Annotation – Adrienne Edwards, “Relishing the Minor: Juliana Huxtable’s Kewt Aesthetics”

Edwards, Adrienne. “Relishing the Minor: Juliana Huxtable’s Kewt Aesthetics.” Performa. 14 Jan. 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. In her article “Relishing the Minor: Juliana Huxtable’s Kewt Aesthetics,” Adrienne Edwards comments on the shortcomings of most writing on Huxtable’s work. “A cursory review of her press clippings reveals an overwhelming number of references to her as […]

Annotated Bibliography #2: “Girl Power and ‘Selfie Humanitarianism'”

Koffman, Ofra, Shani Orgad, and Rosalind Gill. “Girl Power and ‘Selfie             Humanitarianism’” Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies 29.2             (2015): 157-68. Web. 23 Apr. 2016. In this relatively short, accessible academic article, Dr. Ofra Koffman, Prof. Shani Orgad, and Prof. Rosalind Gill examine what they perceive to be the “turn to the […]

Annotated Bibliography #2 “Our Aesthetic Categories”

  NGAI, SIANNE. “Our Aesthetic Categories”. PMLA 125.4 (2010): 948–958. Web… ‘Our Aesthetic Categories” looks at the terms “cute” “zany” and “interesting” as a collection of “consistently rotating aesthetic categories” (948) for their aesthetic potential, both as sites of commodification and as valid tools with which to asses contemporary artistic forms. It discusses their relevance in contemporary […]

Female Chauvinist Pigs

Levy, Ariel. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. New York: Free Press, 2005. Print. In Female Chauvinist Pigs Ariel Levy addresses what she sees as a crisis in contemporary feminism (or, more pointedly, in the supposedly post-feminist landscape): women want to be sexy but they aren’t actually enjoying sex. To make matters worse, women want […]

Female friendships, sexuality and the body

I couldn’t put Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s graphic novel “This One Summer” down. It truly transported me back to a time when I grew up in cottage country and spent my summer’s in the lake every day, lived in my bathing suit and spent every waking moment with my best friend. Although, I realize we […]

Some Reflections on Sound

In an article for Salon magazine, Arthur Chu recounts a conversation with a close friend, who is trans, about the Trans Day of Visibility. “‘My goal isn’t visibility, my goal is survival,’ she said.” Chu observes, “Since then I’ve been thinking about the relative shallowness of ‘visibility’ as a goal in and of itself.” These […]