Word of the Week: Islamophobia

The word of the week is Islamophobia. What does Islamophobia mean to you? How do we see this word used in the media? What are some of the implications of this word? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or the “Discussions” page.

Hotel Transylvania 2

hotel transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2
Rating: PG
Run Time: 89 Minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky

 Cultural Rating: paw
This film does little to engage with any major cultural identity themes. However, the film does address important notions regarding representation, stereotyping, and the Other.
Summary: Dracula attempts to bring out the “monster” in his half-human, half-monster grandson.

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Word of the Week: Bisexual

In honor of Bisexual Awareness Week, this week’s word is “Bisexual.” What are some common stereotypes surrounding bisexuality? How does the media portray bisexuality? Respond to any of the questions via Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr with #popculturepug for a chance to win a Pop Culture Pug pen!

Word of the Week: Class

Class” is the word of the week. What does class mean to you? Do you think there are different classes in the United States? Is there still a middle class? Respond to any of the questions via Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr for a chance to win a Pop Culture Pug pen!

Hotel Transylvania

This review is sponsored by the wonderful Dr. Rebecca Kinney of BGSU!

hotel transylvania

Hotel Transylvania
Rating: PG
Run Time: 91 Minutes
Released: 2012
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
 

Cultural Rating: paw

This film does little to engage with any major cultural identity themes. However, the film does address important notions regarding representation, stereotyping, and the Other.

 Summary: Dracula has kept his daughter, Mavis, away from humans for her entire life and goes into overprotective mode when she falls in love with one.

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Wednesday’s Word of the Week: American Dream

The Pug is back from Wednesday’s Word of the Week hiatus! This week’s word (or phrase) is “American Dream.”

The American Dream is the idea that individuals can achieve upward mobility and success if z/s/he works hard enough. The American Dream is largely considered to be a cultural myth as it does not take into account a person’s social position. Many people work very hard their entire lives but do not gain upward mobility.

What does the American Dream mean to you? Do your dreams differ from “the American Dream?” If so, how?

Attention Pop Culture Pug Friends!

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Inside Out

Inside Out

Inside Out

Inside Out
Rating: PG
Run Time: 94 Minutes
Released: 2015
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Cultural Rating: pawpawpawpaw

This film does an excellent job of addressing how major life events and adolescence influence the complexity of the emotional self. Further, it challenges stereotypes regarding gender.

Summary:

After Riley and her family move from the Midwest to San Francisco, they navigate the emotional difficulties of leaving their old lives behind. Personifications of Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness are used to show how the move is affecting the family, especially Riley.


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