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Dialectics and Transgression in Contemporary Pop Aesthetics by CJ Queirolo

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about Hegelian dialectics, and whether they function to liberate individuals from current oppression, or whether as a theory it lends itself towards conservative social forces wishing to infinitely delay any change into the future. Naturally, in my search for an answer, I turned to pop culture, specifically pop music, […]

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Slut Shaming and Double Standards

By: Sophie Schwartz In today’s society sex is everywhere—on the TV, in the magazines and tied to almost everything we talk about (especially in college).  From our culture’s sex-obsession comes an odd and disturbing double standard between men and women. In our culture men who are sexually promiscuous are seen as players and heroes. Pop […]

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Video Games & Gender: Yes, They Play Nicely Together

In today’s media, one outlet that is becoming progressively more gender-friendly is video games.  From surprise female lead, Samus Aran, to choosing “boy” or ”girl” when you first begin Pokémon, video games are not just meant for the twelve-year-old boy shouting “Suck it, faggot” through a headset every time he gets a kill in Call […]

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Let’s Talk About Breasts!

By: Jeanne-Marie Joubert Let’s talk about something I hold very near to my heart, both literally and figuratively: boobs.  Last year, over 300,000 women underwent breast augmentation surgery, a number that has increased by 45% since 2000 and continues to rise every year. The rising prominence of breast implants raises an important question: why do […]

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British Show “Misfits” Brings Gender Variance to Popculture

By: Phillip Brenfleck Recently, I’ve been fueling my fascination with the UK with Misfits, the E4 television series that is currently gearing up for its fourth season (or “series,” if you’re from across the pond).

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Fascism Among Us: Susan Sontag’s “Fascinating Fascism” and Modern Sexual Politics

By: Riley Walker This is not Nuremberg. I am not, as fun as it would be, preparing an elaborate indictment of Operation Paperclip, and I am not attempting some McCarthyist character assassination. This is Wetlands, and we’re here to talk about sex, gender, and bodies. Unfortunately, as Carol Hanisch pointed out in 1969, things like […]

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Miami U’s ‘Rape Tips’ Leave Us Asking: Where is the Outrage From Men?

By: Ruby Aliment News broke across the feminist blogosphere last week, and later the mainstream media, of a flier discovered in a men’s bathroom at Miami University titled, “Top Ten Ways To Get Away With Rape.” There is no explanation for how the “top ten” was selected, though we can be sure that, as with most […]

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Monica Lewinsky: didn’t she, like, blow the President

By: Bebe La Grua One quick Google search for “Monica Lewinsky” and up pops the obligatory articles detailing the Clinton/Lewinsky affair that oh-so-scandalized the country and forever stained the name of blue dresses and cigars everywhere (if it doesn’t make sense, trust me, Google it). However, recently Lewinsky has been making headlines for the rumored 12-million dollar book deal […]

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Julia Gillard vs. Tony Abbott: Candid Feminist Smack Down

By: Hannah Walker Julia Gillard, Australia’s first female Prime Minister, took down the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, in the House of Parliament last Tuesday, over his hypocritical stance on the Peter Slipper scandal. Slipper served as Speaker to the House of Representatives, but resigned after an array of degrading, sexually antagonistic text messages […]

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Fall Update!

Wetlands Magazine and our ferocious new staff have hit the ground running this fall semester!  We want to share with you what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how you can be involved and get wetter than ever this fall. Here are some of the questions we’ve been asked, answered by our lovely editors. […]