Earth Day is meant to be for celebrating nature and all the wonderful components of our natural world. But in this day and age, it is hard to look at our planet and not focus on the realistic threats we are facing. Climate change, industrialization, pollution, and deforestation are just a few examples of how much danger Earth is in.
I feel that what our Earth is going through right now relates a lot to being a woman. Our world has been through torment and destruction, yet still has to do their part and function daily. Nature cannot slow down even though everything feels like it is against it. For women, there is so much that we have to be cautious of everyday: walking home with someone else or carrying pepper spray in our pockets late at night, never sure when you might be harrassed, feeling societal pressure to look a certain way everyday, and so on.
Mother Nature is resilient though, and so are women. While there is so much danger that both women and Earth face, we still find a way to thrive.
This poem depicts the relationship that women and Earth share and all the fear and resilience that comes with that.
By Alexandria DeVlaeminick
In my last spring break, I disappeared for a night. While I suspect that this was the second time I’ve been roofied, I’ll probably never know for sure. After waking up in a strange place and returning home, I saw the damage that I believe I had caused--the tears and panic in my mom’s eyes, my boyfriend sitting in the driveway crying as he waited for me to come home. I don’t know what happened that night.
One might think the goal of a lingerie company would be to sell lingerie. But it seems Victoria’s Secret is more focused on selling an ideal image of beauty to its consumer rather than quality bras. Unfortunately, whether Razek prefers it or not, the straight, cisgender, leggy and thin white woman does not represent the majority of the United States population
In today’s era of reckoning, strength, and empowerment, it is important to remember the generations of powerful women who fought for equality and contributed to the victories that we have captured, as well as those that we will continue to pursue.
This self-portrait series highlights different insecurities and flaws that should be seen as pieces of art instead of something to be ashamed of. Each image represents a different “flaw” society tells us we need to change or cover up. Instead of hiding these “flaws,” embrace them.
Femininity and the expression of the feminine has been confusingly (and sometimes misguidedly) reflected in our society, its image ricocheting across surfaces of different textures and layers with different purposes--sometimes empowering, sometimes demeaning, sometimes both? We examine the complicated relationship behind feminine power and its intention.
Illustrator Mary Sutton notes that putting yourself out there and speaking your mind can be difficult, especially as a woman. Exposing her work, an extension of herself, to others has always been something that she’s especially struggled with. In an era where all our lives are available online, however, everything we do is trackable and therefore judge-able. Successes and failures can be broadcast with equal permanence.
Designer Olivia Jimenez’s series is meant to point to women in history while cementing them around us. In so doing, she hopes to remove the boundaries of the historical figure by making them as fluid and resilient as the sky or sea or the natural world at large.
Street harassment is a prevalent issue for women and young girls in every society. In one survey, 65% of women in the United States reported being harassed on the street. Mary Sutton depicts street harassment through the common phrase, “You Should Smile More” with a series of drawings.