Yes, I am an extrovert who has an inner introvert personality hidden inside her who loves travelling and meeting new people. Also, I figured if I am writing an introductory post about myself I have to share my love for spices even though I cannot handle a lot and Thai curry, which is what I eat almost every time I go out to “try new food.”
My hobbies tend to change time to time depending on where I am. This summer I overcame my major phobia and finally learned swimming; which normal people do at their younger age, but you know, being normal is just too mainstream. One of my long-term hobbies so far would be reading new books or novels or short stories. Nothing makes me happier than the smell of an old edition book. I am also a crazy hiker cause when you live in a country that is famous for hiking and trekking you automatically become outdoorsy. That is why I like living in Idaho. I also find myself enjoying new company a lot, but I don’t know if you can call that a hobby. Currently my new discovered interest is “writing”. Continue reading

Luchemos por la paz en Venezuela

The country of Venezuela is in a state of crisis. People are dying and crime rates have skyrocketed. The country remains on the U.S. no-fly list and Humans Rights Watch list due to the political state in the country and its threat to national security. Severe shortages of medicines, medical supplies, and food have been increasing since 2014, the year after President Chavez passed away. Venezuela used to be rich in oil and was South America’s richest economy. But under the power of Present Nicolás Maduro, inflation has made it difficult to live, causing mass protests in the streets.

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The Art of Passing

By Olivia Comstock

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A comic about the notion of passing
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Another comic about passing

Passing is about performance. Passing is about presentation. Passing is about appearance and external markers of identity. Because most of the world only knows each of us through how we look, and we never get to explain our inner nuances to them, then they only see us for what we are the outside. They make assumptions for what our outward selves signify for our inner selves. Our identity and beliefs are assumed from a quick glance. Usually people think of gender or race with the topic of passing, but passing can involve a huge range of personal characteristics, including race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, religion, disability or ability, job occupation, level of education, intelligence, economic class, and social status. Passing can signify any personal characteristic of identity.

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Cruelty-free Makeup

By: Tatiana Rodriguez

There are two things in this world that I hold near to my heart— outside of family and friends. Those two items are makeup and animals. I love stepping into Ulta and admiring the beautiful clean glow, women of all ages trying on new colors, and the store always split between drugstore and high-end products. I don’t wear it often, but I love applying it and feeling more confident in myself after.

As of recently, I have learned the term “cruelty-free makeup.” Prior to researching I had never put too much thought into how makeup was made, the standards used to put it on the market, or where it had come from. I had never thought that some of my favorite brands tested on animals before putting the product onto the market.

WARNING: POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES.

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