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Outstanding Essays from the University Writing Seminars
From our forthcoming 2020-2021 Issue

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The disabled community questions technology that can prevent disabilities. A coronor bounces astride a stiff corpse. The Amazon series Fleabag illustrates the role of female friendships in feminism. These are some of the contents of the papers you will find in this issue of Write Now! our annual compilation of best Research Papers and Lens Essays from the University Writing Seminars. Papers published here came from UWS topics "Conceptions of Friendship," "Sex and Advertising," and "Medical Ethics," with more to be added in Spring 2021. In addition to reading these exemplary student essays, you can hear from the authors themselves and their instructors in video interviews. Get tips and advice from the best! All papers are published in accessible HTML as well as PDFs that demonstrate MLA or APA format and citation styles. Use these examples to inspire you to write papers that fascinate your readers and look great.

Lens Essay

Carina J. Luo
"Condemnation of Female Hunger"

Carina updates Susan Bordo's 1993 essay, "Hunger as Ideology," by applying it to recent advertisements. In one, a female coroner spares no effort to obtain the enjoyment of a male corpses's impressive protuberance—a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade. In a Yoplait commercial, a young woman casually consumes a cup of yogurt, unconcerned by the impatience of her panting lovers. From UWS 16a: Sex and Advertising, Fall 2020.

Research Essays

Ada de la Fuente-Akersveen
"Gene Editing: How Advancements in this Technology Highlight the Need to Redefine Disability"

There are now medical techniques that can alter the DNA of a fetus in utero to prevent diseases and disabilities. But what exactly constitutes a disability? And what about mistakes? Ada examines the fundamental philosophical questions raised by this technology. What constitutes a good life — and how far should we push science to ensure it for our children? From UWS 4a Medial Ethics, Fall 2020.

Roshni Ray
"Women’s Friendships and Feminism"

In her paper from a Fall 2020 UWS on Conceptions of Friendship, Roshni considers the role of female friendship in the course of feminism. She approaches the topic from the perspectives of historical events, academic articles, and the Amazon television series Fleabag.