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Kirby Davis

Notes of Nostalgia

High school dances may be a cesspool of sweat and hooligans, but one dance I went to will always hold a special place in my heart.  When I was a sophomore in high school, my school held a masquerade-themed Winter Formal. Traditionally, it was a girls-ask-guys dance, but I went with a few of my friends. 

"Miss Americana" first premiered at Sundance Film Festival at the end of January.

‘Miss Americana’ will endear, or at least explain, Taylor Swift to you

“Miss Americana,” the new Taylor Swift documentary, made me feel guilty for going through a period in which I no longer liked Swift. I discovered her in 2010, and her second album helped me through a dramatic eighth-grade friendship breakup the following year. I was officially a fan, and so was nearly everyone else I knew, regardless of gender.

Miss Americana and the oldest daughter complex

I live in a house with three other oldest daughters, and it shows. Our house is always clean. We’ve mastered the art of domestic coziness, provide our younger friends a candlelit respite from their dorms and if someone is making a breakfast more elaborate than cereal or toast, they always cook for everyone. Rarely is one of us upset for more than 20 minutes before the others notice and sit them down to talk about their feelings or offer to bake them cookies. We are all currently, or have previously been, leaders of student organizations. Our families like to communicate their issues with each other through us.  We are all stressed.

University sexual assault policies aren’t great now. But they used to be worse.

In early December two years ago, I was waiting to hear back from the Office of Student Ethics and Conflict Resolution (OESCR) about the results of my sexual assault investigation. I reported an incident from my sophomore year. I didn’t know if reporting was the right thing to do, because while the incident met one of the standard definitions of sexual assault (“unwanted sexual” contact), it wasn’t rape. It took me awhile to realize maybe I had been assaulted, and much longer to stop hanging out with the guy I reported. But my friends and Title IX office employees assured me the incident was worth reporting, and I did. The guy was found “not responsible” of violating the Student Code of Conduct, meaning a panel of OESCR judges believed what happened was consensual.

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ is what we (women) need in 2019

Last fall, when Netflix released “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” a soon-to-be-three-season spectacle of Satanic special effects and a love triangle on the side, the original “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” started streaming on Amazon Prime. The latter, which ran from 1996 to 2003, has a very different tone than “Chilling Adventures.” It’s a sitcom, not an hour-long drama, and full of delicious 1990s camp and velvet outfits. I watched all of it last fall. I can’t speak for “Chilling Adventures,” because I didn’t get through the first season, but “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” may be the most feminist TV show out there besides Freeform’s “The Bold Type.” There’s nothing more empowering than a funny, intelligent female witch being raised by two other funny, intelligent female witches, with no human male influence necessary (besides their cat, Salem, who’s very vocal).