Exorcising the Elderly: The Horror of Ageism

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Yeah, The Exorcist is misogynistic. But is that all it is? William Friedken’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, like the novel by William Peter Blatty, is more than just a story about demonic possession. It’s a manifestation of the most deep-seated anxieties in American culture at that time, many of which still exist today. Arguing that […]

Toys, Boys, and Masculine Ideology

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Since its inception in 1964, the G.I. Joe action figure has undergone numerous redesigns which reflect ideological shifts in American social and political culture.  Its most dramatic transformation came with the 1996-7 series G.I. Joe Extreme, which endowed its characters with uniforms linking their ultra-muscular bodies to military weapons systems. While on one level G.I. […]