The Paisano

Simping: The subtle art of misogyny

Illustration by Emmanuelle Maher

Joseph Torres, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

​Have you seen the term “simp” being used lately? I have, and I had no idea what it meant until a quick search online enlightened me with the latest Gen-Z lingo. “Simp” is actually an acronym I don’t find very pleasant. According to Men’s Health, it stands for “Sucker Idealizing Medioc...

Slyvia Plath with the ego of Madonna’

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Paris Cantu, Staff Wirter

January 21, 2020

During the rise of third-wave feminism, Elizabeth Wurtzel provided her unique voice that commanded attention with narcissistic “sad girl” tones. At age 27, Wurtzel published her first book, “Prozac Nation,” which dominated the feminine memoir scene of the 90s. Her book details her depression and...

Between the Lines: Women on Women

Between the Lines: Women on Women

Paris Cantu

November 13, 2019

Beginning in the Jazz Age, Vanity Fair set the groundwork for a publication that would reign over the world of entertainment for a century. Their latest venture in anthologies, “Women on Women,” is an example of the power of femininity, through the pen of a female writer. “Women on Women” is...

Big Sis Advice #ChangeRapeCulture: Safe Spaces

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Kimiya Factory

September 4, 2019

Imagine someone crying actual tears to you about “the struggle” that is known as your existence. “They’re so sorry that you’re oppressed, and they could never understand what a day in your shoes must be like.” At first, it’s flattering to think someone might “get it,” but after a couple...

I am not a feminist

Marchers hold up hand written protest signs.

Rudy Sanchez

February 26, 2019

I am not a feminist. I support and advocate for gender equality in all areas of society. I support women’s reproductive rights to choose. I understand we live in a patriarchal society where people are systematically disadvantaged. I understand that I, a cisgendered man, am endowed with certain privileges....

Profile: Meet Professor Sarah Montoya

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Isaac Serna

March 30, 2018

Practicality or design brought Professor Sarah Montoya back to UTSA, with one significant difference—she is behind the lectern. Her research ranges from feminism, cyber studies, and the LGBTQ community to colonialism. Montoya was UTSA’s first student to earn a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies....

‘Iron Jawed Angels’ inspires class

Suffragists during the early 19th century.
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Emily Hubbard

March 28, 2018

A few weeks ago my history professor, Jennifer Dilley, assigned her class to watch “Iron Jawed Angels” to tie in with our study of the suffrage movement. After watching the film I felt that as a woman I had a responsibility to share the works of these women and continue their fight for equal tre...

Q&A: Jo Ann Andera

Director of Texas Folklife Festival Jo Ann
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Katy Gilbert

January 18, 2018

Jo Ann Andera will be inducted in the 2018 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame class after nearly 50 years of work at the UTSA Institute of Texas Cultures, serving as director of the Texas Folklife Festival for 37 of those years. The Paisano sat down with Andera to discuss her history with the Institut...

Empowerment through sisterhood

Empowerment through sisterhood

Danielle Throneberry

June 4, 2016

Did you ever think that you would hear the words “sorority” and “feminist” in the same sentence? Does the combination of these words confuse your preconceived notion of what exactly a sorority is? Movies like “House Bunny” and “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” depict sorority members as un...

Girls, dumb isn’t cute

October 11, 2015

The “pretty-but-dumb” female character stereotype has been overdone in movies, TV shows and books for years. From a young age, women are taught that, in order to be perceived as desirable and fit into the typical female ideal, they must act in a way that does not threaten a man: not demonstrating ...

Separate views, equal women

April 14, 2015

The feminist movement has a long history with many interpretations. It’s a common misconception that feminism aims to make women the social equals of men. While this isn’t totally false, it’s a problematic position to a multi-faceted argument, one where feminism is often interpreted as a negative...

TEDx seminar explores beauty standards in media

February 4, 2014

Daryl Smith On Saturday, Feb. 1, TEDx debuted its first intimate, participatory discussion on redefining beauty. TEDx volunteers used salon in its original meaning, showcasing and defining the art of beauty. Events kicked off when Molly Cox, lead announcer, set the tone of the ...