Non-Fiction Portfolio

Solitary Confinement is a barbaric form of torture that is legal in the United States prison system. I work to expose the psychological damages of solitary, the sociological impact of being a part of a marginalized group and receiving punishment in the prison system, as well as how the criminal justice system has been breaking the law by keeping solitary confinement as a standard punishment in prison. I seek to exploit the practice for the torture it is and show why solitary confinement prison reform is necessary. Though it is understandable and rightful that criminals lose some of their rights when put in prison, in this I discuss the difference between rights we are all afforded as free individuals and what "inalienable rights" truly means.
Oral History of Dr. Gwen Patton on the fight for civil rights in the 20th century. Includes freedom riders, SNCC, and Montgomery Bus Protest. Through this interview we are able to get a firsthand account of a Civil Rights activist and everything that led to her life being consumed by fighting for racial justice and equality. 
The evolution of social equality has progressed significantly in the past century; the change is significant, but it is not enough to claim our society as being socially inclusive. Although striving for social inclusion, our society can be more closely associated with social exclusion, or the process of being shut out from the very system that integrates a person into a group or community. The results from the aggregate... 
The social construct of gender varies greatly from the biological differences between the two sexes, yet many tend to believe that biological explanations alone will suffice when looking for explanations for differences between male and female behavior. Societal norms reinforce gender binaries that put people into a small metaphorical box and they are expected to operate within in. This behavior pushes people into behaving how their society deems appropriate for their gender by perpetuating the fear of being cast out for being different. Although biological factors do have a significant role in the psychological formation of ones gender, it can be strongly argued that the gender role one adheres to is driven more so by cultural and environmental expectations.
This essay looks at personal identity within our society by examining Plato’s philosophies through literature. The story chosen is metaphorically discussing the idea of a non-essential self through once thought, inherent instincts of the wolf girl and how the girls were influenced one way or the other through the discursive practices applied at the schoolhouse. Through the story, one can see that identity is not inherent; it is heavily influenced through practices, learned behaviors, and other external forces.
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