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

American Masculinity and Media Crisis

In this series, "The Textures of Sexuality," we have undergraduate students from two schools considering how the body is implicated in storytelling devices used in popular media. Elizabethtown College student Hannah Ciocco begins with a discussion of Stewart M. Hoover and Curtis D. Coats'  Does God Make the Man: Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity, (New … Continue reading American Masculinity and Media Crisis

A Byte of Apple: Identifying Religion as a Social Technology

The issue in this discussed example is that if an identity is so ubiquitous as Apple’s enthrallment was, it can prevent us from realizing our conversion.

Defining Religion in The Tragedies of War

...the DAPL debate merely represents a continuation of the misunderstanding of and disregard for Native Americans' understanding of their own religious traditions.

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.