Vlog: Social Media & Identity

Hanna Dorottya Szabó offers a brief introduction into the topic of social media and identity, starting off with Mark Zuckerberg’s stance on a single online identity. The video essay touches on topics from the push for transparent identities on platforms like Facebook and Instagram for advertisers sake, to the related dynamics of self-presentation – the conscious and unconscious aspects of displaying one’s online self.
How can social media platforms want us to be our singular authentic selves while constantly forcing us to adapt to their ever-changing apps?

How should an organization go about achieving gender diversity? A few suggestions from my PhD research

Nowadays, there is increased awareness of diversity issues and organizations often aim to foster inclusivity and attract talent from underrepresented groups. The emphasis on diversity is often underscored both for its potential impact on business performance as well as the ethical responsibility to not incidentally overlook or disadvantage certain groups. However, identity groups are often presented in isolation, rather than acknowledging their intersectionality, hindering the overarching goal of inclusivity.

Facing the reality of uncertainty: A chat with Dr. Carolin Ossenkop 

As the idea of graduating comes closer to mind, the question of facing the uncertain next steps arises in one’s head as well – how do we face such a season? I asked Dr. Carolin Ossenkop about it, whom I have worked with during my secondment with PORTIA. I knew that she had gone through exactly the same  experience before and had navigated it really well. This is evident by her current position at Radbound University as interim program director for diversity, equity, and inclusion (while also teaching and coordinating courses there) and that she also runs Connectify, her own coaching and consulting company – which is one of PORTIA’s partners, through which we got to work together.

LGBTQ+ activism in Hungary: “Rainbow washing” and Coca-Cola’s “Love is Love” campaign

Join Hanna Dorottya Szabó and Éva Gáti as they discuss current tensions in Hungary’s LGBTQ+ activism scene. They are diving into their published book chapter that explores the country’s LGBTQ+ politics, and the clash between Western ideals and local realities. They discuss the concept of “rainbow washing” through the lens of Coca-Cola’s “Love is Love” campaign, highlighting the influence of international corporations on LGBTQ visibility.

Beyond “Fix the Women”: Achieving Gender Equality in the Workplace

In a post titled ‘Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome’, Tulshyan and Burey argued in 2021 that the key to overcoming imposter syndrome, is not to focus on fixing individuals but to create an environment that encourages a diverse range of leadership styles. Their critique addresses a prevailing narrative in the workplace within the ongoing pursuit of gender equality – the “Fix the Women” perspective.

Driving home for Christmas…

Driving home for Christmas…
…and looking back on all the things that have happened over the past year.
I am checking the news and sh*t, there is still a snowstorm going on in Munich. The authorities are not sure if planes and buses can reach the city in the next few days. It’s the 8th of December but I want to go home early this year. To see my mum and friends. To relax. A whole month without anything but food and sleep.

Film and Content Creation for Social Media & Masculinity

In this exciting new podcast episode, we explore the ever-evolving landscape of film and content creation for social media, all while tackling the nuanced and often challenging subjects surrounding masculinity in the online sphere. Karam Nwilati lends insight and his unique perspective to this crucial conversation, shedding light on the intricate and sometimes uncharted territories of modern self-expression and identity.

Reflecting on Expectancy Value Theory for my career decisions

I really like the Situated Expectancy Value Theory (SEVT for short) by Jacque Eccles and colleagues because this framework seems to explicitly consider not only individual’s personal characteristics, but also the complexity of other sources of information in shaping choices and decisions – which had been helpful for my work in exploring gendered pathways of students. As I have been reading and pondering extensively over the past two (almost three) years on the Expectancy Value Theory to guide my research, I realized I could perhaps use it to reflect on my own career options too.

Don’t go with the flow – Why period products haven’t been tested with blood until now?

The first study ever to test absorption levels of menstrual products using blood was conducted this year. The study was published in August 2023 and for the first time it has compared absorbencies of different menstrual products, including tampons, pads, cups, discs and period underwear, using blood. Previous studies have usually used water or saltwater for testing, despite the fact that periods are more viscous and could contain secretions and endometrial tissue. These differences could have led to inaccurate absorbency evaluations and this is exactly what the authors of the study found.

Why don’t men work in childcare?

Men are underrepresented in women-dominated caring professions worldwide. This underrepresentation is particularly extreme in the field of early childhood education and care, such as childcare work. Despite this, both the general public and academic researchers remain relatively uninterested in men’s underrepresentation in early childhood education and care. So, why are there fewer men in childcare work than women, and why are people uninterested in this underrepresentation?

How to write about trans* people? (Part 2)

Two years ago, for my first blog post, I discussed how to correctly write about the trans and gender diverse community, which has historically been represented in a negative and discriminatory light in the media. I illustrated the guidelines provided by GLAAD – an association founded by journalists and writers to protest defamatory and sensationalized HIV and AIDS coverage in the 1980s – in their 10th edition of the GLAAD Media Reference Guide (2016). However, just recently, TGEU Transgender Europe – a trans-led non-profit for the rights and wellbeing of trans people – published a new Trans Media Guide.

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