Some Thoughts about Feminist Teaching and Feminist Advocacy


I have begun volunteering my time and skills at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in their legal advocacy program.  The work is challenging, fascinating, and compelling.  Working here I feel the same exhilaration that I have when leading discussion on feminist topics in the university classroom.  This is the work I want … More Some Thoughts about Feminist Teaching and Feminist Advocacy

Sexist Science in the New York Times


Sigh.  Nicholas Wade shows great promise.   At least he knows better than to refer to human beings as “man,” unlike many other New York Times science writers.  In a recent article, Wade shares recent discoveries about ancient human development that contradicts the common androcentric myth that has dominated scholarly discussions since Darwin.  Although these … More Sexist Science in the New York Times

The Media Assault on Women and a Lecture on Gender


The Mis-representation of Women in the Media, Or, Insidious Violence Against Human Beings Gendered Feminine is the subject of today’s rant, and it is prompted by Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s  documentary, Miss Representation: We’ve seen many of these images before, of course, but not while thinking about them as Newsome allows us to.  She skillfully juxatposes the … More The Media Assault on Women and a Lecture on Gender

Cooperation in Neolithic Culture and the Implications for Feminism


A new study, reported by the New York Times, dramatically challenges the prevailing, Darwinian understanding of human social development.  Not “natural selection” but cooperative behavior influenced the structure of early human societies. This view has profound feminist implications because it contradicts Darwin’s assumption that early human societies formed around dominant men competing with other men … More Cooperation in Neolithic Culture and the Implications for Feminism

Trigger Warning: Rant against the patriarchy


Do you ever just feel like screaming?  Do you think that 435 mostly white and mostly Christian men should decide when life begins?  Should 435 mostly white and mostly Christian men decide what constitutes a rape?  Should 435 mostly white and mostly Christian men, none of whom are medical physicians, decide whether or not a … More Trigger Warning: Rant against the patriarchy