Women's Studies in Communication

Publication covering communications and women.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring

"Academic Drag" and the Performance of the Critical Personae: An Exchange on Sexuality, Politics, and Identity in the Academy
This article analyzes the process of queering the academy by focusing on the politics and praxis that constitute sexuality's role(s) in academic spaces. We advance our critique through a dialogue to centralize our own identities as we interrogate the...
Collecting the Gaze: Memory, Agency, and Kinship in the Women's Jail Museum, Johannesburg
This article draws on Walter Benjamin's insights about collecting to consider how the curatorial approach in the Women's Jail museum figures former inmates as collectors who haunt a scene of memory that productively mediates the gaze. In compelling...
Coontz, Stephanie. A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
Coontz, Stephanie. A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2011. 222 pp. $25.95 (hardcover). ISBN-13: 978-0-465-00200-9. Stephanie Coontz's latest book examines the impact...
Donawerth, Jane. Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a Women's Tradition, 1600-1900
Donawerth, Jane. Conversational Rhetoric: The Rise and Fall of a Women's Tradition, 1600-1900. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011. 232 pp. $60 (hardcover). ISBN-13: 9780809330270. And my essays lying scattered on the floor ...
Franzway, Suzanne, and Mary Margaret Fonow. Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances between Women and Labor
Franzway, Suzanne, and Mary Margaret Fonow. Making Feminist Politics: Transnational Alliances Between Women and Labor. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2011. 11 + 180 pp. $25.00 (paperback). ISBN-13: 978-0252077920. In the ongoing academic...
Lifetime's Army Wives, or I Married the Media-Military-Industrial Complex
Lifetime's Army Wives is its most successful serial drama to date, depicting Army families with loved ones deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. I argue that Army Wives uses marriage to produce gendered propaganda and advance banal militarism. The program...
Rape as a Weapon of Hate: Discursive Constructions and Material Consequences of Black Lesbianism in South Africa
When the violent years of apartheid ended in South Africa in the early 1990s, the nation reinvigorated a commitment to equality. Despite institutional gains and the constitutional recognition of gay rights, violence against gay and lesbian people in...
Writing Bill Clinton: Mediated Discourses on Hegemonic Masculinity and the 2008 Presidential Primary
This study seeks to examine how traditional gender scripts function to reinforce hegemonic discourses about groups that already occupy positions of political power and dominance. A close analysis of the 2008 Democratic Primary coverage reveals that...