House of Cards Season 6 Stands For Gender Equality

House of Cards Season 6: A Step In The Right Direction For Gender Equality

After the loss of powerhouse actor Kevin Spacey, House of Cards shows us that women can be powerful, too.

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Kevin Spacey, the face of the hit Netflix Series "House of Cards", was removed in the midst of filming Season 6 due to sexual misconduct allegations. Actor Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had made advances on him in 1986, in which Rapp was 14 years old and Spacey was 26. After the media got wind of the allegations, tens and twenties of other accusers came out of the woodworks against Spacey. These claims ranged from when Spacey was an up-and-coming actor in the 1980s to just a couple years ago. "House of Cards" immediately removed Spacey from his lead role as President Frank Underwood and Executive Producer of the series. Netflix proceeded to sever all ties with him. Suddenly, no major film companies wanted anything to do with one of the most prominent and popular actors of all time. To this, we can credit the movement against sexual assault in Hollywood and Entertainment Industries (see: Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, James Franco, the list goes on).

Claire Underwood (played by Robin Wright), the wife of Frank Underwood and First Lady of the United States in the show, was thrust into power as new President of the United States. Side note: this didn't happen randomly--there was a shift in power building up at the end of Season 5. Kevin Spacey's reputation as a determined, highly-respected, and ingenious president didn't miss a beat in transferring to the First Lady, as she inherited the Oval Office in Season 6. Without spoiling any details of the political thriller, Claire Underwood makes it clear that she is finished letting men trample over her and being degraded due to her gender. Just as Frank did in prior seasons, Claire makes a name for herself as a badass president and pioneer of women in power. The television critic in me is highly impressed. The feminist in me has both hands in the air, screaming for joy.

Let's not bullshit ourselves--with the removal of the face of the show, the second most powerful character was bound to be the new main event. It was a given that this had to be one of few realistic moves they could make. However, let's not forget the fantastic job that producers and directors did in illuminating the fact that women are just as capable of calling shots and making vital decisions for our country. This also speaks to the ideals of feminism, in which this show proves to be adjusting to the times and getting on the right page of gender equality. To go a step further, one has to think that the direction of the show must be a response to Spacey's allegations of mistreating men and women coworkers alike. So, let's applaud the direction that "House of Cards" chose to go. Not only did they rebound as a staple program of Netflix's Originals, but they contributed to the conversation of gender roles, one that we don't have often enough.

Here's to hoping that other shows recognize this trend in humanity and follow suit.

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

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There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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Cheers To Sophomore Year Of College

It's the end of an unchangeable era!

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As the year comes to an end, I would like to start with a huge thank you to my sophomore year. I'll be going out with a bang. Although it flew by like everyone said it would, I learned who I was as a person and let absolutely nothing hold me back. I never would have thought I would another major, Spanish, which I love so so much. I did. I am so passionate about business, but also the Spanish language and culture. I can do anything I put my mind to, and so can you.

Not only did I learn more with my studies, I learned some of the most valuable life lessons that I will forever hold dear to my heart. I learned to be myself and to ignore it when people try to judge me. Life is too short to pretend to be something that you're not. Next, I learned to chase after my dreams even if I'm tired of running. Dreams will come true if they are supposed to.

The memories will last a lifetime. The smiles, laughs, and hardships have shaped and molded me. I feel strong, stronger than ever. Sophomore year pushed me past my limits and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for me. There are always great things ahead of each and every person on this planet.

I feel emotional because it is halfway over, but I am so excited to have the people who love me around me in the next coming years, and see what they accomplish as well. I've learned how to know my worth and know that people should respect me. I learned to not expect too much from people! Don't settle for anything less than what you deserve. With that being said, cheers to junior year!

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