A Reflection on Style & Subcultural Expression

Dick Hebdige’s Subculture: The Meaning of Style raises many thoughtful ideas and ways of looking at style within culture and moments of time. Hebdige’s articulation of subculture through the lens of punk and British subcultures (i.e., mods, skinheads, teddy boys, punks, reggae, beats, and rasta) reveals the complex “nature” that subcultures form out of. Generally, subcultures … More A Reflection on Style & Subcultural Expression

Developing Networks of Intersectionality: #BlackLivesMatter

Intersectionality, as stated by these three articles, is a concept that can further the #BlackLivesMatter movement by helping understand systems of oppression working in conjunction against different identities and communities. Chamseddine frames her text around Islamophobia and Islamophobic violence, often treated as “isolated instances” and not systematic, which is how African Americans killed by police across America are now framed, … More Developing Networks of Intersectionality: #BlackLivesMatter

Pedagogies of the Future

FemTechNet, started by women techies, is about openness and accessibility, something that higher learning has historically been known to NOT be defined as. Often times universities are exclusionary, but FemTechNet is changing this. Students participate in learning through different perspectives, expertise is distributed, and learning is free (even when it involves expensive, private universities). FemTechNet’s … More Pedagogies of the Future

Cyborgian-goddesses and Post-body Feminism

The articles by Haraway, Puar, and Scannell offer feminist commentary on the idea of cyborgs, goddesses, nature, the unnatural, and the cyborg-goddess. To begin my understanding of cyborgs and  feminism, I read Haraway’s article that explores cyborgs as a post-gender, monstrous world. Cyborgs directly go against notions of innocence, that women have historically been subjected … More Cyborgian-goddesses and Post-body Feminism

VJ Um Amel: Digital Activism, Remix, & Revolution

VJ Um Amel is the screen name for Professor Laila Shereen Sakr who has a background in media and social uprising. Using social media for activism is a contemporary phenomenon that not many people are studying. In an article from USC’s Andrew Good, VJ Um Amel, who was a doctoral student at the university, noted that … More VJ Um Amel: Digital Activism, Remix, & Revolution

The Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency: Collective Action in Public Spaces

The Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency’s (GPI) name is just as creative as its practices, innovating political action through the streets of Washington D.C. Working as a collective is central to how The Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency (GPI) operates. GPI was founded in September of 2003 in D.C., a center of political action. GPI shows the way that … More The Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency: Collective Action in Public Spaces

Communities of Support: Arab Women Techies

Critics may frame the use of technology as a passive, millennial-driven activity, reduced to unimportant social media posts, but these reductive views are harmful because they overlook the power of contemporary technology. Technology offers the ability to empower individuals and connect communities who have common goals and experiences together. Today, people around the world have … More Communities of Support: Arab Women Techies

Christina McPhee: Moving Within a Matrix

Upon exploring McPhee’s work, I found that it provides me with a better understanding—at a more micro level—of what FemTech can look like and how it is implemented, rooting itself in flows of time and political perspectives. McPhee uses technology and science as tools to not only create imaginary spaces, but to also reimagine space … More Christina McPhee: Moving Within a Matrix