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The Subversive Boyhood of Steven Universe

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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 […]

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What Is Toxic Masculinity?

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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. If you’d […]

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Every Hug On Steven Universe Supercut

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This is a supercut of every hug on Steven Universe. A total of 95 hugs from episodes 1 to 83. You can see my full video essay about emotional expression on Steven Universe here. ABOUT THE PROJECT The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a brand new video series that looks at media through a critical […]

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Emotional Expression on Steven Universe

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This is the first in a series of videos exploring what Steven Universe has to say about men, boys and masculinity. This episode covers representations of emotional expression, and highlights the ways in which crying, affection and fear are framed on the show. The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a brand new video series that looks at […]

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Announcing The Pop Culture Detective Agency!

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I’m excited to announce The Pop Culture Detective Agency! This project a brand new video series that looks at media through a critical lens with an emphasis on depictions of men and masculinity in popular culture. ABOUT THE PROJECT This new video series focuses on deconstructing the representations of masculinity we see embedded in movies, […]

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