Gender, Sex, Culture, Folklore, and the Body



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 →

Bondage and Submission in the Golden Age of the Wonder Woman Comics

  Wonder Woman is an eponymous superhero created by Dr. William Marston in. First appearing in American comic books in 1942, Wonder Woman was a controversial figure due to the elements of eroticism it featured, particularly BDSM, during what is… Continue Reading →

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal, born Eugene Louis Gore Vidal (Oct 3 1925–July 31 2012), was an author, playwright, essayist, and public intellectual, most active and visible in American popular culture in years immediately following WWII through to the early twenty-first century. Always… Continue Reading →

Rainbow Railroad

  The Rainbow Railroad is a Canadian based charitable organization that helps LGBTQ identifying refugees’ escape to safer countries through facilitating information, networks, and contacts to LGBTQ identifying individuals in countries where they will face imminent persecution. They work with… Continue Reading →


Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is a medication that was created in 2012 to aid in the prevention of the spread of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Origin Pricing & Availability Promotion Response __________________ PrEP is a medication that helps HIV… Continue Reading →

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