Research Paper Topics

Cassie Walter: My paper is titled “Body Dissatisfaction in US College Women” and it looks at the causes of body dissatisfaction in US college women (as I’m sure you could guess from the title) and how it effects them, as well as possible solutions to it.

Gracie Hall: I looked at how the globalization of care-work has lead to (seemingly) elastic constructions of motherhood, masculinity, and family–but in actuality has deeply engrained traditional versions of these constructions and reproduced patterns of global inequality.

Olivia Rabbitt: My paper explores the gendered expectations in regards to infidelity and explores several case studies of  “Media Representations of Infidelity in Public Couples” and how media responses perpetuate these norms.

Haris Kuljancic: My essay is titled “Gendered Toy Commercials” and it discuses the gender stereotypes that are portrayed in toy commercials that target children. The aim of the paper is to use previous studies in order to figure out how commercials promote gender stereotyping.

Jihmmy N. Sanchez: I looked at how the media has scripted a masculine ideal that promotes manhood and masculinity as violent and aggressive. I focused on the effect of media representation of manhood on Latino and Black youth, I talked about the Cool Pose and Machismo phenomenons in Latino and African American cultures and how they have reinforced a masculine ideal that is destructive and is preventing Latino and black males from decreasing their high school dropout and incarceration rates.

Emma Houser: My paper looks at the portrayal of female athletes in the media and the effect that the objectification and sexualization of their bodies has on young girls and women’s, as well as men’s perceptions of female bodies.

Emma Weisberg: The title of my paper is “Gender in the Film Industry: Women as Directors versus ‘Women Directors.'”  I am examining the complexities of gender politics within the film industry, such as general underrepresentation of women directors, lack of encouragement and access to professional training, pressure to deal with the term “feminist,” issues with distribution and funding, and ultimately how many women are trying to combat these issues with feminist organizations/specific film techniques and aesthetics/so on.

Luis Ramos: The title of my paper is “Homosociality vs. Homoeroticism (Bromances within the Media).” I am examining an emerging culture that has become slightly popular in today’s American society. Male friendships and bonding, which are often termed as “bromances” have become this new widespread sociocultural phenomenon that has shaped certain American masculinity ideals.  I want to see how this phenomenon is depicted within popular media and popular culture, and by doing so, I will be looking into research that has been done on Superbad and I Love You, Man, to verify whether “bromances” are generally portrayed as homosocial or homoerotic at times.

Carly Ozarowski: My paper is title “Perception of Female Athletes”. My paper examines how female athletics have changed over the past 40 years since Title IX was passed. It also looks at the different way females athletes are viewed, stereotyped and portrayed in everyday life and the media.

Sophie Sharps: My paper is called “Feminist Barbie: A Possibility or an Oxymoron?” and in it, I examine the tensions between academic scholars who have critically examined the negative impacts of Barbie dolls on young girls and the role of nonacademic groups such as the Mattel company, the media and Barbie consumers who view Barbie dolls as positive role models for young girls. I look at controversies over Barbie’s body image, career opportunities, reproductions of racial and other stereotypes, and finally, whether Mattel has the right to be “#unapologetic” as they suggest in their 2014 campaign.

Brittany Juliano: My essay is entitled The Excuse for Gender Workplace Inequity. In it, I discuss “The Opt-Out Revolution” of educated women leaving the workforce and how media has perpetuated the concept as an excuse for workplace inequity. I also analyze the reality behind opting-out: the social pressures of motherhood that force women to leave. *Also, Luis, your topics sounds so cool!*

Patrick Gallagher Landes: My essay is entitled “Hyper-masculine and Feminine Behaviors and Alcohol Consumption”. It details the ways in which men who consume alcohol are have scripts set up for them which reinforce their hegemonic masculinity. Because the consumption of of alcohol has been constructed as masculine, women who consume alcohol are seen to be unfeminine but also a lesser version of masculinity. This essay looks at power dynamics in social spaces in which alcohol is consumed.

Karen Cardona: The title of my essay is “Masculinity and Body Image in Gangsta Rap and Hip-Hop”.  The aim of this paper is to examine the representations of both gender and race in hip-hop and rap, it focuses on the use of African American masculinity and the portrayal of women bodies in music videos  .  It details how rap music videos and lyrics have become an outlet for women bodies to be hyper-sexualized as a way for  African American male artists to prove their masculinity through a violent, drug using, and women bashing character embodiment

Zoe Halpert: I’m looking at cookbooks and domestic advice in 20th century  America, and the enforcement of the private sphere as purely feminine.

Gina Pol: My paper discusses the circumstances that contribute to male prostitution, the stigma associated with male prostitution, and how male prostitutes present masculinity in the work place across different countries.

Alex Apkin: I wrote my paper on women in the film industry. Women are generally seen in less prominent roles in movies than men, but this paper focused on women in leading roles. I discussed the various ways in which women are represented in these films.


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