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Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement - Duke Special Collections

Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement - Duke Special Collections
Documents from theWomen's Liberation Movement An On-line Archival Collection Special Collections Library, Duke University [ Subject Categories | Keyword Search | Links ] The materials in this on-line archival collection document various aspects of the Women's Liberation Movement in the United States, and focus specifically on the radical origins of this movement during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Items range from radical theoretical writings to humourous plays to the minutes of an actual grassroots group. The items in this on-line collection are scanned and transcribed from original documents held in Duke's Special Collections Library. The documents available at this web site were selected by Duke professor Anne Valk to support assignments in her class on the Social History of American Women taught during Spring '97. The Special Collections Library is currently building its collection of Women's Liberation Movement documents. Subject Categories Keyword Search Links to related sites Related:  Gender Equality / EgalitarianismSchool

Words are not fists: some thoughts on how men work to defuse feminist anger at Hugo Schwyzer This is, I think, an important post. I’ve been thinking about men in women’s studies classes, and jokes about "male-bashing." This semester’s women’s studies class is like most: overwhelmingly female. I’ve got 32 women and 6 men in the class. Most of the guys hadn’t spoken in class all semester; today, all did. When men find themselves in feminist settings (like a women’s studies class) they are almost always in the minority. But one thing I remember from my own college days that I see played out over and over again is this male habit of making nervous jokes about being attacked by feminists . All of this behavior reflects two things: men’s genuine fear of being challenged and confronted, and the persistence of the stereotype of feminists as being aggressive "man-bashers." There’s a conscious purpose to this sort of behavior. Here’s where I need to issue a big ol’ mea culpa. I’ve allowed this kind of joking and defusing to go on too long in my classes.

An interview with Jim Sterling about sexism in game culture | Gaming As Women Jim Sterling, a staff writer for Destructoid and weekly video blogger for The Escapist, is a pretty big name in the video game blogosphere, as someone who has been doing it for quite a while and one of the few professional video game bloggers out there. He has gained quite a bit of influence as a reviewer for pushing back against game companies who want nothing more than shills for their games instead of real, honest reviews. Sadly, Jim Sterling also had a pretty unfortunate history of saying really sexist things. To be honest, I’d pretty considered Jim Sterling a bit of a lost cause, so I mostly stopped paying attention to him for the last year or so. That made me really sit back and take notice. Wundergeek: My biggest question for you is why? Jim Sterling: You can hold a mirror up to a person as many times as you like, but only the person can look. I’ve taken to calling my prior attitude, as well as the attitude of other members of the gaming community, the “obviously not” syndrome.

The Feminist eZine NOMAS | Pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, enhancing men's lives. About Feminism Blog Archive » Woman in technology Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. As a woman who is often the only-woman-in-the-room, I want people to know it isn’t always easy. I was a bit shocked by the blatant failure to empathize. On the Big Web Show, I talked about being a women in a male dominated field (min 7:12). “I was a carpenter before I got into web stuff, so you guys can’t really compete with the carpenters, no matter how unruly you get.” That is true, but a simplification. After conducting a thorough study on the status of female researchers at MIT. The heart and soul of discrimination, the last refuge of the bigot, is to say that those who are discriminated against deserve it because they are less good.Dean Robert J. He says it beautifully.

Ms. Magazine Online | More Than A Magazine - A Movement See how quickly a society can shift its sexual attitudes At TEDGlobal 2013, Shereen El Feki shared how her research in the Middle East revealed more conservative attitudes about sex than existed in the 10th century. Photo: James Duncan Davidson “The political and the sexual are intimate bedfellows,” says Shereen El Feki in yesterday’s talk. “That is true for all of us, no matter where we live and love.” Shereen El Feki: A little-told tale of sex and sensualityFor five years, El Feki talked to people across Middle East about their bedroom behavior, and what she found over and over was a seemingly deep-rooted conservatism — in which any sex outside of heterosexual marriage is unacceptable. But as she shows, Arabic literature is rich with proof that the regional culture was once far more sexually open; erotic writing was produced even by religious scholars. So what happened? Where: ChinaWhen: The 1980sWhat changed: Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong had made procreation to serve the state a tenet of his ideology.

CompSci Woman Ubuntucat » Blog Archive » Stupid husbands and smart wives on TV If you’ve seen any American sitcoms featuring het couples in the past ten years or so, you’ll probably have noticed that it’s common for the show to portray the husbands as a stupid but endearing oaf who likes beer, barbecues, watching TV, hanging with the guys, and ogling women; and the wife as a smart, attractive, career woman who is also a housewife… and who generally just puts up with the man. Some people have tried to use this as evidence that feminism has gone too far, but I have seen no indication from feminist writers or bloggers that they approve of this dynamic. Granted, I don’t hear a lot of feminist outcry over it either, but it is worth nothing that feminists do not celebrate the gender dynamic in popular husband-wife sitcoms like King of Queens, The Simpsons, George Lopez, or Rules of Engagement. I do think the dynamic comes from a combination of sociological factors and political light-stepping, though. When is it “okay” to make fun of someone?