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“Shrinking Women,” by Lily Myers at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The poem was awarded Best Love Poem at the tournament. 
 
There are so many great things going on in Myers’ poem. She discusses society’s expectation that women be thin throughout their entire lives, while men can get as jolly and fat as they’d like once they reach a certain age. 
 
This poem brings to mind the blog, Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train. In the blog, people take pictures of men sprawling out on subways, trains, etc., taking up way more space than women, who often sit with their legs crossed and hands in their laps. The blog aims to expose the fact that women are always trying to take up as little space as possible (whether that’s by their weight or just the way that they’re sitting) while men are encouraged to take up as much space as they’d like.
 
Myers’ poem focuses a lot more on the fact that women are expected to be thin, yet body placement is another important topic to bring up when discussing gender norms.
 
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“Bitches Gots to Learn” Why Orange Is The New Black Kicks Ass

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you haven’t watched the entire first season!

As a college student who has been home on winter break for the past three weeks, I have found myself content in my natural habitat: on my bed consuming as much Netflix as humanly possible.

This week, I decided to watch the Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black.” I had heard from multiple friends that it was awesome so I figured I’d take a stab at it. I was not disappointed.

The show is a feminist’s dream. Since it takes place in a women’s prison, a large majority of the characters are female. Many of these female characters are multidimensional and force the viewer to set aside stereotypes and remember that prison inmates are human too. You can’t help but feel sympathy for these women. The stories of how they ended up in prison are told, and you see how being isolated from society can really change a person.

There are three things in that this show does well that really stood out for me, and they are diversity, the presence of multidimensional queer women, and the tackling of controversial subjects.

Diversity

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