Precarious and Performative Play Web Paper 3

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Chain of Alliance

            I spent a considerable amount of time thinking about how I would go about this project/paper. I was concerned that I would not be able to properly project my thoughts regarding alliances, and “right relationships” and activism. I know many of us, including myself, were moved and motivated by Eve Ensler’s “Over It,” but I was concerned about trying to tackle the issue of rape for several reasons. I was also considering doing some sort of anti-bullying campaign or video, but there are already so many existing alliances out there (,, and they are wonderful resources that offer support and encouragement for queer, questioning, and LGBT youth.

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Orange Alert

Gender Pay In-equality: A Call to Action In Orange Art

Attached are two documents:

Word.doc With pay gap data & reflective writing.

Artistic reintrepretation of possible road signage: photos of 14 different painted caution signs included.


Lee Wacker

Web-Event 3

Gender Pay In-equality: A Call to Action In Orange Art



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Right Relationships of Youth: Entangling Time

Strengthening a Right Relationship that Should Already Exist

When Jason Landau-Goodman contacted me asking if I could help get Rainbow Alliance involved with the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC,, I was thrilled. Yes, I (selfishly) thought. This will increase our relationship with other schools in the area, making our events bigger, and more exciting, and allowing us to have successful activism attempts.

Meanwhile, PSEC continued to grow, having strength in the numbers they were bringing in.

When re-examining what Rainbow Alliance was doing, I felt kind of discouraged, and slightly ashamed. Our connections within the bi-co and the tri-co were not that strong (though they have been getting stronger since joining PSEC). Before PSEC we’ve had virtually no connection with Villanova University, a Catholic-affiliated university that is probably facing a whole different range of problems than Bryn Mawr may be facing. I feel that most of the issues Rainbow Alliance have been facing have stemmed from lack of attendance, which is usually due to several events on campus being scheduled on top of each other. In this generation of Rainbow Alliance, we’ve never had to face issues with administration, our events, or event funding. In fact, because we are an affinity group, we get an extra level of support from the Alliance of Multicultural Organizations (AMO).

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The Arc

Although cheesy, the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true. To express the concept of “right relationships”, I have “curated” an online exhibit of photographs. Although all of the photographs are real, because I have borrowed them from other websites, I have created my own titles for them. Additionally, for some of the photographs, the captions below the titles are not accurate for that specific photograph, but rather are based on the content of the photograph.

Because I am not computer-savvy enough to create a virtual gallery space, I will use my words to help you imagine the exhibition space in which this exhibit would be on display. Imagine a large, open room with light, sandy-colored wood floors and high white walls. There is also an expansive wall of windows allowing for natural sunlight to flood the gallery. The photographs would be 24” by 18” framed inside of a 2” white mat and a 1.5” solid black frame. The titles and captions would be printed on cards and mounted on the wall next to the bottom right-hand corner of the frame.

The Arc

Written on the wall, to be seen as the first thing when entering the exhibit:

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Make Me Feel So Damn Unpretty

"I Feel Pretty/Unpretty" -Glee Cast

“Or was there nothing? nothing but an incomparable beauty which she lived behind, and could do nothing to disturb?” – Virginia Woolf

Several summers ago, I was privileged to obtain an internship in New York City working in the Beauty Department of a major women’s magazine. While attending meetings with editors, I took notes on trends and studied patterns that arose for different seasons and makeup lines. Sitting in a closet (literally!) for eight hours each week day gave me a lot of time to research the products that were sent for the editors’ consideration. Within the samples that sent to the magazine were numerous advertisements, marketing strategies, and notes about how to pitch products.

Part of my internship required that I complete an academic independent study once back on campus; I chose to look at how trends in fashion and beauty carried across several other women’s magazines, being that I had first-hand experience working in the area. It’s pretty safe to say the Bryn Mawr fashion is a little bit different than that of Manhattan, being that we’re students and can get away with wearing pajamas or heels to class.

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Refugees and Right Relationships

To preface this paper, I would like to note that for the past six months I have been volunteering at an organization which processes newly arrived refugees. It is after a lengthy legal processing and waiting abroad that refugees finally arrive here, where a number of social services are provided. Such services include cultural orientation, health screening, as well as help with welfare, housing, and employment. The organization’s function is not only to help make the initial transition into American life as smooth as possible, but also to help the newly arrived refugees assimilate and become self sufficient in the long term. My particular role at this organization (and what will evolve into the focus of this paper) is the delivery of a health orientation. This orientation is meant to introduce the American health care system and prepare refugees for their health screening. Although it is both helpful and indispensable, it also brings to light structural problems in the refugee/healthcare system which I would like to address:

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"The Ugly Footprint of Africa's Black Gold"


     Chris Cleave’s best-selling novel “Little Bee” narrates the entangled lives of two very different women from two very different worlds: one from the safe and peaceful Britain, the other from the oil-torn and secretly brutal Nigeria. Little Bee seeks refuge in Britain after fleeing the violence brewing in her homeland over oil, violence that the government turns a blind eye to. While “Little Bee” is a novel, in a Q&A with Cleave he admits that the story does have a basis in reality, though the details and individuals themselves are fictional. On his website, Cleave invites his readers to “Explore the Issues,” providing links to supplemental material on Nigeria, the oil drilling in the Niger Delta, and refugees and asylum seekers. While the page title is “Explore the Issues,” the URL, in fact, reads “get involved.” It seems that through “Little Bee” Cleave is using a novel, a fictitious voice, to reach out to readers who may not pick up a book on human rights or contemporary global events to inform them of issues that may not directly affect them, but weave into the web of humanity’s entanglement and codependence. What is the relationship between Cleave’s fiction and the reality of the almost 160 million Nigerians and all those connected to them? That is what this essay aims to determine.

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Activism Begins at Home: A Plenary Resolution Regarding the Admission of Trans Female Applicants to Bryn Mawr College

A few weeks ago, I created a blog post that discussed Bryn Mawr’s policy of case-by-case acceptance of the applications of prospective trans female students for review. Since this post, I have been spurred by the ideas we have discussed regarding creating right relationships: it is not enough to grant rights, which requires one group to assume authority over another, but rather, all groups must be treated respectfully, and with dignity and equality. It is in the spirit of respect, dignity, and equality that I introduce a draft of a Plenary resolution that recommends the unconditional review of applications of prospective trans female students for review by the Office of Admissions.

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The nature of our entangled relationships; can we actually form a right relationship?

I had attempted to create a video paper for this webevent but I encountered a couple of technical difficulties that 1. did not allow me to be a little more creative and 2. made the audio and the visual not match up perfectly. (YouTube...)

But I wanted to include my actual point in case the video wasn't clear. The right relationship that I had tried to build was the relationship surrounding the reproductive health bill. Through my lesson plans, I had the intention to working within the social context of the Philippines (or as I sometimes refer to it, the motherland) to improve sex education and thus, help alleviate the large population growth, lack of resources as well as educate the youth about sex in general. My point (or you could even say the thesis of this paper) is that although I am very connected and "entangled", through my roots, I still find it difficult to be considered as an insider because I still diffract the issues through the lens of someone who has been educated and who grew up in another country. Thus, I question whether or not I really have the right to be giving advice in the first place.

Sorry if it was difficult to watch or follow! I wasn't really so sure about how to fix that problem...



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