Derek Hernandez

  • The article about the new rare cancer found in homosexuals shows relation to the current comic I am reading because they both relate to a rare disease that is unknown and is acquired from sexual contact. In the […]

    • I agree with the comments that you have made in your post. I agree with you that the similarity between the comic and the book is that they both portray a rare disease. Both of these sources also show that there is no knowledge about the disease or where it came from. There has been an increase in knowledge about Cancer over there years. I think that the book will also provide the readers with information about the rare disease that is shown.

    • It’s scary knowing that diseases can just appear and spread out of the blue! I agree that the article relates to the book very well. Like cancer, the virus in the book can be unnoticeable. And if it can be spread through sexual contact people will get infected without knowing. It was interesting when the book states the disease only affected teens. Maybe this whole plot was created to scare kids and help them stray away from sexual activities before adulthood. The book is interesting and is defiantly a better way of convincing kids to stay away from sex compared to those school speeches.

    • I think the article relates well to the plot of the graphic novel. The fact that cancer was originally an unknown disease at some point relates to how the characters react to the transmitted disease. The book shows more so the dangers of doing activities people deem as normal by teenagers.

  • Although a strong argument, I am going to have to disagree with you. I dont believe most games sexualize females and although you had statistics, you didnt give any example of the actual games. The statistics could have been based off of biased games rather than just a random poll. Lastly, i felt you began to get off topic when talking about…[Read more]

  • I would have to agree with you on the similarities of the book and the article. These two example both took their disabilities and took advantage of them. they saw them as their difference between the others and used it to strive to be better.

  • I do indeed like your stance. You gave great example and details. However, it doesnt really prove that Nicki is a feminist. This only proves that she is independant and likes to be in control. It doesnt give evidence as to how she supports equality between male and female. Although your argument was clear and strong, I feel it would be more…[Read more]

  • I agree with your opinion. Even though these female celebrities state they support feminism, they dont take action to actually change anything. They say it during interviews and at concerts but when it comes to the real actions they are not there. As you said, i feel they only do this to attract more female listeners that are actual feminists.…[Read more]

  • On September 21st, for the first time ever, I attended a live orchestra performance at Queens college. They played three different pieces of music that were all completely different and yet sounded familiar. When […]

    • There are many interesting points that you bring up in your argument. I agree with you that current music can be bad for individuals because it can send a negative message to the viewers. I never attended an orchestra before that day either, but I found it to be interesting too. Your right that orchestra music is unable to send a negative message to their audience, since they lack lyrics like current music.

  • According to Aaron Taylor in his article ‘‘He’s Gotta Be Strong, and He’s Gotta Be Fast, and He’s Gotta Be Larger Than Life’’: Investigating the Engendered Superhero Body, most comics are created to provoke sexua […]

    • If there is one thing that I have acknowledged about video games over the years of playing, it is that the main protagonists typically have some kind of heroic stance and possess sexualized traits; whether it be a skinny body with curvature, or a handsome face and muscles on top of muscles. When I compare video games and this image, I see some resemblances. Something I see here is a bit of sexualization just in the way Harry and Gwen’s bodies are shaped. They both seem fit and ready for combat. You could say that these two characters are quite normal, but I say their bodies are still shaped to some degree for the pleasure of the reader’s eye. There would not be as much attention given to an overweight hero or heroin as there would be to a fit character that’s ready to show off a bit of their bodies. Also in response to the last part of this post, I would say that it is quite normal for Taylor to use Superman and Batman as the main icons because they were the ones to really catch everyone’s attention. The reason things become mainstream is because they’re usually the best of the best. I would bet that many people wouldn’t even know Spider Gwen even existed because it is more likely that a “Spider-themed superhero” would more closely associate with Spiderman than Spider Gwen. Why? Because more people have heard of him rather than her.