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Feminist First Fridays is gearing up for the fall semester! Check out our stellar line up! 


September 5th

Dr. Katherine Martinez, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Title: "By the Hands of Our Brothers: Sibling Violence for Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Women"

Two major forms of violence against children have recently received considerable attention from the media: childhood bullying and bullying of sexual minority youth.  As a consequence, research on these topics have also increased and expanded to include bullying within the family for both heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents.  Importantly, however, experiences of sibling bullying as experienced by sexual minorities has largely remained invisible in the extant research.  This study addresses the gap in sibling violence research through the examination of 64 heterosexual and sexual minority women’s narratives as survivors of childhood sibling abuse.  Through comparative analyses, the study reveals the similarities and differences in physical, verbal, and sexual sibling violence experienced by the women according to their sexual identities; namely that sexual minority women experience more severe forms of sibling violence than heterosexual women, although heterosexual women often experience sibling violence for longer durations than sexual minority women.  Ultimately, the study brings to light the dire need for further research in this area.

October 3rd

Dr. Anne Thulson, Assistant Professor of Art Education
Title: “Upending The Boys’ Club of Modernity, One Kindergartner at a Time”

By the middle of the 20th century, American art education fully embraced Modernity, an Art-for-Art’s-Sake ideology, in which “relevant” art was made by a few privileged, self-declared geniuses through the pure, elitist language of abstract form, appreciated and purchased by the enlightened few. Art curriculum mirrored this ideology with instruction that centered on: the elements and principles of design, worship of self-expression, art as a commodity, and a limited roster of role-models made up of the top-twenty, Western “master” artists. The American art world changed in the 1960’s as the Feminist art movement, the Fluxus art movement, and Non-Western artists of color used the context of their own lives to activate the purposes and meaning of art. The field of Art Education began to catch up by the 1990’s and used the notion of “context” to infuse art curriculum and instruction with issues of justice, power, and identity.

November 7th

Laura Brunner, PhD Candidate in Women's Studies
Title: Screening Diversity: Professional Women in Twenty-first Century Television

The way in which professional women are currently represented on television shows underestimates the continued challenges faced by women in the workplace, but women audiences are beginning to use social media to demand that shows, such as, Scandal (2012-), The Good Wife (2009-) and Homeland (2011-), include serious and accurate reflections of the ways in which class, gender and race operate in their lives.  For some female audiences of the series offer models of professionalism for them to emulate in their own quest to navigate their workplaces as “diverse” workers. Others see the series as critical of the problems facing women at work, such as discrimination, higher performance standards, work-family balance, and sexual and race-based harassment.  This lecture examines social media as unique cultural fora on the issue of women’s work and as sites where audience members challenge the traditional power of television producers and media corporations in shaping culture. 

December 5th

Dr. Amy Zsohar, Affiliate Professor of Speech Communications
Title: "Are You a Woman or a Man? The Privilege of Being Cisgender"

Each semester in my gender classes, students struggle with the idea of being trans*. After spending many years putting people on the spot to educate on their own identity, I realized I was totalizing these individuals. In an attempt to stop this practice in my classroom, I created a lesson that looks at the questions that are commonly asked of trans* individuals (ie: Which bathroom do you use? How do you have sex? Why can't you just stay a man/woman and be gay?) These questions are offensive and intrusive. I have created a lesson that turns these questions around to challenge one's cisness. My presentation will take the group through the literature, pop culture representations of individuals who identify and trans* and challenge the group to answer the questions that are intrusive and get a feeling of how that questioning feels.

Interested in sharing your research at FFF? We are currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2015 line up! Email us your presentation title, an abstract, and a statement of how feminist research methods are utilized in your work! 

All Feminist First Friday meetings will be held in the Science Building, room 1086 from 12:30-2:00pm on the first Friday of every month during the Fall and Spring semesters. If you are interested in presenting your work at a future meeting, please contact Katherine Miller at