Who’s Who Wednesday–Elizabeth Whalley

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Meet: Elizabeth Whalley, Ph.D. Student

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Who’s Who Wednesday–Dr. Celeste Montoya

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Meet: Dr. Celeste Montoya, Associate Professor

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Feminist Horoscope: Aires

-by Sophia Surage, student staff

Symbol: The Goat/Ram

Element: Fire

Body Part: The Head

Planet: Mars

Color: Red-color of fire and excitement

Key phrase: “I am”

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Who’s Who Wednesday–Renee Nabors

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Meet: Renee Nabors, Student Advisory Board Member

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The Trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Why It’s the Actual Worst

-by Dkeama Alexis, student volunteer

On one level or another, we are all familiar with the ways women are overtly objectified and dehumanized in various forms of media, but this practice has evolved to be disseminated in less obvious manners. One of these methods is the use of the ever-popular trope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, a form of characterization that essentially robs the female character of any personality whatsoever.

This term was coined by film critic Nathan Rabin during his review of Elizabethtown (not super on board with the title), the quintessential example of a film that makes use of this trope. He describes this role as a woman who “exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures” but who also doesn’t have her own personality fleshed out in the slightest during the entirety of the movie. Since his partner has been constructed as a blank slate that serves to inspire his self-development, the usually boring, exceedingly insufferable, always stuck-in-a-rut male protagonist can then foist his fantasies and desires onto his partner and find fulfillment, happiness, and/or success in that way, a practice that essentially robs the woman of her own personhood.

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Feminist Horoscope: Pisces

-by Sophia Surage, student staff

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Symbol: Two fish tied to one another swimming in opposite directions

Element: Water

Body Part: The Feet

Planet: Neptune

Color: Pale Green and Turquoise (dreamy colors of the ocean)

Key Phrase: “I believe”

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Who’s Who Wednesday – Kimberly Sheridan Strong

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Meet: Kimberly Sheridan Strong, Volunteer at the Women’s Resource Center

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