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Conducting Ourselves…Professionally

Since Midwinter 2014, ALA has established a Conference Code of Conduct with which attendees need to comply. It is ALA’s stance against harassment of any kind during conferences. I am sure questions abound. First, why is a blog post on conference anti-harassment policy tagged with “feminism”? Though the language of ALA’s Conference Code of Conduct covers the broad spectrum of potential targets of harassing behavior–from gender identity and expression to race, religion, and language–the.. Read More

Three Hashtags Discussing Issues Relevant to Women and Gender Studies

Image from Kindle, an online magazine from Kolkata, India. It comes from the article #Hashing It Out: Democracy and Discourse in Twitterverse by Koli Mitra (October 2, 2013) According to the ACRL WGSS website, our section “was formed to discuss, promote, and support women’s studies collections and services in academic and research libraries.” I agree with this statement, but… I posit that while library collections and services in academic and research libraries are.. Read More

Excerpts from “Making the Grade”: Gender Matters

Women’s History Month is an important time set aside for us all to consider the many voices that have paved the way to our present state of social progress. It is also a time to honor current voices that help us look at our collective past and anticipate a brighter future. ACRL WGSS marks Women’s History Month 2014 with guest articles from different areas and perspectives. Our second article comes from Angi Caster,.. Read More

Mainstream Feminism: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t (Always)

For Women’s History Month 2014, ACRL WGSS has asked writers from outside of the association to share their writing on our blog. The first piece comes from Alex Dill. She is a working writer living and daydreaming in Manhattan, NYC. You can find her first published work, a book of collected poetry entitled Venn Diagrams, wherever eBooks are sold. For more thoughts on feminism in this post-millenium world, check out her blog continuumissues. Please give Alex.. Read More

#NotYourAsianSidekick: Asian American feminist online conversations

Last Thursday, January 16, 2014, 18MillionRising (18MR) had its first public forum online for their  #NotYourAsianSidekick campaign through Google Hangouts. The topics: the #NotYourAsianSidekick trend on Twitter, which started in mid-December 2013, women of color and feminism, and using social media for activism and community organizing. The forum consisted of Asian American panelists, moderated by PaKou Her, campaign director for 18MR. Featured speakers were writer and activist Tanzila Ahmed, Soya Jung from ChangeLab,.. Read More

Feminist Highlights from 2013

My favorite news sources seem to abound with tidings of feminism’s resurgence in 2013. One of my favorite collages of feminist moments is courtesy of PolicyMic. Of course, as much as I enjoy images like these and reading about feminism in the mainstream media, I can’t help my skepticism. The appearance of the word “feminism” doesn’t necessarily mean that our culture is suddenly devoid of sexism and the other isms it often intersects with–racism.. Read More

Lessons on Structural Racism Lead to Institutional Racism

Many of us have been following the story of Shannon Gibney, an English professor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College who was formally sanctioned by her employer after three white, male students in her class filed a racial harassment complaint against her–all for teaching them about structural racism. Rather than seeing their discomfort with the material as part of the educational experience, they complained that they weren’t receiving the education they were paying.. Read More