Pop Culture

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Can Hyperfemininity Be Radical?

Is there progress regarding sexual politics that can be made by leaning into the male gaze?
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The Ethics of Cringe

What can cringe culture tell us about social norms, self-awareness, and moral shaming?
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Hilaria Baldwin and Fake Identities

What can the case of Hilaria Baldwin tell us about cultural appropriation and passing as other?
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Bella Thorne and Celebrities Inhabiting Shared Spaces

Us and them? What are the responsibilities of celebrities when participating in shared, communal spaces?

Is Prenatal Sex Discernment Unethical?

An ultrasound can only tell you so much, and we have a harmful tendency to fill in the rest before the baby is even here.
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It’s Just a Game: The Ethics of Tom Clancy’s Not-So-Elite Squad

Video games may not directly incite violence, but that doesn't mean they can't still send dangerous messages.
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White Skins, Black Masks: Voice Acting and Representation

Combating the underrepresentation of people of color in the entertainment industry is an important goal, but the way we go about it is equally important.
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Dungeons, Dragons, and Du Bois’ Race Problem

What might be the real-world harm of racial essentialism in a fantasy role-playing game? What does it take to confront the Veil?
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Is TikTok Good or Bad for Rap?

Is this new medium reducing art to a formulaic hunt for virality or is it inspiring innovation and increasing independent artists' opportunity for exposure?
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Gay Representation and ‘Onward’

Corporations often try to brand themselves as inclusive and progressive, but is there any substance behind these labels or is it all just marketing?