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Performance: An Approach To Strengthening Interdisciplinarity In Women's Studies And Gender Studies, Ann M. Shanahan, Prudence A. Moylan, Betsy Jones Hemenway, Bren Ortega Murphy, Jacqueline Long, Susan Grossman, Hector Garcia, Mary Dominiak Oct 2016

Performance: An Approach To Strengthening Interdisciplinarity In Women's Studies And Gender Studies, Ann M. Shanahan, Prudence A. Moylan, Betsy Jones Hemenway, Bren Ortega Murphy, Jacqueline Long, Susan Grossman, Hector Garcia, Mary Dominiak

PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Abstract

Issues of transition are always difficult and transforming founding assumptions to suit changing conditions can be a challenge for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies programs in the corporate university environment. This essay explains how performance of Fefu and Her Friends by Marie Irene Fornes in a mansion on campus led faculty participants in History, Classics, Modern Languages, Theatre, Communication, Social Work, and Nursing to re-vision their professional lives and the institutional status of the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies program through a new appreciation for interdisciplinarity, derived from using performance as research. Each of eight faculty reflect ...


Wms 421 Spring 2016 Activism Photo Essay, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Aug 2016

Wms 421 Spring 2016 Activism Photo Essay, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

One Billion Rising: V-Day Stop Violence against Women.

The Clothesline Project.

Career Conversations with Endia Beal Lecture.

Fannie Barrier Williams Women of Courage Celebration.

Susan B. Anthony House Visit and Tour


Body Autonomy During Pregnancy: Where Did It Go?, Brooke A. Ophardt Aug 2016

Body Autonomy During Pregnancy: Where Did It Go?, Brooke A. Ophardt

Dissenting Voices

This paper takes a personal yet informative look at body autonomy during pregnancy, examining the laws that remove autonomy from pregnant women with a look at how that affects women overall. The paper uses feminist theory to examine how the commodification of reproduction has stripped women of their body autonomy during their pregnancies and argues how women throughout history have largely been valued only for reproductive purposes.


Women In Medicine: Excluding Women, Natalia Manhertz Aug 2016

Women In Medicine: Excluding Women, Natalia Manhertz

Dissenting Voices

Throughout history, society has pushed women out of the public sphere of work and into the private sphere of home. The medical field is one example of this gender segregation of work. Even though the medical field today is not as male-dominated as it once was, different sub-specializations in medicine are gender segregated. My goal for this essay is to focus on gender segregation in the workplace to show how the field of medicine has been masculinized with a particular focus on the subspecialty area of surgery. This paper will discuss these two points from a personal point of view ...


Women And The Black Lives Matter Movement: Relevance Past To Present, Ronieka Burns Aug 2016

Women And The Black Lives Matter Movement: Relevance Past To Present, Ronieka Burns

Dissenting Voices

Traditional white American society wonders why the Black Lives Matter Movement is even taking place, since many Americans argue that racism doesn’t exist. This paper explores why women in the Black Lives Matter Movement are needed and relevant. This paper sets out to open readers’ eyes to the fact that, although this is the year 2016, the same trials and tribulations that have taken place throughout our nation’s history are still taking place. We still have a long way to go to end racism and sexism.


Cyberbullying: Feminine Vulnerability In Anonymous Spaces, Christina A. Mahagan Aug 2016

Cyberbullying: Feminine Vulnerability In Anonymous Spaces, Christina A. Mahagan

Dissenting Voices

In this paper, I examine the need for research on how cyberbullying and cyber victimization affect women and girls along with what tools women and girls use to cope with these affects. I also look at how ideas about the performance of gender and related societal norms exacerbate the problems of cyberbullying and cyber victimization for women and girls. In addition, I explore the theory that early lessons of gender affect identity and relationships in ways that matter in relation to cyberbullying and cyber victimization vulnerability, responses, and accessible networks of support.


Lesbians, Masculinities, And Privilege: The Privileging Of Gender And The Gendering Of Sexuality, Brooke E. Love Aug 2016

Lesbians, Masculinities, And Privilege: The Privileging Of Gender And The Gendering Of Sexuality, Brooke E. Love

Dissenting Voices

Though LGBTQ individuals, experiences, and communities have been increasingly recognized as valuable subjects of research, the existing body of research on and about this population is still significantly lacking. In a field so young and full of controversy, it is vital that research be done that gives voice and agency to LGBTQ individuals, their experiences and lifestyles. This paper will introduce readers to the concept of “female masculinity” and, specifically, the complicated relationships many lesbian identities have with different configurations of masculinity. I will introduce the concepts of “butch” lesbian identities and “femme” lesbian identities as well as their relation ...


Note From The Editor (Dv5), Barbara Lesavoy Aug 2016

Note From The Editor (Dv5), Barbara Lesavoy

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices volume five showcases five diverse authors who employ traditional essay format to analyze an array of topics important to the Women and Gender Studies discipline. Opening the volume is a remarkable essay that uses a queer lens to examine ways concepts of female masculinity and male privilege operate in lesbian identity and lesbian relationships. A well-timed critique of cyberbullying in feminist spaces follows, where the author interrogates ways performance of gender norms exacerbates cyberbullying and cyber victimization among women and girls. Centering the volume is an important reading of women and the Black Lives Matter movement where the ...


Our Voices (Dv5), Ronieka Burns, Brooke E. Love, Christina Mahagan, Natalia Manhertz, Brooke A. Ophardt Aug 2016

Our Voices (Dv5), Ronieka Burns, Brooke E. Love, Christina Mahagan, Natalia Manhertz, Brooke A. Ophardt

Dissenting Voices

Through our eyes, Dissenting Voices Volume 5 gives readers a chance to see how race and gender have played a role in our lives. This work seeks to give voice and agency to those of us whose experiences and wisdom have been historically cast aside, and to empower writer and reader alike through the sharing of knowledge.


Dissenting Voices Volume 5 Issue 1 (Spring 2016) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Aug 2016

Dissenting Voices Volume 5 Issue 1 (Spring 2016) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

Table of Contents

- Our Voices. Ronieka Burns, Brooke Love, Christina Mahagan, Natalia Manhertz, Brooke Ophardt. p. i.

- Note from the Editor (Barbara LeSavoy), p. iii

- Lesbians, Masculinities, and Privilege: The Gendering of Sexuality and the Privileging of Gender. Brooke Love. pp. 1-24.

- Cyberbullying: Feminine Vulnerability in Anonymous Spaces. Christina Mahagan. pp. 25-42.

- Women and the Black Lives Matter Movement: Relevance Past to Present. Ronieka Burns. pp. 43-62.

- Women in Medicine: Exclusions in Practice. Natalia Manhertz. pp. 63-78.

- Body Autonomy During Pregnancy: Where Did It Go? Brooke Ophardt. pp. 79-94.

- WMS 421 Spring 2016 Activism Photo Essay. pp. 95-96.


Shifting Understandings Of Lesbianism In Imperial And Weimar Germany, Meghan C. Paradis Apr 2016

Shifting Understandings Of Lesbianism In Imperial And Weimar Germany, Meghan C. Paradis

Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal at Clark

This paper seeks to understand how, and why, understandings of lesbianism shifted in Germany over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through close readings of both popular cultural productions and medical and psychological texts produced within the context of Imperial and Weimar Germany, this paper explores the changing nature of understandings of homosexuality in women, arguing that over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the dominant conceptualization of lesbianism transformed from an understanding of lesbians that was rooted in biology and viewed lesbians as physically masculine “gender inverts”, to one that was ...


Reproducing The Homonormative Family: Neoliberalism, Queer Theory And Same-Sex Reproductive Law, Eliza Garwood Feb 2016

Reproducing The Homonormative Family: Neoliberalism, Queer Theory And Same-Sex Reproductive Law, Eliza Garwood

Journal of International Women's Studies

This paper seeks to highlight the often overlooked interconnectivity of the cultural sphere and the economic sphere, particularly focusing on same-sex reproductive law and neoliberalism. Using The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, specifically highlighting its implications for same-sex couples, this examination demonstrates the way that policy and legislation frequently echo normative ways of being, encouraging the “good”, productive neoliberal citizen and/or family. This article is informed by Foucault’s notions of governmentality and biopower, problematising this limiting legislation, arguing that it is grounded on an internalised ideal of the traditional family, discouraging more transgressive or creative family formations ...


Trauma, Shame And Performance: Towards A New Topography Of Affects In Black Queer Identities, Maite Escudero-Alías Jan 2016

Trauma, Shame And Performance: Towards A New Topography Of Affects In Black Queer Identities, Maite Escudero-Alías

Journal of International Women's Studies

Haitian American feminist and lesbian activist MilDred Gerestant has become one of the most acclaimed gender performers who best illustrates the malleability of gender, race and sexuality in the reconstruction of black queer identities. Drawing on interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks like trauma studies, queer theory and affect theory, my contribution analyses MilDred’s gender performances as creative attempts to surpass negative affects often attached to minority identities. By exploring the affect of shame as a productive enactment of transformation and hope, rather than as a source of numbness and suffering, this article aims to offer an alternative epistemological paradigm of feminist ...