Domesticity Again, Domesticity Forever: Cottagecore and Domestic Media History
Caroline N. Bayne / University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The cottagecore trend is finding new expression on Tiktok as users present highly curated visions of domesticity. Caroline N. Bayne explores the myths in cottagecore aesthetics and the ways in which they present the home as a sacred space untroubled by the world of work.

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Liberal Women, Mental Illness, and Precarious Whiteness in Trump’s America
Jorie Lagerwey / University College Dublin
Taylor Nygaard / University of Denver

Using Lifetime’s UnReal as a case study, Jorie Lagerwey and Taylor Nygaard examine the representation of white, liberal, middle-class, educated women in the emerging “Horrible White People” genre on cable and streaming platforms.

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Fire in Her Belly: Gendered Standards of Comedic Discourse
Ashlynn d’Harcourt / The University of Texas at Austin

Ashlynn d’Harcourt explores gender-based double standards for comedians through an analysis of the media backlash to Kathy Griffin’s participation in a photo shoot with a Trump mask covered in fake blood. Stand-up is conceptualized as a descendant of vaudeville and anarchistic comedy to better understand the comedian’s craft and motivations.

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