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Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning is a documentary by Jennie Livingston about queer ball scene, best described as underground drag shows or pageants put on by queer persons of color, during the late 1980s. The documentary explores the lives of a variety … Continue reading

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Irin Carmon: “Body Politics”

The major central claims that Irin Carmon made in her talk were that a woman’s status in society is directly related to the reproductive rights of women and she explained three of the key reasons for positive things happening regarding … Continue reading

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Is there a such thing as free choice?

Free choice is correlated to privilege. Some people are afforded more choice than others; however, everyone is constrained in some way by social and cultural norms or stereotypes and prejudices. One example of this is demonstrated in the documentary, The … Continue reading

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Gender Talk

The performance that I watched was an untitled poem about being transgendered by an anonymous author. Kate Campbell, a member of Penn N-Cis, performed it. In the poem the author claimed that their performance of a trans-identity was a choice; … Continue reading

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Tantalizing “The Boys”

Above is the Twitpic leaked shortly before the release of Nicki Minaj’s music video, “The Boys,” featuring R&B/Pop singer Cassie. The image, as Perez Hilton, put it shows Minaj nestling into Cassie’s vajayay (Hilton). This image, among others in the … Continue reading

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Got Fat? Get Milk!

In this ad, Got Milk? encourages women to consume milk to loose weight. In the ad, a glass is filled with milk and transforms into an hourglass shape, mimicking an hourglass female figure. No woman appears in the ad; however, … Continue reading

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A Response to the PBS Documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity”

After authoring the book, Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn created the PBS documentary “Half the Sky.” This documentary featured American actresses as they traveled to India, Somaliland, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Kenya. The segments of the … Continue reading

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What is Oppression?

Oppression is often the use of authority in an unjust or cruel fashion that results in the oppressed feeling physically and/or mentally burdened. Last week’s readings focused heavily on the mistreatment of intersexed and transgendered persons. These persons systematically experience … Continue reading

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A Response to “Moving Politics”

Talk Title: “Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS” by Deborah B. Gould Respondent: Heather Love In her talk, Deborah Gould, discussed her book, Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS, which focused on the affective … Continue reading

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