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Venus Noire, Video Vixens & Blackface

I recently attended a screening of a film called Venus Noire, which portrayed the life of an infamous South African woman’s life as the star of a 19th century freakshow in Europe, attracting attention because of her unique and “exotic” … Continue reading

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Lupe Fiasco has Good Intentions…

But he still misses the mark. This week, I’m borrowing from one of my favorite gender studies lectures this year. Early last semester my pop culture prof had us watch rapper Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” music video, one of his … Continue reading

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Dove Real Beauty Sketches: Men’s Edition

This is turning out to be the week of controversy between Dove’s claims about feminine self-image and the Boston Marathon… Keeping the focus on Dove however, I have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed by the response to the “Real … Continue reading

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“Real Beauty” Does Not Come in All Shapes and Sizes

At least according to Dove. I have been seeing the Youtube video “Real Beauty Sketches” ALL OVER Facebook, and it’s really kind of shocking to me how effective these advertisements are in drawing us in. And to prove I’m not … Continue reading

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How I Rediscovered My Love for George Orwell

I was doing the Monday night routine helping tutor my usual group of high school girls when one of them presents her essay assignment about George Orwell’s Animal Farm, wanting to brainstorm some of the key themes with me and … Continue reading

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Free Speech Or Hate Crime?

A couple days ago I saw a picture on Twitter I saw what was perhaps the best means of resistance to an oppressive institution: an LGBT-rainbow-colored house across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church. A house that not only … Continue reading

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do: French Montana’s Pop That Video

In considering my extended family, and discounting my younger brother, I am technically the baby of my family. My parents were both born quite a few years after their other siblings, both of them the results of unplanned pregnancies (well, … Continue reading

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Office Hours

Who else in university gets really nervous and ancy going to office hours? I have this one professor who is reaaaaaalllly cool and she just so happens to teach my favorite class which is about structural inequalities (think race, class … Continue reading

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