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 [...]

Need Your Love: Thoughts on Understanding and Forgiveness

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]

Swipe Right: The Deconstruction of Gendered Dating Norms through Tinder

by: Annie Ryan A few weeks ago, my entire house downloaded Tinder. It started drunkenly as a “joke” (so we told ourselves) but we quickly stopped laughing and started to flirt. The first of my housemates to start playing the Tinder game began with unexpected success: within a day, she had several conversations going with [...]

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

by: Erika Barker 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 [...]

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

Guest post by Sam Mandry, University of Puget Sound, 2014 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 [...]

A Word From Our Faculty Advisor

Guest blog by Alison Tracy Hale, 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 [...]