Post by: Sarah M

“Women Are Just More Emotional”

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“Hey, the 1950s called, they want their stereotype back,” I said during a somewhat intense debate last night. I was asking a new friend, let’s call him Adam, what he thought of Garance Franke-Ruta’s recent article in The Atlantic called “Why Isn’t Better Education Giving Women More Power?”

If I’m being honest, I probably already knew his response; I just really wanted it to be different, …

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“This I Believe”: Starring 3 Inspired Young Women

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I asked Anna, Marissa, and Catherine what they could take with them into the world from this first year advanced composition class:

“It’s important to write about something that I am passionate about and to be confident in my writing.” -Anna Rothstein
“I learned how to express myself in this class. I know that I will take that gift out into the real world.” -Marissa Rossi
“It …

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Cultural Critique & Gender Identity

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How do we identify ourselves amidst the incessant negative images and messages perpetrated by our ever-loud media culture? I think about this a lot. I show my advanced composition students the Missrepresentation documentary, and I ask them to write a cultural critique based on an advertisement of their choosing. From a pedagogical standpoint, in a world where sexism is so blatant, I feel responsible for …

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Radical Revisions: Impacting our Communities

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Breaking Boundaries of Textual Space
Before I returned to academia for my M.F.A., I worked in communications and public relations for two and a half years. Through this experience,  it became exceedingly clear to me that the skills learned in the writing classroom need to be translated into “real-world” writing. I am an advocate for encouraging and assisting …

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Notes on 100 Notes on Violence

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I was instantly seduced after hearing Julie Carr read at an off-site AWP event last winter. Winner of the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Julie Carr’s third book, 100 Notes on Violence, is a collection of confessions, but not Carr’s… or maybe Carr’s. Heavy with end rhyme: “feet like little suns// My brother drew a muscle then he drew a gun/ my envy turned me wild …

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