The Royal Alternative

April 11, 2011 by So to Speak · 3 Comments
Filed under: Opinion, Post by: Susan W 

Though I must admit that it is a guilty pleasure of mine to peruse People and TMZ (yes, I admitted it, the interventions can now begin), I am not too crazy about getting in on the gossip of the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. Only recently did I have any interest when I read that the Prince has decided to forgo the typical matrimony symbol of wearing a wedding band.

Of course, with this being the “wedding of the century” and most people being able to recognize the guy, I don’t think a wedding ring would really add to any “he’s taken” mentality. My guy friend once told me that when his married older brother goes out to a bar, he keeps his left hand in his pocket so women won’t notice the telltale sign that he is unavailable. Of course, we all know Tiger Woods’ issues with infidelity. Why couldn’t Tiger just remain a bachelor instead of ever getting married to avoid any social lashing for his cheating ways. I can’t help but wonder if there is too much pressure nowadays to get married, even when one of the parties feels it isn’t necessarily “right” for him or her. Or, should we re-evaluate our ideas and ideals of marriage, moving with the times?

Perhaps, William is innovative. It seems that new alternatives to marriage are popping up every day. Read more

Take Back the Night

April 5, 2011 by So to Speak · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Post by: Susan W 

While reading about Eman al-Obeidy, the Libyan woman in the news who told reporters that she was held captive and raped by 15 men loyal to dictator Moammar Gadhafi, I was reminded of the unfortunate violence and rape that often plagues civilians during time of war. This is not only an issue overseas. According to the statistics on RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network), every 2 minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. This is an overwhelming statistic and the use of “someone” rather than female or male reminds us that this is not a gender-specific issue.

Personally, I can relate to the vulnerability, fear, or anxiety I feel when placed in those “situations” that my mother always warned me about. Don’t walk alone at night. Hold your keys in your hand when you are in a parking lot alone. Read more

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