Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Time management is one of the most important and useful skills to have, especially as a student. Balancing a full class schedule, an internship, and this job hasn't always been easy but it has always been worth it. Learning to utilize every hour of the day has been difficult, but I'm getting there.
Never be afraid to ask questions. The Women's Center advocates for and programs around a variety of different issues, some of which I'm not familiar with. Learning about all these issues has been one of the most interesting and informative part of being a Women's Center employee!
Coffee is essential. Enough said.
Coworkers are more than just coworkers; they become your best friends and support system for when you need to complain, vent, or just be angry about something! No matter what's going on in my life (personal or professional), my coworkers have always been there to help me in any way they possibly can.
Last but not least, it's okay if every once in a while when you're having a really stressful day to just fall asleep on the couch during your shift... I mean hey, that's a form of self care, right?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
- change your study locations, studies have shown alternating locations increases the likelihood or remembering material.
- take advantage of study groups, " Dividing and conquering is an effective way to reduce your workload -- and to make sure you understand the material."
- make flash cards, the oldest tip in the book but it is very effective for memorizing and words associations.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
With the efforts of leisurely experimentation to meet new people, practicing the art of napping, and keeping track of daily commitments, time management becomes a little easier for the average college student. Over-commitment has serious consequences of burn out, excessive exhaustion, and lack of productivity and/or drive, but additionally, under-commitment also has the backlash of not fully utilizing your undergraduate experience to develop professionally, recreationally, and academically. Make the most of your time at Ramapo with a healthy balance.
Guest Contributor: Danielle Corcione
Thursday, November 21, 2013
With gay activists continuing to fight for the right to marry, and heterosexuals being encouraged to embrace their right to marry, the rights of individuals who choose to remain single, whether gay or straight, are not acknowledged. Those who choose to be single receive little to no benefits in the workplace and are often socially frowned upon, even made invisible by society. The role of the singles population is hardly ever approved or recognized in a social context.
Some people would highly disagree with single peoples’ decision to defy the social order of how things should be in society in regards to marriage, but others might deem marriage an important component in maintaining a functioning world where men and women should follow the social norm (and expectation) of getting married. Regardless, the idea that the singles’ population would threaten the importance of marriage as an institutionalized norm is completely ridiculous. In fact, being that the situation for singles is almost completely identical to that of queer individuals being "othered," the feminist movement should be a little more concerned and involved with the issue. Like gender, marriage is a social construct — let's challenge the cultural norm.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
One could honestly say that if Best Man Holiday is a race-themed film simply because it had a mostly black cast that then by the same logic most movies in Hollywood are race-themed; that is to say that most movies in Hollywood boast casts that are majority white, often with one or two token exception. To many this race-themed label seems benign, but often times one must wonder, why is seen as normal for the majority of Hollywood's movie to have all white casts, but once a movie has a cast with more minorities than white actors, it becomes part of some sort of genre that it is not even catering to. This happens with more than just movies, but also with books or other forms of media by people of color as well. Often times the works of people of color are relegated to the "Black Section" or the "Asian Section" even if the story that these works tell are one that is universal and really one that reflects humanity.
My intentions with this blog post is to provide food for thought, more so than push any readers a direction, so I hope next time you visit the movies or a Barnes and Noble, maybe just check out one of these books, films, or whatever else. You might find your new favorite book or movie! Take a step out of that comfort zone and see what the world has to offer, and also think about why these arbitrary labels are created.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Guest Contributor; Megan Chan
Monday, November 18, 2013
Masculinity and Zombies
So, who saw the Walking Dead Sunday? CRAZY RIGHT?! If you didn't see it, I won't spoil it. But you better watch it soon, because it's all about my boy "The Governor". But, after watching Sunday's episode, I thought it may be interesting to examine masculinity and some of the central male characters in the show. So if you're a Walking Dead fan, this'll be fun! If not... Please stay here, my ego couldn't take you leaving!!! So here we go, and please feel free to leave responses, comments, and your own two-cents below!
Rick Grimes: Protagonist and leader of the good guys, Rick has almost always been a positive character. Though in the recent seasons the show has been exploring his darker side, I personally believe Rick is pretty darn good example of healthy masculinity in a world of un-dead people who are busy eating each other. From his first conversation that we witness in Season 1, Rick is working on fixing his strained relationship with wife Lorri. While his buddy Shane (more on him later) is busy cracking sexist jokes about Women, Rick replies saying something like "I would never say anything so cruel to her"; demonstrating that his relationship of one based of mutual respect and caring. Even when he can't find her, or his son Carl, he develops his single minded goal of just making sure there safe. Even when he becomes the groups impromptu leader, he does his very best to not let his morale code slip, while still protecting everyone he is responsible for. Rick exemplifies the ideals of a "real man", treating all those around him on equal footing, regardless of sex, race ("As he is, we're just white and dark meat out here now!"), or whatever else. As a cop and a man who is no stranger to violence, Rick could always strong-arm his situations, but he almost always chooses the non-violent route as long as it's an option. He also steps into the role of leader when needed, making the tough decisions when no one else can, while still listening to those he protects and never letting go of his morale code.(Though he did have that "Ricktatorship" phase, but hey, mistakes happen!)
Shane Walsh: If Rick is the example of healthy masculinity, Shane is the total opposite. Shane's first lines in the show are all basically about how "Women can't remember to shut lights off no matter how much you yell at 'em" (once again, paraphrasing)... Yeah, not a good start. He then proceeds to up his "real man" track record by sleeping with his best friend's wife, and just being a generally unlikable leader. Shane basically forgoes his morale code, and takes a pragmatic "kill or be killed" style of leadership. This may SOUND like it be palatable when the zombies start coming, but Shane eventually ditches all concepts of guilt, shame, and morality because he thinks that's the only way to survive. This leads him to become unstable, dangerous, and even to turn on his best friends. Shane, while originally just kind of a jerk (but albeit, not a terrible guy), just becomes the type of man no one should aspire to be.
The Governor: Philip, Brian, "G-Money" whatever he wants to be called, is a bit complex. On the surface, some of his qualities are quite admirable as a leader and example of healthy masculinity. He did lead a group of people quite well; keeping them all safe, and even comfortable, something that isn't too easy when running water is a pipe-dream (HA!) and corpses are eating people's faces. His form of leadership reflects a hybrid or Shane and Rick, which may be morally questionable, but serves his people well. Yes, he makes some cold decisions, but he does it for the better of his people. HOWEVER, the reason I said "on the surface" is because once we find out a bit more about the Gov, it turns out he's kind of a sadistic psychopath... I'm talking zombie heads in jars, just chillin' in his office. We start to learn that he may not be making these tough decisions because he loves his people, but because he enjoys being in power. As season 3 progresses, he becomes unstable, and eventually dangerous. As in, he becomes the main villain of this entire series. All his reasoning and judgement disappears, and he ends up murdering a bunch of innocent people! Wow. Yeah, that's pretty damn bad. When we see him again in season 4, he kicks back into morale mode and starts protecting a little girl that reminds him of his lost daughter. He even risks his life for her, which is pretty admirable. You know what kinda of ruins him though? that whole shooting innocent people thing.
Yeah, no healthy masculinity here.
SO, that's my list and some analysis to boot! I wanted to include Daryl, Hershel, and Glenn, but sadly I feel like this running long. Maybe I'll do a sequel sometime... Please comment, leave opinions, or just say really nice things about me. All are good.
BUT EITHER WAY, THANKS FOR READING!!!