Donald Trump And The Lovable Misogynist Trope

Why wasn’t Donald Trump’s blatant and unashamed misogyny a deal breaker for voters? I argue it has a lot to do with the ways pop culture, especially television sitcoms, work to normalizes sexist behavior.

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The Subversive Boyhood of Steven Universe

The Cartoon Network series Steven Universe is an adventure show about a boy with super powers derived from an interstellar gemstone in his belly. But in many ways it’s also a coming-of-age story about a young man growing up and trying to find his place in the world. In this episode we discussing how Steven’s empathic superpowers function as a subversion of traditional boy hero tropes.

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Military Recruitment and Science Fiction Movies

The sequel to the 1996 mega-blockbuster “Independence Day” hit theaters this summer but there was something a little strange about many of the trailers. What looks like a clever marketing campaign centered on joining the fictional “Earth Space Defense” was actually a cross-branded recruitment tool for the US Army. It’s part of a multi-million dollar joint advertising venture between 20th Century Fox and the United States Military.

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SOURCES
U.S. Army Using Independence Day as a Propaganda Tool
List on US military interventions since World War II
Infographic of US interventions in Latin America
• How Many Countries is the U.S. Currently Bombing?
U.S. Escalates a Shadow War In Somalia
McCann Worldgroup’s Lisa Nocella on NPR
US Army spends 200 million per year on advertising
Only 15% of military recruits get the promised college degree
Soldiers Forced to Repay Enlistment Bonuses After Going to War
National Coalition for the Homeless – Veterans Facts
Sexual Assault in the Military – Fact Sheet
Suicide rate of U.S. veterans rose one third since 2001
Military refused to assist on original Independence Day
US Navy collaboration on Battleship movie
X-Men cross-promotion with US Army
History of Military collaborations with Hollywood
Hollywood and the Pentagon: A relationship of mutual exploitation

RECOMMENDED READING
An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire by Arundhati Roy
War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
Killing Hope by William Blum
Rogue States: The Rule of Force in World Affairs by Noam Chomsky
Propaganda and the Public Mind by Noam Chomsky
Necessary Illusions by Noam Chomsky

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CREDITS
Writer/Producer: Jonathan McIntosh
Logo Design: Justin McIntosh
Music: Jonathan Mann

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Every Tear on Steven Universe Supercut

This supercut collects every tear from 107 episodes of Steven Universe. You can see my full video essay about emotional expression on Steven Universe here.

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What Is Toxic Masculinity?

You may have bumped into the term toxic masculinity during your travels around the internet. It usually shows up in connection with particularly abusive male behavior, but what does it really mean? In this episode we take a closer look at the term using Biff from Back To The Future as our example.

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LINKS
• How Toxic Masculinity Feeds Rape Culture
Toxic Masculinity and Murder
6 Harmful Effects Of Toxic Masculinity
• Toxic Masculinity on Geek Feminism Wikia

RECOMMENDED BOOKS
• The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
• The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy by Allan G Johnson

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