body ideals

Masculinity and Mental Health

Charles Saunders is a Political Science and Psychology double major. Outside of academics, he enjoys playing pickup basketball, Skyrim, Yugioh, and study breaks at the most inconvenient of times. Even in today’s society, where psychology, medicine, and the media have worked towards open communication about mental illness, there remains a definitive stigma. This stigma is… Read more Masculinity and Mental Health

“Intolerable Lesbian Lovers:” Medicine’s Control of Deviant Sexuality and Gender Norms

Hannah Boggess is a [2018] Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and History double major. Outside of schoolwork, she enjoys playing with every dog she sees, watching The West Wing, and being a feminist killjoy. Compulsory heterosexuality, a term popularized by Adrienne Rich in the 1980s, is the overwhelming, hegemonic, enforced belief that all people are assumed—and required—to… Read more “Intolerable Lesbian Lovers:” Medicine’s Control of Deviant Sexuality and Gender Norms

Nearsighted Normalcy: Evaluating What Frames Our Perspective on Normal Health and Illness

Annie Galloway is a second year undergraduate student at Grinnell College. Most humans want to have full long lives in which they are able to do what they want. Illness interferes with this desire. The Golden Age of American medicine, which created the doctor-as-hero character, promoted the expansion of medical control and the idea that… Read more Nearsighted Normalcy: Evaluating What Frames Our Perspective on Normal Health and Illness

Let Your Freak Flag Fly: Constructing Health and Reinforcing American Exceptionalism through the Display of Othered Bodies

Ellen Schneider is a student at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She is studying history and education, and hopes to become a middle school social studies teacher. In her free time, Ellen can usually be found going to estate sales, thinking about architecture, and asking people on the street if she can pet their dogs.… Read more Let Your Freak Flag Fly: Constructing Health and Reinforcing American Exceptionalism through the Display of Othered Bodies

There Will (not) Be Blood

by Irene Bruce Menstruation is something that most women experience but often don’t discuss unless in the presence of other women. The hidden nature of menstruation comes about as a result of widespread social forces that encourage women to view their bodies, and periods in particular, as objects of shame. Using sources such as books… Read more There Will (not) Be Blood