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Wms 421 Spring 2013 Activism Videos: V-Day Brockport Dances In Opposition To Violence Against Women, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Jul 2013

Wms 421 Spring 2013 Activism Videos: V-Day Brockport Dances In Opposition To Violence Against Women, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, Brockport students and faculty joined in the ONE BILLION RISING campaign of women and men from over 200 countries that culminated in a single day of mass action. On February 14, 2013, flash mobs were organized to RISE together in dance as a call to end violence against women. The flash mobs appeared in three campus locations: (1) Drake Memorial Library; (2) Seymour Student Union; (3) Tower Fine Arts building. Videos are linked on this e-Journal's web page. They are also embedded ...


Wms 421 Spring 2013 Activism Photo Essay: One Billion Rising; Transgender Awareness; Stop Street Harassment, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Jul 2013

Wms 421 Spring 2013 Activism Photo Essay: One Billion Rising; Transgender Awareness; Stop Street Harassment, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

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The Hidden Feminist Progressive Of Mistral, Laura M. Clark Jul 2013

The Hidden Feminist Progressive Of Mistral, Laura M. Clark

Dissenting Voices

This essay focuses on Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean poet well known throughout the world. Here, I focus on representations of maternity in her poetry, a selected analysis that comes from a larger work that is serving as my senior undergraduate thesis. My examination of Mistral is prompted by my interest in examining women of history who have had positive social impacts on their societies. This particular analysis of Mistral and her poetry aims to look at her representations of motherhood within a feminist theoretical framework where I argue that Mistral’s passionate and frequent use of the trope of motherhood ...


Media, Objectification And Sexual Assault, Devone Scala Jul 2013

Media, Objectification And Sexual Assault, Devone Scala

Dissenting Voices

In much of the media found in the United States today, women are often portrayed in these very ways: being raped tortured and even the suggestion of murder, all for the sake of capitalism. The images found throughout this paper are actual advertisements that can be found both online and in a variety of magazines, many of which portray these situations. Advertising that simulates pornographic scenes and gang rape is problematic to everyone, but these violent and forceful sexual situations become especially problematic for women who have been sexually assaulted.


Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Nellie A. Dennis Jul 2013

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, Nellie A. Dennis

Dissenting Voices

The paper examines the idea of the “ideal” body image that women strive to achieve, covering the time period of the 1920s – 1990s. The analysis is primarily of narrative texts that debate body types of women that have emerged over the time periods. My research question, Can women ever officially achieve the “ideal” body image? confirms that women cannot fully present distorted social readings of body image, but they can access resources and outlets to discover that there is more to women’s identity and value than her body alone. As this paper explains, this realization is structured by a ...


Abortion: Silencing Of Women’S Experiences, Molly Stanton Jul 2013

Abortion: Silencing Of Women’S Experiences, Molly Stanton

Dissenting Voices

The abortion debate, most known for drastic use of the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice”, is visible throughout the media. Slogans tend to target those considering abortion in varying negative and positive manners. Laws and language play a large part in skewing and silencing women’s voices, decisions and experiences. Without capturing and understanding that women live very different lives, the abortion debate may remain silent of women’s voices. My research seeks to discover why women have abortions, how they are judged and by whom, and where their voices get lost.


Interrogations Of Community From The Women And Gender Studies Program At The College At Brockport, Ashley Mckay Jul 2013

Interrogations Of Community From The Women And Gender Studies Program At The College At Brockport, Ashley Mckay

Dissenting Voices

This project draws from hybrid methodologies to enact an interdisciplinary analysis of students’ articulations of community within the Women and Gender Studies Program at The College at Brockport. In order to subvert traditional colonizing research power dynamics, my own positionality as a trans* masculine queer identified person is contextualized within broader networks of power throughout. To highlight the creativity and recognition in relationships, I deploy and document “community” not to collapse any particular identities or other distinctions that exist among my co-participants, but to invite a revaluing of conventional boundaries and a rethinking about how knowledge is produced.


Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy Jul 2013

Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy

Dissenting Voices

I am thrilled to launch this second edition of Dissenting Voices, a student engineered e-Journal collaboratively designed, authored, and published by undergraduate Women and Gender Studies majors as an extension of their Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at the College at Brockport.


Our Voices, Ashley Mckay, Nellie A. Dennis, Molly Stanton, Laura M. Clark, Devone Scala Jul 2013

Our Voices, Ashley Mckay, Nellie A. Dennis, Molly Stanton, Laura M. Clark, Devone Scala

Dissenting Voices

We reach out to our readers in this second issue of Dissenting Voices and invite you to engage with us in the production of new knowledge and resistance. Our voices continue the commitment to inclusive community building and feminist activism boldly envisioned and initiated by the founders of Dissenting Voices.


Dissenting Voices Volume 2 Issue 1 (Spring 2013) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Jul 2013

Dissenting Voices Volume 2 Issue 1 (Spring 2013) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

Table of Contents

Opening Voices

- Our Voices Ashley Mckay, Nellie Dennis, Molly Stanton, Laura Clark, & Devone Scala, i

- Note from the Editor Barbara LeSavoy, ii

- Interrogations of Community from the Women and Gender Studies Program at The College at Brockport Ashley Mckay, 1

- Abortion: Silencing of Women’s Experiences Molly Stanton, 25

- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Nellie A. Dennis, 38

- Media, Objectification and Sexual Assault Devone Scala, 53

- The Hidden Feminist Progressive of Mistral Laura Clark, 68

More Voices

- WMS 421 Spring 2013 Activism Photo Essay: One Billion Rising; Transgender Awareness; Stop Street Harassment, 78

- WMS 421 Spring 2013 Activism Videos: One Billion Rising: V-Day Brockport Break the Chain Flash Mobs, 79


Framing Saint Johanna: Media Coverage Of Iceland’S First Female (And The World’S First Openly Gay) Prime Minister, Dean E. Mundy Jul 2013

Framing Saint Johanna: Media Coverage Of Iceland’S First Female (And The World’S First Openly Gay) Prime Minister, Dean E. Mundy

Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought

This study investigates how international media covered a “first” event of its kind: the election of Iceland’s first female, and the world’s first openly gay, prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir. A qualitative content analysis examines if media framed Iceland’s new leader as a leader, a specifically female leader, or a specifically gay female leader. The findings provide insight regarding how media frame international female politicians in the 21st century, and the corresponding opportunities and challenges.


Reading As Act Of Queer Love: The Role Of Intimacy In The “Readerly” Contract, Lee Ronald Jan 2013

Reading As Act Of Queer Love: The Role Of Intimacy In The “Readerly” Contract, Lee Ronald

Journal of International Women's Studies

The following paper has been revised from my 2001 MA thesis, which asked ‘Is it possible to define a strategy for reading queer?’ This includes an investigation of how the traditionally stable categories of reader/text/author may be redefined by queer strategies that instead force instability and flux. In the three years that have elapsed since first conceiving of this piece, I argue that the potential of queer reading is still one that has not been adequately explored. As I acknowledge, ‘whilst the queer does flag the fluctuating nature of sexual identity… it may also be used to unpack ...


Intersectionality Queer Studies And Hybridity: Methodological Frameworks For Social Research, Aristea Fotopoulou Jan 2013

Intersectionality Queer Studies And Hybridity: Methodological Frameworks For Social Research, Aristea Fotopoulou

Journal of International Women's Studies

This article seeks to draw links between intersectionality and queer studies as epistemological strands by examining their common methodological tasks and by tracing some similar difficulties of translating theory into research methods. Intersectionality is the systematic study of the ways in which differences such as race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and other sociopolitical and cultural identities interrelate. Queer theory, when applied as a distinct methodological approach to the study of gender and sexuality, has sought to denaturalise categories of analysis and make normativity visible. By examining existing research projects framed as ‘queer’ alongside ones that use intersectionality, I consider the ...