Children almost always push back against the identity their parents assign them. There were three short stories we read for this week in which children struggled with older generations to define their identities, both as Americans and as immigrants, as well as their notions of success and a good life. Although each story addressed these […]Read more "Who Are You?"
The visibility of lesbian culture in modern America is greater than ever before, however, it is plagued by stereotypes. The stereotypes run the gambit from the glamour of The L Word to the overly sexualized lesbian fantasy of the male sphere. Popular culture’s display of lesbian couples such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi […]Read more "Butch Today, Femme Tomorrow"
True or false: Domestic violence is not a problem in my hometown. While some might believe this to be a true statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 5.3 million women ages 18 and older are victimized by an intimate partner. One in four women faces physical, emotional, or sexual […]Read more "Living with the Enemy: Bringing Domestic Abuse into Public View"
I have a love/hate relationship with Vogue magazine. Their elegant photographs of beautiful garments are always a visual treat; I can open the magazine and escape into a swirling mass of color, pattern, and texture. And then, I look at the price tag. Two thousand, eight hundred dollars for a Prada dress? Who can afford […]Read more "The Gatsby Wears Prada…or an H&M Knock-Off"
Quick, who do you hate more, hipsters or hippies? What about this: who matters more? While hippies are still derided for their idealism, they are also romanticized as cultural pioneers. Hipsters certainly have not attained this cache, but I wonder, what will people say of hipsters in 40 years? The Museum at Bethel Woods commemorates […]Read more "Hippie vs. Hipster"
I’ve always loved Daisy Buchanan, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most well-known female character. As a teenager reading The Great Gatsby for the first time, I rooted for the forbidden pairing of Gatsby and Daisy, or Gatisy, as a true “shipper” would call them. Daisy’s charisma, confidence, and beauty captivated me and, like Gatsby, I easily forgave […]Read more "Pretty Little Liar"
When reading Nickeld and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich I gained more from the account when I read it as a middle class woman entering into a wage grade job and less than desirable living conditions. When the book is read from this perspective I believe it raises its value, especially in light of the current […]Read more "Can I get you your check?"