Sonnet 130: Shakespeare on Photoshop?

  Before Photoshop was creating unrealistic beauty standards, there were words; sonneteers, perhaps whilst exhibiting genuine admiration for their respective beloveds, were likely the most culpable when it came to promoting unrealistic beauty standards.  Such standards have often been challenged, as was the case when Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet signed a deal with L’Oréal and insisted […]

Marriage Equality, Queer Theory, and Beauty Diversity Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Though Shakespeare is most famous for his plays, his collection of sonnets have proved to be a goldmine for literary critics.  For contemporary readers, many of the poems may seem a bit kitschy or clichéd.  In the context which they were written, however, the poems serve as not only a critique of conventional poetic conceits […]