“Bold Crossings of the Gender Line,” NYTimes

Thought you might enjoy this article and the accompanying images as we wind down and meet for the last two class sessions…



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a picture is worth a thousand words…

The New York Times has a series on “Afghan Women” (as noted in the Abu-Lughod reading for today). While looking at the site, I was struck by the advertising…


Let’s discuss this in class today…

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women and work: it pays to be thin

Think about this study alongside the readings for this week. The findings of this study show that women who are thinner than the average are paid more.

Yet, studies show that men who are heavier than the average weight for men in our society are paid more. (Actual weight=social weight?)

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angels in stripper heels

This article from the New York Times reminded me of the study we discussed in class. Not once in the article do they discuss (women’s) bodies in the context of what the body can do–the function. Yet, there is great focus on how the bodies appear–as object. What are the implications? How are aspirations shaped differently according to gender?

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gender, children and halloween

Not that I’m an advocate for reading the NY Post, but this article made me think of our class discussion from last Tuesday.

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The Combahee River Collective Statement


Here is the Combahee River Collective Statement we spoke about in class today:

Combahee River Collective

We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974. [1] During that time we have been involved in the process of defining and clarifying our politics, while at the same time doing political work within our own group and in coalition with other progressive organizations and movements. The most general statement of our politics at the present time would be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives. As Black women we see Black feminism as the logical political movement to combat the manifold and simultaneous oppressions that all women of color face.

We will discuss four major topics in the paper that follows: (1) the genesis of contemporary Black feminism; (2) what we believe, i.e., the specific province of our politics; (3) the problems in organizing Black feminists, including a brief herstory of our collective; and (4) Black feminist issues and practice. Continue reading

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Kathleen Bogle, The Sociology of ‘Hooking Up’

Here is an interview with Kathleen Bogle where she discusses her research on ‘hooking up’ that I mentioned in class.

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