No Innocents Here: Kendall Jenner and the Politics of Crying

For years, certain segments of the internet have been awash with discourse on “White tears” and the related concepts of “male tears,” “cis tears,” and others. While there have been plenty of explainers written on the topic, there has not been much comprehensive writing on the function White tears serve. There remains much discussion of “White tears”… Continue reading No Innocents Here: Kendall Jenner and the Politics of Crying

Orientalism and the Ghost in Hollywood’s Shell

I. The term “ghost in the machine” was coined in 1949 by British philosopher Gilbert Ryle as a critique of Cartesian dualism. Ryle rejected the notion that the body was little more than a ‘machine” operated by the independent “ghost” of the human mind, arguing instead that the two were fundamentally interconnected. Over the ensuing… Continue reading Orientalism and the Ghost in Hollywood’s Shell