poetry, Uncategorized

Retracing and Rewinding

Written in 2015, not submitted to any grading board.

Retrace your steps to recover –
turn around on your path, disrupt the dirt road.
turn around, turn around or find another.

Lost things may be found in dark corners,
but remember how dust and dark deny you definition.

Consider the lost hours:  you’ve turned, retraced –
And more time’s wasted.

Consider lost memory: thinking, photos, reminiscing –
think of all you’re missing.

Consider lost people: wonder, wonder ever wonder at the cost –
wonder wonder if they knew they were lost

Consider lost you –

Stop retracing, stop rethinking.
Deny dark corners new toys
Let lost things stay lost

If you can stop your mind– stop the rewind to things you’ll never find.

Academic Writing, Uncategorized

“She’s all grown up” – Femininity, growing up on screen and the sexualisation of youth: Chloe Grace Moretz in cross media.

Graded 68% as a Dissertation submission, 5/5/17.

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The focus of this dissertation is three case studies of pop culture, fashion and film icon and former child star Chloe Grace Moretz in cross media. Using the application of sociological, feminist, film and media theories her presentation and roles are analysed according to Freudian theory and Laura Mulvey’s seminal feminist film theories presented in Narrative and Visual Pleasure (1975). The application of these theories provides a basis to understand and critique presentations of sexualised women on screen. These theories stem from psychoanalytic theory and extend to dominant power structures, constructs of looking and fetishism of women, active and passive dichotomies and anxieties present across media and narrative cinema.

Contextual research in the history of sexualisation in advertising, societal norms of beauty, power and media production and the power advertising has over these topics is researched and applied. This context allows the reader to better understand the way advertising is understood theoretically, as well as the changes past and present that are remarked upon by Marc Lombardo and Gigi Durham as they regard sexualisation of young people and its effects.  Lindsey Herriot and Lana Hiseler contextualise the cultural perceptions and treatment of childhood with their theory of ‘childism’ and its roots in impotence anxiety, similar to Durham and Lombardo’s conclusions of created media to soothe unconscious fears.

Adverts banned by the Advertising Standards Agency are studied in this text. Herein we find that lawfully and socially adult women with young appearances is a basis for the ban of the imagery in culture, asking the question: what makes Moretz different? Notable to this dissertation is the unanswerable questions it presents regarding nudity, femininity, power and sexuality, as images cannot be regarded as exploitative so simply. Instead the key to this dissertation is how and why images of young women exist as they do and the effects of these images in culture.

poetry, Uncategorized

The Treehouse

Submitted in a poetry anthology, 2014, Creative Writing AS Course. 

The house that reached the sky,
built by your ancestors,
I always thought the earth
had grown it just for you and I.

The house that swept the sun
Where we were Knights and Queens
Until the night rolled in,
And every battle left was won.

The house that weathered storms,
and civil wars between
our parents and ourselves,
And hiding there until day dawns.

The house that was too small,
the expended effort
To fit in small spaces,
Between claustrophobic walls.

The house that had been rotting,
Far longer than I’d known,
The ceiling falling in,
I watched our kingdom fall.