The Trump Effect

Now, with President Trump as the role model, there’s no reason to think that his success will be interpreted as anything less than an invitation for the Monstrous Deplorables to act on their hatred.

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What is Beauty?

HOW TO EMBRACE PERSONAL BEAUTY AND REJECT COMMODIFICATION When I teach my class on body image and the media I break up the lecture by asking, “what is beauty?” At first, this question seems to be a common sense notion. After all, everyone knows what beauty is. It’s… Well, it’s…you know… Sociologists are forever at […]

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Gender Does not Equal Sex

WHAT IS BEING REVEALED BY THE DEBATE ON TRANSGENDER RIGHTS It’s easy to get distracted by the Great Transgender Bathroom debate. However, it’s important to understand that the legislation in question goes far beyond public restroom and locker room policy. The North Carolina state law, HB2 not only nullifies Charlotte’s ordinance protecting transgender people using […]

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This is MY Bathroom

AND I’M TAKING A STAND! One of the most sociologically interesting┬ácharacters created by the Saturday Night Live team is┬áthe androgynous Pat. This character is totally bereft fo gendered characteristics, either physically or socially. It is, therefore, impossible to categorize Pat as being a man, or a woman. This causes a great deal of tension for […]

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Trump, Abortion and the Puritan Ethic

“ANTI-ABORTION” IS ABOUT CONTROLLING FEMALE SEXUALITY It always has been, and remains, my thesis that the rampant Trumpaphobio among the right-wing establishment has little to do with the Donald’s actual policy positions. That is clearly not the case, as Trump is a stalwart defender of the corporatocracy. The problem that the corporate elite have with […]

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Are You a Real Man?

WHATEVER THAT MEANS How we talk about manhood and masculinity, its discursive formations, shapes how we think about ourselves as men and our relationships with those we love. It’s time for real men to look beyond how masculinity is shaped. Below is a video on 48 Things Men Hear in a Lifetime that are Bad […]

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