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    • Treatment of Female Politicians and Impact on Voter Perception in the U.S.

      Bygall, Jenna B. (8/9/2019)
      This essay explores the treatment of female politicians in the United States government and the impact of negative treatment on potential candidates as well as voters’ perception of said candidates. Readers may obtain a better understanding of the stereotypes, double standards, and biases that are projected upon female politicians in the U.S. This work is based on a literature review of peer-reviewed journal entries, research-based books, and credible news sources.
    • Why are there No Great, Female, and Egyptian Scholars?

      Mohamed, Jasmine (8/9/2019)
      This essay is a study on the topics that Egyptian women shine their lights on. I write this because I identify as an Egyptian woman, and I never hear these women’s names during my scholarship. I hope readers receive a sense of individualism for the “othered” women who write their ways out of their binds. My topic is crucial because Egyptian women are bound to either sexism in their own culture and racism in others, which begs my theory of a third space.
    • Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems

      April, Mackenzie L.; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (8/9/2019)
      In this paper I will discuss the sexual exploitation of non-human bodies, specifically, dairy cows. As a vegan and animal rights activist, I feel compelled to take this opportunity to share and maybe even enlighten fellow social justice advocates on feminist aspects of animal agriculture, an under-researched topic that many overlook and might not even consider relevant to feminist discourse.
    • The Pretty Pink Box

      Knapp, Allie; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (8/9/2019)
      This essay focuses on the consumerization, capitalization, and popularization of feminism within mainstream culture: how it is branded, how it is portrayed, and who it represents. As a young consumer and feminist, I acknowledge that this needs to be addressed for the sole reason that feminism is not a trend or fad that can afford to die out for its goals and strife are far from over- when we water down a political and social movement based on equality into nothing more than a trendy label, we put our needs at risk. It is important to critique and question what is happening around us even if it is appears to be “fighting” the good fight.
    • Our Voices

      Bygall, Jenna B.; Mohamed, Jasmine; Karapinar, Christina; Knapp, Allie; Kupiec, Kelsie; Whitehorne, Angelica; April, Mackenzie L.; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (8/9/2019)
      Our voices provide a sense of individualization for the ‘othered’ women who write their ways out of their binds.
    • Note from the Editor

      LeSavoy, Barbara; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (8/9/2019)
      Brave. Creative. Radical. Unapologetic. Imaginative. The writers here are committed to the gender equality causes for which they write, passionate in their resolve to see these gender equality causes forward.
    • The Abortion Fight: Neither Worn nor Won

      Whitehorne, Angelica (8/9/2019)
      This paper includes a narrative intended to allow readers to embody a kind of ‘pregnancy panic’ often overlooked in the politics of reproductive rights. In an issue revolving around the biological anatomy of the person, their own feelings, needs, and experiences are not often weighed in the arguments. Through this narrative’s character, readers can reconnect to the humanity of fear and bridge a better understanding that abortion is not a gleeful murder but a necessity for survival and medical agency.
    • The Comfort Women’s Activism through the Arts

      Karapinar, Christina (8/9/2019)
      This essay explores how "comfort women", used as sexual slaves, turned to art to showcase the deep emotional scars they suffered. The comfort women use different forms of artistic expressions to start the healing process within their lives. Before I talk about the artwork, I will refer to how the comfort women manifested to become one of history’s inequalities of human rights and torture.
    • A Woman Veteran Student’s Perspective

      Lachman, Bernice (8/27/2018)
      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.
    • Editor's Note

      LeSavoy, Barbara; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (8/21/2012)
      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.
    • Redressing Dress Codes: The Effects of Sexualized School Dress Codes

      Hoose, Gabriella (8/27/2018)
      This paper analyzes the way society sexualizes women’s bodies through the education system. I am writing about dress codes because fellow classmates and I have been affected by this. It is important for society to understand that a sexualized view of students perceived as female can affect society as a whole. I hope that readers of this essay will want to change this system and redress the dress codes they have unwittingly followed.
    • Missing from Research: Exposing the Deficit in Knowledge and Research of Endometriosis and Women’s Health

      Kupiec, Kelsie (8/9/2019)
      Endometriosis, one of the many reproductive health related diseases that specifically impact female bodies, could be either less prevalent, or less excruciating in a society that integrates a feminist approach to health care. As one of the many women impacted by the disease, I could be living a less painful and distressing life. I would not be the one in the “one of ten women” who exist with an inferior quality of life due to the lack of knowledge and research surrounding women's health.
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 8 Issue 1 (Spring 2019) Complete Issue

      8/9/2019
      Dissenting Voices Cover Art Background Cover Design by Kalynda Culek ‘19Cover People drawn by Jenna Bygall ‘19 The journal cover portrays an artistic rendition of each author holding a sign that communicates their feminist activism. Their words rise up from their signs to frame the sun. Pause and watch closely for their cues. And listen carefully to their voices. If walking near or around this progressively-minded group, you might hear the adage, “When Pigs Fly,” the “when” in reference to what is seemingly impossible. For the authors here, that impossibility is no longer impossible. Because pigs are flying, offering us hope in the face of despair and belief that we can amend even the most broken systems of inequality (Note from the Editor). Table of Contents All Voices - Our Voices. Mackenzie April, Jenna Bygall, Jasmine Kamal-Mohamed, Christina Karapinar, Allie Knapp, Kelsie Kupiec, Angelica Whitehorne, Kayla Sorenson, p. i. - Note from the Editor (Barbara LeSavoy), p. iii. Opening Voices - The Abortion Fight: Neither Worn nor Won. Angelica Whitehorne, p. 1. - Treatment of Female Politicians and Impact on Voter Perception in the U.S. Jenna Bygall, p. 13. More Voices - Why are there No Great, Female, and Egyptian Scholars? Jasmine Mohamed, p. 27. - The Pretty Pink Box. Allie Knapp, p. 39. - Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems. Mackenzie April, p. 51. - Growing up a Witness. Kayla Sorenson, p. 65. Closing Voices - Missing from Research: Exposing the Deficit in Research and Knowledge of Endometriosis and Women’s Health. Kelsie Kupiec, p. 79. - The Comfort Women’s Activism through the Arts. Christina Karapinar, p. 93. - WMS 421 Spring 2019 Activism Photo Essay, p. 111.
    • LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: The Invisible Relationship

      Murray, Alise (8/27/2018)
      I have personally experienced LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). My topic is important because those who experience intimate partner violence, and who are LGBT or in queer relationships, are not provided information about IPV as often as heterosexual individuals. I hope readers will learn and realize that individuals in the LGBT community can face IPV, and that this issue needs more discussion. IPV is not something that affects one facet of someone’s life, it can affect multiple parts.
    • Our Voices

      Davidson Davis, Joy; Hoose, Gabriella; Lachman, Bernice; Morse, Bailey; Murray, Alise; Nau, Kelsi; Palozzi, Julia; Szurgyi, Melissa; Tucker, Daphne; The College at Brockport (8/27/2018)
      Our dissenting voices call for the dismantling of all identity-based power hierarchies that silence and oppress marginalized voices. We attempt to understand how the invisible forces of a binary world put women into roles of “lesser”.
    • The Hunter vs. The Hunted

      Palozzi, Julia (8/27/2018)
      I share this story to illustrate an example of psychological sexual coercion and the power dynamics that allow such coercion to exist. We must understand that the root of this problem lies in the nature of power between men and women. I do not think that these dynamics are born to us naturally. The biology of men and women has nothing to do with the nature of the power dynamics that can exist between them. This power dynamic is one that has been ingrained into our society through generations of separating the public and private spheres of work.
    • The Outside Looking in: Examining Reasoning Behind the Choice to Report Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

      Szurgyi, Melissa; The College at Brockport (8/27/2018)
      This essay looks into reasons women have for reporting or not reporting domestic violence and sexual assault. While this topic has received a considerable amount of research from scholars, it still has not received the attention it should. When the #MeToo movement went viral, these issues started to become more salient in society, however there was still backlash, insinuating that there is still a large amount of misunderstanding around the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this paper, I use my outsider looking in lens to examine reasoning behind the choice to report. Through looking at previous research in addition to my own case studies, I discover personal and institutional reasoning involved in the choice to report, in addition to details such as severity and assailant.
    • Note from the Editor

      LeSavoy, Barbara; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (8/27/2018)
      Dissenting Voices volume seven introduces nine authors who write across a diverse range of topics salient to Women and Gender Studies.
    • Gender’s Impact on Majors in Higher Education: The Causes and the Consequences

      Nau, Kelsi (8/27/2018)
      This paper looks at gender segregation in higher education. I am examining why certain majors are perceived as feminine and masculine, and what students experience when they study fields that do not socially align with their gender. I also summarize the impact gender socialization has on men and women choosing their fields of study and the consequences higher education gender segregation has beyond college. Feminine and masculine should not be labels affiliated with majors and they should not be a precursor for determining the value of majors.