Dissenting Voices Volume 10, Issue 1 (Spring 2021) Complete Issue
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Al Sharifi, Zahraa
Middle Eastern Women
Gender and Incarceration
Media Representation of Coming Out
English High School Curriculum
The Kite Runner
Gender Identity and Women
PTSD and Women
Sexualization of Girls and Women
Journal titleDissenting Voices
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AbstractTable of Contents – Mental Health for Incarcerated Women: How is America Treating Them? Nax Gillett, p. 1 / Varied Experiences of Fat Bodies. Hawa Ibrahim, p. 17 / STOP: The Sexualization of Women and Girls. Catherine Muir, p. 25 / Looking into the Prevalence of Substance Abuse among the LGBTQIA+ Population. Naomi Levitsky, p. 39 / Is Our Medical Community Failing Women? The PTSD Epidemic among Women in the United States. Erica Puleo, p. 53 / When I Realized I was the Gay Best Friend: Queer Media Representation and the “Coming Out” Process. Myah Martinez, p. 65 / Disability Representations in High School English Curriculum. Grace Cunningham, p. 81 / Intersecting Identities: Middle Eastern Women in Dual Cultures. Zahraa Al Sharifi, p. 91.
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