May 5, 2009

Check out this article by Naomi Wolf on the current state of feminism. What do you think about the following passage in relation to what we have discussed this semester:

The fact is, we know the answers to Western women's problems: The way is mapped out, the time for theory is pretty much over. We know the laws and the policies we need to achieve full equality. What we lack is a grass-roots movement that will drive the political will.

Is the way mapped out? Has feminism given us all the answers? Should we stop having feminist debates?

April 22, 2009

Case Study of Minneapolis anti-porn ordinance

Check out this link for more background on the Dworkin's/MacKinnon's anti porn ordinance in Minneapolis. You can download the case file and an appendix that breaks down how the different council members voted.

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February 11, 2009

Other readings on birth control

Here are a couple of sources that address in more detail some of the birth control issues that were raised in the readings and film:

Laura Briggs, Reproducing Empire: Race, Sex, Science, and U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality has two chapters on the "discovery" of sex hormones that address how prevailing conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity affected scientific research into hormones. Available via Googlebooks at

Laura Briggs's work on women in Puerto Rico

Last night Rebecca mentioned Laura Briggs and her work on sterilization and women in Puerto Rico. If you want to read more, check out: