Chosen Family

Resident Assistant Dylan Asher is junior at the University of North Texas who puts on an annual drag show for his residents and the greater UNT community. 2017 was the second year of his annual Miss Kerr Hall Drag Show which took place in the UNT Lyceum for the first time. Last year, it was…

Creating Our Own Reality?

Everyone is guilty of flipping channels only to find that the only thing on is Kardashian or Teen Mom reruns and getting sucked into a multi-episode reality TV spiral. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of, in moderation. Reality TV is addicting. I don’t know if it’s the yelling or the fancy hair and clothing…

Where Have All The Female Journalists Gone?

I’m currently taking an opinion writing class as part of my major and in it, we talked about the discrepancy between the amount of women and minorities in journalism schools versus the amount that are actually working in newsrooms across the country. This has really stuck with me since then seeing as I am a…

Miss Representation: A Response

We watched the film Miss Representation in class this week and it discussed many issues and topics that we have discussed in class previously, but gave a more personal take on it. This film by Siebel-Newsom explores all the ways that society and mainstream media effects young girls and how this impacts the course of…

In Defense of Twilight – A Feminist Success

In class a group presented a summary of an article explaining all the ways that Twilight, the teen movie about vampires in high school, is an anti-feminist train wreck. I disagree. Not only do I disagree because the teenage Natalie who spent her 16th birthday in Forks is begging me to defend Bella and Edwards…

Mexican Is Not A Dirty Word

Growing up as a half-mexican in America has forced me to reflect on my own identity in ways I would not have otherwise. As a middle schooler, the worst insult I could receive was “mexican”. I had hoped, thanks to my above average height, lack of accent and half-white features, that people would assume I was…

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…