Take Me Or Leave Me: RENT from a Feminist Perspective

The cast of Forbidden Planet Productions’ RENT performing “Seasons of Love.” 
Photo credit: The GW Hatchet

As a student at The George Washington University, I am actively involved in the student-run theatre organization, Forbidden Planet Productions, and I currently serve as the company’s Executive Producer. FPP is known for putting on musicals and straight plays, as well as its annual production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” I have performed and/or worked backstage in 13 FPP productions since my freshman year, but the past eight weeks have been the most meaningful, as I got to work on my all-time favorite show, RENT.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show (shame on you!), here’s a little background on it taken from Wikipedia:

RENT is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La bohème. It. tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

RENT has connected to millions of people since it first premiered on Broadway in 1996 and is

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Is Teach for America Really the Best Way to Fix America’s Education System?

A lot of my friends are applying for Teach for America this year. I see why they want to do it. It’s a great cause and it gives you another two years before you have to enter the “real world” and throw yourself into the scary job market. However, I am not sure if working for Teach for America is really the best way to help our country.

Though I believe that the organization has great intentions, I do not think that it is truly solving the problem of educational inequality in America. Children in inner-city schools need special attention and I find it hard to believe that a person who is straight-out-of-college and who has only been trained in teaching for five weeks is more qualified to teach children than a person who has done hours upon hours of observational training and who has a masters in education.

Yes, years of training does not necessarily make someone a great teacher, but how would you feel if it was your child who was being taught by a teacher who was not certified?

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Malala Yousafzai: Teenage Heroine

Two days ago, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen activist who made headlines last year when she was shot in the head by the Taliban, lost the prize to The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Even through she lost, the fact that she was nominated gives great hope to women and girls worldwide. At age 16, she would have been the youngest recipient of any Nobel Prize. 

Since age 11, Malala has risked her life fighting against the brutal Taliban. She is also a strong activist for women’s rights, working hard to fight for a girl’s right to education.

Malala was an international favorite for the prize, but just because she lost this year does not mean she has lost forever. Malala is an inspiration not only for girls and women, but for people of all genders worldwide. I would not be surprised if she gets nominated again in the near future and wins.

Check out this amazing interview with Malala on The Daily Show this past Tuesday.

Congratulations on your nomination, Malala!

~ Corinne

The End of “Breaking Bad” And Why Skyler White Rocks

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you don’t want to know the ending (yet)!!

This past Sunday, my favorite show came to a close. I am referring to “Breaking Bad,” of course. Since 2008, “Breaking Bad” has changed the way we look at protagonists. Walter White starts off the series as a nerdy high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer, and he ends the series with his well deserved death. At first, he is a sympathetic protagonist, and at the end, you cannot help but find yourself cheering for his death. He is the ultimate anti-hero.

Many people will disagree with me. One of my friends told me he cried when Walt died. I personally cried tears of joy. What started off as innocent chemistry in a van with a former student turned into Walt becoming an evil drug lord who took many lives. I lost all sympathy for Walt when he watched Jesse’s girlfriend from the second season, Jane Margolis, choke on her own vomit and die.

Since Walt is the main character and originally gets himself into the meth business for good reasons (to support his family), many people could not help but sympathize Read more