Blurred lines of empowerment

Cultural Crossroads

Despite the title of Robin Thicke’s new song, when a friend of mine first mentioned the “rapey” undertones of “Blurred Lines,” I was taken aback. The fact that the song’s music video is grotesque and objectifying wasn’t new to me, but I had failed to recognize these more problematic undertones
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How to get #TURNTUP when you’re sober

Sometimes, sober fun can be REAL fun. And we know for sure that most of you Cal students like to have REAL fun. But if you’re one of those people who think the idea that “sober fun can be fun” is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard, we understand your
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Best and Worst Dressed at the 2013 Met Gala

Red carpet glamour was given a punk edge last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Gala, which celebrated the opening of the Met’s spring exhibition, “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.” The Met Gala is typically fashion’s biggest night, and models, designers and Hollywood stars went all out for
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ArCATypes: Beying a diva

I guess you could say that I know a few things about divas. I got into Berkeley with an essay I wrote about dressing as a caricature of Gloria Gaynor while rocking my rendition of “I Will Survive.”
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Considering the counterfactual

In the lyrics of his 2012 song “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber sadly neglects perhaps the most ignored aspect of the English language: the subjunctive mood. “If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go.” Sorry, Justin. If you were my boyfriend, you’d never let me go. (Maybe I’d let you
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Beyonce: 4

Despite the current reign of Lady Gaga, for the last 10 years, pop music has been overshadowed by one name and one incredibly buoyant booty. Now with four solo albums to her credit, Beyonce has managed to maintain her position as the chart-topping diva of pop by making not only
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