• A Face of Poverty

      Brown, Melissa (2017-09-07)
      The circumstances are different for every individual who lives in poverty. Society foremost believe the information about poverty from people who have not experienced it, as opposed to the people who have. When people in poverty try to defend themselves from societal stereotypes, they are pushed back and told to know their place. It is as if we have zero credibility in our experiences living in poverty. The policies targeting people in poverty do not include us in the decision making. We are told to just get up and walk out of poverty. We are stereotyped and shunned from the economically privileged in society. If we are to one day become successful, we are still not worthy enough of the upper classes. We have aspirations, intelligence, experience, families, compassion, and most importantly we, have lives. People in poverty have stories that many could not fathom. This is my story.
    • A Feminist Perspective on the History of Women as Witches

      Rosen, Maggie (2017-09-07)
      This paper explores the ways that women have been deemed witches throughout history. Salem, 1692, was a heightened time for witch accusations. The women accused left a mark on history and their identities became the mainstream stereotype of witches seen in media and pop culture. Transgressive women and women in power are called witches in contemporary United States as they were hundreds of years ago. The witch image is used to reinforce gender inequality and marginalize women who push back against our patriarchal society.
    • A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy who Joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She is Today by Kate Bornstein ( 2012): Book Review

      Tucker, Daphne (2018-08-27)
      This essay, which describes my curiosity on transgender identity, is a book review of the memoir by Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a nice Jewish boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology, and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady she is Today (2012).
    • A Woman Veteran Student’s Perspective

      Lachman, Bernice (2018-08-27)
      This essay describes my life experiences as a woman veteran who is currently a student at The College at Brockport. My experiences and perspectives although specific to me, are also in general terms, the same for other women veterans. I reviewed the references studying women military service members both past and present, and I have noted the lack of information available. Therefore, I have decided to tell my story with the hope that my story will assist civilian students, staff, and faculty to better understand women veteran students on the college campus.
    • Abortion: Silencing of Women’s Experiences

      Stanton, Molly; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2013-07-28)
      The abortion debate, most known for drastic use of the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice”, is visible throughout the media. Slogans tend to target those considering abortion in varying negative and positive manners. Laws and language play a large part in skewing and silencing women’s voices, decisions and experiences. Without capturing and understanding that women live very different lives, the abortion debate may remain silent of women’s voices. My research seeks to discover why women have abortions, how they are judged and by whom, and where their voices get lost.
    • Adiposity and Anarchism: Exposing and Examining Fat Oppression in a Capitalist Society

      Richens, Sarah Mae; The College at Brockport (2015-09-10)
      This is an auto-ethnographic essay looking at the ways in which fat oppression is linked to capitalism. This research looks at oppression and discrimination stemming from adiposity (fatness) through an anarchist and queer theory perspective. There is a void of research and writing on the intersections of fat oppression, from an anarchist and queer theory perspective, yet many fat studies researchers have found that fatness is oppressive, discriminating and affects ones socioeconomic status. In the white supremacist, capitalist heteropatriarchy that we live in, there is a systematic ‘othering’ of anyone who does not fit inside the mold that society lays out for us. This work looks at the binary systems that society is built around and aims to disrupt them.
    • 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.
    • Bisexuality in Media: A Dangerous Game of Telephone

      Newsom, Samantha (2021-01-29)
      This paper explores the treatment of bisexual characters in television, movies, and a magazine article.
    • Black, Young, and Endangered

      McFarland, Ciarra (2021-01-29)
      Black men and boys deserve equivalent theoretical and political race and gender liberation frameworks from daily physical and emotional violence as that of women. Feminist theory should more critically consider black men and their struggles. The cases of Emmett Till and George Stinney, Jr. exemplify how Black boys' bodies have been a target of violence in the U.S. This endangerment of black boys continues, exemplified by the shooting of Tamir Rice, wrongful punishment of the Groveland Four, and forced confessions of the Central Park Five.
    • Body Autonomy During Pregnancy: Where Did It Go?

      Ophardt, Brooke A.; The College at Brockport (2016-08-24)
      This paper takes a personal yet informative look at body autonomy during pregnancy, examining the laws that remove autonomy from pregnant women with a look at how that affects women overall. The paper uses feminist theory to examine how the commodification of reproduction has stripped women of their body autonomy during their pregnancies and argues how women throughout history have largely been valued only for reproductive purposes.
    • Coming out in Asian American Culture

      Lai, Audrey; The College at Brockport (2017-09-07)
      The purpose of this project is not to speak on the experience of all lesbian Asian Americans, but only the experiences of three lesbian Asian Americans: Sam, Jesse, and Sophie. The experiences of three individuals cannot be applicable to all lesbian-identified Asian Americans as their stories do not provide full understanding of the influential culture sanctions. This essay is merely an attempt to bring the invisible stories of these three women to the forefront, thus allowing the stories to become accessible so others can recognize that identifying as lesbian is not a betrayal of Asian American culture and identity. “Coming out” can manifest in whatever way feels natural, and the bond of family can help assuage the internal struggle of desegregating sexual and racial identity.
    • Cyberbullying: Feminine Vulnerability in Anonymous Spaces

      Mahagan, Christina A.; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2016-08-24)
      In this paper, I examine the need for research on how cyberbullying and cyber victimization affect women and girls along with what tools women and girls use to cope with these affects. I also look at how ideas about the performance of gender and related societal norms exacerbate the problems of cyberbullying and cyber victimization for women and girls. In addition, I explore the theory that early lessons of gender affect identity and relationships in ways that matter in relation to cyberbullying and cyber victimization vulnerability, responses, and accessible networks of support.
    • Deconstructing the Nuclear Family Through Adoption

      DeGroff, Julia (2017-09-07)
      Adoption tends to be described as an alternative form of family, but for a mother or father, family has no restrictions. This paper looks at the ways adoption deconstructs and recreates the idea of family. Existing research across fields of study surrounding family fails to cover specific research on adoption and lacks the research that looks at the ways adoption and other alternative family forms disrupt and distort the biological family unit. The word “family” can be defined in many different ways, and is a specific and individualistic concept. However, within the cultural sphere of family, biogenic families tend to be the culturally assumed and idolized form of family in today’s culture. As an individual who is an adoptee and has grown up in what is assumed to be an alternative family dynamic, this auto-ethnographic essay focuses on looking at the ways adoption redefines family and motherhood, as well as how the binary institutions of our American society is built to maintain the biogenic family ideal.
    • 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.
    • Disability Representations in High School English Curriculum

      Cunningham, Grace (2021-01)
      This essay explores the common misconceptions of disability, why disability representation is important, and provides an example of disability studies application through the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003).
    • 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.
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 1 Issue 1 (Spring 2012) Complete Issue

      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
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 10, Issue 1 (Spring 2021) Complete Issue

      Gillett, Nax; Ibrahim, Hawa; Muir, Catherine; Levitsky, Naomi; Puleo, Erica; Martinez, Myah; Cunningham, Grace; Al Sharifi, Zahraa (2021-01)
      Table of Contents – Mental Health for Incarcerated Women: How is America Treating Them? Nax Gillett, p. 1 / Varied Experiences of Fat Bodies. Hawa Ibrahim, p. 17 / STOP: The Sexualization of Women and Girls. Catherine Muir, p. 25 / Looking into the Prevalence of Substance Abuse among the LGBTQIA+ Population. Naomi Levitsky, p. 39 / Is Our Medical Community Failing Women? The PTSD Epidemic among Women in the United States. Erica Puleo, p. 53 / When I Realized I was the Gay Best Friend: Queer Media Representation and the “Coming Out” Process. Myah Martinez, p. 65 / Disability Representations in High School English Curriculum. Grace Cunningham, p. 81 / Intersecting Identities: Middle Eastern Women in Dual Cultures. Zahraa Al Sharifi, p. 91.
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 2 Issue 1 (Spring 2013) Complete Issue

      Table of Contents Opening Voices - Our Voices Ashley Mckay, Nellie Dennis, Molly Stanton, Laura Clark, & Devone Scala, i - Note from the Editor Barbara LeSavoy, ii - Interrogations of Community from the Women and Gender Studies Program at The College at Brockport Ashley Mckay, 1 - Abortion: Silencing of Women’s Experiences Molly Stanton, 25 - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Nellie A. Dennis, 38 - Media, Objectification and Sexual Assault Devone Scala, 53 - The Hidden Feminist Progressive of Mistral Laura Clark, 68 More Voices - WMS 421 Spring 2013 Activism Photo Essay: One Billion Rising; Transgender Awareness; Stop Street Harassment, 78 - WMS 421 Spring 2013 Activism Videos: One Billion Rising: V-Day Brockport Break the Chain Flash Mobs, 79
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 3 Issue 1 (Spring 2014) Complete Issue

      Table of Contents: Opening Voices - Our Voices: Celeste Cooper, Michele Haddad, Kelsey Mahoney, Andrea Moore, ’Lucienne Nicholson, Ben Roberts, Cherrie Watson, i - Note from the Editor Barbara LeSavoy, ii - Gay New York: From Bars to Bathhouses Ben Roberts, p. 1 - Lay down Your Cross Celeste Cooper, p. 19 - Microcredit: A Model of Empowerment for Women? Kelsey Mahoney, p. 33 - Reframing Sexual Responsibility: Hooking Up Andrea Moore, p. 51 - Peppermint Patty: A Mint or a Vagina Michele Haddad, p. 65 - Violence in Deaf Culture: My Story, My Voice Cherrie Watson, p. 81 - Pink Transgressions: Black Girl and the Intra-feminist Politics of Place Lucienne Nicholson, p. 81 - WMS 421 Spring 2014 Activism Photo Essay , p. 119