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    • The Outside Looking in: Examining Reasoning Behind the Choice to Report Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

      Szurgyi, Melissa; The College at Brockport (2018-08-27)
      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.
    • The Hunter vs. The Hunted

      Palozzi, Julia (2018-08-27)
      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.
    • Dissenting Voices Volume 7 Issue 1 (Spring 2018) Complete Issue

      Dissenting Voices Cover Art Design by the members of the Women and Gender Studies Senior Seminar at The College at Brockport. The journal cover, a distinctive hand print of each author, captures the sense of feminist community that was present in our classroom and that spills into and gels the pages of the essays in the volume. Table of Contents All Voices - Our Voices. Joy Davidson-Davis, Gabriella Hoose, Bernie Lachman, Bailey Morse, Alise Murray, Kelsi Nau, Julia Palozzi, Melissa Szurgyi, Daphne Tucker, p. i. - Note from the Editor (Barbara LeSavoy), p. iii. Opening Voices - The Hunter vs. The Hunted. Julia Palozzi, p. 1-14. - The Outside Looking In: Examining Reasoning Behind the Choice to Report Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Melssia Szurgyi , p. 15-30. More Voices - Gender’s Impact on Majors in Higher Education: The Causes and the Consequences. Kelsi Nau, p. 31-46. - Redressing Dress Codes: The Effects of Sexualized School Dress Codes. Gabriella Hoose, p. 47-60. - LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence: The Invisible Relationship. Alise Murray, p. 61-72. - A Woman Veteran Student’s Perspective. Bernie Lachman, p. 73-94. - Freedom en el fin del Mundo: Antarctica as the Key to Renegotiating Identity-Based Power Hierarchies. Bailey Morse, p. 95-106. Closing Voices - Book Review: 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). Daphne Tucker, p. 105-114. - Book Review: The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin (2009). Joy Davidson-Davis, p. 115-122. - WMS 421 Spring 2018 Activism Photo Essay: #MeToo, p. 123.
    • 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.
    • Freedom en el fin del Mundo: Antarctica as the Key to Renegotiating Identity-Based Power Hierarchies

      Morse, Bailey (2018-08-27)
      In all the world’s cultures, there exists a hierarchy of power maintained through cultural norms and institutions. In every culture, however, these hierarchies exist differently. So when put into a space where our culture and idea of identity-based power hierarchies is different from the ones around us, how do we negotiate our power in that space, and in doing so, how do we diminish the power of others? By looking at cultural “blank-slate” territories such as Antarctica, we may be able to better understand negotiations of identity-based power hierarchy and subsequently be able to tear down the institutions that constitute who is equal and who is not.
    • 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).
    • 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