Mawrtyrs have rallied on Facebook today in response to something posted online by a person who transferred away from Bryn Mawr, a post that denigrated virtually everything about Bryn Mawr (and women’s colleges in general), other than the academics. I am not linking to that post because I do not wish to bring more attention to her words; however, I would like to share a few thoughts about the Mawr.
We have a little saying at Bryn Mawr: “better dead than co-ed.” Continue reading
The first time I can remember the concept of prison abolition appearing on my radar was my junior year of college — a friend was involved with an organization, Justice Now, that works with women prisoners and toward a world without prisons. Their website, although it never technically mentions the term “abolition,” was the first real exposure I had to the idea of prison abolition — the idea of getting rid of prisons in favor of a “world without prisons.” Continue reading
Posted in Prison Abolition/PIC, Society
Tagged Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete?, beliefs, college, community, Justice Now, postaday2011, prison abolition, prison industrial complex, TJLP
Topic #233: Describe the perfect Sunday.
May Day is the perfect Sunday. Traditions, Mawrtyrs, strawberries and cream, the May Hole, Step Sing, The Philadelphia Story, drinks on the Green: all set against the unparalleled backdrop of Bryn Mawr College — how could a Sunday be better? Ordinarily, I’m not especially attached to any particular day, but Bryn Mawr’s May Day is always on Sunday, and every May Day I have attended has been glorious. Continue reading
Originally posted at EXPLORING TRANS – TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010, 5:47 PM
I hate clothes shopping. Actually, that’s not really true. I enjoy finding new clothes. The problems come from not being able to find clothes that fit and being steered toward clothes that don’t fit with my sense of gender. In particular, I hate shopping for clothes at huge bargain stores. I guess it’s partly my fault because I should know better than to shop at such places–there’s never anything that fits. Still, I happened to be in the city today, and so I stopped by a store. Fail. Continue reading
In a way, my experience at Bryn Mawr was bookended by Dar Williams concerts. My very first exposure to Dar was when she performed in Goodhart at the beginning of my freshman year (possibly before classes even started). And near the end of my senior year, she came back to Bryn Mawr and performed in TGH (Thomas Great Hall, to all not in the know). Continue reading
Written September 16, 2009
Who belongs at a women’s college? Who belongs at Bryn Mawr College, specifically? This is not merely an abstract or theoretical argument. This affects actual people and whether they feel welcome at their own college, on their own campus.
To answer that, I think it is important to look at what the point of a women’s college is. Why does Bryn Mawr exist in the first place? Why is it a good thing that there be a college exclusively for women? Continue reading
Posted in Bryn Mawr College, Trans/Queer
Tagged BMC, Bryn Mawr, college, gender, genderqueer, postaday2011, Seven Sisters, trans, trasngender, women's college
EXPLORING TRANS – TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010, 1:33 AM
Today was the boat cruise. Every year, after all papers and exams are done, the seniors at my college have a tradition on going on a dinner cruise on the river with some of the favorite faculty and staff. This was it, and overall, it was awesome.
Parts of it were less awesome. My friend looked at our drinks (she had a Sex On The Beach; another friend and I both had Cosmopolitans) and said, “We’re so girly!” Awesome. Great. Thanks. So not what I want to hear. The next drink I ordered was a vodka tonic. Continue reading
Posted in Bryn Mawr College, Exploring Trans, Trans/Queer
Tagged alcohol, Bryn Mawr, celebration, college, drinks, Exploring Trans, friends, fruity drinks, frustration, gender, girliness, identity, image, insecurity, postaday2011, trans, transgender
Over the past year or two, I’ve struggled with my voice and what I’m going to do about it. Mostly, my frustrations have been about sounding like a twelve-year-old. Around New Year’s, though, I decided for certain that I’m going on T. And while I absolutely believe that that’s the right decision for me, it’s also opened up a whole new set of worries about what will happen with my singing voice. Continue reading
Posted in Trans/Queer
Tagged a cappella, college, fears, gender, music, postaday2011, singing, solo, T, trans, transgender, transition, voice
EXPLORING TRANS — TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010, 7:00 PM
I sing with an a cappella group, which I love. It’s one of my favorite parts of my life at college. Today, we went to the recording studio to begin recording my senior solo. Recording is usually a lot of fun, but today it was really stressful.
To start with, I’m not a really confident singer, and my sense of rhythm is surprising lacking for a singer. So, I’m recording the scratch track (the track the others listen to as they record, so that we can all be together), and it fails. I’m continually off the proper rhythm. It doesn’t help that they keep using feminine pronouns for me, which only magnifies the discomfort I’m feeling regarding my voice and gets me feeling even more frustrated. Continue reading
Posted in Exploring Trans, Trans/Queer
Tagged a cappella, college, Exploring Trans, friends, frustration, gender, insecurity, postaday2011, pronouns, recording, singing, solo, trans, transgender, voice
So, you’re just . . . going against all logic and the weather? . . . . I’m sure you could justify it; you’re a philosophy major.
My friend made the above comment to me my senior year in college. It was November in Bryn Mawr, and I was refusing to wear more than a hoodie. As far as I was concerned, if I didn’t wear a coat, it would somehow not yet be winter — mind over matter, right? So I was adamantly opposed to wearing a coat (for a little while longer, anyway). Continue reading