Author Archives: asillah

Do Mancaves exist at Bowdoin? Why?

Our conversation in class left me wondering, can πŸ‘¨πŸšΒ at Bowdoin be πŸ€—? Or are they inherently exclusive, and therefore, subordinate some? Off campus housing is an interesting concept at πŸŽ’. It’s a way for groups to create community and escape a πŸŽ’ culture they may not want to be a part of. Some of these off-campus houses may function as πŸ‘¨πŸš, maybe even some as she-sheds? But, as great as these places are for some, they may be exclusionary and even dangerous for others. But is it fair for us to say all πŸ‘¨πŸš are bad and shouldn’t exist? Or maybe we should look to πŸŽ’, and wonder why people are leaving off campus to create a better community for themselves…


πŸ‘¨πŸšΒ = mancaves

πŸ€—Β = inclusive

πŸŽ’Β = Bowdoin

Can Porn be Empowering?

The discussion that evolved from my expert question concerned a πŸ‘©’s agency vs. perceived agency. Is personal autonomy real if it depends on your subordination?

How can this effect a πŸ‘©’s relationship with πŸ‘¨ and with πŸ–₯? We also discussed πŸ—½ and πŸ–₯. Can πŸ–₯ or sex work be πŸ’ͺ? People were divided. I …

think that as a profession one consents to, it can be πŸ’ͺ. There are examples (The Netherlands, for one) that show how sex work can be predominately successful

and have a place within the economy. But, historically sex work was among few jobs available to low income, cis πŸ‘© of 🏽 and trans πŸ‘© of 🏽.

I was left questioning, what do we culturally deem as β€œπŸ’ͺ”? Perhaps we are looking at this from a narrow, Western lens of liberation…



πŸ‘©Β – woman

πŸ‘¨Β – men

πŸ—½Β – liberation

πŸ–₯Β – porn

πŸ’ͺΒ – empowering

🏽 – color