The nerve wracking and immensely satisfying finale of HBO’s enthralling mini-series, Big Little Lies, explores the role of perfection in the patriarchy’s policing of women.
Many students at Penn believe in fostering social change, especially right here in Philadelphia. Kate Zipin is one woman who also wants to make a difference in society, one summer at a time. Upon relocating to Philadelphia, the former teacher founded Own Your Awesomeness – a camp meant to empower girls. I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Zipin and ask her about the need for empowering girls in society and discuss how her camp is impacting the girls she works with.
Q: Hi Ms. Zipin. Can you please introduce yourself and say, in your own words: What is Own Your Awesomeness [OYA]?
A: My name is Kate Zipin and I am the founder and director of Own Your Awesomeness, a Philly nonprofit that empowers high school girls. Our programs focus on skill-building workshops, like how to change a tire and developing financial literacy, and conversations about being a teenage girl today, like body image, women in the media, and health. We pull it all together in a one-week program in the summer where girls connect with female mentors and build a community as they explore new passions, tap into their strengths, and own their awesomeness.
The other day, a friend and I went to the King of Prussia Mall. As expected, the mall was packed. Now usually, that’s not a problem. People ignore me and I ignore them as we spend our separate lives out shopping. But this time was different.
This time was different because I was wearing a crop top.
1) Raising your hand too much in class.
Feminist writer Lily Myers asked “five questions in genetics class today and all of them started with the word ‘sorry’.” And why shouldn’t she? There is such thing as a stupid question and the chances that none of the five fit into that category are pretty slim. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance the guy opening up his Lyn’s breakfast sandwich will ask the professor to repeat that last part, especially since he showed up late to class. Again.
The picture above is by Dread Scott, an activist and artist whose chosen mediums include everything from performance to graphic design. This specific piece of artwork is called– not surprisingly – “HATE.” What struck me first was the uncanny resemblance it has to the familiar pop-culture icon we all know and love– the LOVE statue on Locust Walk.
In these turbulent political times, many have reconsidered the place of high profile awards ceremonies in American culture and society. Few critics, however, seem to note that the Academy Awards has historically operated on a troubling dual message.
The Super Bowl is the American spectacle. Every year, this event reveals what is important to the American public.
Besides testosterone, alcohol, and cash, Lady Gaga’s halftime show has received an enormous amount of attention since Sunday night.
Less than 24 hours after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, millions of people across the world took to the streets to march in support of women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, immigration reform, environmental protection, and religious freedom, among other socially pressing issues. With an estimated national turnout of over 2.5 million, the Women’s March is being reported as the biggest one-day protest in U.S. history.
The Women’s March on Philadelphia, held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and over 650 similar ‘sister marches’ all over the world, packed the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Logan Square to Eakins Oval. Breaking previous predictions, around 50,000 people were in attendance at the rally. Click through some moments from on the ground in Philadelphia on the morning of January 21st, 2017.
Men – it’s time we addressed gender inequality in America without using a certain coordinating conjunction.
Five years old. The Bronx. Playing in a park. Woman rams her bicycle handlebar into my eye, muttering “terrorist.”
Eight years old. Stop trying to learn Telugu. You shouldn’t speak it, people look wary when mom and dad speak it. It doesn’t matter that you’re a Hindu—you’re brown.
Preteen. Stay quiet and hidden. Don’t get noticed. Do your best to be invisible, especially if you’re the only brown one in the room.
Teenager. Stop wearing bright makeup and eccentric clothing. People are staring. They see you’re different. They’ll get suspicious.
Last year. Grocery store. Talking on phone, saying “that song is the bomb.” Woman drops the tomato in her hand to stare. Keep your head down, walk away. Don’t be loud, be unnoticeable.