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Feminists in Stilettos (oh shit!) by Lindsay Conrad

I’ve been thinking a lot about femininity lately. Particularly how femininity is perceived in various circles of society, namely the feminist community. As a feminist who participates in “traditional” presentations of femininity, I’ve experienced a lot of backlash from some feminist circles for “internalizing patriarchal gender norms.” Assumptions about what a feminist looks like, or […]

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Second and Third wave feminists: the battle of generations By: Jeanne-Marie Joubert

I get rowdy about a lot of things I learn in my gender studies classes, and it’s usually directed at, I don’t know, the patriarchy and its various minions.  This time, however, my anger is directed toward feminists.  It is difficult to learn about amazing, powerful women throughout feminist history who are holding the cause […]

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Cliteracy: Are You CLITerate? by Erica Rochelle

Are you cliterate? Have you ever heard of cliteracy? Well artist Sophia Wallace is making it her mission to educate you. Wallace, who coined and defined the term for her mixed media project and installation titled “CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws” explains cliteracy in a variety of ways, and I could undoubtedly write a whole paper […]

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We Have Never Been Queer: The De-politicization of Queer Activism by C.J. Queirolo

It’s difficult to talk about “queer” activism these days. In the nineties, there was an upsurge of radical, militant organizations ranging from ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) to Queer Nation (ACT-UP successor group) to the Pink Panthers (Queer Nation splinter group, of “Bash Back!” infamy) that all advocated a celebration of sexual difference; rather […]

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Reflections on an Experience with a Male Doctor by Annie Ryan

A week ago today marked my first visit to the emergency room, a visit I reluctantly made after a day’s worth of unexplained pelvic pain. My own experience has not given me particular reason to distrust doctors. I have, however, learned to be constantly aware of the various ways the medical industry can be a […]

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Welcome back!: Reflections and Projections for Wetlands Magazine, 2013-2014 by Tosia Klincewicz

First thing’s first: as the current Editor-in-Chief of Wetlands Magazine I would like to give a warm welcome back to everyone returning to the Puget Sound from the summer hiatus; glad to have y’all back! I would also like to extend an equally warm welcome to all new campus community members! We’re so excited to […]

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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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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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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 […]