Final Girl Karla…Sort of: progress we’ve made in intersectional/non-white representations of girl power and female strength in the U.S. Teen Slasher horror genre.
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Final Girl Karla…Sort of: progress we’ve made in intersectional/non-white representations of girl power and female strength in the U.S. Teen Slasher horror genre.

By Christopher-James Llego Art by Abby Hailu The Final Girl (n): The virgin girl; the female protagonist; the girl who fights and kills the murderer; the one the audience roots on for during the final act of the film. List of Teen Slashers featuring a black Final Girl: I Still Know What You Did Last … Continue reading

Everyone Should be as  Excited as I am for the Last Season of Pretty Little Liars: here’s five reasons why
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Everyone Should be as Excited as I am for the Last Season of Pretty Little Liars: here’s five reasons why

By Aurora Rojer 1) They randomly fast-forwarded five years in the middle of last season and now everyone in the show is a grown-up. That obviously means more sex and drugs and alcohol (excellent). But it also means that the older fans (me) don’t feel like such losers watching a TV show about high schoolers. … Continue reading

Biting Barbie’s Head Off: thoughts on how childhood play informs ideas about gender
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Biting Barbie’s Head Off: thoughts on how childhood play informs ideas about gender

art and article by Anna Lee I was a tomboy. I played with trucks, cars, trains, and Tinkertoys. I enjoyed making toxic goop out of household materials and putting my concoctions in the freezer for my mother to find. I didn’t like Barbie dolls. I made two failed attempts at ballet and tap dancing; I … Continue reading

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Kids Are Sexual Beings Too!: curiosity, taboo, and innocence

By Keyra Navas Embracing one’s sexuality is usually considered a loss of innocence. The sexual realm is still one that is “deserving” of shame and criticism. This is not surprising, considering that sexual activity is represented in mass media in erotic and lustful ways. As a result, it is challenging to unsee sexual expression as … Continue reading