A Minervan’s Guide to Air Travel

The key to hacking your way through an airport is intentionality. Everything you do must have a reason, if you know why you are waiting, that is fine, otherwise you end up a sucker waiting in line wondering why you are standing with all your luggage worried about being late. There are seven things I have personally paid attention to and I think you should too.... Read More

Rapunzel and Her Changing Performance of Femininity

In this essay, I employ Judith Butler’s theory of gender performativity to analyse the performance of gender in ​Tangled ​and how it compares to the original 1812 Brothers Grimm tale ​Rapunzel. ​I analyse both works for their content and form, revealing significant differences between their respective portrayals of young and old female characters, as well as a changed overall message. Ultimately, I argue that despite the problematic depictions of older women as villain, the reimagining of Rapunzel as an active heroine signifies a step in a promising direction.... Read More