Learning Feminism 101

Making Feminist Theories Relevant Today

What We’re Reading


Conger, Cristen. 2016. “What Has Feminism Accomplished?” Everyday Feminism.  (http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/01/what-has-feminism-accomplished/).

Eisenberg, Bonnie and Mary Ruhsdotter. 1998. “Living the Legacy: Women’s Rights Movement (1848-1998)”,  National Women’s History Project.  (http://www.nwhp.org/resources/womens-rights-movement/history-of-the-womens-rights-movement/).

Green, Laci. 2014. “Why I’m A…Feminist *Gasp*”.  YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwJRFClybmk).

hooks, bell. 2000. Feminism is for Everybody. Cambridge: South End Press. (Selections)

Keller, Jessalynn. 2015. Girls’ Feminist Blogging in a Postfeminist Age. New York: Routledge. (Selections)

The Laura Flanders Show. 2016. “Poetry and Trans Politics: Darkmatter.”  YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNtYIBI3BFc).

Olson, Loreen N., Tina A. Coffelt, Eileen Berlin Ray, Jill Rudd, Renee Botta, George Ray, and Jenifer E. Kopfman. 2008. “‘I’m all for equal rights, but don’t call me a feminist’: Identity Dilemmas in Young Adults’ Discursive Representations of Being a Feminist.” Women’s Studies in Communication 31(1):104-32.

Shaw, Susan M., and Janet Lee. 2012. “Women’s Studies: Perspectives and Practices.” Pp. 1-24 in Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. McGraw-Hill Education.

Tong, Rosemarie. 2014. “Introduction: The Diversity of Feminist Thinking.” Pp. 1-10 in Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction. Boulder: Westview Press.

Book Review Option: Reger, Jo. 2012. Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United States. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Introduction and Ch. 1-4)


Flores, Jayson. 2013. “An Introduction to Homonormativity.” Homo Normo Blog. (https://homonormativity.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/an-introduction-to-homonormativity-2/).

Hubbell, Justin. 2016. “The Ultimate Break Down of the Gender Binary- Why It Hurst Us All” Everyday Feminism.  (http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/02/gender-binary-hurts-us-all/).

The Huffington Post. 2015. “Why We Need to Talk About White Feminism.”  YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNdZcegK1lQ).

Lafayette College. 2015. “Kimberle Crenshaw Discusses ‘Intersectional Feminism.'” YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROwquxC_Gxc).

Lorber, Judith. 1994. “‘Night to his Day’: The Social Construction of Gender.” Pp. 13-36 in Paradoxes of Gender. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Lucal, Betsy. 1999. “What it means to be gendered me: Life on the boundaries of a dichotomous gender system.” Gender & Society 13(6):781-97.

Lutz, Helma, Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar, and Linda Supik. 2011. “Framing Intersectionality: An Introduction.” Pp. 1-24 in Framing Intersectionality: Debates on a Multi-Faceted Concept in Gender Studies, edited by Helma Lutz, Maria Teresa Herrera Vivar, and Linda Supik. Surrey, England: Ashgate.

Ndopu, Edward. 2013. “Musings from a Queercrip Femme Man of Color.” Black Girl Dangerous Blog. (http://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2013/01/201312musings-from-a-queercrip-femme-man-of-color/).

Risman, Barbara J. 2004. “Gender as a social structure: Theory wrestling with activism.” Gender & Society 18(4):429-50.

Schilt, Kristen, and Laurel Westbrook. 2009. “Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: ‘Gender Normals,’ Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality.” Gender & Society 23(4):440-64.

Silas, Lane. 2015. “Sex and Gender Are Actually the Same Thing (but Bear with Me…).” Androgyneity Blog. (https://androgyneity.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/sex-and-gender-are-actually-the-same-thing-but-bear-with-me/).

Smoothiefreak. 2015. “On Intersectionality in Feminism and Pizza.” YouTube website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgK3NFvGp58).

Ward, Jane, and Beth Schneider. 2009. “The Reaches of Heteronormativity: An Introduction.” Gender & Society 23(4):433-39.

West, Candace, and Don H. Zimmerman. 1987. “Doing Gender.” Gender & Society 1(2):125-51.

“Which Gender Are You Subconsciously?” [Online Quiz].  Answers.com.  (http://www.answers.com/article/30745959/which-gender-are-you-subconsciously?paramt=null&param4=fb-organic-quiz&param1=quizzes&param2=59034791&param5=null&param6=null).

Book Review Option: Wilson, G. Willow. 2014. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal: Marvel.


Baker-Sperry, Lori, and Liz Grauerholz. 2003. “The Pervasiveness and Persistence of the Feminine Beauty Ideal in Children’s Fairy Tales.” Gender & Society 17(5):711-26.

Button Poetry. 2014. “Ollie Schminkey- ‘How to Love Your Body in 10 Easy Steps.'”  YouTube Website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On3NXRqq6VE).

Connell, Catherine. 2012. “Fashionable Resistance: Queer ‘Fa(t)shion’ Blogging as Counterdiscourse.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 41(1/12):209-24.

Denee, Marie. 2016. “Mattel Debuts a New and Updated Barbie! Check out the Curvy, Petite, and Tall Barbies!” The Curvy Fashionista Blog. (http://thecurvyfashionista.com/2016/01/mattel-barbie-curvy-petite-tall/).

Finger, Bobby. 2016. “Ladies and Gentlemen, We’ve Reaching Peak Wokeness”,  Jezebel.  (http://jezebel.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-weve-reached-peak-wokeness-1769715750).

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. 2002. “Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory.” NWSA Journal 14(3):1-32.

Jackson, Auri and Kirsten King. 2016. “Guys Experience Periods for the First Time”,  BuzzFeed.  (https://www.buzzfeed.com/aurijackson/guys-try-periods?utm_term=.is0z2Mkxj#.txNO1kpRW).

Karkazis, Katrina. 2003. “Introduction.” Pp. 1-27 in Fixing Sex: Intersex, Medical Authority, and Lived Experience. Durham: Duke University Press.

Kimmel, Michael S. 1994. “Consuming Manhood: The Feminization of American Culture and the Recreation of the Male Body, 1832-1920.” Michigan Quarterly Review 33(1):7-36.

Mamo, Laura, and Jennifer Ruth Fosket. 2009. “Scripting the Body: Pharmaceuticals and the (Re)Making of Menstruation.” Signs 34(4):925-49.

Steinem, Gloria. 1978. “If Men Could Menstruate.” in Ms. Magazine.

TEDx Talks. 2015. “Plus-Size? More Like My Size| Ashley Graham| TedxBerkleeValencia.”  YouTube Website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAgawjzimjc).

Weitz, Rose. 2010. “A History of Women’s Bodies.” Pp. 3-12 in The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior, edited by Rose Weitz. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Review Option: Ensler, Eve. 2005. The Good Body. New York: Villard.


Button Poetry. 2014. “Sibel Sayiner & Violet Trachtenberg- ‘Pride.'” YouTube Website  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dYBpj4VaBo).

Filar, Ray. 2015. “Trans Tm: How the Trans Movement Got Sold Out,”  Transformation.  (https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/ray-filar/how-trans-movement-sold-out).

Foster, Sommer. 2015. “I Am Not an Lgbt Ally, I’m an Accomplice”,  LGBTQ Nation.  (http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2015/12/i-am-not-an-lgbt-ally-im-an-accomplice/).

Greenwald, David. 2016. “Dear Men: Toxic Masculinity Is Imprisoning Us, and It’s Time to Set Ourselves Free,” Everyday Feminism.  (http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/01/freeing-men-toxic-masculinity/).

Hlavka, Heather R. n.d. “Normalizing Sexual Violence: Young Women Account for Harassment and Abuse.” Gender & Society:1-22.

Kalish, Rachel, and Michael Kimmel. 2011. “Hooking Up: Hot Hetero Sex or the New Numb Normal.” Australian Feminist Studies 26(67):137-51.

Nadal, Kevin L. 2013. “Sexual Orientation Microaggressions: Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People.” in Thats So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

“Not Trans Enough.” Late Bloom Zines.

Serano, Julia. 2007. “Trans Woman Manifesto.” Pp. 11-22 in Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press.

Smith, Andrea. 2002. “Better Dead than Pregnant: The colonization of native women’s reproductive health.” in Policing the National Body: Sex, Race, and Criminalization, edited by Jeal Silliman and Anannya Bhattacharjee. Cambridge: South End Press.

Spade, Dean and Craig Wilse. 2013. “Marriage Will Never Set Us Free,”  Organizing Upgrade.  (http://www.organizingupgrade.com/index.php/modules-menu/beyond-capitalism/item/1002-marriage-will-never-set-us-free).

TedX Talks. 2015. “Feminist Porn: Shifting Our Sexual Culture| Olivia Tarplin| TedxJerseyCity.” YouTube Website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x38-iHvUqLY).

Valenti, Jessica. 2009. The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women. Berkeley: Seal Press. (Selections)

Victor, Daniel. 2016. “Want Viagra? Proposed Kentucky Law Would Require Note from Spouse,”  The New York Times.  (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/us/viagra-proposed-kentucky-law-wifes-consent.html?_r=2).

Zeilinger, Julie. 2015. “John Oliver, Laverne Cox and Nick Offerman Just Gave Us the Sex Ed Psa America Needs,”  Identities.Mic.  (http://mic.com/articles/123634/john-oliver-laverne-cox-and-nick-offerman-just-gave-us-the-sex-ed-psa-america-needs#.bZ5fKEmvn).

Ziyad, Hari. 2015. “Choosing Queer: I Was Not Born This Way, and That’s Okay.” Race Baitr Blog. (http://racebaitr.com/2015/09/30/choosing-queer-i-was-not-born-this-way-and-thats-ok/).

Book Review Option: Lindin, Emily. 2015. UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir. San Francisco: Zest Books.


Acker, Joan. 2006. “Inequality Regimes: Gender, Class and Race in Organizations.” Gender & Society 20(4):441-64.

Barnard Center for Research on Women. 2014. “Dean Spade: Trans Students at Women’s Colleges.” YouTube Website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpKat8cGkM0).

Central, Comedy. 2016. “The Glass Ceiling: A Game for Girls.”  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJsw9NHxIPY).

Coontz, Stephanie. 2016. “The Way We Still Never Were: Another Quarter Century of Family Change and Diversity,”  Council on Contemporary Families.  (https://contemporaryfamilies.org/the-way-we-still-never-were-brief-report/).

Economic Policy Institute. 2013. “Inequality.”  (http://inequality.is/).

Ehrenreich, Barbara. 1991. “The Mommy Test.” in The Worst Years of our Lives: Harpercollins.

Hanssen, Jorid Krane. 2015. “The Donor Figuration: A Progenitor, Father or Friend? How Young People in planned lesbian families negotiate with their donor.” Sexualities 18(3):276-96.

Jacobson, Roni. 2016. “What It’s Like When Your Wife Becomes Your Husband.” New York Magazine: Science of Us. (http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/01/what-its-like-when-your-wife-becomes-your-husband.html).

McClelland, Mac. 2016. “Is Prostitution Just Another Job?”,  New York Magazine.  (http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/03/sex-workers-legalization-c-v-r.html).

Mickelson, Roslyn Arlin. 1989. “Why Does Jane Read and Write so Well? The Anomaly of Women’s Achievement.” Sociology of Education 62(1):47-63.

Morris, Edward W. 2012. Learning the Hard Way: Masculinity, Place, and the Gender Gap in Education. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (Selections)

Parks, Casey. 2015. “Families Have Changed. Have Mother’s Day Cards?” The Oregonian/OregonLive.  (http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2015/05/alternative_mothers_day_cards.html).

Popteech. 2011. “Stephanie Coontz: On Marriage.”  YouTube Website (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwtb7jz8G4k).

Redstockings. 1980. “The Politics of Housework.”

Schilt, Kristen. 2010. “Manufacturing Gender Inequality: Workplace Responses to Stealth Transmen.” Pp. 88-108 in Just One of the Guys? Transgender MEn and the Persistence of Gender Inequality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book Review Option: Summers, A.K. 2014. Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press.


Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2002. “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others.” American Anthropologist 104(1):783-90.

Electorate.com, Black. 2001. “The Thong Vs. The Veil.” (http://www.blackelectorate.com/articles.asp?ID=491).

Evans, Dayna. 2014. “Women Making $70 Feminist Shirts in Factory Paid under a Dollar an Hour,”  Gawker.  (http://gawker.com/women-making-70-feminist-shirts-in-factory-paid-under-1653799400?utm_content=bufferc2443&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer).

Mohanty, Chandra. 1988. “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses.” Feminist Review 30:61-88.

Kempadoo, Kamala. 1998. “Globalizing Sex Workers’ Rights.” Canadian Woman Studies/Les Cahiers de la Femme 22(3/4):143-50.

Book Review Option: Jha, Meeta Rani. 2016. The Global Beauty Industry: Colorism, Racism, and the National Body. New York: Routledge.

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