Author: Ellen

Why Representation in Marvel’s TV Shows Makes them Better than their Movies

Marvel has expanded its franchise a lot since the debut of “Iron Man” in 2008. It now has 14 films and 6 TV shows all based in the same cinematic universe, with many more coming. While the movies get a lot of praise and attention, I believe Marvel’s best work is actually being done on their six TV shows. So far, all of Marvel’s films have been led by typical white, hegemonic male heroes. Hegemonic masculinity is the dominant form of masculinity and is contracted in relation to subordinated masculinities and women. Even when they do occasionally have a...

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Bury Your Tropes

Television is an important medium for sharing stories.  In the age of “peak TV”, there’s more options now than ever for people to choose which shows to tune into.  TV has always been important for providing characters that people identify with, as well as showing characters who live different lives than the people in our own circle.  It helps us foster empathy and understanding for new people and ideas.  This is why the representation of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals on TV is so vital.  LGB people are people who are attracted to others of the same sex. Gay usually...

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Sisters and Cis-ters Against Genders Inequality

“I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit,” read one sign carried by an older woman at the Women’s March on January 21, 2017.  Though the sign is only ten words, it speaks volumes.  Women in America and around the world have been fighting for decades for their basic rights and to be considered equal to men.  With the election of Donald Trump as president, a man who has said numerous awful things about women and has been caught on tape boasting about being able to grab women’s pussies, over Hillary Clinton, one of the most qualified candidates...

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Why Your Halloween Costume has Serious Cultural Implications

This is an article all about how cultural appropriation is really not ok and people have got to stop doing it. The first step is understanding what exactly cultural appropriation is. Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of the elements of one culture by members of another culture. Maisha Johnson of Everyday Feminism adds further that cultural appropriation “refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.” This extended definition is important in understanding why cultural appropriation really...

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