It’s All Greek To Us

In this vox pop, I chose to highlight students’ views on Greek life at the University of Southern California. I walked around the USC campus interviewing both affiliated and non-affiliated students to get a more universal view of the Greek system. Continue reading “It’s All Greek To Us”

Give Sororities A Shot (Literally)

The infographic I created addresses the consequences of gender discrimination in American Greek life. Exempt from Title IX, these single-sex organizations promote misogyny and rape culture by allowing fraternities more freedom than sororities regarding alcohol policy in chapter houses. Unlike the Interfraternity Conference (IFC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) prohibits alcohol in sorority houses which ensures that all alcohol consumption, or partying, can only occur on male territory. This dichotomy significantly exacerbates female vulnerability regarding sexual assault and needs to be reconsidered in regards to grounds for Title IX.

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“She Got ADHD”

As a straight, white, cisgender female who grew up in an affluent community in San Diego, California, I am very privileged in that I identify with many of society’s dominant groups. While my association with particular dominant groups has certainly influenced my values and perspectives, the challenges I have faced as a member of other subordinate groups have more transparently impacted my worldview. Continue reading ““She Got ADHD””

Raising the Flag on Women

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal, Photograph, 1945
Raising the Flag on Women, Jessica Faltinsky, Digital, 2018

In manipulating Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photograph of United States Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima during WWII, I aimed to highlight the institutionalized sexism ingrained in both our nation’s Greek letter organizations and government. Continue reading “Raising the Flag on Women”

MC²: Duplicitous Portrayals of McCain and Mariah Carey in Media

While scrolling through my Instagram Explore page the other day, I came across a video that seemed a little too entertaining to be real. An annoyed Mariah Carey shoots daggers at Ariana Grande, who many believe has taken Carey’s place in the music industry, as she belts vocal runs in a rather over-the-top fashion during a carpool karaoke session. Although I found it difficult to believe that Carey would publicly disrespect Grande in such close quarters, the video was edited so seamlessly that I could hardly determine which artist, if any, had been photoshopped into the frame and took to scrolling through comments in attempt to uncover the authenticity of the meme. However, those who had commented were just as confused.

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A Day in the Life of a Wannabe Instagram Influencer

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Dialog Cafe in West Hollywood

As I tracked my media consumption during a day spent around Los Angeles with friends, I found that the apps and technology I used most often were those that allowed me to share highlights of my day with others. Not unlike many other modern-day young adults, I devote a large portion of time to curating my life on social media. For that reason, it came as no surprise to me that I spent the majority of my day on apps such as Instagram and Snapchat in addition to those like VSCO and Facetune which allow me to edit, filter, and essentially perfect images before sharing them with followers. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Wannabe Instagram Influencer”