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Shuci Zhang (‘23) creates enthralling new podcast, “Calm & Furious”

Shuci Zhang
Cover art of “Calm and Furious,” designed by Shuci Zhang (’23).

As we see in the Atlanta shooting, people kept discussing whether it was a race or sexism issue but wait for it… It’s both. It’s one of the public consciousness we need to shift. We really need to reexamine how these stereotypes and layers of oppression work together.

— Shuci Zhang ('23)

Earlier this month, Shuci Zhang (‘23) published a podcast titled “Calm & Furious,” in which Shuci informs her listeners of the history of feminism and antiracism while tackling some of the stigmas that surround them. With hours of research and eloquent delivery, her first 18-minute podcast about feminism takes big steps towards her goal. She chose the song “Queendom” by AURORA to introduce her topic of feminism, calling the lyrics “the words to the all-encompassing feminist spirit of our time.”

Feminism has often rendered controversial due to misinterpretation of the term. While the actual definition means to pursue equality between all genders, some people angrily view feminism as the suggestion that women are superior to men. Some also see feminism as a way of being aggressive and reckless, with jokes about burning feminine items, although those types of actions were simply from one small group of radical feminists. These stereotypes and negative associations divide and distract people from the real issue at hand: gender equality.

Shuci introduces the four feminist movements and discusses the various issues these groups encountered while protesting. Ironically, as feminists strive for equality between genders, they have consistently disregarded the needs of women of color. As time went on, intersectionality became more appreciated and recognized throughout the movement. By identifying the layers of oppression and talking about issues, we can properly bring women of color and LGBTQ+ women to the forefront of the movement.

The first and second women’s movements were focused on voting, abortion, and birth control rights. Third-wave feminism, or as Shuci calls it, “intersectional reclamation,” began to explore the levels of feminism, advocating for an even broader scale of issues. This movement focused on sexual harassment and assault while redefining the idea of feminism. The fourth movement occurred during the Trump era, the Me-Too movement, which raised awareness for sexual assault and violence.

Shuci plans to explore the nostalgia of the white world and satire pieces in future podcast episodes. She also hopes to create a miniseries about white women being the wrong face of the movement due to privilege, and how to handle misogyny. Shuci additionally aims to open discussions about victimhood in order to reverse the vilification of the term, as this negatively impacts the number of women reporting injustice.

“Calm & Furious” additionally has well-edited background music, with compiled clips from cited TED talks that discuss feminism. She takes time brainstorming and took one night to produce the first episode, although she researched for a week. Shuci helps inform and redefine feminism. “Calm & Furious” is a podcast that deserves a listen.


Shuci Zhang’s podcast, Calm & Furious: 





Additional links: 

Waves of feminism 

Myths of feminism 

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Heloise Robertson
Heloise Robertson, Chief Copy Editor
Delightful and entertaining Heloise Robertson (‘23) is a cherished personality at Webb for her friendly face and hilarious jokes. Our new Chief Copy Editor is a secretly talented chef, a caring camp counselor, an avid fan of horror literature, and the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s fastest editor. She has learned the importance of teamwork and empathy through participating in basketball and cross country. If you need a hand, hers is out to pick you up. Her personal goals this year are to keep a healthy self-care routine, starting with making her bed every morning before school. Heloise’s vision board for journalism includes making sure every article is timely, ensuring that she spots every grammar mistake, and including the student body in the publication better. Knock on this Head Editor’s Jameson dorm room, and you’ll find her eating sushi, watching Despicable Me, and lying on her stuffed elephant.  “This Charming Man” by The Smiths 
Shuci Zhang
Shuci Zhang, Editor of Audiovisual
Shuci Zhang (‘23) is a revolutionary. Originally from Beijing, she is a fierce advocate for environmental justice and several other social movements, sharing her bold ideas through her passion, podcasting. In the past, she participated in Webb’s podcast-focused afternoon activity, KWEBB, in addition to creating and editing her own podcast series, Calm and Furious. Some of Shuci’s other ventures at Webb include being an active member of chapel council, playing softball, and serving as president of the environmental club. This summer, Shuci had the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., where she interviewed a climate activist who is a part of the Sunrise Movement –a progressive youth movement to stop climate change– like herself. This activist and many others inspired Shuci, who plans to incorporate their input into her pursuits both at Webb and later in life. When she is not fighting for the causes she believes in, Shuci enjoys exploring a wide variety of art in museums such as LACMA and reading nonconformist literature, especially Oscar Wilde. Tying her passions to journalism, one of Shuci’s goals for the WCC this year is to bring more media, particularly podcasts, to the publication so it can become an ingrained element of Webb news.  Favorite song: “Ceremony” by New Order 

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