“Its Not Just a Doll; It’s a Social Movement”: Investing in Black Toys Then and Now
Avi Santo / Old Dominion University

Avi Santo examines the representational and rhetorical strategies used by toy companies to produce dolls for African American girls, which emphasize self-love and a broadening of traditional beauty categories to overcome internalized racism, and compares these with the past production and marketing of Black dolls.

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Wicked Games, Part 3: Caution — Contents May Be Hot… and Hidden
Matthew Payne / University of Alabama
Peter Alilunas / University of Oregon

In the final installment of their “Wicked Games” series, Matthew Payne and Peter Alilunas take a look the infamous Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ ‘Hot Coffee’ mod, which made sex scenarios visible in the game and elicited regulatory retaliation.

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