This stigma hasn't necessarily abated since the publishing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," the bestselling erotic romance novel from British author E.L. James that spurred two sequels and a blockbuster film franchise. That series was many readers' first forays into erotic fiction, which had long been a vital part of the genre, said Jen Lois, a sociology professor at Western Washington University.
"Soccer moms were discovering it and in a way bringing more respectability to the genre," Lois said. "But at the same time, it became a stereotype for the entire genre. So it mainstreamed romance, but it stigmatized it as well."
When Celina Espinoza and Jazmyn Williams arrived on Western Washington University’s campus in September, the Skagit County 18-year-olds already knew more about their new school than the average freshmen.
Espinoza and Williams are among the first students to arrive at Western after having gone through the university’s Compass 2 Campus program, which sends WWU students to area school districts to work with students in grades 5-12 to encourage them to complete high school and consider higher education.
Nora Helmer’s husband is a clueless jerk who treats his wife like brainless chattel, but that didn’t stop audiences who first watched Danish playwright Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House from being aghast when her character chose to leave her spouse—and her children—behind at the end of the three-act play.
When the work by the father of modern drama premiered at Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre in 1879, the controversy wasn’t just contained to those who’d seen the production. Nope, citizens far and wide were concerned it wasn’t realistic that a woman seeking individual self-fulfillment would make the decision to flee from a man who refused to acknowledge the sacrifices she’d made for him over the years—including forging her father’s name for a loan designed to save her husband’s life.
The Western Washington women's soccer team saw its 39-game winning streak come to an end the last weekend of the regular season, but one streak remains intact. The Vikings are DII soccer's road warriors.
Western Washington is 17-0-1 on the road the past two seasons, a perfect 10-0 in 2017. This team has lost just one game in two seasons, but what's most impressive is that the Vikings have done most of their winning away from their Bellingham, Washington home. This is a team that needs to take a bus two hours just to get to the airport for their cross-country travels.
Western Washington University Police are investigating a report of a man who hid in shower inside a women’s bathroom at a residence hall on campus over the weekend, according to a Western advisory email sent out Monday afternoon.
A man exposed himself early Friday to a woman who was outside a residence hall on Western Washington University’s campus.
Around 2:58 a.m., a female Western student called university police and reported seeing a man exposing himself outside the Ridgeway Gamma residence hall.
The student told police she was sitting in a lounge on the southwestern side of the building when she saw a man trying to enter the building, but could not get in because it was locked, according to a Western police alert. The man then exposed himself while looking at the woman, which the woman saw through a reflection in the window, the alert said. The man then fled.
Western Washington University’s Library is located in the picturesque, quaint and forested town of Bellingham.