Posts Tagged Women’s Studies

Some Reflections on Blogging and Feminist Scholarship.


Hey Folks! I’m back from my five week hiatus wherein I focused on life outside of the internet and worked on my MA thesis (which is almost done!) in Women and Gender Studies. In the last few weeks, I had the opportunity to push aside writing online to delve into my thesis research which is an exploration of the production of identity vis-à-vis the internet and specifically how people articulate, vet out and circulate ideas about race, gender, class and sexuality in online worlds. Academic writing is so different in many ways from journalistic or blog style writing; citations are more formal, arguments more nuanced, obviously pieces are longer and filled with complex terms. But in some ways it ...


Hey Folks! I’m back from my five week hiatus wherein I focused on life outside of the internet and worked on my MA thesis (which is almost done!) in Women and Gender Studies. In the last ...

The Feministing Five: Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel is an author, teacher and activist, and is widely acknowledged as America’s most prominent and prolific scholar on masculinity. Kimmel is the author of a staggering number of books, including Men Confront Pornography, The History of Men, The Gendered Society and Manhood in America (noticing a theme?). Most recently, Kimmel’s book Guyland examined the lives of young American men. To write it, Kimmel interviewed hundreds of men between the ages of 15 and 25, using their words and his expertise to draw a frightening picture of young American manhood today. Luckily, Kimmel has a one-word solution to the problem: feminism.
Kimmel lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Amy Aronson, with whom he frequently co-writes, and their ...

Michael Kimmel is an author, teacher and activist, and is widely acknowledged as America’s most prominent and prolific scholar on masculinity. Kimmel is the author of a staggering number of books, including Men Confront Pornography, ...

The School of Social Transformation

I spoke at Arizona State University on Tuesday and had the pleasure of being introduced to a new academic model that they are pioneering to not only institutionalize the importance of intersectional analysis, but also insert activism in an undeniable way. It’s call the School of Social Transformation. From their new website:

Four units comprise the new School of Social Transformation. Our school brings together four distinct interdisciplinary fields of inquiry with unique identities, histories, constituencies, affiliations, intellectual frameworks and topics of inquiry.

Those are: African and African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Justice and Social Inquiry, and of course, Women and Gender Studies. How cool is that? It will be fun to see if other schools pick up on ...

I spoke at Arizona State University on Tuesday and had the pleasure of being introduced to a new academic model that they are pioneering to not only institutionalize the importance of intersectional analysis, but also insert activism ...

Racist campaign poster in Germany removed (sans apology)


Tagline: “The only reason to choose black. Time for Green.”
This German campaign poster (tagline above) for the Green party was recently removed after folks quite aptly pointed out that it was a racist, sexist piece of crap.

The poster put up by the environmental Greens party in the western town of Kaarst contains a play on words: “Black” in German party politics refers to the color colloquially used to describe Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Other major parties are described as red, yellow and, of course, green.

Sexualizing and dehumanizing black women and their bodies is hardly new, but I still was shocked at the blatant racism/sexism combo at play. Even ...


Tagline: “The only reason to choose black. Time for Green.”
This German campaign poster (tagline above) for the Green party was recently removed after folks quite aptly pointed out that it was a racist, sexist ...

Founder of India’s first women’s studies program dies


Dr Neera Desai, a founder of India’s first women’s studies program, the Research Centre for Women’s Studies at SNDT Women’s University, passed away last Thursday from cancer at the age of 84. Professor Vibhuti Patel, a colleague and friend of Desai and the director of department of Post-Graduate Studies and Research at SNDT said:

“I had been working with her since 1977. In all these years that I had known her, I thought of her as a warm person who was forever motivating and ever ready to experiment with new ideas. She was a major institution builder. This is a period when women’s studies is coming of age. However, she started work in this field in the early 50s ...


Dr Neera Desai, a founder of India’s first women’s studies program, the Research Centre for Women’s Studies at SNDT Women’s University, passed away last Thursday from cancer at the age of 84. Professor Vibhuti Patel, ...

Friday Morning Shocker: Anti-Feminist Lawyer Loses Women’s Studies Suit


Who’s smirkin’ now, sucka?
Remember the anti-feminist lawyer who was suing Columbia for offering Women’s Studies courses because, according to him, it’s discriminatory towards men? His case (not surprisingly) was thrown out last week by a Manhattan judge.
This is not the only case Roy Den Hollander has pursued; he’s also filed lawsuits against clubs that offer Ladies Nights (because of course that’s feminism’s doing?), and is pretty blatant in the acknowledgment that his sole purpose in life is working against the evil feminist machine, saying:

“What I’m trying to do now in my later years is fight everybody who violates my rights… the Feminazis have infiltrated institutions, and there’s been a transfer of rights from guys ...


Who’s smirkin’ now, sucka?
Remember the anti-feminist lawyer who was suing Columbia for offering Women’s Studies courses because, according to him, it’s discriminatory towards men? His case (not surprisingly) was thrown out last week ...

Quick Hit: Women’s Studies on TV?!

Yeah, you read that right. According to Salon (via Reuters), HBO and Comedy Central executive producer Ben Karlin is developing a new comedy series called “Women’s Studies.” Julie White (of Six Feet Under, Nanny Diaries etc.) will likely star as “a onetime famous author who, after a tumultuous period as a feminist It Girl, is now a professor at a small liberal arts college in the Northeast.”
Oh the story lines one can imagine…

Yeah, you read that right. According to Salon (via Reuters), HBO and Comedy Central executive producer Ben Karlin is developing a new comedy series called “Women’s Studies.” Julie White (of Six Feet Under, Nanny Diaries ...

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