Austin

Photos taken on my phone over the past few years at local spots around Austin, Tx. Advertisements

A Love Letter to Austin

When planning for a city, you don’t expect it to become the 11th most populated and fastest growing city in the country, 182 years after its founding. You also don’t expect it to be among the top ten best places to live year after year but that’s exactly what’s happened in Austin, Texas. Austin is…

Feminists Don’t Have Time for Your Masculinity Crisis

Men are angry, horrible creatures whose main goal in life is to suppress women’s rights and step over people on the fight to the top. Right? At least that’s what certain sects of fourth wave feminism wants you to think. Why? Because it’s easier to vilify men and blame them personally for the perpetuation of…

Wait, Minorities Exist?

This is my second post on representation in the media but there are just so many facets to this issue that I felt it deserved two separate postings. Firstly, let me just say that its rare that a day goes by that I don’t feel like standing up in the middle of class or campus…

Healthy Tastes Better Than Skinny Feels

It’s hard to differentiate between what we think and what we are conditioned to think and this is very clear when it comes to body image and the convention of women’s beauty. Our society is flooded with images of beautiful, thin, young and light-skinned girls in every form of media. We use these images as a…

Jim Crow Didn’t Die, We’re Just Ignoring Him

During class this week, we watched the film “13th” which discussed the system of mass incarceration in America and its effects on African-Americans. Watching this film was not the first time I had cried during that class (if I’m honest, thats sort of become a weekly thing) but it was one of the most significant….

Misrepresentation is Worse than No Representation

In order to talk about gender representation in the media, you first have to understand what their relationship is and the difference between accurate representation and that which can be harmful. In class, we watched videos where African-American’s were shown as characters on the nightly news. Videos like “Bed Intruder” -which became a popular comedy video- portray…