Issue 2 season of change

Land acknowledgment

Eugene School District 4j, South Eugene High School, and your Axe Magazine online would like to acknowledge that our institution sits on the homelands of the Kalapuya people.

In the Treaties of 1851 and 1854-1855, and the subsequent forced removals of many Indian people from western Oregon, some of the Kalapuya were moved to the Grand Ronde Reservation and some were moved to the Siletz Reservation. It is important to note that all of Lane County was an important trading and gathering area for camas and other resources.

During the Restoration Era, from 1977-1989, Lane County was designated at the Service Area for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians.

Eugene 4J District and South wish to acknowledge that descendants of the original and Service Area inhabitants of this land are still here today. They are thriving members of our schools and our communities. Countless members of other Tribes now also call our community and schools their home.

We wish to thank those original stewards of this land. We as outsiders on this land wish to remember that we need to take good care of this land and take good care of all members of our school district and community. Thank you for joining us.

Land acknowledgement courtesy of Brenda Brainard.

mission statement

The Axe is dedicated to the goals and ethics of journalism. As a student-run publication, our mission is to both inform the student body and spark discussion among the student body about the news within South Eugene High School and the wider community. We function under an open forum policy. We accept and may use in our publication the feedback and commentary of our readers. Email all inquiries: willis_b@4j.lane.edu.

CALENDAR

By Mira Ciccarello

BRIEFS

Photo courtesy of Towfiqu Barbhuiya on Unsplash.com

Vaccine Mandate and Healthcare Workers

With the new vaccine mandate, many businesses are required to lay off workers who are not in compliance. This mandate impacts hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The strain on healthcare workers during the pandemic has been immense, and with hundreds of healthcare workers being fired because they refuse to get the vaccine, that strain and stress for those who are vaccinated will only grow due to staffing shortages. – By Brice Emerson

Photo courtesy of Lina Nakagome

Fall playlist

By May Lafer-Kirtner

September by Earth Wind & Fire

Where the Colors Don’t Go by Sam Phillips

we fell in love in october by girl in red

Orange Magic by Julia Michaels

Long Live by Taylor Swift

Night Changes by One Direction

Where Does the Good Go by Tegan and Sara

Brutal by Olivia Rodrigo

Starting Line by Luke Hemmings

Cleopatra by Lumineers

Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Afterlife by Hailee Steinfeld

Sweater Weather by The Neighborhood

Canyon Moon by Harry Styles

Walls by Louis Tomlinson

Autumn Leaves by Ed Sheeran

OPINION EDITORIALS

Supergirl vs. Supercorp: Fighting for Queer Representation

By May Lafer-Kirtner

As winter nears, so does the finale of the sixth and final season of the CW’s Supergirl. Although there are still a series of episodes left, fans are anxiously waiting to see how the story will end for their favorite feminist Kryptonian, Kara Danvers (Mellisa Benoist) and the beloved Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). However, fans are even more excited for one thing: the possibility of Kara and Lena, often referred to as Supercorp, a mashup of Supergirl and L-Corp, becoming a couple.


Everyone knows of some dearly loved, gay, CW superheroes: the badass lesbian Batwoman and the bisexual hero, White Canary. So what exactly makes the Girl of Steel different?


Batwoman is a less popular show than Supergirl. It premiered in late 2020 and has not managed to draw the type of attention that Supergirl has. Batwoman (a.k.a. Kate Kane) looks stereotypically gay. She is short, muscular, and has a pixie cut – all things that would classically point to a character being gay. Kara and Lena are very feminine – both have long hair, like makeup, and wear skirts and dresses. They look this way because they are marketed towards the male gaze. Sara Lance (otherwise known as The White Canary) from Legends of Tomorrow is a bisexual woman, but she leads in a show that is mainly comedy, as well as the fact that her love interest is not as significant a character as her, or as powerful as her. Supergirl is a show that is more somber than either of the former mentioned, meaning it would be a much more serious decision to have the two lead women get together.


Many fans have been rooting for this couple to become canon since Lena’s debut in Season 2 and are now hoping that it will finally happen as the series wraps up. In particular, young queer people have been rooting for this relationship, asking for the queer representation they have been deprived of for decades. However, in a network with a history of teasing a queer relationship for years with no follow through, most recently pointed out by fans of Supernatural, is it likely that there will be a Supercorp endgame?


For queer youth, seeing two queer main characters would be a dream come true. In many shows, there are side characters who are gay – even Supergirl has Alex Danvers, Kara’s lesbian older sister – or a queer character with a maximum of three personality traits (once again, Supergirl’s Nia Nal). It is rare enough that there is a superhero who is both strong and soft, opinionated and sweet, one with deep thoughts and an open heart. It is equally rare to see a female lead like Lena Luthor, who has a dominant personality and a kind soul, both a genius and someone who still has plenty to learn.


To see two feminine women be in love, not just in fanfiction or in someone’s head, but in an official kiss-on-national-TV kind of way, would be incredible. The impact it would have on a generation to see a mainstream couple of powerful, queer women could be a defining moment. Kids would feel seen from a young age. The kinds of relationships they want are not just in niche YouTube couples or lesser known sequels, but are between two of the most inspiring characters in modern TV— a Super and a Luthor.


Queerbaiting is a way in which an individual or a media tries to draw in a queer audience by teasing a gay relationship, without making it official. We see this in Supergirl through the parallels drawn between their relationship and other, official, ones. For example, in Season 3, Lena’s boyfriend has a conversation with her in which he tells her that some lines cannot be crossed, even when you love someone. A bit later, Kara, as Supergirl, tells Lena that there are no lines she would not cross for a friend like Lena.


Another instance often cited by fans, is in one of the more recent episodes in Season 6, in which Lena gives romantic advice to one of her friends. The friend asks if the person he loves will ever forgive him for something he did, to which Lena tells him to wait, reminding him that Kara forgave her. Other interactions like these paired with stares that last a little too long, countless times they have gotten just a little too close, and the never-ending flirtatious remarks with no romantic outcome, make it clear that Supergirl is queerbaiting. The endless cycle of baiting and then pulling back makes many queer viewers feel like they are not really seen, or respected, by the showrunners.


After years of queer youth begging for representation, begging to be seen, to be heard, begging for the simple act of making a couple official, without true results, many fans are outraged. It is heartbreaking that in this day and age –, in the time of huge pride marches every June and of movies dedicated to young queer people and of the first ever transgender state senator – a show would still cater so much to the rules of a patriarchal, homophobic society. It is even more disappointing than it is enraging.


The worst thing, though, is the most likely reason this ’ship will probably never be canon. In many viewers’ minds, Supergirl and Lena Luthor are the most powerful characters in the show, even without the other. The sad truth of our mainstream media is that two powerful women just cannot be allowed to be together, because then there would be no one left for men to control.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT