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Homonormativity in Mainstream Media

The Good & the Bad following The Myth of Homosexual Man in a Neoliberal Era

For a few decades now, the homosexual man has been introduced in the realm of popular culture; whether his depictions work towards giving gay men a better life, or an even more complicated one, remains up for debate. Navigating through different perspectives on the subject matter, this essay shines a light on the positive and negative outcomes of such inclusions in mainstream media.

To start off, we will transpose Simone de Beauvoir’s myth of woman onto today’s mass media influence on gay men, which will lead us to the creation of normative identities and their respective others. Following this conceptualization, we will compare representations of masculinity and femininity within televised homosexuality, only then to conclude with broader ideas on the neoliberal implications of the modern communications industry.

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The Necessary Drag of RuPaul’s Drag Race

The ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality TV show featuring drag performers from all across the United States who come in to compete for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, premiered on the small screen on March 24th 2017. Although it has been easily accessible for a long time through its usual broadcaster Logo TV, a channel primarily aimed at LGBT viewers, the show’s most recent season newly premiered on VH1, a medium which usually reaches a wider audience in its variety.

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Using Diana Fuss (1991)’s theorization of the inside and outside, we can analyze the way in which drag queens, who can be said to belong to an exterior, have entered a new realm in terms of visibility, i.e. what can be categorized as interior. By crossing this line, these individuals who do not seem to fit the male / female gender binary, in terms of both aesthetics and self-identification, are placed in a conventional binary system, separating the self from the other; the heterosexual subject from the drag performer (Fuss, 1991). Continue reading “The Necessary Drag of RuPaul’s Drag Race”

Representations of Militarism and Nationalism: Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey and Marina & The Diamonds

For this project, I explored the numerous representations of militarism and nationalism in mainstream media. To be more specific, I went through the works of pop stars Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, and Marina & The Diamonds in order to extract and analyze the pro-war depictions that are claimed to be artistic.

Within this framework, I analyzed the normalization, glamorization and celebration of U.S. militarism and nationalism. Furthermore, given both concepts’ link to consumerism, I examined the way in which such art form is able to reach an incredible amount of people through its global visibility and attractiveness; repeating specific kinds of images, it erases the negative connotation usually associated with violence, and even goes as far as giving it an appeal in popular culture.

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Lady Gaga & Beyoncé: Propelling Feminism or Sustaining Hegemony?

Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have been the face of mainstream feminism for many years now, and the attention their work has gotten both from scholars and media outlets is astonishing. That being said, what happens when we take a deeper look into their feminisms, and compare and contrast academics’ reviews of their aestheticized representations? As we delve into such questioning, let us begin with a feminist analysis merging both idols, followed by a divided inquiry of their respective artistic content, only to return to a joined examination of their material on the basis of neoliberalism. Within this framework, my analysis will be delivered through an identitarianist and post-structuralist lens.

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Joanne: Back to the Roots

Spending its twelfth day atop iTunes worldwide and knocking off Lemonade‘s previous 2016 record for a female artist, the country-influenced Joanne officially scores Gaga her 4th #1 album this decade, but most importantly, it secures its spot as Gaga’s ripest record yet. Undoubtedly, our girl Stefani finally wrote the album she was born to perform.


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Perfect Illusion: Gaga’s Pursuit of Happiness

Lady Gaga’s new single has been out since Friday & has already topped the iTunes charts in more than 60 countries, a perfect delusion given that it has barely sold 100K in the US. Oh wow, no negativity on this site thank u.

Produced by Kevin Parker, Mark Ronson, BloodPop & the Gags herself – no typo detected – Perfect Illusion is everything we ever wanted: no glitz, no glam, just a rockstar.

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VMAs 2016: Top 6 Performers

Last night, August 28th, took place the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in good old New York. From Britney to Ariana, to Beyoncé to Rihanna, the show was tremendously greater than last year’s, to which the headliners weren’t as thrilling. The top 6 contenders lead on a tight altercation, but the results are in.

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Rupaul’s All Stars Take Over The VMAs

It was quite hard to contain my excitement when this gasp worthy event hit me. As Alyssa Edwards would say, not on tonight!

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The cast of Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars II basically decided to attend the 2016 VMAs & suck the soul out of my body. Not only did they get to promote the show, but also was it a clever way to infiltrate pop culture & push the art of drag one step closer to mainstream status.

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