Author: Cynthea Corfah

ABRA: The Carefree Black Girl of my Dreams and How she Manipulates Gender Roles

Atlanta-based R&B singer and producer, ABRA, has acted as a prostitute, tomboy and a hopeless romantic in three of her music videos. As the first woman signed to Awful Records recording label, ABRA knows not only how to break barriers in her career but also through her music videos. ABRA’s music videos for her songs including, “Pull Up,” “Fruit” and “U Kno” each carry individual messages while touching on broader subjects like gender roles, the male gaze and masculinity. In her music video for “Pull Up”, the fourth song on her 2016 album Princess, ABRA and her friend act...

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Reflecting on My Life Experiences from a Sexuality Perspective

I always heard that my years in college would be the best time of my life. While I can’t tell you if the last four years of late nights and last-minute assignments will be the fondest years, I can say that I’ve learned more lessons, concepts and ideas than I ever imagined. Applying the “personal is political” phrase to experiences in my personal life, here I explore how my personal experiences helped me gain knowledge on heteronormativity, morality and the ethics of sexual shame. Heteronormativity: it affects all of us One of the many lessons I learned from my...

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Social Media’s Positive and Negative Effects on Gender

Today in the U.S., the use of technology and social media is at an all-time high. From Facebook to Instagram, social media users everywhere are consciously and subconsciously digesting hundreds of photos, videos, memes, opinions, graphics and stories daily. While the use of social media increases, so do social media trends and behaviors. The increasing use of social media has revealed the complex relationship technology has with gender. On the negative side, social media directly and indirectly impacts the idea of gender roles, reinforces the male gaze and often encourages the social construction of gender. On the positive side,...

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#BlackGirlMagic: More than a Hashtag

We’ve heard the phrase, “personal is political,” but how often do we reflect on how politics and the media play a role in our personal experiences? Today, I did just that. It wasn’t until I reflected on how much I’ve evolved as a black woman, that I understood the true impact the #BlackGirlMagic concept and movement has left on me. #BlackGirlMagic became popularized by CaShawn Thompson in 2013. Although it started as a social media phenomenon, I internalized the messages and images of #BlackGirlMagic for a lifetime. Starting in 2013, black women all over the world were posting inspirational...

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