Pornographic Violence

By Marian Phillips Marian is a first year student in the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Over the last year the United States has bared witness to a resurgence of legislature aimed at restricting sexually explicit images based on a possibility of violence, or risk of health. This year alone has seen Florida’s House of Representatives successfully declare the material as a … Continue reading Pornographic Violence

Welcome to R/V September 2011: The Pop Culture Issue

Hello and welcome to the *new* RE/VISIONIST!  As a matter of form, let me first note that my co-editor Caroline and I are beyond stoked to present the very first (and very fabulous) issue of this year’s line-up. You may have noticed some changes, both in content and format.  Please consider these a good thing.  While the appearance is different, the underlying core values of … Continue reading Welcome to R/V September 2011: The Pop Culture Issue

Deep Play: Katy Perry and the Revenge of the Candy Ravers by Brian Donovan

{Brian Donovan is a cultural and historical sociologist, author of White Slave Crusades: Race, Gender, and Anti-Vice Activism, 1887-1917, and an associate professor of sociology at the University of Kansas.} Cultural sociologists theorize that musical likes and dislikes tells us more about the listeners than anything inherent in the music. The music we adore mirrors and creates a lifestyle, or habitus, that we share with … Continue reading Deep Play: Katy Perry and the Revenge of the Candy Ravers by Brian Donovan

BRITNEY: A MANIFESTO by Caroline Biggs

{Caroline Biggs is a graduate student in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College, fashion addict, pop cultural junkie, and girl-about-NYC.} Britney Spears changed my life. At first, this sentence may seem absurd to you for reasons including (but not limited to): 1. I am nearly 30 years old, 2. It is 2011, 3. I am an educated, self-described feminist, as well as an art, music, … Continue reading BRITNEY: A MANIFESTO by Caroline Biggs

Beyonce: A Visual Essay X John Walker

{John Walker is a Sarah Lawrence graduate who really likes the internet a lot.} “Well, I care!” When I was in college, (oh, is that weird to say in the past tense) I always strove to maintain a neutral voice in my academic writing.  Nothing was monolithic; my perspective was never universal.  Well, I’m not in school anymore, and if there is one subject to … Continue reading Beyonce: A Visual Essay X John Walker

Ten Questions

{Inspired by Proust, I compiled a list of ten questions and sent them out to some of the most fascinating women I knew [or could hope to know]. Every month: their response. This month features the Directors of the renowned Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College: Priscilla Murolo and Rona Holub} Ten Questions with Priscilla Murolo 1. Describe yourself in one word. Straightforward. 2. To … Continue reading Ten Questions

Listen: Hawley Shoffner

{LISTEN!} I first met Hawley Shoffner when I was an undergraduate at the University of Kansas. I was always the loud, boisterous, blonde at the party and she was the cute, stylish, brunette (rumored to be a near-prodigal musician). All I knew was that she had a ukulele, a love of old Hollywood, and quite the soft spot for Veruca Salt. Needless to say, I … Continue reading Listen: Hawley Shoffner

On Being a Woman: Thoughts on the “Reality” of Jersey Shore

By K. Reece K. Reece is a writer with a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the assistant editor at Sarah Lawrence magazine. “GTL, Kate, GTL.” I clear my throat and adjust my phone. “Excuse me?” I ask. “What the hell does ‘GTL’ stand for?” “Gym, tan, laundry,” he says. “That’s what Mike and Pauly D say. I’ve gotten into it. … Continue reading On Being a Woman: Thoughts on the “Reality” of Jersey Shore

intercontinental musings X kelly banbury

Kelly Banbury is a visualist, culturalist, and globe-trotter. She will be sharing personal photos from her side of the world exclusively for RE/Visionist every month.  Jenny Holzer’s Art Car at Munich’s BMW Museum is adorned with the statements “Protect Me From What I Want,” “Lack of Charisma Can Be Fatal,” “The Unattainable Is Invariably Attractive,” and my personal fave, “You Are So Complex You Don’t Respond to Danger.” … Continue reading intercontinental musings X kelly banbury

[I liked you better before]: poems

By Jamie Agnello For our pop-cultural issue, Jamie let us use two of her celebrated poems (inspired by the character of Chuck Bass on “Gossip Girl”). You can find more of these linguistic gems at  http://ilikedyoubetterbefore.tumblr.com/ I Liked You Better Before Have a glass of champagne. Please. We’re closing the kitchen early. You think I don’t know why you left town? It’s a party. Things … Continue reading [I liked you better before]: poems