Four Minute Lecture: Professor Gilda Rodríguez

Way back in the day, we at the Thrill used to do something called Four Minute Lectures, in which we’d get professors to talk about their research and interests for four(ish) minutes! We’ve decided to bring that feature back with Professor Gilda Rodríguez of the Women’s and Gender Studies department. Her research is focused on different organizations of gender and societal roles in cultures that the Western gaze would deem as “primitive” or “underdeveloped” (hint: the Western gaze is veeerryyy wrong). Anyway, I’ve done enough talking. Time to listen to Professor Rodríguez’s lecture! I 10000% promise you will learn something (and if you don’t, I will give you your money back). Enjoy!

Thank you, Michael “Webboi” Lahanas, for using the fancy film things to do the fancy filming and editing!

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Lit Lit: The Argonauts

Lit Lit: The Argonauts

“I would give my life for The Thrill. WRITE THAT DOWN.” –Corn Mush


Lit Lit is a segment I host here on The Thrill in which I get someone lit (interpret that as you will) and then that someone chooses a work of literature and gives me a summary and quick discussion of the themes of that work. This time, I had the pleasure of getting two people lit, who will be referred to throughout as Tomato Rake, and Corn Mush. Both Tomato and Corn will be talking with me about The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, a work of “autotheory” which I will soon find out what that means. Our dialogue is written in plain old font, our actions in italics. Continue reading

Jack Halberstam at Kenyon!



Tonight at 7:30, gender and queer theorist Jack Halberstam will be giving a talk in the Community Foundation Theater in Gund Gallery! The lecture’s called “Trans* Bodies, Hapticality and Popular Culture.” It’s always interesting to learn about queer theory and gender, so if you have time, you should go!

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Queer 101: Being Genderqueer in a Sorority (& Other Exciting Adventures)


Cassgender??? More like BADASS-GENDER!!! (via

Hey, queer human beans & allies of Kenyon! Remember me? In case you’ve forgotten, I’m Caitie March ’19, one of the writers for Queer 101. Today’s article is going to be a bit different from all the others, because I’m going to be talking about my own ~personal experiences~ here at Kenyon!! Long story short, gender is weird, coming out is weird, and I’d really like to talk about it. I hope y’all will be down to talk about it, too.

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Project Open Voices: “On Feeling Like a Phony Queer”

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of Project Open Voices, a coalition of students providing a platform for open dialogue on campus. Today’s essay is titled “On Feeling Like a Phony Queer” and was authored anonymously. POV is now accepting new submissions for its gender and sexuality special edition, so if you want to share your story, email If you would like to remain anonymous, you can submit by signing into a second email account: (password: kenyoncollege).

I should begin by saying that I’m blessed to know many wonderful people in the queer community. As a whole, I have been met with widespread acceptance, even at the times that have been most confusing in the process of coming to terms with my sexuality. But I’m writing this now as more of a reminder to everyone, even those in the queer community, to be empathetic of the experiences of those that identify differently than you. Continue reading

Four-Minute Lecture: Professor Sarah Murnen

Welcome to Four-Minute Lectures.  All semester, we will be bringing in professors you know and love to deliver Four-Minute micro-lectures for the betterment of our minds.  They will encompass a wide variety of topics and departments.

murnenThis week’s Four-Minute Lecture is with Samuel B. Cummings Jr. Professor of Psychology Sarah Murnen. Murnen is a social psychologist who studies gender-related issues from a feminist, socio-cultural perspective. Specifically, Murnen examines how the status difference between women and men in American society might be developed and maintained through various gender-related behaviors.

Watch the lecture after the jump!

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Deb Ball is for Faggots

The author prepares for Deb Ball 2010 (photo by Hanna Washburn ’14)

Two weekends ago, a few hours before Deb Ball, some boys yelled “faggot” at me. They were standing right across the lawn from my New Apt. I could see them from my doorway.

Earlier that day, a few leaves had blown through my front door. No one had vacuumed in the pre-Deb Ball chaos and so they remained, clinging to the carpet of my ground floor apartment. The leaves brushed up against my roommate’s exposed ankles when he emerged from the bathroom, wearing men’s knit socks and a breezy floral dress. My girlfriend and I quipped and cooed at him in his dress because sometimes, gender play is allowed to be silly. Deb Ball is fun.

As my roommate bemoaned his outfit’s lack of pockets, I rolled my eyes and pulled on my jacket. My girlfriend and I walked outside and joined hands. We headed off to a pregame in another New Apt. Ahead of us were six boys talking outside of B Block. They were wearing sweatshirts, baseball hats, jeans, and sneakers. None of them were dressed in drag. They looked like bros, which is a word I hate to use (see this post for my reasoning), but I’m not quite sure how else to describe them. They stood in a tight group, hands either gripping beers or jammed into pockets, and as we approached them they looked in our direction.

“Yo, Meg,” they shouted. I ignored them.

“Yo, Meg!” they insisted. They were loud. They seemed drunk. I didn’t make eye contact with them as we got closer.

“Deb Ball’s the night that everyone’s inner faggot comes out,” one called out.

Read on after the jump:

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