Pop Culture

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Saturday Night Live and the Humanization of Elon Musk

Can the show maintain its critical edge while offering controversial figures a platform?
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“Not Like Other Girls” and Internalized Misogyny

Efforts to break with sexist norms can sometimes reinforce the harmful structure they seek to escape.
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Art, Death, and Experience

A piece of conceptual art challenges our traditional understanding of death with an aim of reinvention.
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The Ethics of Dark Tourism

Might we have a moral obligation not to trivialize the suffering of others?
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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.