Raging Asian Women: Challenging women stereotypes with Taiko Drumming

  The first time I ever experienced a taiko performance I heard the deafening vibrations lapping against the walls, rippling in ever widening waves as they shook the ground beneath me. I was transfixed by the performance as the taiko players yelled while playing the odaiko, a drum about the size of a mini-fridge, and […]

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Power, Empowerment, and Earthworms (Happy Earth Day)

  “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” -Alice Walker Today is April 22, 2014, or Earth Day, as some people might realize only after looking at their calendars. Founded in the United States, Earth Day commemorates what was the start, according to many, of the environmental movement in 1970. […]

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Catholic or Feminist

Art by Emily Audet. Click for full image.    I remember asking my mom when I was young why women could not be priests (as shown in the illustration above). She told me that in the past, women were seen as less powerful than men and were not allowed to hold leadership positions in the […]

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The Patriarchy Need Not Apply

    I first came across the “Application to Date My Daughter” on Facebook, and I was immediately perturbed. For the uninitiated, it’s pretty self-explanatory – an “application” to be turned into the stereotypical, over-protective dad by a would-be boyfriend. It’s also very disturbing and highly problematic. I understand that the audience for this type […]

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Anti-Femininity: What Lady Macbeth can teach us about Feminism

  Jeanette Nolan in Macbeth (1948) “Come you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,” vows Lady Macbeth as she prepares to convince her husband to murder the King of Scotland. It is a line and a scene that I have pondered for far too long, caught up in my attempt to reconcile her aggressive […]

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I’ll take the pockets, please: The auspicious lack of pockets in women’s clothing

  Image Source It takes time to choose clothing. It takes even longer to pull together a fashion that reflects your personal sense of style and expression. There’s a multitude of things to consider – the fit, the finances, the feel. The color, the texture, the material, the occasion, the space in your closet. But […]

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The Grass May Be Greener On The Other Side

  When I first stepped foot onto Scripps campus, I was excited and incredibly nervous. I hadn’t the slightest idea of what awaited me, and I didn’t know anyone. It was like the beginning of middle school all over again. But I looked forward to getting to know people and learning more about the campus […]

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Ask Me (How I Would Like) to Dance

   Art by Emily Audet This weekend, I went to Mudd Goes Madd, and while I was dancing with my friends, a male student came up behind me, pressed his body into mine, placed his arms on my waist, and began to dance with me by guiding my hips to move synchronously with his. This […]

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Reflections on Meeting Everyday Science Heroes and Being a Woman in Science

I recently attended the 58th Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, and I can only describe the entire four-day experience as overwhelming. There were talks by scientists and scholars at the top of their fields, including the National Lecture given by Carlos Bustamante, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and essentially the equivalent […]

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Recognizing Women in Music

  I would consider myself to be a self-described music junkie, an album enthusiast, and record obsessed. I like and collect most music that comes my way, creating a lot of levels of terrible guilty music pleasures. But it wasn’t until recently that I cared to look more closely at the content of what I […]

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Modern Feminism

 Image Source By definition, a feminist is an individual seeking equal rights for all genders, but I often feel that this movement to gain equality seems to be in stark opposition to many of the ideals that women have regarding gender roles and relationships. What I’m about to say might offend some, but it is […]

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The Dark Side of the Health Industry (Is that it’s still an industry)

  Look at any fitness website, walk into any sports store, and you’ll be barraged by advertisements selling the best workout clothes, the latest in gym equipment, or the most effective sports drinks. These advertisements feature svelte females mid-run, faces looking inspired, with barely a hair out of place. Or they showcase muscular men weight-lifting […]

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Peggy Noonan: What a Conservative Commentator Is Doing at Liberal College

  Scripps, obviously, is a liberal college. It is impermissible to be anything to the right of militantly pro-choice and vaguely socialist. Which is why the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program is so fascinating. The speaker series, which began in the 2006-07 school year, specifically brings conservative political actors to campus for the purpose […]

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