Category Archives: gender studies

It has been and remains a tumultuous time in Brazil. Of course there was the Rio Olympics, which some feared would fall into debacle under the chaos of the Zika virus and human rights protests. Now, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female … Continue reading

It’s been awhile since I could legitimately sing, “Give me a head with hair/long, beautiful hair.” But the Cowsills, via America’s tribal love-rock musical, expressed the importance of the streamin’, flaxen, waxin’ locks with winning pop harmonies and frequent radio airplay. … Continue reading

As track and field portion of the Olympic Games gets up to steam, all eyes turn to Caster Semenya, the South African middle distance runner who took the silver in the 800 meters at the 2012 Games. Semenya is considered a strong … Continue reading

Progressive Era activist and reformer Fannie Barrier Williams was one of the most prominent educated African American women of her generation. A new effort to honor the woman who was a prominent spokesperson for economic, racial, and gender reforms has centered in Williams’ … Continue reading

Banu Subramaniam is the winner of the 2016 Ludwik Fleck prize for her book Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity. The Fleck Prize is the oldest 4S book prize awarded to an outstanding book … Continue reading

By Dawn Durante, Acquisitions Editor It is that time of year again! The NWSA/UIP First book prize submission deadline is June 1. This prize seeks the best dissertation or first book manuscript in the field of women’s and gender studies … Continue reading

By Dawn Durante, Acquisitions Editor The University of Illinois Press is pleased to share the news that Elora Halim Chowdhury is the new editor of the Dissident Feminisms series. Dr. Chowdhury is Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender … Continue reading

Ralph M. Leck teaches in the University Honors Program at Indiana State University. He answered some questions about his book Vita Sexualis: Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science. Q: Was Karl Ulrichs, as some claim, the first person to … Continue reading

Fifty years after the widespread release of the birth control pill, family planning remains a political and social hot potato. The future scrum for the White House will no doubt offer condemnations of Planned Parenthood and promises of a woman’s … Continue reading

Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures by L. H. Stallings is a finalist in the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards in the LGBT Studies category. The Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writing. … Continue reading