Coming Home (?!?)


I went home, I conquered home, and then I came back... home. I think figuring out what home means is difficult; difficult because it changes frequently and completely, and is entirely dependent on what I'm categorizing as where I live. Is your home:

1. Where you live now?: in which case, my home is Charlottesville. I miss it when I'm gone, I'm comfortable when I'm here. But surely that isn't enough? Is your home:

Bad A** Woman of the Week: Janet Napolitano

There are many recipes for being a bada** woman. This is one that we particularly admire:

Graduate from Santa Clara University with a Truman Scholarship as their first female valedictorian. Get your JD from the University of Virginia School of Law (WAHOOWA!). Serve as a clerk for the honorable Judge Mary Schroeder on the U.S Court of Appeals. Be the attorney general and then governor of Arizona. Become the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Bodies We Want: Female Athletes at U.Va

Women between the ages of 18-21 are known to have the worst body image problems. But what about female athletes? ESPN claims that these are women who are supposed to have the "best" bodies that most females idolize.

We wanted to hear what the athletes had to say about their changing bodies.

How do they feel bench-pressing more weight than their male friends and boyfriends? How do they feel having to stretch out their shirts to fit over their muscles? How do they feel when other girls call them intimidating?

Gender, Identity, and Social Media

We live in an age of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn…if you can connect to it, we’re on it. How do we make sense of the undeniable lure of these virtual communication avenues—is it our modern day society? Is it something internally motivated, maybe a fear of being alone? Perhaps it is a combination of both? And furthermore, what does this inescapable intermingling of communication, social media, and the virtual world mean for society’s vision of gender?

Iris Playlist Two: Spoooky!

Hauntingly selected by Addie Bender. We’re getting ready for Halloween here at the Iris office! You’re going to want to turn up the bass on this playlist, which features some of the most classic EDM anthems of the past year or two. We couldn’t leave out the original Halloween jams either- check out the “Monster Mash” and of course, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”!

We love Salsa!

Sweating, smiling, laughing, messing up, and feeling incredible. That is my state of mind and body on Sunday nights, Monday nights, Tuesday nights, Wednesday nights, and any other night I can find. I have danced for a long time, but I only started Latin dancing last year, here at U.Va. Since then, as anyone who knows me can tiredly attest, Latin dancing has been a huge part of my life.


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