WRITING

A UI and UX Analysis of Dolphin: Aesthetic of ease and algorithmic destiny (2020)

Dolphin aligns itself with specific cultural markers that prioritize the user experience (UX) as one of ease, consumability, and gamification. These patterns suggest future total absorption into methods of media consumption, where all processes become saturated by ease and consumability. More specifically, Dolphin transforms job hunting into a method of consumption, thus creating a media object out of the jobs they present to the user. Additionally, their User Interface (UI) upholds notions of algorithmic destiny, leading to an infantilization of ourselves under algorithmic care.

Affirmation and Empowerment through BDSM Sexualities (2019)

Throughout this paper, I will be talking about the ways in which practices of BDSM sexualities can be sites of healing, affirmation, and empowerment for sexual assault survivors and trans indviduals. I want to pose BDSM sexuality not as inherently positive nor negative, inherently affirming nor oppressive, and instead frame it as complex and nuanced, focusing on specific experiences in order to bring complexity to the conversation. I also want to acknowledge that we exist in a web of intersecting identities, and that this essay is not meant to assume that BDSM is empowering to everyone in the specified communities, but just to suggest the ways in which some members of said communities can find empowerment and affirmation through BDSM sexuality.

The Problems with Divine Femininity: The Gendering and De-gendering of God (2019)

In this essay I will critique understandings of the divine feminine that I have come into contact with, as well as present my own conceptualization of spirituality in order to counter these ideologies. I do not mean to undercut the empowerment and positivity that people draw from Goddess worship, but rather problematize traditional ideas of gender and femininity, as well as propose a different view of spirituality that is based in social justice and connection held in a moment of socio-political, economic, and ecological tension.

Successful and Unsuccessful Reclamations: Differing Depictions of Mary Symbology (2019)

In chapter six of Our Lady of Controversy, the authors lay a framework for queering art, which they then apply to Alma Lopez’s work “Our Lady” (Gaspar de Alba and López, 2011). They describe the way in which Lopez uses specific cultural tropes in order to complicate traditional ideas of sexuality and gender. I want to use this framework for understanding what it means to successfully “queer” images of the Virgin Mary and la Virgen in order to analyze Club Clitoris’s image of “Mother Vulva.” My analysis is not meant to be a final declaration of “good queering” or “good reclamation,” but rather to complicate the way that artists use yonic symbols and perpetuate ideas of the divine feminine.

Exploring the Medicalization of Trans Identity in the Litigation of Carceral Healthcare (2019)

Trials between trans identified incarcerated individuals denied treatment for GD and the institutions in which they are housed provide a platform on which to examine the advantages and disadvantages to the medicalization of trans identity to incarcerated individuals, and more broadly, hints at the ways in which medicalization problematizes and complicates the discourse around trans identity.

Punishment of Gender and Sexual Deviance in Prisons (2019)

Gender and sexual deviance from cis-heteropatriarchy in prisons are both subjugated because they subvert traditional gender roles. This is done under the guise of protecting prisoners, but often ends up hurting them. However, the suffering inflicted upon trans* and gender-non-conforming identities specifically greater exemplifies the rigid binary present in the carceral system. It should be noted that when the term “gender and sexual deviance” is used in this paper, it refers to gender and sexual identities and experiences that subvert the cis-heteropatriarchal norm, and fall under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. The goal of using the term “deviance” in not to imply that these identities and experiences are negative, but rather to further illustrate the disparities between lived experiences and that which is allowed in the carceral system.

The Commodification of Socio-Political Movements and Identities (2018)

In the past, corporations have used their power and resources to reinforce hegemonic power structures, and perpetuate oppressive stereotypes (Logan, 2016). Recently, corporations have begun marketing using charity and social causes (Sandberg, 2012), including aligning themselves with social movements. Corporations use socio-political movements in order to sell products to customers through associating themselves with those movements, making themselves appear aligned with the values of the movement, and selling sociopolitical identities to consumers.