Featured pieces come from any genre, and reflect exceptional work from each issue. This semester, we highlight an extended essay from Koki Kobayashi (’21) and a thesis distillation from Bridget Simons (’20).
Though we may be accessing this site from around the world, we acknowledge our affiliation with the University of Notre Dame and thus our presence on the traditional homelands of Native peoples (even if virtually) including the Haudenosauneega, Miami, Peoria, and particularly the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik, who have been using this land for education for thousands of years, and continue to do so.
Miss Americana vs. The Patriarchy:
Feminist Humor in Taylor Swift’s Satirical Music Videos
By Zoë Case (’22), Rachel Salamone (’23), Veronica Kirgios (’22), Katherine Franz (’21)
A collection of stories of microaggressions that occurred on Notre Dame’s campus. Justice can be served, and incidents do not have to be forgotten.
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.
By Bridget Kelley (‘22)
Listen to two original podcasts, as recorded for the course, “Podcast America: Now Hear This!”
“A Movement, Not a Moment”:
The US Women’s National Soccer Team and Its Fight for Equal Pay, 2016-2020
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.”
By Theresa Azemar (‘21)
Is the concept of Blackness, as it has been defined throughout history, inextricably rooted in colonization? Is there a chance for this racialized classification to be decolonized? Can it ever be permanently removed from its historical association with degeneracy, subordinacy, and sub-humanity?