Beauty and Mulvey

The Jezebel article, “On Men, Women, and the Conversation About Beauty,” reminded me quite a bit of Mulvey. The article argues that we limit discussions of beauty to women’s beauty as seen by men. First, it describes how we talk about beauty in one way. I read or hear about beauty and women about every…

Harry Potter and Lacan

Inspired by this post on ACVoice, I started thinking about Harry Potter’s Mirror of Erised in relation to Lacan. When explaining to Harry the Mirror of Erised, Albus Dumbledore said, “Let me explain. The happiest man on earth would be able to use the Mirror of Erised like a normal mirror, that is, he would…

On The ‘Fro

Saw this op-ed in the New York Times and thought of our discussion of Foxy’s afro in Foxy Brown and its function as a symbol of her power and identity. The author of the piece is a proudly self-identifying white guy who, in his youth, sported an afro. And that’s more or less it. That’s…

‘What’s Your Excuse?’

Recently, a woman (Kang) posted the above picture on Facebook. Subsequently it stirred up quite a bit of controversy. This photograph–along with the controversy surrounding it–fits in well with our discussions of women judging other women. 

The Wild Boy and the Mirror Stage

In my French class, we watched a movie called “The Wild Child” based on a true story about a twelve year-old boy who was found in the woods of France at the beginning of the nineteenth century.  He has been abandoned as a toddler, and has found a way to survive by himself.  He has…

The Scarlet Letter in 2013

I was listening to ‘Easier to Lie’ by Cassadee Pope  (anyone else a huge The Voice fan?!) today and the song really resonated with me. In ‘Easier to Lie’, Cassadee sings about the guilt of cheating and being unable to tell her lover the truth. This song struck me hard because there are rarely any…