Doctoral Students’ Perceptions of Academia

By Rachel Handforth Doctoral study has traditionally been thought of as the start of an academic career, with doctoral students working as ‘apprentices’. However, the influx of PhD students into UK higher education over recent years, and the lack of investment in early career positions in universities, has led to increased competition for academic jobs.…

Voting for Clinton because She’s a Woman: Representation in US Politics

By Emma Szewczak-Harris     Representation matters; the world over, but especially in US politics. Why? For a start, women make up only 19.4% of the US congress. This places the US, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, 97th in the world for the equal representation of women in parliament – four places behind Saudi Arabia. This…

Celebrating Fictional Female Friendships

By Stephanie Hammerwold   If you took your cues from the Real Housewives franchise or other such shows, it would appear that female friendships are full of constant bickering, going behind each other’s backs and betrayal. Whenever I see relationships between women represented this way, I cringe. I think of my own female friendships and just how…

Domestic Violence Shelter’s in Québec, Canada : The Perspectives of Pioneers and Veterans

By Isabelle Côté This blog post is based on a conference paper which was presented at FWSA 2015 Conference Introduction In the 1970’s, in Britain, the United States and Canada, feminists and grass-root advocates have taken a stand against the patriarchy by challenging men’s violence against women in intimate relationships and developing shelters to help battered…

Teaching stereotypes: more on stereotypical images in high school textbooks

By Elin Weiss   A few months ago, I wrote a piece called Teaching “one-way love” and coercion in school: High Horse´s Courting that discussed traditional gender stereotypes and the questionable content of a story used for teaching English to high schoolers. According to the curriculum used by the school in question it is supposed to…

Pain, Voice and Logos in Scarry’s ‘The Body in Pain’

By Tim Huzar     On September 11th, I presented at the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association 2015 Biennial Conference Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives. Here’s what I said.   In this paper I want to think about the relationship between pain and voice, and I want to do this via Elaine Scarry’s classic text The Body in Pain (1985).…