Review of “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland”

A non-descript white house sits on the side of a street in Cleveland, Ohio. Cars drive by, neighbors chat on the sidewalk, and the sun beats down on the black pavement -- the world is moving. However, inside this house three girls lie chained to beds, longing to feel the sun on their faces or … Continue reading Review of “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland”

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Goodwill: Through a Critical Theory Lens

When buying clothes from Goodwill Industries consumers believe they are contributing to a better society -- recycling clothing, giving to charity, and supporting the disabled workers Goodwill employs. However, it's surprising to discover that the CEO of Goodwill makes more than half a million dollars per year while Goodwill’s disabled workers are paid less than … Continue reading Goodwill: Through a Critical Theory Lens

Chris McCandless’ Conflict: Through an Ethical Communication Lens

You are wrong if you think joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living (Krakauer, 1996, p. 57). This profound statement … Continue reading Chris McCandless’ Conflict: Through an Ethical Communication Lens

The Wearer’s Burden

Negotiating Sexuality and Gender The Wearer's Burden: The Assumed Identities of Individuals with Tattoos and Piercings I am confident. I am unique. I am strong. I am brave. I am feminine in my own right. I own my beauty. I own my sexuality. I own my body. Fourteen ear piercings, one nose piercing, one navel … Continue reading The Wearer’s Burden