20 Feminist Gifts for Your Holiday Wish List


Paula Maggio:

A merry feminist Christmas to us all.

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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:

1. “THIS PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF” SWEATER

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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.

2. BEY MUG

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

3. “MEN OF QUALITY DO NOT FEAR EQUALITY” T-SHIRT

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

4. THIS INSULTS WOMEN POST-IT NOTES

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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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On Recognizing Privilege


Originally posted on Bad Cover Version:

By now, you may have seen this post on the Chronicle Vitae site. In it, Kelli Marshall, a lecturer at DePaul University, talks about her job as an adjunct as a pretty pleasurable experience. And, really, reading her description: it’s not so bad. She apparently makes more than most adjuncts (almost the starting salary of an assistant professor, she says), has a decent commute, has an office, and is fairly secure in her situation. Oh, and she has a husband, also in academia, with a full-time job.

Now, if you caught me on a really good day, that description could be me (except that my husband is not in academia). On a bad day, like today, when it took me over an hour to commute 3.7 miles via bus, you will only get scowls from my general direction. I’ve been teaching at the same two institutions for the past five…

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War and Women: Civilians, Soldiers, Prostitutes & Pawns


War is traditionally portrayed as a masculine endeavor, but women live through war and fight in wars as well. War and Women: Civilians, Soldiers, Prostitutes and Pawns, a Spring 2014 course in the Women’s Studies Program at Kent State University (WMST-20095-001 ) will take an interdisciplinary approach to the gendered roles women play during wartime.

Using films, videos, and readings from literature, history, and the social sciences, we will look at women’s roles on the home front and the battlefront in wars ranging from World War I through this century’s Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Below are two flyers for the class. Each features a different image representing women’s roles in war. Which do you prefer and why? What role(s) are these women playing?

Register for the class. Check out the Storify. Download the flyer.

We will read the texts listed below, along with a few journal articles and/or chapter from related disciplines, including mass media, history and the social sciences. An optional text is Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women’s Lives by Cynthia Enloe.

  • Sparta: A Novel by Roxana Robinson
  • Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
  • Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • Writing War: Fiction, Gender and Memory by Lynne Hanley

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