Hello: It’s Me

By Samantha Krier

Hi! My name is Samantha Krier, and I am very excited to start writing for the Women’s Center Blog here at the University of Idaho. I am a Finance major and I am in my last semester here. I am sad to leave but I’m excited to see where my next adventure is. I chose to study Finance because I wanted to learn about the economy and about how money moved through the system. Back home, I never really had access to that kind of information and it was never really a priority. I wanted to be able to learn about it and share this information with people who want to invest but don’t necessarily think they would be able to. Many people ask me why I chose to pair this major with my minor in Professional Writing. I have loved to write since I was young, and it has always been one of my strongest subjects in school. I have always wanted to be able to share my writing with others in a professional way, and I love that I have gotten this opportunity. Feminism has always been a huge passion of mine, and it will likely be my primary topic.

I started to look into feminism towards the end of high school. This is when I started to think about the experiences I’ve had as a woman and how they might be different than the experiences a man may have had. At that point, I was just starting to join the fight and have my own independent thoughts about it. As I have continued on with my education, and especially since coming to Moscow, I have expanded my understanding of feminism. I have since made an effort to be as inclusive as possible thanks to the amazing and diverse community within Moscow. I will always strive to expand my understanding of the world around me and the people who make it up.

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By Molly Fredriksson

Hello, everyone! This week we are sharing a little bit more about ourselves.  My family is originally from Houston, Texas. We moved to Nampa, Idaho in order for my dad to find work when I was a baby. I am the youngest of three girls, and my sisters have blessed me with my niece and two nephews so far. People close to me know that I value my faith, my family, and having a small circle of loyal friends.

As you know, I am a student at University of Idaho, currently studying Advertising and Journalism. At first, I started out as a biology major. I planned on becoming a physical therapist, but school and life lead me down a completely different degree path. The most important thing about college (in my opinion) is the self -discovery, and I, for one, have learned so much about myself in the past few years at UI. I thought being a physical therapist was going to be the right field of study, but I quickly learned that was not what I am meant to do.

Me (The author)

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A Lot of Different Hailleys

By Hailley Smart

L. M. Montgomery once wrote in her book Anne of Green Gables “There’s such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I’m such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn’t be half so interesting” (Montgomery). .

The photo shows a family of 5 sitting in front of a bush. On the far left is a young man of about 19. He is dressed in a black t-shirt and a camo jacket. Slightly in front and to the right of him is a young girl of 15 years. She is of a slightly larger build and is dressed in a multicolor blue dress.  To the right of her is a middle aged bald man. His is dressed in a long sleeve black top with a heavy chain necklace and is tucked among the branches of the bush. Sitting right alongside him is a middle aged woman with long dark hair. She is wearing a striped red blouse. On the far right of the photo is a girl of approximately 18 years old. She has brown hair that fades into blond near the tips and is dressed in an old fashioned red dress.
Jerimiah (my brother) on the left, Ariel (my sister) in the front, Jason (my stepfather) and Regina (my mother). On the far right is me. Taken at the Boise Train Depot in February of 2017

My name is Hailley Smart and I believe this to be the case with me; there are a lot of different Hailleys in me, a lot of different facets of my personality, a lot of different faces I show. Yet all these little pieces and small parts were forged out of my past and combine to create who I am, but who is that?

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First Things First: A Short Introduction

By Kailyn Eagy

Hello, everyone! I’m very excited to share with you all a little bit about myself. While most of my memories are from growing up in Boise, Idaho, my life did not start there. I was born in Lianyungang – a “small” Chinese town of roughly three million people. Only after about a year did I immigrate to Idaho through adoption where I became the youngest of five children. 

Although I have a deep love for my rapidly growing hometown of Boise, Idaho, I always dreamt of going elsewhere for college. Applying to schools on both the east and west coasts, I was so incredibly nervous and excited for what the future might bring. After swearing to myself I wouldn’t stay in Idaho for college, I quickly realized the financial costs of studying out-of-state were impractical. 

The author in a light pink dress holding boxes of fruit.
The author in Moscow, Idaho after a trip to the local Saturday market.
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Remington: The Beginning

Author of article stands in pink shirt leaning on golf club at a driving range
A photo of Remington Jensen, the top PGA prospect of the 21st century

By Remington Jensen

To whom it may concern,

Hello, I am junior Journalism student at the University of Idaho with a minor focus in Creative Writing. The opportunity to write for the Women’s Center as a blogger was offered by a previous mentor, Lauren Westerfeld, who now teaches writing at Washington State University. I’m a column writer for the Arts and Culture section at the Argonaut in Moscow who decided to pursue a career possibility like this writing internship because I have been a strong advocate for women’s rights and equality for a significant portion of my life. I also want to provide an apt minded male’s perspective to issues like non-binary gender disproportionality and inequality in a changing era that alludes towards an overdue female renaissance.

Aside from being a passionate writer in the non-fiction and poetic fields, my life revolves around my music intake. Bands like Radiohead or lyricists like Phil Elverum — lead creator from the Microphones, Mount Eerie — have prompted me to take writing into the commonly overlooked coincidental reality I am in by promoting me to focus on similes, metaphors and abstract sarcastic prose writing that — I hope — has rarely been attempted before. Although music is my central focus, I enjoy authors like Chuck Klosterman and Kurt Vonnegut and enjoy the films of David Lynch and Terry Gilliam. I DJ at the Moscow-based radio station KUOI on a weekly basis and I am a non-fiction previewer/reader for the University of Idaho founded Fugue Journal.

In addition to the experience this internship will provide me, I hope to come out of it a more culturally aware and observant person. I wish to promote the lives of my fellow XXs and remind my XY brethren that respecting women in 2018 is an underrated quality to have. I want to change thinking processes, adjust the scope of masculinity and fixate more on the power of inclusion of all kinds rather than the exclusion that is so vehemently loved by extreme thinkers such the alt-right. I wish for enjoyable peace, a decrease in global disruption and a place of mind devoid of bias that avidly encourages forward and critical thinking.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King

A Little Something About Me

Rachel (Rosemary) Anderson embracing feminist comedian Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia).
Me with feminist comedian Fred Armisen (SNL, Portlandia).

By Rosemary Anderson

I’ve lived in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho my entire life. I was born in the big blue hospital in the middle of town and spent a lot of time in the big blue Coeur d’Alene Lake. Although I’m not much of an outdoor-sports person, the lake is a big piece of me. Throughout my time growing up, it’s the only thing that has remained constant. No matter where my life takes me, I know I can always return to Coeur d’Alene Lake. It will always be there to greet me.

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Alexandria Arritt: An Introduction

IMG_6075.JPGBy Alexandria Arritt

Hi all! My name is Alexandria Arritt. I am an incoming Sophomore at University of Idaho studying English with an emphasis in Professional Writing, and I am minoring in Public Relations. I absolutely love writing! I am currently reading two different books, and I have a long list that I am working on as well. One of my favorites is Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing. The craft of writing is certainly something special, and I believe literature affects us in a variety of ways. I write on my own blog, lovelyliterature.net, reviewing novels and attempting to begin a conversation about literature. I am interested in eventually attending law school and studying criminal law. I love staying busy. I am what many people would call a ‘true extrovert’. I love socializing and discussing ideas with a variety of people. I think it’s very important to reach across the aisle and speak with those who may not share the same views. I was stuck in my bubble for a long time because it made me angry to have people talk to me in a way that I felt was unfair, but I have now dedicated my conversations to those around me to more thoughtful and insightful. I am always learning, and I am willing to alter my opinions to become more correct.

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The Give and Take of Writing and Womanhood: An Introduction

By Emily Alexander

st peters stairs
The stairs of St. Peter’s Basilica.

A note about a note I wrote in the empty Saturday/Sunday space in my planner: “Now I take notes all the time, but I couldn’t say why exactly, except that maybe after you become conscious of how you see the world — not from outside yourself, telescopically, but from painfully within — the intent will always be to analyze it.” Several months ago, after discovering a deep and unexpected love for creative nonfiction, I found this essay by Lucy Morris, and started obsessively collecting notes. I’ve always written things down—usually on receipts or mostly surrendered them to lost-ness in pockets or messy desks almost immediately after setting my pen down. I’ve become somewhat more dedicated in my note-taking these days, or at least I’m trying to be; I’ve made an effort to write down everything (a note I found from a tipsy and warm past self, quoting my best friend: “I finished my wine and simultaneously farted. It just happened.”) and tuck it into my journal for safekeeping. These weird saved moments don’t usually go anywhere, but I can’t help but want to keep them. Continue reading “The Give and Take of Writing and Womanhood: An Introduction”

Greetings from the Clueless Feminist!

This blog and my monthly “Clueless Feminist Book Review” column are my official feminist coming out. I became a feminist early, for the world’s worst reason: Christmas presents. I hated pink, dresses, and baby dolls, but I kept getting them. My brother got presents that looked fun and comfortable, and, in my four-year-old mind, I knew that girls had gotten the short end of a short stick. Through elementary school my feminism remained strong; I wanted to be an altar boy and priest, and it was stupid that I couldn’t be. But in middle school, I lost my mojo. I developed the idea that feminists were strident, rude, and loud, and I didn’t think I’d fit within the movement. I grew up in a family that valued courtesy and manners, gentleness and giving. It’s fairly typical for girls to be brought up polite and yielding, but my parents raised my brother the same way. I believe in the quiet values my parents instilled in me, and I believe that manners make the world go round.

But I made a mistake. I assumed feminism had no place for a quiet girl like me, and I hesitated to add my voice to the movement. Certainly, feminism has a need for loud, confident, and bold voices. But there is also space for other styles and personalities. Indeed, feminism is about valuing, respecting, and strengthening voices. Continue reading “Greetings from the Clueless Feminist!”