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by Mona Rocha What makes a Snowperson a snowman? Almost all the snowpeople we see are taken to be snowmen. Why is this? What are the factors that go into this determination? Why do we assume a snowperson is male every time we see one? Because of the patriarchy. That's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha Hollywood always seems to be on the look out for a unified villain that haunts our great American heroes from film to film, TV show to TV show. The Cold War was great for Hollywood because it delivered them the Russians. Then, there was a confused period... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha Cop shows: they normalize white privilege in an unjust criminal system, they taint jury pools in a fashion that is surely an under appreciated threat to our democracy, they glamorize state violence while depriving the viewers of any context through which to comprehend the meaning and extent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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By Mona Rocha As you might remember from my previous posts, I watch a lot of TV. From time to time, as I scroll through channel options, I come across QVC. A multimedia retailer founded in the 80’s, QVC does brisk business 364 days a year (with Christmas being the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha If you have not yet watched Orphan Black, you really, really should. Really. No, really. It is a fantastic TV show: gripping story line, intensity all over the place, and the characters are fantastic—just when you think you hate one, you figure out you actually love her.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha Feminism is supposed to be intersectional, meaning that the oppressions of race, sex, gender, class, ability, age, health, etc. are all interlocked (for more, see Kimberle Crenshaw's famous piece on intersectionality here). So that is why for feminist Friday, which falls on Juneteenth, I’m going to talk... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha Where are the adult sisters on television? We have plenty of brother/sister combinations. Lots of tropes, many of them sexist, there. We have some great stories of brothers. Supernatural comes to mind as the story of two brothers who are quite different, but find a way to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha Do you have a guilty pleasure? I do and it’s called HGTV. I love to sit back on my couch and watch anything – absolutely anything – that’s being shown on that channel. I’m now obsessed with finishes, tile choices, backsplashes, the debate over flooring materials (yes... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha In this New Yorker story, here, some very frightening things are happening within the UNC system. In the name of political objectivity, seemingly politically motivated moves are taking place. The examples, as you can see in a few that I've excerpted below, are quite startling. "In 2013,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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by Mona Rocha Hi, I’m Mona and I watch too much TV. My students tell me I watch too much TV since I always manage to work in some pop culture example into class, but since, at the time they say this, I am actually teaching them instead of watching... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Philosophical Percolations
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