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    • The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin (2009) Relationship: Book Review

      Davidson Davis, Joy (2018-08-27)
      The Other Side of Paradise is a memoir written by Staceyann Chin (2009) in which she portrays the true nature of being a woman of color. This coming of age memoir presents the attributes of black women who are at times devalued and negatively portrayed by Eurocentric critics. It is through her independent self-definition and her thoughts about racism and sexism that she is able to put an end to false Eurocentric assumptions. In Chin’s (2009) memoir, she explores the reality that women of color have strong personalities and powers through sisterhood and motherhood that are symbols of unity between black women. By using spirituality as an anodyne, she was able to achieve patience and inner strength, tested by a racist society.
    • 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.
    • The Complexities of Being a Pro-Choice Catholic: How Religion and Politics Collide

      Tallents, Alise (2017-09-07)
      The separation of church and state has been indicated in the United States Constitution since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. Ideally, this was intended to ensure that no one religion would receive privilege over another in the political arena, and that citizens have the freedom to practice their own faith without fear of persecution. In contemporary United States, religion has become a powerful influence in modern day politics and the line distinguishing church from state has become hazy. This is especially prevalent in the realm of reproductive rights. The fight for access to reproductive healthcare, such as contraception and safe, legal abortions, become more combative, as proven by the “pro-life” vs. “pro-choice” dichotomy. The implication that being pro-choice means you do not believe in the sanctity of life, while being pro-life means that you do not believe women should have control of their own bodies, increasingly alienates more and more people who are able to see the complexities surrounding abortion. Unfortunately, it is not just United States citizens that are affected by changes in policies surrounding family planning; it is also women in developing countries who have even less access to these services than we do. This paper addresses the complexities that come with the Catholic Church participating in politics, in addition to examining the way Catholicism and conflicting ideologies surrounding female reproductive health affect the United States and other cultures worldwide.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Double Standards in Everyday Life: Book Reviews

      luxon, becky (2017-09-07)
      Review of two books by Jessica Valenti: Sex Object: A Memoir (2016), and He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know (2008).
    • Make America Curious Again: Integrating Feminism into Undergraduate International Relations Studies

      Schroeder, Tambria (2017-09-07)
      The systems and institutions that exist in our country are strategically designed to maintain patriarchy and privileged masculinity. Complacency of the majority ensures that these structures remain intact. In this paper, I consider the exclusion of feminism and discussions of gender from undergraduate political science and international studies courses, and why it is critical for us to be paying attention to it now perhaps more than ever before. I suggest that this exclusion only helps to ensure that patriarchal dominance continues into the future. We have the potential to change by adopting a more curious mindset.
    • Our Voices

      Brown, Melissa; DeGroff, Julia; Fort, Rachael; Lai, Audrey; luxon, becky; Maldonado, Annette; Rosen, Maggie; Schroeder, Tambria; Tallents, Alise; Wilk, Amber; et al. (2017-09-07)
      Our voices are about rediscovering our curiosity and exposing that capitalism is the tragedy in society that distances women from equality.
    • Photo Essays: WMS 421

      DeGroff, Julia (2017-09-07)
      Two photo essays document some of the gender-inspired activism of undergraduate Women and Gender Studies majors as an extension of their Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport.
    • Note from the Editor

      LeSavoy, Barbara; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2017-09-07)
      Dissenting Voices volume six is the largest volume to date, representing ten authors who write across a wide span of topics important to the Women and Gender Studies discipline.
    • 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.
    • WMS 421 Spring 2016 Activism Photo Essay

      One Billion Rising: V-Day Stop Violence against Women. The Clothesline Project. Career Conversations with Endia Beal Lecture. Fannie Barrier Williams Women of Courage Celebration. Susan B. Anthony House Visit and Tour
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 6 Issue 1 (Spring 2017) Complete Issue

      Dissenting Voices Cover Art Design by Mel Brown, WMS ’18 Calligraphy by Sara Connor, SOC, WMS ‘16 The cover portrait is a photographic composite of one identity characteristic of each person in the WMS 421 Senior Seminar course. The abstract painting of vivid colors that frames the portrait represents the brilliant minds that have intertwined to create this volume. The use of different colors represents our diverse backgrounds, that when put together, become radiant. The handprint placed on the chest represents our extension to others and prompts readers to join us in the fight for social justice. The knuckles with the word “feminist” written in calligraphy are positioned on the back journal cover to leave readers with something other than a blank ending. This photographic composite is meant to create a new face of dissent. Table of Contents Opening Voices: - Our Voices. Mel Brown, Julia DeGroff, Rachael Fort, Audrey Lai, Becky Luxon, Annette Maldonado, Maggie Rosen, Tambria Schroeder, Alise Tallents, Amber Wilk, Kelsey Wright. p. i - Note from the Editor (Barbara LeSavoy), p. iii More Voices: - Make America Curious Again: Integrating Feminism into Undergraduate International Relations Studies. Tambria Schroeder. pp. 1-32, - A Feminist Perspective on the History of Women as Witches. Maggie Rosen. pp. 21-32. - A Face of Poverty. Mel Brown. pp. 33-48. - The Complexities of Being a Pro-Choice Catholic: How Religion and Politics Collide. Alise J. Tallents. pp. 49-60. - Coming Out in Asian American Culture. Audrey Lai. pp. 61-82. - Deconstructing the Nuclear Family Through Adoption. Julia DeGroff. pp. 83-98. - Oppression or Opportunity: The Selling of Mail-Order Brides. Amber M. Wilk. pp. 99-114. - I am Not Barbie and I Don’t Need a Ken. Annette Maldonado. pp. 115-124. Closing Voices - Sexual Objectification of Female Bodies in Beauty Pageants, Pornography, and Media. Kelsey Wright. pp. 125-146. - Double Standards in Everyday Life: Book Reviews on Jessica Valenti's “Sex Object: A Memoir” (2016) and “He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know” (2008). Becky Luxon. pp. 147-154. - WMS 421 Spring 2016 Activism Photo Essay. Julia DeGroff. pp. 155-157.
    • Sexual Objectification of Female Bodies in Beauty Pageants, Pornography, and Media

      Wright, Kelsey; The College at Brockport (2017-09-07)
      Have you ever watched a beauty pageant contest? What about mainstream pornography? These two capitalistic industries continue to enforce the misogynistic view that the female body is to be consumed by the male population. I argue that the societal standards we commonly consider to be the norm affect female embodiment and what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Beauty standards, gender roles, sexualization, objectification, and the male gaze all point towards this ideology that the female body is to be consumed by men. I argue we need to abandon these societal standards that control female bodies and behaviors in a heteropatriarchal world and advocate freedom from the male gaze for all women.
    • Oppression or Opportunity: The Selling of Mail-Order Brides

      Wilk, Amber (2017-09-07)
      It is the memory of my aunt that inspired my research of mail-order brides. I was curious as to what factors encourage women to leave their families and home to come to another country as a mail-order bride. The international trafficking of mail-order brides is not a new phenomenon, but since the advent of technology the capitalistic industry has exploded. In this paper, I discuss the oppressions and opportunities that the potential mail-order brides have to consider. Since the mail-order bride industry is continuously growing, it needs to be monitored to minimize the violence against women.
    • I Am Not Barbie, and I Do Not Need a Ken

      Maldonado, Annette (2017-09-07)
      Throughout history, women have faced unfairness and gender inequality. Women are stereotyped and mistreated every day. Some examples are, women are paid less than men, and women have to cover their bodies in public (if not, it is their fault if something dangerous happens to them). Home is supposed to be a safe haven for women, but what about if the unfairness happens at home by the people we love the most? Mistreatment can come from our parents. As a young woman who was treated differently than my brother, I talk about my experiences and how they have shaped my life. I strive to help others understand and be more aware of the inequalities between siblings and parents.
    • 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.
    • Women and the Black Lives Matter Movement: Relevance Past to Present

      Burns, Ronieka; The College at Brockport, State University of New York (2016-08-24)
      Traditional white American society wonders why the Black Lives Matter Movement is even taking place, since many Americans argue that racism doesn’t exist. This paper explores why women in the Black Lives Matter Movement are needed and relevant. This paper sets out to open readers’ eyes to the fact that, although this is the year 2016, the same trials and tribulations that have taken place throughout our nation’s history are still taking place. We still have a long way to go to end racism and sexism.
    • 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.