Follow Your Dreams, Even If You Fail

I know that I will struggle…hell, I’m struggling already and I’ve barely got one foot in the door. But I would rather fight tooth and nail for every piece of the life I want and deserve, than settle for one out of fear of failure.

LGBT Representation: Analyzing TV’s War on Lesbians

GLAAD study on representation in the media Where We Are on TV revealed several troubling statistics including one that states that lesbian representation decreased dramatically from the previous year, down to 17%. Last year’s percentage was 33.

13 Reasons Why and the Media’s Handling of Sensitive Topics

Coverage of suicide is a difficult subject to tackle, especially in television but I think if viewers should read 13 Reasons Why as a reminder to occasionally step outside of ourselves and acknowledge that our beliefs, actions and behaviors do not exist in a vacuum. No one ever truly knows what issues the people around them are already dealing with so we need to make our best effort to not adding to the suffering of others.

Deconstructing Twilight

In class we talked about Leslie A. Grinner’s “Bella’s Choice: Deconstructing Ideology and Power in the Twilight Saga” and her framework for analysis SCWAMP, which stands for Straight, Christian, White, Able-bodied, Male, and Property holding.

Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s War on Women

The way that women are portrayed in popular media, specifically in advertising, is absolutely disgusting. Women’s’ bodies are constantly being used to sell anything from food to tools and luxury items like perfume and cars. The female form is often reduced to its pieces (lips, hips, breasts, legs, vagina, etc) and commodified. Women are objectified, devalued and dehumanized in ads for the sole purpose of driving consumerism and further hegemonic ideals of female identity and sexuality.

Love the Way You Lie: The Dangers of Romanticizing ‘Crazy Love’

ove the Way You Lie could have taken information and statistics we have already gathered from research into domestic violence to create a video that focused on the manipulation, the warnings signs and the portrayal of abuse and fundamentally incompatible with real, healthy love.

But instead it relied on tired archetypes, literal and rhetorical victim-blaming, and overall glorification of unstable, violent relationships.

We Should All Be Feminists: A Reflection and Prose

  I identify as a feminist. But as a feminist, I can also acknowledge that feminism has a sordid history with black women. My feminism is black, intersectional and womanist. Womanism, often viewed as a shade of feminism, focusing more on the interaction of race and gender within the lives of women of color and…

Media Framing in News Interviews

With the increasing access to information, it is crucial to look beyond the popular memes of “long periololically time,” “no, not today,” and “ain’t nobody got time for that,” and see the harmful ramifications of repeated exposure to stereotypical characterizations of black people.

This Bridge Called My Back: A Book Review

This Bridge was a tangible testament to all of the nameless, faceless women who may not ever have a platform to express their experiences, thoughts, emotions, and anger about the society women as a whole, but specifically women of color, are thrust into the second we are born.

In Response to “I Am Not A Feminist”

For a while after reading, “I Am Not A Feminist,” I considered letting it go, not making any comments and continuing on about my day, not making any rifts or waves. But I decided that I have something worthwhile to add to this discourse and I feel compelled to share it.