Waist Trainers

“The Works” Waist Trainer (Waist Gang Society, worn by Kim Kardashian [2014]. Commercially-produced object. Latex and plastic.) In 2014, Kim Kardashian Instagrammed herself wearing this waist trainer, with the hashtags #ad and #whatawaist. As an icon of ideal physical femininity today, she’s credited for bringing this object into the contemporary public sphere. The waist trainer is a…

Interactions with AI

This essay is an analysis into the different materialites of AI and how they script their interactions with humans through gender and sex stereotypes.  Through the examination of the BMW GPS in Germany, the ELIZA Chatbot, Blabdroid, hitchBOT, and the “Amber Doll Project,” connections can start to be drawn about how the appearances and behaviors…

Thong

The thong, with its thin straps and minimal coverage, is an undergarment entangled with questions surrounding the appropriateness and delicacy of female sexual confidence. According to the 1996 Starr Report, Monica Lewinsky, then a White House intern, first seduced then-President of the United States, Bill Clinton, by showing him the straps of her thong underwear….

Thong

The three remixes and music videos of Sisqo’s “Thong Song” have reinforced the controversy and assumptions surrounding the thong as a sexual object. What the thong makes visible – the butt – is intertwined with the historic hypersexualizing of black female bodies, and how it is framed as oppositional to the purity of white female…

Wallpaper

Drawing upon the long histories of perfuming spaces and decorating the home through wallpapers meant to evoke the natural state of the outside, “Cherry Forever and Ever” reflects on the traditional methods of how nature has been brought into the home through the use of aesthetics. Through associations of both literary characters and health concerns…

Fidget Quilts

Fidget quilts are often lap-size and are intended to be comforting and welcoming, with elements that can be worked many times, like zippers and snaps. They have grown in popularity in the past few years, as members of libraries and religious groups have begun sewing them for people with memory loss conditions, to distract from…