Author: Destiny Johnson

NJA$: “The Meaning is more than the Money”

What is NJA$? I created a visual and informative campaigned called “Not Just A $ign” (NJA$). The mission statement of the campaign is: A campaign aimed at recognizing the culture, ideas, images, portrayals, products, services, and talents of minority groups as more than just a commodity. The reason I chose to do a campaign like this is because society says the white, able-bodied, straight, well-off, cis gender male is the most superior form of a person (hegemonic masculinity). Anybody who does not fall into one of those identities is considered a minority. These minorities are usually oppressed and their culture...

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Calzona: The Good and The Bad

Lesbians and bisexual women have been two of the most underrepresented and misrepresented groups in the media. The portrayals of these types of characters and their relationships have been traditionally nonexistent or inaccurate in many ways. There are only 12 lesbian characters and 16 bisexual female characters on broadcast television (series regulars and recurring characters) at the moment. There have been strides to better represent them in the past few years, but Shonda Rhimes was one of the first people in television to really give a lesbian and a bisexual female character a long, meaningful and impactful storyline and...

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My New Normal

Growing up as an African-American, middle-class, heterosexual, cis female, I personally did not face many struggles. I grew up in a home with both parents, and I never had to want for anything. I was always smart, talented, and had a lot of friends. The only thing that was different about me is that I performed my gender a little different than most girls. Society places a gender on people based on their sexual organs, and people are supposed to act in the way that society feels that gender should act. The way a person expresses their gender is...

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One Man’s Pain is Another Man’s Pleasure

America has been famously known as the melting pot because of the variety of people that live in the country. With these different people come different cultures. Culture is defined by Merriam-Webster as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. Culture consists of everything from entertainment, fashion, food, slang and many other components. Many oppressed groups like African-Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, and the LGBTQ community take pride in their cultural practices because it is what makes them unique and has brought them through the hardships that come with living in a...

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