Attend last few Women’s History Month events and Gender Symposium


xsmsamara_foto.jpgIt’s not too late to celebrate Women’s History Month and attend a gender symposium too.

Click here to find out about the last few events on The University of Akron‘s Women’s Studies Program calendar, as well as the upcoming Graduate Gender Symposium here at UA on April 3 and 4.

Pro-life movement has anticontraception, anti-sex agenda


Cristina PageThink the pro-life movement is only interested in overturning Roe v. Wade and ending abortion rights?

Think again. The movement is now working toward limiting the availability of contraception.

Cristina Page gave startling facts about the pro-life movement’s hidden anticontraception, anti-sex agenda when she spoke on the UA campus last week as part of Women’s History Month events.

Page, spokesperson for birthcontrolwatch.org, shared information she uncovered while researching her book How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics and the War on Sex.

What she discovered is that the pro-life movement wants to turn the clock back fifty years. The movement favors a return to the 1950s, when women were expected to stay at home, devoted to motherly and wifely duties.

In the rulebook of the pro-life movement, sex is for procreation, not recreation. And that means that single adults should practice abstinence, not birth control.

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved AmericaPro-lifers equate contraception with abortion, despite scientific facts to the contrary. And they equate true faith with the belief that couples must trust god to provide for any children conceived.

Contraception, then, becomes a double grievance in the pro-life world — a sin of murder as well as a sin of lack of faith. 

Page advises asking candidates for political office about their views on contraception.

Find out more about presumed GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s views by reading a column in the St. Petersburg Times titled “Why McCain should worry women.”

To learn more about the issues, read an interview with Page — or read more about her on the Huffington Post and in the Village Voice.

Or get a copy of her book, which is available at UA’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

On campus with Jessica Valenti and Carol Costello


On campus with Jessica Valenti

Jessica ValentiYoung feminists from UA and surrounding campuses gathered to hear Jessica Valenti on March 11.

The author of Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters and executive editor of Feministing.com, shared her views of 21st century feminism with a friendly audience of third wave and second wave fans.

Read her brief post about her visit to Akron and the comments it generated. And just so you know, the UA Women’s Full Frontal FeminismStudies Program did take her to dinner at Vegiterranean, right here in beautiful downtown Akron.

See what she had to say about feminism in her June 5, 2007, appearance on the “Colbert Report.”

Read her article, “The Sisterhood Split,” about the generational conflict between feminist Obama and Clinton supporters in The Nation.

Check out her posts on www.feministing.com.

CNN’s Carol Costello attracted crowd during Women’s History Month

Carol CostelloAward-winning journalist Carol Costello of CNN awed her listeners when she spoke at The University of Akron on March 3 to kick off Women’s History Month events.

“Sexism in the Media” was her topic, and she repeatedly asked the question, “Are we giving in to sexism?”

But while she did not give a definitive answer to her query, she did share some provocative anecdotes from the broadcast world that provided insight on the issue.

To find out more about what she said, read Akron Beacon Journal coverage of her noon speech.

Costello is an award-winning journalist who began her career as a weekend reporter for WAKR-TV in Akron, went on to anchor “CNN Daybreak” and now is a contributor to CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

Get the details of other Women’s History Month happenings on our Events page. 

Add your comments about Women’s History Month events you have attended this year. Just click on the “Comments” link below this post.

Reclaiming bitch


Bitch ButtonIn our Feminist Theory class a few weeks ago, we read “The BITCH Manifesto” by Joreen Freeman.

Our discussion of this 1968 text led to a conversation about the word “bitch” that centered on the idea of reclaiming the word for women by considering it a positive term, rather than a negative one.

We agreed that wearing the “bitch” label proudly would affirm the idea that bitches are subjects, not objects, who sometimes make people uncomfortable because they threaten the social structure and social values that keep women in their place.

Bitches, according to “The BITCH Manifesto” and our discussion, are not afraid to speak their mind and stand up for themselves and their own individual values.

Bitch the new blackAccording to this video clip from a recent episode of “Saturday Night Live,” bitches have another positive characteristic: They get things done.

Watch the clip for a fresh and funny perspective. Then add your comments.