The Oberlin Review

Ariana Grande’s Music Video Perpetuates Queer Stereotypes, Tropes

Aly Fogel, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2019

I am tired of watching gross misrepresentations of queer women in entertainment. I find myself mentally reminding the artists involved in these works, “My queerness is not a publicity stunt. My queerness is not for your straight self-promotion. And my queerness is definitely not your personal fetish.” So when I first watched Ariana Grande’s music video, “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored,” which has been criticized for its staged girl-on-girl kiss, I was not surprised to encounter the queer tropes I have become all too familiar with. However, I was surprised to find a strange new form of appropriation of the queer experience by a straight artist: using female queerness as straight girl empowerment...

NCAC Athletes Must Increase Tolerance for Opponents

Jason Hewitt, Staff Writer

October 5, 2018

Oberlin is an institution composed mostly of students whose political views fall on the left side of the spectrum. Because of this, there are many stereotypes associated with the typical “Obie.” As a member of the Oberlin football team, I can personally say that my peers from other institutions have stereotyped me on multiple occasions. Bigotry is definitely a contributing factor to the stereotypes Oberlin student-athletes face. For instance, I have been called the N-word on the field before — and yes, the person was white. We shared a few choice words afterward and he tried to accuse me of being soft for being offended by his disrespectful word choice. At that moment, I felt that I would have been ...

Shohei Ohtani Defies Asian-Athlete Stereotypes in MLB Debut

Jane Agler, Staff Writer

April 6, 2018

Major League Baseball’s opening day is not only a signifier that spring weather is fast approaching; it is also a celebration of clean slates and the purest of hopes for the oncoming season. Baseball franchises and fans alike approached the day with full hearts and the mentality that anything could happen this season. But while there are 30 teams in the MLB with 25-player active rosters that all competed on this day, there seemed to be a massive spotlight shining on a single member of the league: the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani. Not only is he an instant star in the MLB, but he is also just as important to the Asian athletic community in the U.S. and an inspiration to me as an Asian-American sports fan. Standin...

We Must Abandon Respectability Politics

Daniella Brito, Contributing Writer

March 11, 2016

After reading Audre Lorde’s biomythography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, my initial reaction was to become my most respectable self in order to dissolve and challenge the stereotypes and caricatures of Black women. A fear of the promiscuous, predatory stereotype that Jezebel perpetuates clouded all of my attempts to assert sexual agency. Within her biomythography, Lorde brings to light several highly critical insights. Most resonant with me, however, were her references to everything that Black women are socialized not to be: queer, hypersexual and powerful. Lorde points out that the media has historically cast Black women to seem hyper-aggressive and hypersexual, which threatens existing power structures that place Blac...

Conservative Rural Stereotype Diverts Attention from Urban, Liberal Racism

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

May 1, 2015

“White people are racist. Not all of them. But white culture is. Our white country is. Our nation is. Our American culture is full of white supremacy. We live in a white supremacist culture that caters to white people, [where everything from] the media to education to art to culture to politics is white-washed. What is not white-washed? ... This country was built for white people.” You might expect the above quote to have come from an article on the basics of white supremacy from the blog Black Girl Dangerous, or from a short on the Baltimore uprising from The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. So the face of white, middle-aged, self-described “fat redneck” Dixon White, staring out from an Apr...

Fallon in Drag Perpetuates Harmful Gender Stereotpyes

Maggie Menditto, Contributing Writer

October 31, 2014

When I was 11 years old, I walked to the Potomac Video Store and rented the first eight episodes of the popular television show Gilmore Girls. Over the next couple of months, I consumed six seasons of the show, hooked on watching the mother-and-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory navigate school, work and love, all while balancing their down-to-earth sensibilities and burgeoning career ambitions. I identified with 16-year-old Rory, who was shy and quiet but whip-smart with big dreams and a strong work ethic. I wanted to be her, going so far as transferring schools in the eighth grade to be the “new girl,” as Rory was in season one. When I had trouble in school or felt bad about my lackluster social status, I look...

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