Academia

This page will be dedicated to sharing my essays written during my Cultural Studies Masters degree. Being that culture is everything, and everything is culture, my degree allowed me the freedom to focus my research and writing on topics that I am passionate about.

SHADOWBANNING: Big Data and Algorithms -2019

The internet is a domain that tends to reflect the material world that we all occupy and vice versa. In a capitalist, patriarchal society that is vastly unequal, the reality of the online world reflects those same values; as exemplified by double standards and lack of consequences (for those who hold different forms of power) among other discrepancies that often go ignored. The illusion of freedom on the Internet only serves to benefit those already at the top of the social hierarchy; the marginalised who challenge these existing norms are constantly punished with no fair or due process. We as a global society must continue to push and challenge these corporations for more transparency if we realistically aim to eradicate different forms of discrimination in both the online and material worlds.

Women in the Public Sphere: Gendered Responsibility -2019

This essay will explore a number of intersecting factors that have converged during the recent murder of a Sydney sex worker and will interrogate the cultural perception of such an event. I will begin with a discussion on how violence is used to enforce patriarchy and how that links to ideas of appropriating of femininity. Statistics highlighting how prevalent misogyny is within contemporary Australian society rounds out the first section. The next section will analyse the role of discourse and mass media and how the pathologisation of both perpetrator and victim have direct impacts on our cultural understandings of gender roles. An internalised tension between sexual vigilance and the right to feel safe is also discussed in regards to gendered responsibility. The final section will consider the impact of dichotomous understanding of women through the Madonna/whore complex.

An Illicit Benefit: The Legalisation of Cannabis in the A.C.T.-2019

Cannabis has a long history with humanity and civilisations, yet the modern understanding links cannabis to the idea of illegality and criminality. This essay attempts to deconstruct the modern understanding and the way that the media has a key role in portraying the reality of this plant. The recent legalisation of cannabis in the ACT has politicised and problematised the reality of this plant, and this essay highlights the governments’ continued ignorance towards any evidence that challenges their own agenda.

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SWERF vs. Historian: Literature Review-2019

Sex work (prostitution) has long been considered the oldest profession but the stigma and perception of deviancy still remains. Different perspectives on sex work exist; from those who believe that as a society we must eradicate all forms of sex work in order to protect women, to others who understand the industry as work and are actively seeking ways to counter the essentialisation of sex workers identity. This article analyses two articles from opposing understandings of ‘prostitution’ and debunks the anti-sex work trope through critical analysis.

Has Modernity Afforded Women More Sexual Freedom? -2019

Female sexuality throughout time has been suppressed and far too often is accepted as biological fact, rather than understanding it through a cultural or social lens. Some scholars have argued that this suppression is “one of the most remarkable psychological interventions in Western cultural history” (Baumeister & Twenge, 2002, pg. 166). My main argument in this essay is that modernity has not brought sexual liberation to women, and from a Foucauldian perspective the fact that much of the sexism and suppression of sexuality is happening subtly makes it all the more hard to resist.

Censorship and Subjectivity: Identity Construction in Online Spaces-2019

Women are experiencing censorship in the online world which is impacting how they are in the real world. Social media is like a double edged sword when it comes to the critical response to patriarchal world views; on one hand social media is opening up to different interpretations of femininity, embodiment, gender and self-identity to anyone who has access to a smart device and the internet, and on the other it is a space in which power is exercised through censorship ensuring women conform to the gender role assigned to their physical body; a sexual being.

Precarity in the Labour Force: Discourse as Distraction-2019

What this essay attempts to highlight is that work under a capitalist system is inherently exploitative and political discourses are crucial to understanding different flows of not only people but also information, both within and across national borders. Criminalising a particularly gendered form of labour, in this instance sexual labour, has done more to “serve more the interests of states in controlling their borders than protecting women in situations of vulnerability” (Crosby, 2007, pg. 46). While many immigration controls do foster precarious working conditions for migrants this essay emphasizes that within patriarchal society, precarity is prevalent for all those who are seen as ‘the other’ including women, migrants, people of colour, disabled, non-cis and non-heterosexual people.

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