“Slay, Queen, Slay”: The Relationship Between Gender and Authority in Queen Elizabeth I’s Reign

Gender was a constant obstacle for Queen Elizabeth I throughout her reign. She lived during an intensely patriarchal time, and she learned as a child that she was not entirely exempted from the rigid expectations of womanhood. For example, the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, would have been Elizabeth’s first traumatizing experience of the perils of femininity. Following this tragedy, Elizabeth must have felt unessential in the world of her father, King Henry VIII, especially after she was declared a bastard. Continue reading ““Slay, Queen, Slay”: The Relationship Between Gender and Authority in Queen Elizabeth I’s Reign”

Straight Down the Barrel: Dramatizing Masculinity in Gun Advertisements

During the third deadliest mass shooting in American history, Adam Lanza used a military-style Bushmaster .233 rifle to murder twenty-eight children and adults attending the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut (Almasy). Forensic authorities determined that Lanza shot all but two victims multiple times, frequently reloading his weapon as he ambled through the building. The greatest number of fatalities occurred in two classrooms near the school’s entrance, where children between the ages of six and seven attended the first grade (Cox and Scheyder). Continue reading “Straight Down the Barrel: Dramatizing Masculinity in Gun Advertisements”