Academic Writing

She’s a 10, He’s a 2: Playboy Cartoons and a Culture of Male Entitlement

When University of California Santa Barbara student Elliot Rodger was 22 years old, he stabbed his two roommates and a friend to death and then drove to Starbucks for coffee. Sitting in his car in the parking lot, he recorded his motivations uploaded the video to YouTube, then emailed some friends and family. He...

Silencing The Female Voice

The Cyber Abuse of Women On The Internet For a woman journalist in 2017, working on Twitter entails opening oneself to attacks such as: "I hope you get raped"Just Not Sports, 2016 "You need to be hit in the head with a hockey puck and killed"Just Not Sports, 2016 "You are clearly retarded, i hope someone shoots then...

Stop the Press: The Future of Journalism Is Not Post-Political

Discussions of the future of journalism center on new economic models, digital modes of distribution, and how to attract young audiences. But what of how future journalism might represent, describe, and critique issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality? And what of the race, gender, class, and sexuality of future journalists themselves? Issues of...

No Girls Allowed: Television Boys’ Club as Resistance to Feminism

This article analyzes the male-only spaces present in four television series, FX’s The Shield, Nip/Tuck , Rescue Me, and ABC’s Boston Legal, which each include a gendered territory as a recurring feature. I argue that these homosocially segregated environments enforce boundaries against women and shelter intense bromance relationships that foreclose romantic relationships of any...

Brave Sperm and Demure Eggs: Fallopian Gender Politics on YouTube

ABSTRACT A narrative analysis of videos of human conception from medical and non-medical sources aired in the democratic space of YouTube finds that stereotypical gender roles are consistently assigned to cellular behavior. Sperm are represented as little men and embodiments of hegemonic masculinity, with heroic sperm winning the egg prize after a competitive athletic contest...

Domestic Violence in Men’s and Women’s Magazines: Women Are Guilty of Choosing the Wrong Men, Men Are Not Guilty of Hitting Women

ABSTRACT Men’s and women’s magazine discourse on domestic violence characterizes women as guilty of choosing the wrong men but does not hold men responsible for hitting women. Using qualitative narrative analysis on 10 leading titles over 10 years, I find an ongoing tolerance for and celebration of domestic violence in men’s magazines and an enduring expectation in women’s that women bear...

Rescuing Men: The New Television Masculinity

“Rescuing Men: The New Television Masculinity in Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Boston Legal, and Dexter” won the 2010 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. Read it here.

Marquette University Comm Magazine Essay

IT IS NOT A PASSIVE thing to sit in the audience. It is also not a safe thing. We file in, avoiding eye contact and clutching tickets. We sort ourselves into aisles that are lettered and numbered in illogical fashion, we search for but cannot spell mezzanine, and we politely share the armrests as though...