Browsing Senior Honors Theses by Subject "Feminist"
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Feminismo en la poesía de Claribel AlegríaClaribel Alegría is an important Central American essayist, novelist, poet, and feminist. She was born in Nicaragua, and then raised in El Salvador because of the exile of her parents by the dictator, Anastasio Somoza Debayle. During her childhood she was influenced by the deaths and disappearances of many Nicaraguans during the Somoza dictatorship as well as the aftermath of the massacre of over 30,000 peasants in El Salvador. These violent and turbulent events inspired her writing. Many scholars have analyzed and celebrated her most famous novels for their political and social commentaries; however few have investigated her poetry. My research gives a more complete picture of the works of Claribel Alegría through the analysis of five books of her poetry. This investigation revealed that Claribel Alegría not only deals with themes of social and political justice, but also themes of feminism. In her poetry she questions the official history, and instead demonstrates events through a woman’s lens, criticizes traditional gender roles in both the public and private spheres, and changes images of women in famous literary works to empower them and treat them as literary subjects, instead of literary objects.
Menstrual Equity within the Homeless Community: The Good, the Bad, and the BloodyHomeless menstruation is a prevalent issue across the United States, however, there is currently a severe lack of academic literature on the topic. This paper is a call to action for feminist and public health scholars to conduct more theory-based research in order to implement effective and inclusive solutions for problems associated with homeless menstruation. I utilized feminist media analysis and discourse analysis to examine articles about homeless menstruation published by popular media sources as well as organizations and businesses that are involved in the fight for menstrual equity. The work that is being done by these organizations and media sources to understand and remedy the problems of homeless menstruation is important and does have an impact. However, this work often centers cisgender women and ignores menstruators who identify as non-binary or trans, making these efforts less effective and further marginalizing these populations. A basic application of feminist theory would ensure a more intersectional approach to both understanding and solving issues of homeless menstruation.