Moments in “Becoming Jane” All Writers Can Understand

Before watching the film Becoming Jane, I didn't know much about Austen's life. Today, I'm still nowhere near an expert on the real author. Nonetheless, the film itself always inspires me to write. While not entirely autobiographical, it is a fan fiction version of her life, as well as the brief romantic relationship she had with the real Tom Lefroy. The film … Continue reading Moments in “Becoming Jane” All Writers Can Understand

The Social Significance of No Doubt’s “Just A Girl”

Gender Reveal Poster. Photo by author. Writing "Just A Girl" Lead singer of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani wrote Tragic Kingdom's 1995 single "Just A Girl" to express the self-awareness of her gender's implications in society. She was living at home with her strict parents into her twenties--a situation that many struggling millennials currently understand. One … Continue reading The Social Significance of No Doubt’s “Just A Girl”

Gender and Social Class: An Analysis of “Shopgirl”

Released in 2005, the film Shopgirl is written by Steve Martin and based on his novella of the same name. In its simplest analysis it is a Cinderella story, but it doesn't end with a servant woman marrying a prince. This time, Cinderella is looking for a man who can do more than financially provide for her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz4KxyvaaXM Mirabelle … Continue reading Gender and Social Class: An Analysis of “Shopgirl”

Diversity in Outcasts: Ending Racism in the Gothic Subculture

I wrote an article on the Gothic subculture called "Goths Are Artists" to educate those unfamiliar with it. It's my attempt to help end some of the discrimination and misunderstanding surrounding the community. With this article, I would like to focus on an issue within the community that I was personally surprised to learn about, … Continue reading Diversity in Outcasts: Ending Racism in the Gothic Subculture

Accepting Bisexuality: Discrimination Within the LGBT Community

Bisexuals have a unique struggle. They aren't fully accepted in the straight world or the gay world. Bisexual Pride Flag on canvas. By Author. Bisexuals are marginalized in the LGBT+ community. Heterosexuals don't think they're straight enough and homosexuals don't think they're gay enough; even though, they can relate to both sides. Luckily, some people are trying … Continue reading Accepting Bisexuality: Discrimination Within the LGBT Community

From Jesus to Isis: Journey of a Pagan

An article on my spiritual journey from Christianity to paganism, and the knowledge I gained. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to live in ancient Egypt. Beginning in elementary school, I loved hearing about tribes and earth-based gods during history classes. Sometime, in middle school, I became especially interested in witchcraft and Wicca … Continue reading From Jesus to Isis: Journey of a Pagan

The Devil: Lucifer vs. Satan vs. Satanism

Who and what is "the devil?" Is it the fallen angel, Lucifer? Is it Satan? Is it the focus of the practice of Satanism? Are these things even related? Blake, William; Satan Calling up His Legions; National Trust, Petworth House; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/satan-calling-up-his-legions-219773 Lucifer was considered God's favorite angel, until he demanded more. Before you think this … Continue reading The Devil: Lucifer vs. Satan vs. Satanism

Female Hysteria: Gender Inequality as a Medical Condition

Women have been controlled socially and medically to maintain the power of authorities. Thankfully, some women have successfully taken that power back. In the 19th century, female hysteria was diagnosed frequently; especially, in housewives. Doctors believed that it was caused by an overactive uterus that floats around the body. Symptoms focused around a general lack of satisfaction … Continue reading Female Hysteria: Gender Inequality as a Medical Condition

What it Means to Identify as Genderqueer

What happens when you don't identify as strictly masculine or feminine? How do you label yourself, when neither "man" nor "woman" feels comfortable? It could mean that you're nonbinary or genderqueer. To understand what these related terms mean, one needs to understand why some LGBT have decided to self-identify as "queer" in the first place. … Continue reading What it Means to Identify as Genderqueer