portfolio

“If I Can’t Have Them, No One Will”: Confronting Everyday Misogyny through Hashtag Activism

Within this study, I plan to investigate the #YesAllWomen campaign, a form of online activism that occurred on the social media platform Twitter.  This digital movement is an example of a specific facet of online activism.  Social media users employ a hashtag to campaign for a specific issue in an online forum.  Such “hashtag activism” first occurred in 2012, but has grown in recent years as a means of raising awareness on various issues and often to call individuals to action (Carr, 2012).  The women involved in this campaign focused their attention on calling out men for their involvement in everyday expressions of misogyny, thus making #YesAllWomen one of the first instances of digital feminism, or the expression of feminist sentiments in digital spaces. 

Read More
Annabelle Everett
Modern Advances in Social Penetration Theory: Influences on Intimate Self-Disclosures within Interpersonal Relationships

This research functions on the idea that self-disclosures are a crucial component of relational development, as explicated by the interpersonal communication perspective of social penetration.  As relationships progress, relational intimacy is increased.  By pinpointing various factors that influence dyad member’s mutual self-disclosures, this paper presents a comprehensive, yet admittedly somewhat limited, review of social penetration literature.  The research presented here reveals the influence of culture and ethnicity on self-disclosure rate, the role that perceived intimacy of topic plays on the likelihood of disclosure, and mode of communication on an individual’s willingness to disclose to a dyad member.  Ultimately, the review presented here reveals the effect of these influential factors on social penetration within interpersonal relationships, as well as a continued discrepancy in self-disclosure research as related to the depenetration process.

Read More
Annabelle Everett
My Teaching Philosophy

The position of graduate instructor is a unique one; we maintain the role of teacher, while also positioned as students.  We do have a level of authority over our students, but not as professors.  Everyone brings their own individuality and set of knowledge and skills to the position; I have developed my role in the classroom as that of a quasi ‘middleperson’ straddling these interwoven, yet at times contradictory, contexts, in service of my students’ learning and allowing them to develop their roles as thinkers. 

Read More
Annabelle Everett
#YESALLWOMEN: Reclaiming Power and Redefining Victimhood through Social Movement

In the fight against misogyny, rhetoric has predominantly become a tool for women.  Although scholars often debate the meaning of rhetoric, rhetorician Kenneth Burke defines rhetoric as “the use of words by human agents to form attitudes or induce actions in other human agents” (Foss 63).  In other words, rhetors use language to persuade an audience and express an exigence that must be solved.  The #YesAllWomen hashtag was a social movement that used Twitter as a platform for expressing instances of misogyny.

Read More
Annabelle Everett
Protesters Continue to Respond to Ferguson

FERGUSON, MO - From California to New York, on college campuses and in city squares, protesters throughout the nation have continued to demand justice for the shooting death of a teenager by a police officer in a Ferguson, MO.

On Aug 9., Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. A grand jury announced on Nov. 24 that it had chosen not to indict Wilson for the crime. This decision sparked protest, including arson and destruction of property in Ferguson and St. Louis.

Read More
Annabelle Everett
Obama Expresses Support For Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama has officially spoken in favor of net neutrality and strict regulations for Internet providers that would prevent them from blocking Internet content or charging companies an extra fee for faster access.

Obama expressed his favor on Monday for the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality," in a White House statement.

Read More
Annabelle Everett
Experiencing A New Kind of Community at the Rochester Folk Art Guild

MIDDLESEX, NY – Children chased after wandering dogs while adults perused craft workshops and tasted local beer at the East Hill Farm last weekend.

The Rochester Folk Art Guild held an open house on Oct 1 and 2 to showcase various crafts produced by artists and organic produce grown by farmers. Crafts for sale ranged from pottery pieces to scarves woven out of plant-dyed yarn.

Read More
Annabelle Everett