Posts in Pop Culture
"Women Make Up 40 Percent of Media, What More Do You Want?" Women in Sports Journalism and the Continuous Fight for Equality

There must be changes made in the future to protect the voices of all writers and uplift the ones that are often overlooked and excuse the idea of that the white male voice is the only one of interest to the American public.

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The Green M&M is the Sexiest Sex Symbol We Never Wanted

Through memorable messages, such as this, advertisement teams can prescribe to young impressionable consumers that sarcasm, simpleness, coolness, and sexyness exist in seperate realms, when in reality you can be all of these things, and you should have the capability to do so and not feel like any less

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Socially Conscious Streaming

This is not to say that we need to boycott all past visual media that’s not perfectly politically correct and as aware as many of us are these days, but it does mean we need to thoroughly appreciate the shows that are producing more responsible, well-crafted (and accurate) content. Moreover, we need to reconsider our roles as consumers in the larger marketplace that is Hollywood.

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No, Craig, You Don't Need To Know Where To Buy A Straight Pride Flag

Imagine dying to be oppressed so badly that you ignore the fact that people literally died under this oppression. Additionally, by trying to lay claim to a struggle that either isn’t yours or doesn’t even exist, you completely invalidate the experiences and emotions of those around you.

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The Queerbaiting Trap (And How To Avoid It)

Now, I’m not arguing to have every mainstream television character be a queer one, although that would definitely provide some interesting conversation and enlightening entertainment. Television networks and executives: do better. One token queer couple will not suffice. I’m not interested in you checking off your social justice boxes, eager to prove to your audiences that you really are as diverse and intersectional as you claim to be.

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Getting 'Hot & Bothered': Interview With Creator Leah Byrd On Her Web Series About A QTPOC Dating App That Transforms The Midwest

Byrd stars as our down-to-earth hero Liz, who acknowledges that there isn’t a dating app that caters specifically to QTPOC. She then creates and launches the app SCZR, the “lesbian Grindr”, and soon finds that it has opened the (closet) door for an entire community that had previously been excluded. Hot & Bothered matches the authenticity and slapstick humor of Broad City with Byrd’s knack for capturing just what it means to be young, queer, and out of sync with your hometown.

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The Slippery Slope Between Yes and No: Unpacking the Necessary Nuance of Consent

While sexual liberation is certainly a constructive outcome of contemporary feminism, it has also left a large fault line. A grey area not only exists within our culture but persists. As Traister underscores, in our society, “outside of sexual assault, there is little critique of sex.

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Gender Assigned Items: A Roadblock to Embracing Your Gender

Within the U.S., the same gender-based stereotypes have existed for decades; they say women are fragile creatures with an affection for flowers, pink, dolls and cute things. Alternatively, men have always been branded the stronger, tougher of the two genders with appreciation for woodsy activities, cars, blues and greens. Stereotypes reinforce the idea that people must conform to one of the two binary genders, male and female, and the assigning of gender to hygiene products and toys only reinforces this in only providing two choices.  

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