9 to 5 and the Male Gaze

As a self-identified feminist, I felt a lot of dissonance about liking movies that treat women in a way that I do not agree with at all. It was disappointing to realize the whole entertainment industry, which often is described as the most liberal industry is sexist just like society as a whole. However, I immediately thought of one movie that was different - 9 to 5.  

Visual Pleasure in Mad Max: Fury Road

In this series, "The Textures of Sexuality,” we have undergraduate students from two schools considering how the body is implicated in the storytelling devices used in popular media. Baker University student Mary Tusten looks at how Mad Max: Fury Road defies phallocentrism seen in most movies and challenges us to think about why we should start … Continue reading Visual Pleasure in Mad Max: Fury Road

Holding on to Houston from Afar

Watching images of Hurricane Harvey, I’ve been able to do little but reflect on the past. I was born and raised in Houston. It may be America’s bustling fourth-largest city, but somehow I never thought the national news would feature the site of my first date, first speeding ticket, and countless other personal moments.

Better Loss Next Time: Lessons Learned on Black and White

I should be good at chess. I'm a big picture guy with an eye for strategy. Problem solving is my wheelhouse. And when it comes to the serious, I play to win. But for the life of me I cannot win a game. It's a wonder that I even manage getting second place. Sure, I … Continue reading Better Loss Next Time: Lessons Learned on Black and White