• Derrida, Difference, and Intelligence(s): Accessible Theory and Its Necessity for Feminism

      Scrivani, Em; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      Jacques Derrida's work is central to understanding difference as feminists conceptualize it. Feminists need not only to understand, but also utilize difference in order to create inclusive spaces and legislation. Through satire, this paper illustrates the dialectical relationship between feminism and patriarchy that Derrida helps us to understand.
    • Anti-Trans Hatred in the Name of Feminism

      Kurzdorfer, Max; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      The Internet includes groups of anonymous people identifying themselves as radical feminists who use their resources to spread hatred against trans people. A representative collection of words and images provide examples of this activity. Each of the images is explained and the significance of their Internet posting is explored.
    • Silence Because of Fear

      Rolls, Sara; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      The poem, "Silence because of Fear", expresses the poet's own experiences with domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs in varied contexts and degrees of severity. Victims of domestic violence are not the only ones affected or caught in a cycle of abuse. Family, friends and children also are greatly impacted.
    • Fat Body Politics

      Coleman, Jeri; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      Society at large disparages people who can be classified as obese or even overweight, and within smaller social circles, the “fat” friend (by comparison) suffers the stigma. Behaviors and other factors influenced by society's attitudes towards fat individuals are explored.
    • Sexual Assault on the College Campus

      Rowe, Brittney; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      College students' anonymous comments about sexual assault issues on campuses are presented as a progressive narrative. Campus culture can normalize sexual assault with behaviors, language, and the active interaction between coed groups that hides sexual transgressions. The author states there appears to be a lack of awareness about rape across her campus, and advocates for rape and sexual assault education campus wide.
    • Parenting from the Margins

      Muller Sullivan, Jessica; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      The idea of mothering (or parenting for the sake of being inclusive) from the margins is derived from the understanding that the experiences of women are not monolithic. Motherhood and parenting can be a source for activism and change both by challenging societal norms of who can successfully raise children, and by educating and empowering children to rethink current structures dictating family norms.
    • Medicine and Transgender Identities: Poet/Artist Statement

      Sparrow, Johnny; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      Poem ("Plague") and artwork ("Enter Death, Exit Cure") explore healthcare issues and the “sickness” a transgender individual may feel. There is a need for improved transgender healthcare. Doctors should not treat transgender individuals like they have the plague, but learn about their needs and concerns.
    • GLBTQ Bullying: Short Story and Policy Statement

      Green, Martin; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      Homophobic bullying is a problem that can cause post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma to a student in general, and internalized homophobia wherein an LGBT community member has negative perceptions of the self. A short story ("Heard Silence"), policy statement, and personal analysis each illustrate how this author's activism and advocacy is addressing the issue of homophobic bullying.
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 1 Issue 1 (Spring 2012) Complete Issue

      2012-08-21
      Table of Contents Opening Voices - Editor’s Note Barbara LeSavoy, PhD, 1 - Founders’ Statement Em Scrivani and Sherly Urena, 2 - Queering Western Feminism Idealism Sherly Urena, 3 - Little Songs of Long Ago: A Concoction of New and Old Verse Mel Kelsey, 13 - Transnational Discourses on Gender Variance JC Acosta, 29 - Derrida, Difference, and Intelligences: Accessible Theory and its Necessity for Feminism Em Scrivani, 40 More Voices - GLBTQ Bullying Martin Green, 44 - Parenting from the Margins Jessica Sullivan, 52 - Disciplining the Body: Excessive Exercise Disorder Jessica Velez, 60 - Silence Because of Fear Sara Rolls, 66 - Fat Body Politics Jeri Coleman, 72 - Medicine and Transgender Identities Johnny Sparrow, 78 - Sexual Assault on College Campuses Brittney Rowe, 88 - Anti-Trans Hatred in the Name of Feminism Max Kurzdorfer, 96
    • Queering Western Feminist Idealism

      Urena, Sherly; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      There is a divide between western feminism and its somewhat idealistic approach to the “rest of the world’s” feminism. Feminism should have its own sections; people are entitled to their own space and their own voices, however different branches of feminism continue to separate and isolate feminists from one another. The views of two leading feminists, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Chandra Mohanty, are discussed. Although feminism is an effective way to have women’s status in the world evaluated, there are still many conflicting and delegitimizing practices conducted within feminist circles on a daily basis. There is a divide between western feminism and its somewhat idealistic approach to the “rest of the world’s” feminism. Feminism should have its own sections; people are entitled to their own space and their own voices, however different branches of feminism continue to separate and isolate feminists from one another. The views of two leading feminists, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Chandra Mohanty, are discussed. Although feminism is an effective way to have women’s status in the world evaluated, there are still many conflicting and delegitimizing practices conducted within feminist circles on a daily basis.
    • Editor's Note

      LeSavoy, Barbara; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2012-08-21)
      This first volume of Dissenting Voices advances an array of topics important to the Women and Gender Studies discipline as examined by diverse student voices and as presented in shifting palates from art to poetry to traditional essay.
    • Transnational Discourses on Gender Variance

      Acosta, Juan Carlos; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      Transgender people are multidimensional and deserve to have a constructed narrative that reflects their inherent humanity. As the current gender order becomes more entrenched in the mass media, the identities of trans identified people will be distanced further from the norm. Some smaller transnational discourses are appearing and, should they reach American viewers, have the potential to open up a critical dialogue on the values espoused in modern mass media. The scholarship on these issues, especially Judith Butler (1997), challenges the public to reexamine the construction of gender and realize that real people live in a world of fluidity where identity is truly what one makes of it.
    • Founders' Statement

      Scrivani, Em; Urena, Sherly; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
    • Disciplining the Body: Excessive Exercise Disorder

      Velez, Jessica; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      In a personal statement and poem, the author describes her struggle with compulsive exercise, an eating disorder defined by a person's frame of mind around exercising.
    • Little Songs of Long Ago: A Concoction of New and Old Verse

      Kelsey, Mel; The College at Brockport (2012-08-21)
      “Little Songs of Long Ago” offers commentary on reproductive rights, specifically abortion, by co-opting traditional children's nursery rhymes for satirical purpose. This is an attempt to exaggerate the juvenile status given to women seeking to make their own reproductive choices. In consideration of the multitude of proposed State bills seeking to limit the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, women's autonomous roles to make reproductive choices for themselves is challenged.
    • One Billion Rising: 2/14 Brockport Breaks the Chain [Dance steps]

      2013-07-28
      To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, Brockport students and faculty joined in the ONE BILLION RISING campaign of women and men from over 200 countries that culminated in a single day of mass action. On February 14, 2013, flash mobs were organized to RISE together in dance as a call to end violence against women. This "training" video records the dance steps.
    • WMS 421 Spring 2013 Activism Videos: V-Day Brockport Dances in Opposition to Violence Against Women

      2013-07-28
      To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, Brockport students and faculty joined in the ONE BILLION RISING campaign of women and men from over 200 countries that culminated in a single day of mass action. On February 14, 2013, flash mobs were organized to RISE together in dance as a call to end violence against women. The flash mobs appeared in three campus locations: (1) Drake Memorial Library; (2) Seymour Student Union; (3) Tower Fine Arts building. Videos are linked on this e-Journal's web page. They are also embedded in this interactive PDF.
    • One Billion Rising – Brockport Breaks the Chain – 10:14am – Library [Flash Mob]

      2013-07-28
      To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, Brockport students and faculty joined in the ONE BILLION RISING campaign of women and men from over 200 countries that culminated in a single day of mass action. On February 14, 2013, flash mobs were organized to RISE together in dance as a call to end violence against women. The flash mobs appeared in three campus locations: (1) Drake Memorial Library; (2) Seymour Student Union; (3) Tower Fine Arts building.
    • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

      Dennis, Nellie A. (2013-07-28)
      The paper examines the idea of the “ideal” body image that women strive to achieve, covering the time period of the 1920s – 1990s. The analysis is primarily of narrative texts that debate body types of women that have emerged over the time periods. My research question, Can women ever officially achieve the “ideal” body image? confirms that women cannot fully present distorted social readings of body image, but they can access resources and outlets to discover that there is more to women’s identity and value than her body alone. As this paper explains, this realization is structured by a complex web of cultural influences.