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Let’s Talk About Weight

Hillary Smith

April 1, 2014

I'm going to talk about weight again. We have a strange dynamic going on in our society: on the one hand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults in the U.S. are obese. On the other hand, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and...

Senate Round Up March 9

Abby Seethoff

March 12, 2014

At Sunday's meeting, the ASWC senate recognized two new clubs and confirmed the new heads of each campus media organization (CMO). ASWC recognized Running Club and HAPA club.  Running club meets twice a week for group runs and occasionally enters races together.  The Japanese word "hapa" original...

Language, Gender, and Patriarchy

Hillary Smith

March 12, 2014

At the Power and Privilege Symposium a few weeks ago, I attended a workshop on patriarchy and gendered language. It made me realize how casually people, including myself, use language that perpetuates a patriarchal system. We don't even realize we are doing this because these concepts are so ingrained...

Beauty and the Beholder, Part Two

Hillary Smith

March 5, 2014

I'm going to pick up where I left off in my last post: Discussion of Differing Perceptions of Beauty, Part Two. Last week, I wrote about the evolution of societal perception of the perfect female figure. This week, I'm going to discuss the differing perceptions of female attractiveness between women...

Meet the Communications Committee

Abby Seethoff

March 1, 2014

Enjoy this brief introduction to the somewhat newly established but bourgeoning ASWC Communications Committee! Anna von Clemm Title: Executive Director of Communications Favorite vegetable: Definitely eggplant. Seriously, 100% the best thing ever. Fun fact about her hometown: It's also the...

Senate Round Up February 23

Abby Seethoff

February 26, 2014

At its longest meeting yet of this school year, the ASWC senate recognized some clubs, appointed a new KWCW general manager, approved various finance requests, reviewed the Oversight Committee's investigation of senator James Lavery, amended some bylaws and passed an act. Gleaning Club, which coordinates...

Beauty and the Beholder

Hillary Smith

February 25, 2014

It has always fascinated me how certain types of female bodies have gone in and out of fashion throughout history. It's like bodies are fashion trends, and we can just cast off the old and adopt the new when we notice a new body we like better. This slide show on Discovery News goes all the way back to ancient beauty ideals, tracing ...

Rethinking Gender Roles

Hillary Smith

February 18, 2014

What if gender roles were reversed? Recently, I watched a French video in my French conversation group called "Oppressed Majority," by Éléonore Pourriat. While I didn't catch the majority of the dialogue (I've only had a little over a semester of French, and these actors speak very quickly!),...

Is That a Person Or Is That Photoshop?

Hillary Smith

February 12, 2014

You've probably seen that Photoshop time lapse video, in which a female model is essentially transformed into a Barbie doll. (If you haven't seen it, you can watch it on Youtube here). Global Democracy made this video in 2011, but it has recently picked up steam again on the Internet. People are likely...

Senate Round Up February 9

Abby Seethoff

February 11, 2014

At the second senate meeting of this semester, ASWC passed a GlobeMed finance request, approved the 2014-2015 ASWC student fee, approved two nominations, and reviewed investigations by the Oversight Committee. After some debate concerning the amount to be allocated, the senate passed GlobeMed's re...

Why don’t we have school on a Thursday?

Abby Seethoff

February 7, 2014

This year's Power and Privilege Symposium will be held on February 20, 2014.  Because classes have been cancelled that day in response to ASWC's resolution condemning racism on campus, organizers expect much higher attendance than last year.  ASWC oversees the symposium by planning, marketing and funding it. The 2006 blackface incident spurred the first ...

To Be Or Not To Be a Feminist

Hillary Smith

February 4, 2014

I'm going to talk about feminism. Of late, I have noticed a trend in the media of some female figures accusing other female figures of not being "feminist enough." Take, for example, the attacks against first lady Michelle Obama for declaring herself "mom-in-chief." Women have claimed that this title...

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