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“I Am a Conversation”: Gem Fusion, Privilege, and Intersectionality

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Abstract

Zolciak explores Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe in the context of intersectionality, specifically analyzing its depiction of gender, race, and sexuality. Using Jack Halberstam’s notion of Pixarvolt and Colin and Bilge’s definition of intersectionality, Zolciak suggests that although the show’s subject matter and themes are groundbreaking for a children’s show, it nevertheless employs a variety of stereotypes while meeting its progressive agenda. Considering race in conjunction with queerness, she analyzes specific episodes of Steven Universe in order to argue that the show still conforms to the type of suggested, rather than explicit, revolt defined by Halberstam. Zolciak demonstrates the failure of intersectionality in these episodes, and how the show ultimately reinforces and complicates stereotypes of Black women.

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Episodes Referenced

  1. “Back to the Barn” (season 2, episode 20, 2015)Google Scholar
  2. “Coach Steven” (season 1, episode 20, 2014)Google Scholar
  3. “Cry for Help” (season 2, episode 11, 2015)Google Scholar
  4. “Friend Ship” (season 2, episode 15, 2015)Google Scholar
  5. “Giant Woman” (season 1, episode 12, 2014)Google Scholar
  6. “Jail Break” (season 1, episode 52, 2015)Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ToledoToledoUSA

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