Carys Afoko, "Serena Williams’s treatment shows how hard it is to be a black woman at work"
"We only see a fraction of the discrimination high-profile athletes such as Williams experience on a daily basis. Any woman who works knows that you have to develop a pretty thick skin to handle the dozens of small instances of everyday sexism. That showing authentic human emotion risks you being labelled 'hysterical'."
Kasandra Brabaw, "3 Experts on What's Missing From the Consent Discussion"
"We talk to three leaders in sexual education—Bethany Saltman, who co-wrote Antioch's Sexual Offense Prevention Policy in the 1990s, Ted Bunch, the co-founder of the violence prevention organization A Call To Men, and Bianca Laureano, foundress of the Women Of Color Sexual Health Network—about the evolution of consent, what's missing in mainstream conversations about consent, and what the next steps are to make consent unambiguous to all."
Arthur C. Brooks, "Couples Therapy for the Catholic Church"
"To an outsider, this might seem like a crisis involving sexuality and celibacy. It’s not. From the predation to the cover-up, this is a crisis of betrayal, much like that between spouses—an apt and common metaphor to describe the relationship between the clergy and laity."
Rebecca Fishbein, "Susan Collins Now the Proud Owner of 3,000 Coat Hangers"
"Activists have sent Senator Susan Collins approximately 3,000 coat hangers ahead of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, not that that’ll stop him from ascending his judicial throne and swapping out birth control for sugar pills."
Gillian Frank, "Life Before Roe: The Story of a 'Back-Alley Abortionist'"
"Blaine performed illegal abortions during the 1960s and early 1970s before the Supreme Court legalized abortion. As abortion laws changed, so did Blaine’s business tactics and the language he used to market his services. More than this, Blaine’s career spotlights the varied dangers American women faced before and after legalization."
Michael Gorman, "Conversion therapy ban coming to Nova Scotia"
"Nova Scotia will move to ban conversion therapy — a widely discredited and controversial treatment designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity."
Prachi Gupta, "Migrant Parents Are Refusing Reunification With Their Children in a Devastating Attempt to Keep Them Safe"
"The fight for justice for immigrant families in detention has taken another heartbreaking turn: According to the American Civil Liberties Union, migrant parents forcibly separated from their children by the the Trump administration are so scared about conditions in their home countries that, in an effort to help their kids remain in the United States, they are refusing reunification."
Wera Hobhouse, "The criminalisation of upskirting is good news—but it’s just a start"
"There remain a myriad of instances where the law simply does not protect those who, devastatingly, fall victim to vile acts that should be classed as sexual offences. The government must not limit this review. It must be wide-ranging, and close in on the loopholes in the law."
Euan McKirdy, "'People are afraid': Gay caning stokes fear in Malaysia's LGBT community"
"The punishment of the two unnamed women took place Monday morning in Terengganu, a state to the east of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, according to rights campaigner Thilaga Sulathireth. The state is governed by Sharia law."
Robinson Meyer and Ashley Fetters, "Victorian-Era Orgasms and the Crisis of Peer Review"
"There is absolutely no evidence that Victorian doctors used vibrators to stimulate orgasm in women as a medical technique, asserts the paper, written by two historians at Georgia Tech. 'Manual massage of female genitals', they write, 'was never a routine medical treatment for hysteria'."
Anna Nemtsova, "Gay Men Targeted In Brutal Homophobic Attack In Kiev Speak Out"
"A gang of young men viciously set upon a group of gay friends in Ukraine's capital, stabbing one with such force he required surgery. The gang has yet to be charged with any crime."
Manveena Suri, "India's LGBT community reacts to Section 377 gay sex ruling"
"'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet', Misra said, borrowing a phrase from Romeo and Juliet, as he overturned the colonial era Section 377."
Harriet Tatham, "Sex and relationship education for women with intellectual disabilities the 'ignored curriculum'"
"A relationships program designed by women with intellectual disabilities, for women with intellectual disabilities, is the first of its type to deliver the sex education many missed out on, as it was presumed they wouldn't need it."
Lauren Jae Gutterman. "Saving Jeannace June Freeman: Capital Punishment and the Lesbian as Victim in Oregon, 1961–1964." Journal of the History of Sexuality 27, no. 1 (2018): 134-173. https://muse.jhu.edu/.
"Based on a close examination of the coverage of Freeman's case in more than three hundred articles, editorials, and letters published in ten of Oregon's daily newspapers, this article will demonstrate that it was not despite but in part because of her unconventional gender presentation and her homosexuality that Freeman came to be seen as a victim undeserving of execution and capable of reformation. In some ways, this argument challenges what we know about lesbians and criminal justice. Scholars such as Lisa Duggan and Lynda Hart have demonstrated that since the late nineteenth century, the figure of the masculine lesbian has been imagined as posing a violent threat to white, heterosexual, patriarchal society. Journalists and legal scholars have also documented the discrimination that homosexuals and women who transgressed gender and sexual norms faced within the criminal justice system throughout the twentieth century, particularly in capital cases. Considering that the early 1960s marked a high point of hostility against gays and lesbians in the United States and that butch women were regularly portrayed in the media and in popular culture as threatening and dangerous, we might expect that the public would have had nothing but loathing for Freeman."
Call for Papers
Suffrage at 100: Women and American Politics Since 1920
Submission Deadline: September 15, 2018
"This collection will map out the last 100 years of this lengthy struggle, focusing on efforts to recognize, appreciate, and cultivate women’s civic engagement since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Our purpose is not celebratory. Instead, we seek to trace the uneven road to suffrage and public office women of different backgrounds and means experienced after 1920. We also intend to expose the institutional barriers and masculinist conceptions of leadership that women in politics have faced and continue to tackle. Women have exhibited considerable democratic imagination within and outside the traditional channels of electoral politics. Melding gender, social, cultural, and political history, this collection seeks to capture examples of women acting together and on their own within and outside electoral and governmental channels to claim a political presence, enlist state action, and create alternative services and solutions. In doing so, we use this historic centennial to make visible the determined presence of women in politics since 1920, while also calling attention to the ways these women have and continue to be written out of history"
Please send article abstracts of 500 words and a CV by September 15, 2018 to: Stacie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leandra at email@example.com. We also welcome questions and comments at those email addresses.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the San Francisco Metropolitan Community Church wrestled with profound questions: What does it mean to minister a gay church when so many in the congregation are dying from AIDS-related complications and grieving the recently dead? How do you have faith during an epidemic? And what does it mean to participate in communion in a community ravaged by a plague?