Pop Culture

Rap Culture’s Effect on Mental Health

Rapper Kid Cudi recently went public with his mental health struggles, prompting discussion on the effects that hypermasculine and racialized rap culture can have on mental health.
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The Moral Trap of McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce

McDonald's recently rereleased their Szechuan Sauce, but not widely enough to satisfy all fans. The aftermath of extreme customer dissatisfaction offers lessons about the role of nostalgia.

The Good Place and the Good Life

NBC's show explores all manner of philosophical quandary, but focuses especially on the meaning of life and the morality in mortality.
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Misogyny, ‘Purity,’ and Leggings at Notre Dame

Many of our ideas about 'modesty' and 'purity' are rooted in misogyny, as recent events at the University of Notre Dame help to illustrate.
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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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Jay-Z and the NFL: Hypocrisy or Suite Participation?

What, if any, obligation does Jay-Z, as a high-profile advocate for social justice and a recognizable brand, have to not condone or distract from the NFL's many public relation problems?
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Is it O.K. to Watch Louis C.K.?

As more allegations of sexual misconduct among Hollywood elite like Louis C.K. continue to appear, how should we approach their artwork?
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Unpacking Our Guilty Pleasures

There are a multitude of pleasures that we might feel bad about engaging in, but not all activities carry the same moral weight. And many are not simply a private affair.
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Santa Clarita Diet and Moral Imperfectionism

The show examines a host of philosophical issues in utilitarian and feminist terms, and even has something to say about non-ideal theory.
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Can Hyperfemininity Be Radical?

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