Mad Max as a feminist action film

My son took me to see “Mad Max Fury Road” last week. Little did I know I’d be watching a feminist action film, one in which Eve Ensler played a consulting role. I’m all for “sneaky feminism” like this. The film has also inspired a Tumblr blog, Feminist Mad Max, that is loaded with ingenious posts, like this one shared via Twitter:

KSU establishing new Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

A Joint Statement from Dean James Blank and Associate Professor Molly Merryman Regarding LGBT Studies:

It is with great excitement that we share this news with you: The College of Arts & Sciences at Kent State University seeks to establish a Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, a faculty-led academic unit that will enable the expansion and integration of LGBT Studies and Women’s Studies. While the mission and exact structure are still to be developed over the next several weeks by an advisory group of faculty and students, it can be said that the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality will bring Kent State University to the forefront of gender and sexuality research and scholarship, and it will create new undergraduate and graduate courses and curriculum that will offer an interdisciplinary perspective for the exploration and understanding of constructions of gender and sexuality.

This afternoon, we had a fun and inspiring meeting discussing our ideas on how we can position Kent State University as a leader in the study of gender and sexuality, building on the past and current role our university has had providing innovative scholarly programs for students.

Additionally, Dean Blank has appointed Molly Merryman, an associate professor of Sociology, to lead the formation of the new Center. Merryman (who recently resigned as the coordinator for LGBT Studies to bring attention to the lack of support for that program) will step back into coordinating LGBT Studies, and will be joined in this new initiative by Suzanne Holt, the Women’s Studies coordinator and instructor.

In the five days since the resignation, there has been an amazing outpouring of support from students, faculty, staff and community members for the program. The positive enthusiasm of these advocates inspired both Jim Blank and Molly Merryman. Jim states: “In these emails and letters I saw great ideas, interest and energy, so I knew the time was right for us to put forward a new vision.”

We both are excited that together we are positioning Kent State University as an innovator in the scholarly understanding of sexuality and gender. The establishment of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality is more than a fix of the problem—it is an investment in the future of this interdisciplinary academic pursuit and a commitment to our students.

Expect more news from us as we pull together our team and move forward.

20 Feminist Gifts for Your Holiday Wish List

Paula Maggio:

A merry feminist Christmas to us all.

Originally posted on :

The holiday season is here, which means it’s time to get our shopping on. We’ve scoured the Internet for the best feminist-friendly gifts so you don’t have to! In addition to the great finds from last year, we’ve discovered these 20 must-haves:



This sweater is the perfect gift for your daughter or niece to let them know that it is perfectly okay to be a princess but that they do not need saving.



The gift that will make anyone feel like the Queen Bey. You can buy this mug on Etsy.



This t-shirt is for a man in your life who is not afraid of your feminist “ferocity.”



These post-its are a great stocking stuffer for the feminist who might just change the world.

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Love in a Time of Contingency: A Letter to Women’s and Gender Studies

Love in a Time of Contingency: A Letter to Women’s and Gender Studies, a great piece by Gwendolyn Beetham, who will be at NWSA in Puerto Rico in November, talking about women and contingent employment in academia.

Please Support the NTT/Ally Takeover of the MLA

Originally posted on pan kisses kafka:

The primary reason I am no longer a member of the MLA is that I firmly believe the organization is more concerned with preserving the preening lifestyles of its very few Haves than it is with fighting to save beleaguered fields from total corporatized extinction.

This is readily apparent in the simple fact that the most recent report from the task force on doctoral study seemed primarily concerned with cramming as many grad students as possible into watered-down Literary MBAs in order to, in the words of ten of my colleagues who recently published an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed, capitulate to the new demands of the Fortune 500 University.

In response to what I now believe was a fairly tame (all things considered) “report” on that report (meta-report) I published–along with my friend “Adjunct Nate Silver”–on this very blog, the MLA and its supporters went on a full-scale “counterattack” on both me…

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My Last Day as a Professor

Originally posted on Office Hours: gender and feminism in everyday life:

Prof. Lilith Mahmud and me with the dynamic and brilliant Gender and Sexuality Studies class of 2014! They gifted me my very own stole since I will be leaving campus along with them.

Today is my last day of teaching as a professor. As an adjunct professor to be more specific. In my classes, we talk a lot about invisibility and its effects. Within the university system today, adjunct faculty are made invisible, thereby further reinforcing their marginalization even as their labor becomes increasingly critical to the daily activity of teaching students. Some of us are invisible in hospitals, choosing to suffer in pain because we cannot afford to see the doctor; some of us are the invisible homeless, living in our cars because we cannot afford any other shelter; some of us are invisible on campus because we don’t have an office in which to meet students; some of…

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“It’s not that bad” – acknowledging privilege when critiquing the ‘Adjunct Narrative’

Originally posted on The Smart Casual:

Please note: In this blog post I use the term ‘adjunct’, as that is the nomenclature used by my casual colleagues in the US. It is not exactly interchangeable with “casual” as we use it in Australian higher education, which is why I did not just substitute it in. However the issues faced by adjuncts in the US are parallel to the ones faced by casual academics in Australia, and this is the position I am taking with this post.

At the moment there is an outpouring of adjunct/casual rage within the blogging world. There is a seething undercurrent of resentment and hostility, where my casual colleagues are sharing their adjunct stories and communicating outside of the parameters of the networks offered by their institution to forge friendships and alliances. Their seems to be consensus that casualised staff within the higher education sector are marginalised and excluded, that…

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