A reBUTTal to “say no to thongs”

It’s 2015 and there are still articles published on The New York Times that try to politicize women’s bodies and their choices. At the time, I’m sure that Hayley Phelan’s intent was harmless with “Young Women Say No to Thongs“– she merely spotted what seemed to be a radical new trend in underwear preference. What happens down under is […]

Through the Looking Glass: How does Lewis Carroll critically examine British society & culture through the lens of a child?

 My final essay for my British Life & Cultures course from my semester abroad in London. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is a classic tale in the lives of most children. Whether we have seen the movie or read the book, people around the world know all about Alice and her travels to Wonderland. Written […]

MEN ON TOP, WOMEN ON BOTTOM: GENDER ROLES IN ‘GOLDFINGER’ & HOW THE BOND GIRLS RESIST HETERONORMATIVITY

My final essay for my Media in Britain course during my semester abroad in London. —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————  Before “Goldfinger” was adapted into a major motion picture film in 1964, it was published in 1959 as one of the first books in the original James Bond series written by Ian Fleming. In relation to the representation of […]

BOY BANDS VS. GIRL GROUPS

My final paper for my History of Rock course. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Since the beginning of time, boy bands and girl groups have been battling each other for fame, fortune and glory. Some critics argue that the presence of girl groups at the same time as boy bands is necessary in order to challenge them. Are females […]

COUNT VON COUNT & HIS PURPOSE IN CHILDREN’S TELEVISION

My final paper for my Vampire Narratives course. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— I. INTRODUCTION Count von Count was officially introduced to the cast of Sesame Street in Season 4 on November 27, 1972. While the Watergate scandal was plaguing the American nation and race riots were breaking out post the Civil Rights Movement, Sesame Street became a production […]

A BREAKDOWN OF THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA

My final research paper for my Black Popular Culture course. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— “The real story of the last forty years has been the emergence of the black middle class, whose income gains have been real and substantial. The growth in the size of the black middle class was so spectacular that as a group it outnumbers […]

IS THE BLACK PRESS A DYING BREED?

My final research paper for COMM-270: How News Media Shaped History. —————————————————————————————————————————- During the abolitionist movement from the 18th to 19th century, black newspapers served as a public forum for African Americans to let their voices be heard, to express their views, and to represent themselves in the press. Upon the conclusion of the Civil […]