Author: Sheridan Wall

An Examination of Gender Hegemony in Southern Baptist Culture

Recently, I’ve become heavily involved in a church near my university’s campus. Contrary to a traditional Southern upbringing, I didn’t grow up in church or have any ties to a church beyond familial heritage. In my family, Sundays were reserved for laundry and homework, not church services like most others in Louisiana. So, for me, this new Christian church world has spurred many questions and observations, especially as a mass communications major and a self-proclaimed liberal feminist. My perspective coming into the community has allowed me to identify and compare several aspects of Southern Baptist beliefs and culture to contemporary society.  While...

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Modern Family Isn’t As Progressive As We Thought

What comes to mind when picturing a gay couple in current TV shows, movies, etc.? Immediately, I think of ABC’s Modern Family and its characters Cam and Mitch. If you haven’t seen the show, Modern Family chronicles the ordinary events and challenges of a typical upper-middle class white family with a few interesting twists. The patriarch of the family, Jay, is married to a Latina woman, Gloria, who is the same age as his daughter, Claire. And Claire’s brother, Mitch, is openly gay, living with his partner, Cam, and their adopted daughter, Lilly. The show challenges its audience’s original...

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What Follows as Drag Takes Center Stage?

Recently, my roommates and I have been watching RuPaul’s Drag Race religiously. A friend of mine’s girlfriend discovered the show on Hulu, and we’ve been addicted ever since. I’ll admit, when I first watched the show, I was surprisingly uncomfortable. I grew up in New Orleans where drag isn’t too uncommon of a thing. I had heard of Drag Brunch at The Country Club and walked past drag performance clubs in the French Quarter, so I wasn’t completely unfamiliar with drag in general. However, watching the show and being exposed to the performers male and female persona simultaneously was...

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How the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and Social Media Altered my Understanding of Race and Privilege

When the #BlackLivesMatter movement became known to me, I was in the early years of my high school career. At this stage, as a young white woman in a private Catholic school, I had a narrow vision of the world and the struggles associated with different social situations. While there were students of every race at my high school, I was still ignorant to the issues surrounding those of other races in different socioeconomic classes. Oddly enough, the privileged school I attended was surrounded by a predominantly black, lower income neighborhood in Mid City New Orleans, Louisiana. Yet, despite...

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