Anais Rivero

  • March 6, 2018By Anais Rivero

    Movies, TV shows, and media as a whole have a profound impact on how we perceive love, sex, and romance. From the Disney princess movies we watched when we were young to more mature romances like The Notebook our ideas of how courtship and relationships work have been shaped by the media. However, a problematic concept is present

  • January 6, 2018By Anais Rivero

    With the Golden Globe Awards quickly approaching, the hype has officially begun. Millions will be tuning in to see their favorite actors walking down the red carpet, fawning over the adorable Stranger Things cast or critiquing the latest styles. However, the ultimate question of the night is which actors and movies will win in their respective categories? Below

  • January 2, 2018By Anais Rivero

    For someone, who grow up in a Cuban immigrant family my Spanish should be much more fluent than it is. I am fluent but unlike with English, Spanish words do not come as easily to me. When I was a little girl, Spanish used to be easier for me to speak but then I became

  • December 12, 2017By Anais Rivero

    This poem is about the word lover. We rarely use it but it still holds so much power. It describes how you sometimes fear to say it aloud because others may judge you for it—might judge who you have chosen your lover to be.   Lover what other word tastes so sweet on my tongue

  • December 12, 2017By Anais Rivero

    The 2018 Golden Globes nominations offered a few pleasant contenders, but for the most part, infuriated me. Many great actors, movies, shows, and directors did not receive their deserved recognition this year. Best Director Snub: Jordan Peele for ‘Get Out’: Despite creating one of the most important blockbusters of the year, Peele did not get even a nomination

  • December 4, 2017By Anais Rivero

    I would like to begin by saying that I am incredibly proud and enamored with the recent LGBT movies in cinema. From Moonlight to Carol same-sex love has finally received some of the attention and care it deserves on the big screen. However, with the recent release of Call Me By Your Name and it’s brilliant but ultimately straight

  • November 15, 2017By Anais Rivero

    This poem was inspired by the fierce and courageous Latina women I see every day, both inside and outside my family. Latina women undergo so much, especially those in the past who have dealt with colonization and violence in their home countries. I hope this poem expresses my admiration and gratitude for all Latina women, both

  • October 31, 2017By Anais Rivero

    I swallow, look down and burst into flames. The image of green eyes poking out of caramel skin and a smile full of mirth fills my head. I always use up all of my ink writing her down onto paper. She walks away from the table; I’m trembling in her wake, aching for a pen.

  • October 3, 2017By Anais Rivero

    Sorry guys, but the secret’s out: the romantic comedy genre is incredibly sexist and problematic. If women are not expected to “improve themselves” to get a man (see She’s All That), either their entire arcs surround their relationships with men or they are two-dimensional manic-pixie dream girls. This genre has women as the co-lead yet

  • August 30, 2017By Anais Rivero

    “What are you drinking?” the strange girl asked. Shao turned his head slightly, a curtain of dreads covering most of his face. He sat on the edge of the dock, a bit tipsy from his drink. The dark water of the lagoon lay before him almost black from the night sky. “The tears of small

  • August 14, 2017By Anais Rivero

    At around the age of 10, I truly began to hate my body. I have never been one of the skinny girls and people would always tell me to watch my weight, but at the beginning of middle school, I actively tried to lose weight. It led to my obsession with the scale and I

  • July 31, 2017By Anais Rivero

    I’ve always hated the saying “Don’t forget who you are”, it used to fill my gut with anger. It implied that everybody else knew me better than I knew myself, that they knew the “real” me and I didn’t. The implication is that change is bad, but my life is a constant journey, every day I am