It isn’t simply enough to demonize and imprison trans individuals who after being left unprotected by their own government, are still violently silenced from the American narrative. On a daily basis, trans people are forced to prove their identities (whether medically or socially), face economic and legal discrimination, and live with the very real threat of murder.Read More
If you have taken anything from this piece, I truly hope that it is to learn how to appreciate yourself and how far you have come, and that the future is yours to create.Read More
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.Read More
hat sex workers sell is not their bodies but a service and/or art. Broadway actors get paid for their physically straining labor, and it is not expected that they continue to portray their characters once they leave the stage. Massage therapists are not expected to provide other services besides massage. Why is it that the presumption of freely accessible sexuality for public consumption is placed on sex workers?
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.Read More
What does it mean that we repeatedly see sexually enlightened women in media depictions facing repercussions for their actions? And what are the implications of this single narrative?
On a platform as large as Hulu, viewing fat women as beautiful, funny and smart as opposed to, say, ugly and uninspiring, has the power to change the way we as a society think of and treat fat people.Read More
As of 2016, the debate has continued even further, with Mattel unveiling new Barbie dolls in three new body shapes -- petite, tall and curvy -- with seven options of skin tone. The new body types have the potential to impact both girls’ and boys' expectations of body image, says Florence Williams, a visiting scholar at George Washington University's public health school and author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.Read More
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.Read More
Despite making up over half the demographic of the LGBT+ community, bisexual representation in the media is sorely lacking. When it does occur -- if it does occur -- it’s rarely positive or impactful.Read More
My question remains: Do shows that focus on mental health have an obligation to educate their viewers, or do they strictly exist to make a profit about the very real experiences of so many people?
While the term “colorism” may be modern, the idea isn’t. It’s been going on for centuries, ever since the division of labor in structured societies created jobs that required more exposure to the sun, creating the split between tan workers and pale aristocrats. Here began the association between status and skin color.Read More
We’re conditioned to believe that summer is synonymous with our public presentation and how we look, and that we have to reinvent ourselves in order to step out in a bathing suit.
Hannah Baker doesn’t have depression, despite mental illness being a huge risk factor in suicide. She might be depressed, but she does not meet the criteria to have depression.Read More
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.Read More
It was an incredibly encouraging thing to see while adventuring across the wide continent of Tamriel - especially when you don’t expect any kind of representation at all.Read More