PAX

Spring 2017 Issue
SHC PAX Spring 2017 Issue

 

Hello Spring Hill Community,

I hope you all have had a wonderful semester and are preparing for an incredible summer vacation. I know we have all been working hard this year and are one step closer to graduation. And to the Class of 2017, go conquer the world! It's so incredible to be fortunate enough to attend an institution dedicated to social justice inside and outside of the classroom. 

This edition is dedicated to pieces with a central theme of equality and basic human rights.

Thank you to all of the contributors for your insightful pieces of work and of course, the lovely Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio! 

Your editor,

Olivia Miller

I chose to analyze a song for my media source because the impact the music we listen to has on us is very important to how we perceive society’s norms of behavior, word usage, and cultural attitudes towards certain situations. During Christmas time as I was listening to my favorite Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, I found the classic lyrics to be a little troubling falling upon the ears of a more aware, college-age current self.

Like former South African President Nelson Mandela said, “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” This meant something to me when I read it the first time because I was reminded of the struggles I had to go through in order to “climb the mountaintop of [my] desires” and find peace in my world that I lived.

While the practice of slavery was abolished almost two hundred years ago, today over twenty-seven million people are victims of modern day slavery (Hodge, 2014). Modern day slavery, or human trafficking, is defined as “the trade of human beings for the purpose of exploitation, typically in the form of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor” (Androff, 2010 in Hodge, 2014, p. 111). Human trafficking can be defined in terms of either sex trafficking or labor trafficking.

Media in the form of pornography is something that people consider taboo to talk about.  It may be because people are uncomfortable with their own bodies, let alone perfectly airbrushed strangers’.  However, the representation of different genders in pornography needs to be talked about.

I saw Moonlight 3 days before the election of Donald J. Trump (P45). At the time, I believed I lived in an imperfect world where hope still loomed and progress was never too distant. I was eager to see that world reflected in the stories of the film’s character Chiron, who I had never seen but already knew. Though a stranger, I knew Chiron’s story was needed to elucidate the experiences of a community rendered invisible.  Black queer men have been pigeonholed to academic journals that limit us to DL culture, where our only contribution was to the HIV/AIDs epidemic.

In the Time of the Butterflies tells the true story of the Mirabals, four sisters who led a resistance against the dictator, Rafael Trujillo, in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. The four Mirabal sisters, Patria, Dede, Minerva, and Maria Theresa, lived in a rural area of the Dominican Republic and their father ran a mildly successful farm. The movie shares the sisters’ early lives, their schooling days, the growth of their family, and later, how they became involved in the revolution that took place against Trujillo.

50 Feet From Syria is a documentary that follows a Syrian-American surgeon, Dr. Hisham Bismar, on his journey to saving lives during the war zone. The Syrian Civil War has been waging for five years, and has only gotten worse as the years continue. The conflict originally began when civilians peacefully protested the government and the government responded with violence and torture of the civilians. Five years later, there are a multitude of different rebel groups fighting against the government, which has caused the country to be in a massive state of war.

In order to try and get to know someone quickly or in passing, we try to identify which category we can best put them in. This approach is common, and successfully determining where someone fits promotes comfortability and a sense of knowing exactly who that person is before they get a chance to tell you. I believe that when you assume someone identifies with a socially normal term, you risk offending them. While at work, I avoid using gender specific terms because I have been made aware that not everyone conforms to the short list that consists of “he” or “she”.

Body image is a mental picture that a person creates and perceives that may or may not be how others view that person’s body. These attitudes a person experiences exist in both sexes and can be carried with them through their entire life (Cash, 2004). Researchers have often questioned how, over time, body image has become more of a life burden. Between young children, women, and men, media has played a leading role in how society is now affected by the unrealistic view of a person’s body. Body image dissatisfaction is not uncommon and tends to affect the quality of someone’s life.

Nella Larsen’s depiction of Helga Crane in Quicksand (1928), highlights the complexities of racial indeterminacy and the quest for self-realization by persons of mixed ancestry—specifically people of both African and Caucasian descent—in America. The novel is not intended to be representative of every biracial person’s experience, but it is representative of  a racial identity that is often times over looked as a unique race category. Helga, the novel’s heroine, suffers from depression, isolation, and disillusionment throughout the course of her life.

They say it’s all a cycle,

That I’m lazy, addicted, and worthless.

When I ask for a chance of employment,

I’m countered with a comment mirthless.

I don’t know where I’ll sleep,

Or what I’ll do for meals.

I don’t think they even care

About how being homeless feels.

The chains can’t be broken.

 

They say that I can’t

Because of my dress.

They prefer John or David

Because women know less.

If I cry, then they say

That I am weaker than them.

Should I just quit

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