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Theory as Liberatory Practice

Philosopher Amanda Cawston’s essay Are Feminism and Competition Compatible? (2016) on competition and feminism resembles most to scholar bell hooks’ Theory as Liberatory Practice (1991) are the crucial points both authors make, including exclusory practices and lack of solidary in communal spaces.  hooks empathize on how and why activist-scholars should communicate with laypersons through ideas that both parties can…

Transgender’s History, Bodies, and Intersex: Reflections

Transgender and Intersex under Biopolitics1 Over the years, more people identify themselves as nonbinary or trans*. A study at Williams Institute at UCLA discovered that the percentage of trans* adults increased from 0.3 to 0.6 percent (Davis, 2018). The internet and social movements for the trans* community help more people learn and accept trans*gender and/or…

Garfinkel’s What is Ethnomethodology- (Quick) Summary

Garfinkel’s What is Ethnomethodology? explains the ethnomethodology concept by focusing on how people interpret their social reality through their knowledge. People use conversation, gestures, or social interactions to retain their sense of reality in each situation. Ethnomethodology refers to how people reflect their activities through errors and examinations of their personal experiences as they become codified; the…

Semiotic Analysis Time: A Slice of Sensual Pizza

A Slice of Sensual Pizza The printed advertisement is for a pizza brand called Daiya, which the name Daiya sounds closer to the word dairy. According to babynamewizard.com, the name Daiya is also a Polish feminine name for “gift” or “present”; the product Daiya is a ‘gift’ for the consumer. The ad is from a…

The Pronoun Go-Round

Is the Pronoun Go-Round helpful for the Trans* Community? I’m glad that I was able to share my thoughts in class on topics likesharing pronouns in public. I was given the assignment to explain my thoughts.Here’s what I wrote for class, except that this is an edited version of myanswer: The pronoun go-round breaks traditional…

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