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Sugar For Sale: Constructions Of Intimacy In The Sugar Bowl, Emily Zimmermann Nov 2015

Sugar For Sale: Constructions Of Intimacy In The Sugar Bowl, Emily Zimmermann

Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts

No abstract provided.


Lgbtq Women, Workplace Dress Codes, And Appearance Negotiations, Kelly L. Reddy-Best Nov 2015

Lgbtq Women, Workplace Dress Codes, And Appearance Negotiations, Kelly L. Reddy-Best

International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Annual Conference Proceedings

There is significant research on the impact of dress code regulations on employee performance and psychological health for heterosexual individuals. Studies that examine workplace dress code for the LGBTQ community are limited to findings based on court cases that are 16 years old. It is important to understand the current climate at work for LGBTQ women since workplace regulations may impact performance and psychological well-being. Due to the dearth of studies on the topic, this exploratory study asks: Do unwritten or written workplace dress codes impact LGBTQ women’s experiences at work?


Marriage (In)Equality And The Historical Legacies Of Feminism, Serena Mayeri Nov 2015

Marriage (In)Equality And The Historical Legacies Of Feminism, Serena Mayeri

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

In this essay, I measure the majority’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges against two legacies of second-wave feminist legal advocacy: the largely successful campaign to make civil marriage formally gender-neutral; and the lesser-known struggle against laws and practices that penalized women who lived their lives outside of marriage. Obergefell obliquely acknowledges marriage equality’s debt to the first legacy without explicitly adopting sex equality arguments against same-sex marriage bans. The legacy of feminist campaigns for nonmarital equality, by contrast, is absent from Obergefell’s reasoning and belied by rhetoric that both glorifies marriage and implicitly disparages nonmarriage. Even so ...


Tearing Down Walls And Building Bridges, Melba J. Boyd Oct 2015

Tearing Down Walls And Building Bridges, Melba J. Boyd

Criticism

A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000–2010 by Cherríe L. Moraga. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011. Pp. 280, 9 illustrations. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.


Two-Spirit Indigenous Americans: Fact Not Fiction, Casey S. O'Higgins Oct 2015

Two-Spirit Indigenous Americans: Fact Not Fiction, Casey S. O'Higgins

Student Publications

This paper examines the narratives of Two-Spirit Indigenous Americans who have been oppressed by heteropatriarchal norms of colonization. Two-spirit creation stories are explored to show the prevalence and importance of their identities prior to contact with Euro-American settlers and the evolution of violence, exclusion, and marginalization due to colonization.The term "Two-Spirit" is examined as a cultural identity of the Indigenous Americans. Finally, the paper looks at how Two-Spirit scholars are looking to combine Queer Theory with Indigenous Studies to deconstruct colonial heteropatriarchal America.


Introduction: The 1970s, Shelly J. Eversley, Michelle Habell-Pallán Oct 2015

Introduction: The 1970s, Shelly J. Eversley, Michelle Habell-Pallán

Publications and Research

Introduction to special issue, "The 1970s," of WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), edited by Shelly Eversley and Michelle Habell-Pallán.


Wms 421 Spring 2015 Activism Photo Essay (The College At Brockport), Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Sep 2015

Wms 421 Spring 2015 Activism Photo Essay (The College At Brockport), Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

This photo essay documents women and gender-informed activism by undergraduate students enrolled in WMS 421 at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. The students staged several activist projects including a One Billion Rising Revolution flash mob, a trans-awareness Origami Swan Project, an International Women’s Day salon, a collaboratively designed Clothesline Project installation, and a worker’s rights rally for the Fight for15.


Girls, Instagram, And The Glamorization Of Self-Loathing, Emily Tanner Sep 2015

Girls, Instagram, And The Glamorization Of Self-Loathing, Emily Tanner

Dissenting Voices

No abstract provided.


Title Ix: What Students Think They Know, Taryn Mogavero Sep 2015

Title Ix: What Students Think They Know, Taryn Mogavero

Dissenting Voices

Students often hold a misconception or are completely uninformed as to what is Title IX. Currently, under Title IX, all students have the right to receive an education in an environment free from sex discrimination. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the institution to take the necessary measures to comply with any student who chooses to file a report of gender discrimination. Title IX was implemented as a memorandum to promote gender equality, but over the years it has developed into not only a law but also an important piece of educational rights and standards. It is important to assess ...


The U.S. Military’S Invisible War: Midshipmen Perspectives, Christopher Mcneil Sep 2015

The U.S. Military’S Invisible War: Midshipmen Perspectives, Christopher Mcneil

Dissenting Voices

Sexual assault is an issue that seems to be swept under the table rather than eliminated in our military. In other words, it is handled and we are aware of it, but we try to hide and mitigate the reality of how bad sexual assault is. We find that those in charge want to maintain an image of heroism and portray military members as almost perfect. In reality we know that military members are people too, and they may not be as perfect as made out to be. We all have goals and aspirations that we want to achieve, and ...


Voices Carry: Understanding Rape Culture’S Identity In Society, Nicole Posluszny Sep 2015

Voices Carry: Understanding Rape Culture’S Identity In Society, Nicole Posluszny

Dissenting Voices

No abstract provided.


The (De)Evolution Of The Disney Princess, Courtney Gazda Sep 2015

The (De)Evolution Of The Disney Princess, Courtney Gazda

Dissenting Voices

The Disney Princess franchise does a remarkable job of asking girls to picture themselves as princesses, reinforcing the question: What else would a little girl want to be? The reality of this Disney fantasy is one of gendering young girls to embody a social construction of hyper-femininity through misguided film representations and princess play toys. This research looks at media influences on girlhood through a close reading of the Disney princess. I argue that Disney has focused less and less on the genuine qualities and faithful morality of their princesses, and instead, on the prince-princess dichotomy of finding true love.


The Color Of Postfeminism: Representations Of Black And White Women In Popular Music Videos, Anna M. Walser Sep 2015

The Color Of Postfeminism: Representations Of Black And White Women In Popular Music Videos, Anna M. Walser

Dissenting Voices

The sexualization and objectification of women in popular music videos has acted as a consistent obstacle for the feminist movement. Within a postfeminist framework -- postfeminism being a rejection of feminist ideas and a belief that the activist feminism of years past no longer serves a purpose -- music video viewers are able to see both positive advances and negative reversals. One problem often associated with the postfeminist movement is the lack of acknowledgment of race, as has historically been the case for the feminist movement, white, middle-class women are almost always the largest representation, with non-white women more often than not ...


Adiposity And Anarchism: Exposing And Examining Fat Oppression In A Capitalist Society, Sarah Mae Richens Sep 2015

Adiposity And Anarchism: Exposing And Examining Fat Oppression In A Capitalist Society, Sarah Mae Richens

Dissenting Voices

This is an auto-ethnographic essay looking at the ways in which fat oppression is linked to capitalism. This research looks at oppression and discrimination stemming from adiposity (fatness) through an anarchist and queer theory perspective. There is a void of research and writing on the intersections of fat oppression, from an anarchist and queer theory perspective, yet many fat studies researchers have found that fatness is oppressive, discriminating and affects ones socioeconomic status. In the white supremacist, capitalist heteropatriarchy that we live in, there is a systematic ‘othering’ of anyone who does not fit inside the mold that society lays ...


Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy Sep 2015

Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices volume four captures seven diverse authors who employ traditional essay format to straddle an array of topics important to the Women and Gender Studies discipline.


Our Voices, Anna M. Walser, Courtney Gazda, Christopher Mcneil, Taryn Mogavero, Sarah Mae Richens, Nicole Posluszny, Emily Tanner Sep 2015

Our Voices, Anna M. Walser, Courtney Gazda, Christopher Mcneil, Taryn Mogavero, Sarah Mae Richens, Nicole Posluszny, Emily Tanner

Dissenting Voices

We invite you to join us, many voices as one, to challenge those systems that oppress us all. In this work we aim to discuss the place that we hold within our community, focusing on identity, choice, ownership, and the mass media. Let us dissent against the social limitations and expectations and raise awareness of the intersectional ties that connect all people. Through our own feminist research, we use Dissenting Voices to highlight the social issues of today.


Dissenting Voices Volume 4 Issue 1 (Spring 2015) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Sep 2015

Dissenting Voices Volume 4 Issue 1 (Spring 2015) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

Table of Contents:

Opening Voices

- Our Voices: Anna Walser with Courtney Gazda, Christopher McNeil, Taryn Mogavero, Sarah Mae Richens, Nicole Posluszny, Emily Tanner, i

- Note from the Editor (Barbara LeSavoy), ii

- Adiposity and Anarchism: Exposing and Examining Fat Oppression in a Capitalist Society (Sarah Mae Richens), 1

- The Color of Postfeminism: Representations of Black and White Women in Popular Music Videos (Anna Walser), 13

More Voices

- The de(Evolution) of the Disney Princesses (Courtney Gazda), 29

- Voices Carry: Understanding Rape Culture's Identity in Society (Nicole Posluszny), 47

- The U.S. Military's Invisible War: Midshipmen Perspectives (Christopher McNeil), 69 ...


Contesting Gender Concepts, Language And Norms: Three Critical Articles On Ethical And Political Aspects Of Gender Non-Conformity, Stephanie Julia Kapusta Aug 2015

Contesting Gender Concepts, Language And Norms: Three Critical Articles On Ethical And Political Aspects Of Gender Non-Conformity, Stephanie Julia Kapusta

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

In chapter one I firstly critique some contemporary family-resemblance approaches to the category woman, and claim that they do not take sufficient account of dis-semblance, that is, resemblances that people have in common with members of the contrast category man. Second, I analyze how the concept of woman is semantically contestable: resemblance/dissemblance structures give rise to vagueness and to borderline cases. Borderline cases can either be included in the category or excluded from it. The factors which incline parties in a dispute about membership to include or exclude depend on metaphysical, ethical, or political background assumptions.

In chapter two ...


New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, And Piety Among Turkish Youth, Gul Ozyegin Jul 2015

New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, And Piety Among Turkish Youth, Gul Ozyegin

Gul Ozyegin

As Turkey pushes for its place in the global pecking order and embraces neoliberal capitalism, the nation has seen a period of unprecedented shifts in political, religious, and gender and sexual identities for its citizens. In New Desires, New Selves, Gul Ozyegin shows how this social transformation in Turkey is felt most strongly among its young people, eager to surrender to the seduction of sexual modernity, but also longing to remain attached to traditional social relations, identities and histories.          
 
Engaging a wide array of upwardly-mobile young adults at a major Turkish university, Ozyegin links the biographies of individuals with the ...


Letter From The Editor, Danica L. Schieber Jul 2015

Letter From The Editor, Danica L. Schieber

Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis

This Special Issue on Gender and Social Justice comes at a time when women and LGBTQ people across the world are facing many issues. Many of our own editorial board members have experienced social injustices related to gender, and have expressed frustration with what is happening around the world.

We see many struggling with social justice issues including:

  • Discrimination
  • Unequal pay
  • Sexual violence
  • Physical violence
  • A lack of educational opportunities

This special issue attempts to address some of these complex issues.


Emigration As A Political Stance? Moroccan Migrants' Narratives Of Dignity, Human Rights And Minority Identities In Transnational Context, Anna Virkama Jul 2015

Emigration As A Political Stance? Moroccan Migrants' Narratives Of Dignity, Human Rights And Minority Identities In Transnational Context, Anna Virkama

Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Multidisciplinary Studies

The protest movements known as the Arab Spring brought the frustration and disappointment of the North African citizens with their governments to the world's attention. Five years after the Arab Spring, the issues of human rights and individual freedom remain important issues in the democratic transition of the Arab societies. Since the countries in North Africa have also been important migrant sending countries for decades, the connection between mass emigration and human right issues forms an interesting research area. This empirical article aims to bring a new perspective to the debate by analysing the narratives dignity, human rights and ...


Here I Am And Here I’M Not: Queer Women’S Use Of Temporary Urban Spaces In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Vigdís María Hermannsdóttir May 2015

Here I Am And Here I’M Not: Queer Women’S Use Of Temporary Urban Spaces In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Vigdís María Hermannsdóttir

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

This thesis builds on previous work on the relationship between queer identities and urban space. Drawing from an analysis of two recurring New Orleans-based queer women’s events, I examine how lesbians and queer women not only use but also actively produce social spaces of their own through participation in events organized specifically for lesbians and queer women. Using qualitative methods, I examine the ephemeral and transient quality of lesbian and queer women’s social spaces in post-Katrina New Orleans and the processes through which such spaces come into being. I argue that lesbian and queer women’s production of ...


"A Product Of Her Body As Well As Soul": Narrative Fullness And The Feminine Body In The Work Of Julia Ward Howe, Sarah J. Schuster May 2015

"A Product Of Her Body As Well As Soul": Narrative Fullness And The Feminine Body In The Work Of Julia Ward Howe, Sarah J. Schuster

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Acclaimed poet of the mid-nineteenth century Julia Ward Howe is currently best known for her civil war poem “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” But more recent research has uncovered manuscripts like The Hermaphrodite, an incomplete prose piece detailing the life of intersexed protagonist Laurence published by Gary Williams, among other more personal poems included in Williams’s biography. Her unpublished manuscript poems and prose suggest a more complex character to Howe’s writing. In particular, The Hermaphrodite manuscript, her 1852 collection Passion-flowers, and her unpublished poetry describe a woman torn between societal expectation and intellectual endeavor, and between body ...


Love, A Dream, Brittany A. Cordaro Apr 2015

Love, A Dream, Brittany A. Cordaro

Symposium of Student Scholars

No abstract provided.


Darlings In Love: A History Of Romance Between Women At Hollins In The Early 20th Century, Antonia Nagle Apr 2015

Darlings In Love: A History Of Romance Between Women At Hollins In The Early 20th Century, Antonia Nagle

Hollins Student Conference

This paper and accompanying sources hope to provide a detailed examination of the world of darlings at Hollins between the years 1900 and 1921, using primary sources gathered from The Spinster, the college’s yearbook. As a small, single-sex institution established in 1842, Hollins has a history of romantic relationships between students. Students who participated in these relationships between the years of 1900 and 1921 were called “darlings.” These same-sex relationships flourished at Hollins in the early 20th century and were a well-known and accepted part of life at Hollins. For this study, over a hundred primary sources were gathered ...


Being A Lesbian Librarian, Collection Development In Lesbian Librarianship, And Archives As Lesbian Spaces, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz Mar 2015

Being A Lesbian Librarian, Collection Development In Lesbian Librarianship, And Archives As Lesbian Spaces, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz

Publications and Research

Edited talk From Pratt SILS Gender LIS Panel curated by Dinah Handel on March 27th, 2015
Co-presenters include: Sian Evans; #artandfeminism Wikipedia Editathon & Jen LaBarbera; Filling in the Margins: The use of Queer Theory, Feminist Standpoint Theory, and Critical Race Theory to build inclusive archival collections
This talk remarks on the role of the librarian to provide lesbian-specific content.


Tape-By-Tape: Digital Practices And Cataloguing Rituals At The Lesbian Herstory Archives, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz Mar 2015

Tape-By-Tape: Digital Practices And Cataloguing Rituals At The Lesbian Herstory Archives, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz

Publications and Research

This essay will outline the digital collections of the Lesbian Herstory Archives with an emphasis on process and workflow. The paragraphs below will describe the efforts put forth by the all- volunteer collective, and their dedication toward making materials accessible through the use of digital technology to preserve, catalog, and exhibit lesbian herstory. Interviews with Archive Coordinators, called “Archivettes”, Rachel Corbman on the Online Public Access Catalog, Saskia Scheffer on Photos, and Maxine Wolfe on Audio, will provide examples of LHA digital practices in the creation and maintenance of the Photo Collection, OPAC, and Audio Tape Digitization projects. Additional mention ...


Homonationalist Futurism: "Terrorism" And (Other) Queer Resistance To Empire, C. Heike Schotten Feb 2015

Homonationalist Futurism: "Terrorism" And (Other) Queer Resistance To Empire, C. Heike Schotten

C. Heike Schotten

This article argues that queer theory is useful for political theory in thinking about US empire and theorizing modes of resistance to it. In particular, it is argued that the work of Lee Edelman and Jasbir Puar can be appropriated for political theory and, when combined together into a single political project, help illuminate the temporal and sexual contours of US empire, providing crucial resources for theorizing “terrorism” and understanding it as an act of political resistance.


Emerging Feminist Voices On Media And Representation, Diana Depasquale, Cassie Tenorio, Alyssa Wells, Savannah Fulmer Feb 2015

Emerging Feminist Voices On Media And Representation, Diana Depasquale, Cassie Tenorio, Alyssa Wells, Savannah Fulmer

Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

The work featured in this panel is from students in WS2000, Introduction to Women's Studies. I created an assignment called "Choose Your Own Adventure." These projects include: an examination gender in film, and a revised version of the Bechdel Test, sexism and misogyny in gaming culture expressed through a series of comics, a painting on canvas using a variety of materials and techniques representing the control of women's reproductive rights and the damage done to female bodies by patriarchal language and rhetoric, and an analysis of womanism, scripture and Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

Each student engaged ...


Treasure Hunt Without A Map: Archival Research At The University Of Pennsylvania, Meghan Strong Jan 2015

Treasure Hunt Without A Map: Archival Research At The University Of Pennsylvania, Meghan Strong

English Independent Study Projects

Under the supervision of Meredith Goldsmith in the English Department, I spent this semester developing archival research projects for lower level students in the humanities. My project corresponded with the aims of the Council for Undergraduate Research, which works to develop undergraduate research skills throughout the disciplines. The Kislak Center is a nearby resource that has the potential to provide students with opportunities to develop crucial research skills while discovering little pieces of history that are hidden away in the archives. The final exercises presented here focus on the subjects of Walt Whitman, Marian Anderson, and Michel de Montaigne.