All day on Wesleyan’s campus, students from across departments will be presenting on their research and creative work. Several Gender Studies and Gender Studies related presentations will be taking place as follows:
Angie Beezley Trans identity formation: Personal narratives of
trans-masculine people Sociology 11:00AM-12:00PM Great Hall
Rebecca Brune Should Cinema Have a Social Responsibility in Representing Prostitution? Gender Studies 1:00-1:20PM SC 242
Becca Boellstorff Writing her own story: Ofelia of Pan’s Labyrinth and Non-Gendered Narration Gender Studies 1:20-1:40PM SC 242 Oral
Louisa Ehrlich The (Un)Ethical Use of ‘Human’ Gender Studies
1:40-2:00PM SC 242 Oral
Sammi Campbell Heavy Philosophy 2:00-2:20PM SC 242 Oral
Megan Scherling A Comparison of Gay Marriage Policy in Canada and the
United States Modern Languages 2:20PM-2:40PM SC 225 Oral
This is an incomplete list, and there are many presentations that will pique the interest of the Gender Studies-minded! A full schedule can be found here. A reception will be held at 4:30pm in the Great Hall. Hope to see you all there!
Though the term “unrequited love” already exists, a more popular phrase floating around these days for the phenomena of one member of a relationship wishing for a romantic connection while the other prefers to remain platonic is “the friend zone”/”being friendzoned.” At first blush, the change in terminology doesn’t seem all that problematic. It is a common human experience to be rejected or disappointed by romantic pursuits – and it is, of course, acceptable to express that angst and hurt when this happens.
It’s important to clarify that the problem here lies not in the term “friend zone” itself, but in the gendered expectations and poorly veiled misogyny that have developed surrounding it. To best illustrate what I am describing, I will point you to this image, one of the first that came up when I did an internet search on “the friend zone.”
There are many men who have the attitude seen above, that a male/female relationship only exists because the man finds her sexually or romantically attractive, and therefore a woman should act accordingly, i.e. behave as if she is being courted. This not only implies that men should only take interest in or provide kindness to a woman if she will provide sexual favors in return, but also vilifies women who exercise their right to reject a sexual advance or to maintain a personal relationship with a man in which they feel safe. Almost any man who complains about the friend zone will describe himself as a “nice guy” in the same breath as his vitriolic diatribe about about how stupid the women in his life are for not appreciating him in the way he would like, which says to me that simply being nice to women is something, in his mind, that should be rewarded and applauded.
Instead of advocating for “nice guys” who offer their friendship in return for sex and spew hate at the “friends” who don’t oblige, let’s encourage a shift in communication – one that is rooted in honesty, listening, and valuing one another. I shudder to think of the truly amazing and beneficial friendships that have been destroyed by this sense of entitlement – because, yes, as amazing as women’s bodies are, there is in fact more to them. As long as there is this stringent belief that men and women can only interact positively while one is pursuing the other, women will continue to be reduced to vending machines that deliver sex in exchange for compliments and support while men are wolves in sheep’s clothing whose motives must always be questioned. I think we can all do much better than that.
Communication & Gender students have created art that represents their rhetorical analyses of gendered texts. The art will be on display beginning Wednesday at 2 until Friday at 2 in both the Great Hall and in the Student Center (outside the bookstore/cafeteria entrance). The project is called “How is Gender Communicated?” and is meant to be an attention-catching way to get the campus community thinking/talking about how gender is constructed through our daily communication.
Make sure to take a look at these thought-provoking and exciting works of art!
Just putting something on your radar that will be happening on Wesleyan’s campus – the Women’s Resource Center will have a Get Yourself Tested booth in the Student Center all day Wednesday and Thursday. The booth will have condoms and information about sexually transmitted infections, as well as emphasis on the importance of getting tested when sexually active.
These two days will culminate in a screening of the Paula England’s lecture “Understanding Hookup Culture: What’s Really Happening on College Campuses” at 7pm on Thursday evening in Olin B. Paula England is Professor of Sociology and an affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. This lecture is a result of her research on college students regarding modern sexual and dating rituals and how they relate to gendered roles and norms.
We’d love to see you there! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Real Women Run Conference: Attendees will participate in nonpartisan training sessions such as How to Organize a Political Campaign, Fundraising, Media and Getting Out the Message. Lunch is included. Local and state officials will be available during lunch to meet with participants.
Women’s Foundation of Lincoln & Lancaster County
Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
UNL Student Union, Georgian Room
14th & R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588
Register by March 7th here:
Student Price: $10
Non-Student Price: $15
This is an excellent opportunity right here in Lincoln!
Women make up 50% of the Population, and hold less than 20% of elected offices.
On Thursday night at the Rococo Theatre, there will be a community conversation about women in elected position. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments and a cash bar.
Beginning at 6:30pm, there will be a brief reception with elected Nebraska officials, and a panel about women in political life beginning at 7:00pm.
This is an amazing opportunity here in Lincoln to get some excellent discourse about an important and multifaceted issue. For more information, see http://www.lincolnwomen.org
No Limits Practice presentation
Thursday February 21
Old Main 123
Louisa Ehrlich– “Sex and Gender As They Relate to ‘Human’”
Sarah Ashley – “’Enlist and Unite’ Utilizing Women in the Crusade Against Alcohol: A Study of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Nebraska”
Rebecca Boellstorff – “Writing her own story: Ofelia of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Construction of a Non-Gendered Narration”
Rebecca Brune – “Film Representation of Prostitution: Does Film Have a Social Responsibility to Define Prostitution?”
For those unable to attend the No Limits Women’s and Gender Studies conference March 1-2 at UNL, please consider supporting our students who will do an abbreviated practice presentation this coming Thursday.