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February 2018

Portrayal of Wonder Woman’s Body and Costume

Portrayal of Wonder Woman’s Body and Costume During the Golden Age of Comics Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, is a superhero and contemporary feminist icon created by Dr. William Moulton Marston. The character first appeared in Sensation Comics… Continue Reading →

RuPaul’s Aesthetics

  “I’m a marketing genius! I marketed…subversive drag to one-hundred million muthaf—as in the world!”—RuPaul Andre Charles.[1] RuPaul Andre Charles is an American drag queen entertainer, Emmy award-winning game show host, and an acclaimed actor and singer who has been… Continue Reading →

Colorism: You’re Pretty for a Dark Skinned Girl

  Colorism in the black community, not a new concept, but also not acknowledged as much as it should be. The black community is well versed in racism, but are often oblivious to colorism. Colorism is the prejudicial or preferential… Continue Reading →

Inked and Exiled: A History of Tattooing in Japan

Japanese tattooing, or irezumi (入れ墨), is said to have originated in the Jomon Period (10,000 BCE-300 CE). Modern styles of tattooing seen today grew from the Edo Period (1603-1868), when tattooing in Japan became illegal (3). Tattooing in Japan has… Continue Reading →

Abdominoplasty – Tummy Tucks

  Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic procedure used to remove excess fat and skin to create an abdominal area that is smoother and firmer. An abdominoplasty is also used to restore weakened muscles due to pregnancy or weight… Continue Reading →

American Indian Headdresses

Poor Dog, Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe, wearing a feathered war bonnet, 1898 American Indian headdresses are headpieces worn by First Nations peoples historically during battle and ceremony.  War bonnets have been and are portrayed as fashion accessories in Western media… Continue Reading →

Happy to Be Nappy – Anti-Conformity in African American Hair

  Origin: Happy to be Nappy is a children’s book written by bell hooks and illustrated by Chris Raschka. It was originally published on September 10, 1999. The book features water colored pictures that show various forms of natural African… Continue Reading →

Evolution of the Mammy Character

The mammy figure is a black woman that lived to serve a white family, most often living in with the family to cook and take care of the children. This woman is most often depicted to be asexual and have… Continue Reading →

Hypersexualization of Blackness

The memes that I have chosen for this blog post, can be defined as problematic because not only do they hyper-sexualize black women, they also sexualize black men and their relationships with people of other races, black children who are… Continue Reading →

Conflicting Messages of “Ghetto”

“Because when black women do things that are inherently apart of their culture they are shamed for it. While when the same people who are shaming black women appropriate their culture they are praised.” “Some of y’all black women look… Continue Reading →

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