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Morning Cup uses social media to further create and enrich the NMSU Women’s Studies community online. We feature our own news/event items and a variety of media, such as trends circulating in public academia and on social media. Morning Cup is not a place to visit once; we ask you to come back again and again!
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Remembering Leslie Feinberg: gender binary "is a question that cannot be answered if it has to be asked in the 1st place." Quoted FS 37:2.
— Feminist Studies (@feministstudies) November 19, 2014
Op-ed: How Leslie Feinberg Saved My Life http://t.co/3UasXkOmKU
— transadvocate (@transadvocate) November 19, 2014
— L'Etat C'est Moi (@letat_lechat) November 19, 2014
International Day of the Girl Summit IDG2014
On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child.
The International Day of the Girl Summit 2014 @IDG2014 #IDG2014 will bring thousands of girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate Girls’ Human Rights in new and exciting ways. Add your voice to ours to support the hopes and dreams of girls around the world.
Join us this October 2014 for three incredible initiatives!
1). 11 Days of Action: October 1st – October 11th on
www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org. Join us and take 11 Days of Action in support of girls’ human rights!
2). Girls Speak Out at the United Nations: October 10th at UN Headquarters 3PM EST. Add your voice to over 500 girls at the United Nations and be heard! The Girls Speak Out will tell the story of ‘what it means to be a girl’ with poems, artwork, and music (written, created and performed by girls). Don’t miss this powerful event!
3). Day of the Girl Webcast: October 11th on www.DayoftheGirlSummit.org. Watch the Girls Speak Out, chat with girls around the world, and share your story of ‘what it means to be a girl.’ Girls from the UN event will host a live Twitter chat and you can learn how to get even more involved in the girls’ rights movement.
See: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/international-day-of-the-girl-summit-idg2014 for more information
Youtuber @marinashutup on Emma Watson’s #heforshe Speech and Sam Pepper
From The Mary Sue: “But Why, Though? DC’s New Licensed T-Shirts Suggest Some Terrible Things About Women”
It’s Monday and we can only spend so many brain cells being frustrated with DC’s marketing and licensing department on a regular basis, so let’s try to ease you slowly into the annoyance you’re about to feel. Here is the good news: they made a shirt designed for young female wearers, and another shirt for men that has Wonder Woman on it! Let’s just bask in that vague knowledge for a second before actually looking at the shirts and aaaaaargh.
So let’s break it down, for people who aren’t able to view the images (or who perhaps temporarily lost their ability to decode visual stimuli due to anger). On the left, we’ve got a men’s shirt that depicts a scene inspired by Superman/Wonder Woman, which, you’ll remember, was a romance themed title developed last year to appeal to women since why would we ever want to read a comic book that’s not about kissing? (edit: it’s actually from a cover of Justice League 12, however, because DC does sure love their crossovers) The text reads “Score! Superman does it again!,” because as we all know, mackin’ on Amazon warriors is one of America’s national past times and we are required to assign the practice a points system just like we do in baseball.
Also, Wonder Woman’s a lasso-less “it” now, we guess. Yeah, that’s why her arm’s all weird at the bottom of the shirt; she’s supposed to be lassoing Superman in the picture. But why present a powerful female superhero using one of her trademark symbols as a marker of sexual agency when you can instead present her as a stiff, rigid board to be scored upon?
On the right is a shirt from the juniors department of Walmart, which says “Training to be Batman’s,” and then “wife” in a different more stereotypically feminine font. It’s a little known fact, but you are not allowed to spell the word “wife” in any font other than cursive. We are breaking laws for you right now, dear readers. Anyway, this is despite the fact that being married to the caped crusader sounds like the worst idea ever, regardless of what Jill Pantozzi glibly thinks (and by the way, you are going to have to fight her for him, so maybethat’s where the training kicks in). You would probably have a much deeper emotional connection to the man if you were actually training to become his sidekick instead, but if we’re going to cling to traditional gender roles that define women in their relation to wifely duties, at least the shirt should say “Training to be the mother of Earth-Two‘s Huntress.” Then you get to be Catwoman. Isn’t that nice?
Now on their own, devoid of context, these are not completely the worst. The “training to be ___” is a popular fad in non-licensed fandom-based athletic gear—although most shirts of this ilk usually want you to train to be Batgirl or someone similar, not to marry someone with terrible commitment issues. But together, these are licensed shirts. Somebody at DC decided that it was a really great idea to indirectly depict women as love-obsessed prizes, and then somebody else got the licensing rights squared away, and then they made these and are now selling them for real cash money.
You know what would be really cool instead, DC? Let’s have a bunch of t-shirts for little girls that depict Supergirl or Batgirl being a badass, or maybe a Justice League shirt for boys that doesn’t ignore the fact that Wonder Woman is a member. Given the number of messages we get from parents on a weekly basis, we’re gonna go out on a limb and say those would sell much better.
Welcome Back Aggies!
The NMSU Women’s Studies Program joins Interdisciplinary Studies, the program’s new home department, in welcoming new and returning students to NMSU for the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Women’s Studies is busy planning new course offerings, events, and the return of our Student Paper Award. In the meantime, the Program is proud to share some recent activities with you. We look forward to seeing you in our classes, in the hallways of Breland, and as our majors and minors. Here is to a wonderful school year!
Professor Mary Benanti Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge
Women’s Studies Professor, Mary Benanti did the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS research. She encourages her colleagues and the NMSU community to donate to ALS research. In order to conserve water, Prof. Benanti made sure she took the challenge in her backyard tree’s water well.
Food and Ecology Issue of Feminist Studies
The special Food and Ecology issue of Feminist Studies that features an opening article by Women’s Studies faculty member and Program Director, Dr. Laura Anh Williams is now available. Read the Preface to the issue here. Dr. Williams describes it as an “exploration of Ruth Ozeki’s novel My Year of Meats through the lens of feminist ecocriticism. The novel challenges readers to reconsider ideas about masculinity, femininity, nationalism, especially as they relate to eating choices. My essay explores how powerful institutions benefit from making violence invisible, and the ways the novel works to make those violences visible.”
Film Short by Dr. Jonet Selected for Screening at Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival, Awarded Honorable Mention in Documentary Film Category
Dr. Jonet’s film short A Word to Young Ladies has been selected for screening at another film festival. In this instance, the film is to be screened at the Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival. It has also been awarded an honorable mention in the documentary category by the festival. The Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival is a Women’s History Month event that selects a small number of films to be screened on one day (this year, March 19, 2014). These films are the festival’s selected winners. A Word to Young Ladies is a short experimental piece that uses film ephemera to construct a narrative about normativity, sexuality, and gender identity. Dr. Robin Murray, the coordinator of the festival, states that the film “effectively intertwined multiple film styles and genres to both entertain and persuade.” Dr. Jonet will continue to enter the film in select film festivals that focus on gender and sexuality for the next year.
Film Screening: Inequality for All
Friday, April 4, 4:30–6:30 p.m., Corbett Center Auditorium
In conjunction with the J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium, Black Programs, American Indian Program, Women’s Studies, and the Teaching Academy are sponsoring a screening of the 90-minute film, “Inequality for All,” featuring former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explaining the extent of the income and wealth divide in America as well as the economic trends that allowed the divide to become as extreme as it has. Mónica Torres, Interim VP for Academic Affairs at DACC, will facilitate a half-hour discussion following the film. Admission is free and open to all—we encourage faculty to invite their students.
Arte Sin Fronteras to Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8
Dr. Christine Eber is helping to organize an event in celebration of International Women’s Day and the work of women in the area. Eber explains: “I’m part of a coalition of community groups that work with women in various projects in Mexico who are organizing an international women’s day event in Las Cruces at the West End Art Depot that will enable folks in our region to learn about the collective work of women in our border region to confront violence and oppression, with a focus on using art and handicraft. The March 8th event we are planning is part of a month long exhibit at the West End Art Depot, ‘Arte Sin Fronteras.'”
NMSU Professor, Carmen Gimenez Smith Nominated for National Book Critics Circle Award
Gimenez Smith, an associate professor of English, states“The book is deeply inspired by the feminist artists of the 1970s. I imagine my book as a revisitation of second wave feminism, as well as an homage to the vision of those essential feminist artists and poets, people like Ana Mendieta and Adrienne Rich, who helped to shape and radicalize my own feminism.” Read more here.
A film short by Dr. Jonet called A Word To Young Ladies has been selected to appear in the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival. It will be the film’s debut. The description of the film states:
“Mixing ephemeral films with a 1942 Superman cartoon, A Word to Young Ladies light-heartedly disrupts that “special moment” directed at young women ubiquitous to the “puberty film” genre by letting loose (so to speak) the “irrepressible” presence of same-sex desire and resistance to gender norms. With an original score and an eye for subtext, the film playfully employs a technique reminiscent of legendary lesbian filmmaker Barbara Hammer by manipulating archival footage to make queer women’s presence in society more visible. This splicing and cobbling together is done to create alternative narratives about gender and sexuality from primary sources.”
Dr. Jonet will submit the film to additional LGBTQ and feminist film festivals over the new couple of years as well.
Allison Layfield, former NMSU graduate minor in Women’s Studies, who is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at Purdue University, has published her first scholarly article in The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children’s Literature, Vol 17, No 1 (2013). The title of the article is “Identity Construction and the Gaze in The Hunger Games.” Be sure to check it out!
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Dr. Williams to be Published in Leading Women’s Studies Journal Feminist Studies and Is Also Awarded NMSU Travel Grant
Women’s Studies professor and Director, Dr. Laura Anh Williams is going to be published in an upcoming issue of Feminist Studies, the leading journal in Women’s/Gender Studies. The website for the journal states the following about itself: “Feminist Studies is the oldest feminist scholarly journal in the United States. It is a flagship publication in interdisciplinary women’s studies and also a premier venue for discipline-specific feminist analysis. Each issue of the journal offers a distinctive mix of theory, commentary, creative writing, art, and critique. The journal is well known for publishing groundbreaking classics that have opened up new areas of research, creative expression, and speculation. With the highly selective acceptance rate of 7 percent, it is one of the few remaining autonomous nonprofit journals run by a collective of scholars located in multiple disciplines and institutions. Whether drawing on the complex past or the shifting present, the articles, art, and essays that appear in Feminist Studies reach readers across a range of fields and institutions around the world.”
Dr. Williams’s essay is entitled “Gender, Race, and an Epistemology of the Abattoir in My Year of Meats.” It explores representations of food in conjunction with identity in Ruth L. Ozeki’s 1999 ecofeminist novel My Year of Meats. In particular, Dr. Williams conceptualizes what she has named “an epistemology of the abattoir” to describe the productive field of unknowing that privileges those who benefit or derive pleasure from systemic violence, such as eaters who refuse knowledge about slaughterhouses and other forms of food production. Focusing on Ozeki’s novel, she explores manifestations of this form of unknowing, especially as it also affects women and racialized others in the United States. Dr. Williams argues the novel’s juxtaposition of the experiences of non-human animals, and experiences of women, Japanese, Japanese American, and characters of color disrupt the cultural institutions that normalize practices that are based in domination and violence.
Dr. Williams is also the recent recipient of an NMSU Travel Award. She will use the award to travel to Ohio to present her research at the National Women’s Studies Association conference in Fall 2013.