Senior Story for Duke Women’s Studies, Sylvia Plath Honors Thesis Abstract

For the Spring 2014 Women’s Studies Newsletter, I wrote a “senior story” about my experiences coming into my feminism and, in turn, becoming a Women’s Studies major. The newsletter also includes an abstract from my senior thesis on Sylvia Plath on Page 11 of the attached PDF, pictured to the left.  (However, the correct title […]

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Should Feminism Be Part of a Required College Curriculum?

I wrote this as a final reflection in one of my Women’s Studies classes this semester where we presented a proposal that consisted of potentially adding a new requirement involving the study of race, gender, and sexuality to a pre-existing aspect of Duke’s current curriculum. Here are my thoughts, as usual in the form of […]

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Love to Hate It: Hollywood

I have a love-hate relationship with pop culture. On the one hand, it’s a guilty release. There’s nothing like a light-hearted romantic comedy or a mindless scroll down the homepage of the Daily Mail. The night of the Academy Awards, like the rest of the world, I hold my breath in anticipation of the sacred […]

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The Personal is Political: In Defense of Women’s Studies Programs

This piece was cross-posted on Feministe. You can read it HERE. On Tuesday January 29, North Carolina Republican Governor, Pat McCrory attacked Women’s Studies as an expendable and unproductive site of state educational funding as part of his commitment to more vocational training in higher education. “If you want to take gender studies, that’s fine. […]

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The Trail of a Lost Feminist in Colombia

Original post date: 7/07/12 The Bolivian professor living in my homestay apartment here in Medellín was and possibly may still be an enigma to me, the gringa, the extranjera one room over. He’s a kind man in his late thirties who wakes up at the crack of dawn and works all day before returning briefly […]

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White Feminism-2x the Contradiction

Original post date: 5/30/12 White Feminism: How come I had to read another essay about white privilege in order to really get it. That being a “white feminist” adds another layer to the contradictions and complexities of FEMINISM. Feminist Contradiction #1: I’m empowering women by embracing the feminine/what makes us women, while simultaneously rejecting what […]

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