Coronavirus, the brutal murder of George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matters movement have indelibly marked how 2020 will be recorded in history. All of these revolutionary social, medical, cultural and historical movements intersect with the body and we felt strongly that we needed to honor this historical moment within this issue. Our call for papers resulted in an issue focused on “masking.” From our online presence and the figurative “masks” we wear on videoconferencing platforms to the literal masks worn for COVID-19 mitigation and the psychological impact of the pandemic to the use of portrait masks during WWI, this issue has us considering masks and the body. We look forward to continuing the important discussion about the Black Lives Matter movement, policing of bodies, and the long-term impact of the pandemic on our bodies in future issues.
Cristian Di Gesto, Ph.D. and Elisa Cheli, Psychologist
Well-being is a complex, controversial, and heterogeneous construct that largely relates to the individual’s experiences and optimal psychological functioning. The research on well-being has grown considerably in recent decades and there is still an open dispute among researchers about what constitutes the good life.
The Mediating Role of Self-Compassion on Self-Esteem and Body Satisfaction in Females who Participate in Physique Competitions
Tracey Greenwood, Ph.D., EP-C. , Yolanda Turner, Ph.D. and Ian Jennings, B.A.
There is a plethora of research on self-esteem and body image in relation to women’s self-worth residing in their physical appearance (Barker & Galambos, 2003; Breines et al., 2008; Clay et al., 2005; John & Ebbeck, 2008; Overstreet & Quinn, 2012; Paxton et al., 2006; Rothblum et al., 1988).
Eric Daffron, Ph.D.
It is unexpectedly Edgar Allen Poe who will accompany our investigation into World War I-era portrait masks. In Poe’s short story “The Man That Was Used Up,” the narrator is introduced to Brevet Brigadier General John A. B. C. Smith.
Amrapali Mondal, Ph.D. Candidate
Jharna Choudhury, M.A.
THE ISSUE OF RUBY AND GODA: THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF NEGATIVE TRANSGENDER PORTRAYALS IN YAKUZA KIWAMI AND THE VIDEO GAME MEDIUM
Michael C. McShane III
Utilizing Yakuza Kiwami’s (2016) portrayal of transgender persons as an example, this paper seeks to examine such portrayals in the video game medium at large, dedicating particular attention to the real-world effects of negative portrayals. In relation to Yakuza Kiwami, this paper finds that the particular portrayal in question is overtly negative, placing upon transgender persons a negative connotation and engaging with oppressive behaviors.