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Wms 421 Spring 2018 Activism Photo Essay: #Metoo, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Aug 2018

Wms 421 Spring 2018 Activism Photo Essay: #Metoo, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

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The Other Side Of Paradise By Staceyann Chin (2009) Relationship: Book Review, Joy Davidson Davis Aug 2018

The Other Side Of Paradise By Staceyann Chin (2009) Relationship: Book Review, Joy Davidson Davis

Dissenting Voices

The Other Side of Paradise is a memoir written by Staceyann Chin (2009) in which she portrays the true nature of being a woman of color. This coming of age memoir presents the attributes of black women who are at times devalued and negatively portrayed by Eurocentric critics. It is through her independent self-definition and her thoughts about racism and sexism that she is able to put an end to false Eurocentric assumptions. In Chin’s (2009) memoir, she explores the reality that women of color have strong personalities and powers through sisterhood and motherhood that are symbols of unity ...


A Queer And Pleasant Danger: The True Story Of A Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins The Church Of Scientology, And Leaves Twelve Years Later To Become The Lovely Lady She Is Today By Kate Bornstein ( 2012): Book Review, Daphne Tucker Aug 2018

A Queer And Pleasant Danger: The True Story Of A Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins The Church Of Scientology, And Leaves Twelve Years Later To Become The Lovely Lady She Is Today By Kate Bornstein ( 2012): Book Review, Daphne Tucker

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This essay, which describes my curiosity on transgender identity, is a book review of the memoir by Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a nice Jewish boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady she is Today (2012).


Freedom En El Fin Del Mundo: Antarctica As The Key To Renegotiating Identity-Based Power Hierarchies, Bailey Morse Aug 2018

Freedom En El Fin Del Mundo: Antarctica As The Key To Renegotiating Identity-Based Power Hierarchies, Bailey Morse

Dissenting Voices

In all the world’s cultures, there exists a hierarchy of power maintained through cultural norms and institutions. In every culture, however, these hierarchies exist differently. So when put into a space where our culture and idea of identity-based power hierarchies is different from the ones around us, how do we negotiate our power in that space, and in doing so, how do we diminish the power of others? By looking at cultural “blank-slate” territories such as Antarctica, we may be able to better understand negotiations of identity-based power hierarchy and subsequently be able to tear down the institutions that ...


A Woman Veteran Student’S Perspective, Bernice Lachman Aug 2018

A Woman Veteran Student’S Perspective, Bernice Lachman

Dissenting Voices

This essay describes my life experiences as a woman veteran who is currently a student at The College at Brockport. My experiences and perspectives although specific to me, are also in general terms, the same for other women veterans. I reviewed the references studying women military service members both past and present, and I have noted the lack of information available. Therefore, I have decided to tell my story with the hope that my story will assist civilian students, staff, and faculty to better understand women veteran students on the college campus.


Lgbtq Intimate Partner Violence: The Invisible Relationship, Alise Murray Aug 2018

Lgbtq Intimate Partner Violence: The Invisible Relationship, Alise Murray

Dissenting Voices

I have personally experienced LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). My topic is important because those who experience intimate partner violence, and who are LGBT or in queer relationships, are not provided information about IPV as often as heterosexual individuals. I hope readers will learn and realize that individuals in the LGBT community can face IPV, and that this issue needs more discussion. IPV is not something that affects one facet of someone’s life, it can affect multiple parts.


Redressing Dress Codes: The Effects Of Sexualized School Dress Codes, Gabriella Hoose Aug 2018

Redressing Dress Codes: The Effects Of Sexualized School Dress Codes, Gabriella Hoose

Dissenting Voices

This paper analyzes the way society sexualizes women’s bodies through the education system. I am writing about dress codes because fellow classmates and I have been affected by this. It is important for society to understand that a sexualized view of students perceived as female can affect society as a whole. I hope that readers of this essay will want to change this system and redress the dress codes they have unwittingly followed.


Gender’S Impact On Majors In Higher Education: The Causes And The Consequences, Kelsi Nau Aug 2018

Gender’S Impact On Majors In Higher Education: The Causes And The Consequences, Kelsi Nau

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This paper looks at gender segregation in higher education. I am examining why certain majors are perceived as feminine and masculine, and what students experience when they study fields that do not socially align with their gender. I also summarize the impact gender socialization has on men and women choosing their fields of study and the consequences higher education gender segregation has beyond college. Feminine and masculine should not be labels affiliated with majors and they should not be a precursor for determining the value of majors.


The Outside Looking In: Examining Reasoning Behind The Choice To Report Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence, Melissa Szurgyi Aug 2018

The Outside Looking In: Examining Reasoning Behind The Choice To Report Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence, Melissa Szurgyi

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This essay looks into reasons women have for reporting or not reporting domestic violence and sexual assault. While this topic has received a considerable amount of research from scholars, it still has not received the attention it should. When the #MeToo movement went viral, these issues started to become more salient in society, however there was still backlash, insinuating that there is still a large amount of misunderstanding around the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this paper, I use my outsider looking in lens to examine reasoning behind the choice to report. Through looking at previous research ...


The Hunter Vs. The Hunted, Julia Palozzi Aug 2018

The Hunter Vs. The Hunted, Julia Palozzi

Dissenting Voices

I share this story to illustrate an example of psychological sexual coercion and the power dynamics that allow such coercion to exist. We must understand that the root of this problem lies in the nature of power between men and women. I do not think that these dynamics are born to us naturally. The biology of men and women has nothing to do with the nature of the power dynamics that can exist between them. This power dynamic is one that has been ingrained into our society through generations of separating the public and private spheres of work.


Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy Aug 2018

Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices volume seven introduces nine authors who write across a diverse range of topics salient to Women and Gender Studies.


Our Voices, Joy Davidson Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernice Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker Aug 2018

Our Voices, Joy Davidson Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernice Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker

Dissenting Voices

Our dissenting voices call for the dismantling of all identity-based power hierarchies that silence and oppress marginalized voices. We attempt to understand how the invisible forces of a binary world put women into roles of “lesser”.


Dissenting Voices Volume 7 Issue 1 (Spring 2018) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Aug 2018

Dissenting Voices Volume 7 Issue 1 (Spring 2018) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices Cover Art

Design by the members of the Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport.

The journal cover, a distinctive hand print of each author, captures the sense of feminist community that was present in our classroom and that spills into and gels the pages of the essays in the volume.

Table of Contents

All Voices

- Our Voices. Joy Davidson-Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernie Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker, p. i.

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

Opening Voices

- The Hunter vs. The Hunted. Julia ...


Photo Essays: Wms 421, Julia Degroff Sep 2017

Photo Essays: Wms 421, Julia Degroff

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Two photo essays document some of the gender-inspired activism of undergraduate Women and Gender Studies majors as an extension of their Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport.


Double Standards In Everyday Life: Book Reviews, Becky Luxon Sep 2017

Double Standards In Everyday Life: Book Reviews, Becky Luxon

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Review of two books by Jessica Valenti: Sex Object: A Memoir (2016), and He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (2008).


Sexual Objectification Of Female Bodies In Beauty Pageants, Pornography, And Media, Kelsey Wright Sep 2017

Sexual Objectification Of Female Bodies In Beauty Pageants, Pornography, And Media, Kelsey Wright

Dissenting Voices

Have you ever watched a beauty pageant contest? What about mainstream pornography? These two capitalistic industries continue to enforce the misogynistic view that the female body is to be consumed by the male population. I argue that the societal standards we commonly consider to be the norm affect female embodiment and what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Beauty standards, gender roles, sexualization, objectification, and the male gaze all point towards this ideology that the female body is to be consumed by men. I argue we need to abandon these societal standards that control female bodies and ...


I Am Not Barbie, And I Do Not Need A Ken, Annette Maldonado Sep 2017

I Am Not Barbie, And I Do Not Need A Ken, Annette Maldonado

Dissenting Voices

Throughout history, women have faced unfairness and gender inequality. Women are stereotyped and mistreated every day. Some examples are, women are paid less than men, and women have to cover their bodies in public (if not, it is their fault if something dangerous happens to them). Home is supposed to be a safe haven for women, but what about if the unfairness happens at home by the people we love the most? Mistreatment can come from our parents. As a young woman who was treated differently than my brother, I talk about my experiences and how they have shaped my ...


Oppression Or Opportunity: The Selling Of Mail-Order Brides, Amber Wilk Sep 2017

Oppression Or Opportunity: The Selling Of Mail-Order Brides, Amber Wilk

Dissenting Voices

It is the memory of my aunt that inspired my research of mail-order brides. I was curious as to what factors encourage women to leave their families and home to come to another country as a mail-order bride. The international trafficking of mail-order brides is not a new phenomenon, but since the advent of technology the capitalistic industry has exploded. In this paper, I discuss the oppressions and opportunities that the potential mail-order brides have to consider. Since the mail-order bride industry is continuously growing, it needs to be monitored to minimize the violence against women.


Deconstructing The Nuclear Family Through Adoption, Julia Degroff Sep 2017

Deconstructing The Nuclear Family Through Adoption, Julia Degroff

Dissenting Voices

Adoption tends to be described as an alternative form of family, but for a mother or father, family has no restrictions. This paper looks at the ways adoption deconstructs and recreates the idea of family. Existing research across fields of study surrounding family fails to cover specific research on adoption and lacks the research that looks at the ways adoption and other alternative family forms disrupt and distort the biological family unit. The word “family” can be defined in many different ways, and is a specific and individualistic concept. However, within the cultural sphere of family, biogenic families tend to ...


Coming Out In Asian American Culture, Audrey Lai Sep 2017

Coming Out In Asian American Culture, Audrey Lai

Dissenting Voices

The purpose of this project is not to speak on the experience of all lesbian Asian Americans, but only the experiences of three lesbian Asian Americans: Sam, Jesse, and Sophie. The experiences of three individuals cannot be applicable to all lesbian-identified Asian Americans as their stories do not provide full understanding of the influential culture sanctions. This essay is merely an attempt to bring the invisible stories of these three women to the forefront, thus allowing the stories to become accessible so others can recognize that identifying as lesbian is not a betrayal of Asian American culture and identity. “Coming ...


The Complexities Of Being A Pro-Choice Catholic: How Religion And Politics Collide, Alise Tallents Sep 2017

The Complexities Of Being A Pro-Choice Catholic: How Religion And Politics Collide, Alise Tallents

Dissenting Voices

The separation of church and state has been indicated in the United States Constitution since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. Ideally, this was intended to ensure that no one religion would receive privilege over another in the political arena, and that citizens have the freedom to practice their own faith without fear of persecution. In contemporary United States, religion has become a powerful influence in modern day politics and the line distinguishing church from state has become hazy. This is especially prevalent in the realm of reproductive rights. The fight for access to reproductive healthcare, such ...


A Face Of Poverty, Melissa Brown Sep 2017

A Face Of Poverty, Melissa Brown

Dissenting Voices

The circumstances are different for every individual who lives in poverty. Society foremost believe the information about poverty from people who have not experienced it, as opposed to the people who have. When people in poverty try to defend themselves from societal stereotypes, they are pushed back and told to know their place. It is as if we have zero credibility in our experiences living in poverty. The policies targeting people in poverty do not include us in the decision making. We are told to just get up and walk out of poverty. We are stereotyped and shunned from the ...


A Feminist Perspective On The History Of Women As Witches, Maggie Rosen Sep 2017

A Feminist Perspective On The History Of Women As Witches, Maggie Rosen

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This paper explores the ways that women have been deemed witches throughout history. Salem, 1692, was a heightened time for witch accusations. The women accused left a mark on history and their identities became the mainstream stereotype of witches seen in media and pop culture. Transgressive women and women in power are called witches in contemporary United States as they were hundreds of years ago. The witch image is used to reinforce gender inequality and marginalize women who push back against our patriarchal society.


Make America Curious Again: Integrating Feminism Into Undergraduate International Relations Studies, Tambria Schroeder Sep 2017

Make America Curious Again: Integrating Feminism Into Undergraduate International Relations Studies, Tambria Schroeder

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The systems and institutions that exist in our country are strategically designed to maintain patriarchy and privileged masculinity. Complacency of the majority ensures that these structures remain intact. In this paper, I consider the exclusion of feminism and discussions of gender from undergraduate political science and international studies courses, and why it is critical for us to be paying attention to it now perhaps more than ever before. I suggest that this exclusion only helps to ensure that patriarchal dominance continues into the future. We have the potential to change by adopting a more curious mindset.


Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy Sep 2017

Note From The Editor, Barbara Lesavoy

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices volume six is the largest volume to date, representing ten authors who write across a wide span of topics important to the Women and Gender Studies discipline.


Our Voices, Melissa Brown, Julia Degroff, Rachael Fort, Audrey Lai, Becky Luxon, Annette Maldonado, Maggie Rosen, Tambria Schroeder, Alise Tallents, Amber Wilk, Kelsey Wright Sep 2017

Our Voices, Melissa Brown, Julia Degroff, Rachael Fort, Audrey Lai, Becky Luxon, Annette Maldonado, Maggie Rosen, Tambria Schroeder, Alise Tallents, Amber Wilk, Kelsey Wright

Dissenting Voices

Our voices are about rediscovering our curiosity and exposing that capitalism is the tragedy in society that distances women from equality.


Dissenting Voices Volume 6 Issue 1 (Spring 2017) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport Sep 2017

Dissenting Voices Volume 6 Issue 1 (Spring 2017) Complete Issue, Women And Gender Studies Senior Seminar At The College At Brockport

Dissenting Voices

Dissenting Voices Cover Art

Design by Mel Brown, WMS ’18
Calligraphy by Sara Connor, SOC, WMS ‘16

The cover portrait is a photographic composite of one identity characteristic of each person in the WMS 421 Senior Seminar course. The abstract painting of vivid colors that frames the portrait represents the brilliant minds that have intertwined to create this volume. The use of different colors represents our diverse backgrounds, that when put together, become radiant. The handprint placed on the chest represents our extension to others and prompts readers to join us in the fight for social justice. The knuckles with ...


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

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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

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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 ...