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Women’s History Month

…and I haven’t done my part.

But yesterday, while lecturing in class, I asked my students how many knew who Gloria Steinem was. Out of a class of 50 undergrads, 2 raised their hands. In a moment of exasperation I lowered my head and said “this is the disconnect the first wavers are talking about!” — that was met with blank stares. Anyway, while spending a few days lecturing on whether Freud was dead, I found myself walking home and thinking, is feminism dead? Between the recent articles pronouncing the end of women’s studies, and the battle for existing women’s studies departments to retain their autonomy, it seems as though the importance of feminism and women’s studies is being missed. The ironic part of it is that we are also in a historical moment where a woman and black man are the leading candidates for president and it is becoming increasingly clear that gender bias is somehow more tacitly accepted than race bias.

Feminism, and women’s studies, opened the gates for a variety of other disciplines that problematize the myriad of other “-isms” we face: queer studies, race studies, critical theory, and feminist tons of feminist (re)interpretations and (re)presentations of theories and fields conceptuatlized by men/patriarchy (ahem, Freud).

So, I came across this video, posted on’s Broadsheet. It is a new promo video for the Feminist Majority Foundation. I think it’s funny that part of making feminism “ok” or “cool” is to make sure we say that feminists have good sex. But whatever. I suppose we are, after all, a society fairly obsessed with sex, even though we know that feminists have better relationships.

Oh, and this video provides yet another reason for loving Ugly Betty and its cast.

And you know how after a YouTube video plays it always shrinks down and has along the bottom a series of other related videos? Well, I found this next one which was inspiring and led me to the parent site “Antigone Magazine



Plan B Survey Update, etc.

Dear Readers,Giuseppe Drunk on Eggnog

Happy Holidays. I love you (even though you don’t leave comments rendering me helpless to exchange in witty repartee with you but also simultaneously intriguing me as to your identity and thoughts). Somehow this tiny modest blog has managed to reach 1,000 hits. I have no idea how, but I’m so excited! It encourages me to post even when I feel like watching Law and Order instead. (FYI USA is in the Mariska-Short-Hair phase of re-runs, and Elliot isn’t quite so angry.)

Another thing I’m excited about? The Plan B Survey (see spiffy button to your right) already has 500 responses! Women from around the nation (nearly every state is represented so far) have taken a moment to fill out the survey. It is so very exciting. Thank you to all of those who filled it out, sent it to friends, posted it on your page, etc. It really means so much. If you have any suggestions at all about places to send it to or people to contact please let me know (college organizations, college health services, women’s organizations, listservs, Google groups, Facebook groups, people you know with power at magazines, etc). It has been more difficult than I thought to get people willing to help out with this (1. it’s a controversial issue, 2. a lot of people are wary of survey research and probably think we are evil marketers, which we aren’t!). Suggestions would be SO appreciated.

Finally, the posts may be less frequent over the next week or so. I’ll be in the Smokies without much internet access (or cell phone service for that matter…oh, my poor BlackBerry!). And the only internet access will be provided by a landline which I will no doubt be fighting with my sister for control of. Maybe I should challenge her to a daily game of Scrabulous and the winner takes all (landline) for the day.

Happy Holidays, Happy Christmas, Merry Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Merry Festivus, Splendid New Year!



PS. JPR sent this to me this morning and it is the most cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I think I might drop out of graduate school and devote my life to saving red pandas, regardless of their actual endangered condition. If I had a tail (and my Dad said I did when I was born and they had to snip it off! At which point a five-year-old Valerie would squeal and run to Mama asking if it was true!) I’d definitely opt for this fantastic stripey duster look!

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