Swiftian Femininity: Taylor Swift’s Gender Identity and Branding

By Dessi Gomez (’21) The public constructs Taylor Swift as if she were an idea, not a person, according to her gender and her gender expression.  These constructions are intertwined with her breakout into fame as “America’s sweetheart” and “ultimate good girl.” As she grew up in front of the public, she began to beContinue reading “Swiftian Femininity: Taylor Swift’s Gender Identity and Branding”

“The Babysitter”: A Critique of the Modern Relationship with Television

By Peyton Nielsen (’23) American author Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter” has fallen victim to the assumption of a fantasy piece since the 1969 publication of his short story collection Pricksongs & Descants. The short story bounces between narratives displaying intense metapsychosis and simultaneously tells the jumbled yet distinct tale of a connected array of people.Continue reading ““The Babysitter”: A Critique of the Modern Relationship with Television”

The American Nightmare

By Clarkston Doman (‘23) and Emily Braun (‘23)
For decades now, Americans have embraced and proclaimed the misleading ideals that the United States is a meritocracy, a melting pot, and a place where upward mobility is not only possible, but commonplace. The United States has embraced the myth of the level playing field, the idea which states that everyone in our society has an equal chance of succeeding.

Miss Americana vs. The Patriarchy: Feminist Humor in Taylor Swift’s Satirical Music Videos

By Koki Kobayashi (’21)
Much of feminist scholarship on music videos centers around the issue of whether or not the representation of female performers’ bodies and sexuality in feminist music videos are empowering. However, little research has been done on the effects humor has on the promotion of feminism in music videos.

“A Movement, Not a Moment”: The US Women’s National Soccer Team and Its Fight for Equal Pay, 2016-2020

By Bridget Simons (‘20)
The chant started in the northern end of the stadium. It was faint at first, but it soon grew into a deafening roar as thousands of fans inside Stade de Lyon cried “EQUAL PAY!” during the closing seconds of the US Women’s National Team’s (USWNT) 2019 World Cup victory. Moments later, millions more fans watched on television as Nike aired an advertisement celebrating the players as leaders “fighting not just to make history, but to change it – forever.”

The Collision of Worlds: Exploring the Complexities and Tradeoffs of Integration in Education

By Michaela Echols (‘21)
The social integration of schools serves as one of the key components of improvement in educational landscapes worldwide. The social stratification that has defined many educational landscapes has resulted in the marginalization of students from lower socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds and/or who belong to minority groups. Social integration has been recognized as an equalizer of sorts simply because it places these students in the same building.