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No. 58, Fall

The Woman or the Egg? Race in Egg Donation and Surrogacy Databases
[1] "Smart, confident, and gorgeous ... a real 10!" This attention-grabbing headline can be found in a database of potential egg donors, positioned above a picture of a fair-skinned young woman along with her height (5'9"), eye color (green), and hair...
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Cross-Cultural Delivery: The American Influence on Representations of Birth in Polish Popular Culture
[1] Scripting the birth, that is emplotting the story of pregnancy and labor using specific narrative and visual conventions, is a way of coping with the unrepresentability of the birthing body. These coping strategies are not meant to represent the...
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Reading Maeshowe: Recovering the Feminine in a Neolithic Tomb
[1] Cuween, a small Neolithic cairn, perches on top of a hill on the Orkney Mainland. A flashlight waits in a bucket by the door, and visitors crawl on hands and knees, one by one, into the pitch-black interior. After savoring a degree of darkness...
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Cindy Sheehan and the Politics of Motherhood: Politicized Maternity in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
[1] In September 2005, activist and mother Cindy Sheehan was arrested in front of the White House for participating in an organized peaceful sit-in, in which protesters demanded that George Bush receive their request for his plan to end the war in...
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Incarceration and the "Freedom to Read": How Prison Libraries Function as Instruments of State Power
Introduction [1] Since their inception in 1790, prison libraries and literacy programs have been scrutinized and studied in order to gauge their potential usefulness in the rehabilitation of the incarcerated (Rubin, 3). A large body of literature,...
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Who's in Prison in the U.S.? Who's Not? A Special Call for Papers
Recent gender studies about criminality have tended to focus on the decriminalization of same sex relationships or on controversies about a woman's right to choose an abortion. While these issues are important, their implicit legal and political contexts...
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No. 57, Spring

Moving Bodies: Sympathetic Migrations in Transgender Narrativity
Affect is not an expression of transsexuality but is, rather, the definitive condition of it. --Lucas Cassidy Crawford, "Transgender Without Organs?" Transsexuality offers a dramatic instance of the temporal instability of the flesh. It sets...
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The Nun, the Priest, and the Pornographer: Scripting Rape in Maria Monk's Awful Disclosures
[1] In the early nineteenth century, lurid tales of imprisoned and sexually violated nuns entertained and outraged Protestant Americans. The most famous and popular of these tales was Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery ostensibly written by...
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Human Rights and the "African Village": Ousmane Sembene's Moolaade
[1] Talal Asad begins his essay "What Do Human Rights Do? An Anthropological Enquiry" with the following question: "In the torrent of reporting on human rights in recent years far more attention is given to human rights violations in the non-Western...
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I Can Be Whoever I Want to Be: Alias and the Post-Feminist Rhetoric of Choice
[1] Writing an enthusiastic mid-series review of the cult action-adventure series Alias (2001-2006), Charles Taylor made an unusual comparison between the show's heroine, good-girl spy Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner), and the protagonist...
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Technodrama of the Designer Baby in My Sister's Keeper and Pride
[1] Engineering a cure for the heteronormative family has become one of the signature missions of certain forms of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in the twenty-first century. Processes like artificial insemination and surrogacy are increasingly...
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No. 56, Fall

Making a Meal of Manhood: Revisiting Rope and the Question of Hitchcock's Homophobia
[1] When D. A. Miller published "Anal Rope," an essay about Alfred Hitchcock's film Rope (1948), in 1990, the AIDS crisis was still raging in the United States, no effective treatment for it was available, homophobia was at its height, and George Bush...
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The Only Black Man at the Party: Joni Mitchell Enters the Rock Canon
[1] On Halloween of 1976, a week before her thirty-third birthday, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell strutted into a Los Angeles party in dark pancake makeup and a pimp's suit and passed for a black man. For the next six years, Mitchell appeared intermittently...
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A Body That Does Not Compare: How White Men Define Black Female Beauty in the Era of Colorblindness
"Just the term 'black women' conjures up thoughts of an overweight, dark-skinned, loud, poorly educated person with gold teeth yelling at somebody in public. I hope that doesn't make me racist but honestly that's the 1st thing I think of."- Lee, middle...
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Soldiers of Feeling: Masculinity and Patriotism in Innes Munro's Military Memoirs
[1] In the spring of 1789, the impeachment of former East India Company president Warren Hastings for war crimes in India was entering its second year. The outbreak of revolutionary violence in France was still a few months in the future. And a narrative...
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Phallic Nationalism: Limits of Male Homosocial Desire in A Spy on Mother Midnight
[1] In this essay, I am interested in how changing expectations of masculinity are reflected in the erotic text A Spy on Mother Midnight; or, the Templar Metamorphosed and parts two and three of that text, printed the same year, A Continuation of Mr....
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No. 55, Spring

Performing Countercultural Masculinity: Mick, Music and Masquerade in Gimme Shelter
[1] Years before MTV, baby boomer audiences consumed images of themselves in widely popular rockumentaries that have since become key documents in our understanding of youth and music cultures of the past. In particular, the 1970 film Gimme Shelter,...
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Feminism, Postfeminism, Liz Lemonism: Comedy and Gender Politics on 30 Rock
Picturing Feminism [1] The title of Tina Fey's humorous 2011 memoir, Bossypants, suggests how closely Fey is identified with her Emmy-award winning NBC sitcom 30 Rock (2006-), where she is the "boss"--the show's creator, star, head writer, and executive...
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The Gender Entrapment of Neoliberal Development
Introduction: The new folk devils [1] In Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order, their classic application of cultural studies, political economy, and critical race studies to the interrogation of "crime," Stuart Hall and his...
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Trifles, Abominations, and Literary Gossip: Gendered Rhetoric and Nineteenth-Century Scrapbooks
We Perceive, by the last London Atlas, that scrapbooks and albums are going entirely out of fashion in England. This is one of those foreign examples, which, we trust, will be enthusiastically followed here. We give this information thus early for...
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Queering Couplehood: Robert & John Allerton and Historical Perspectives on Kinship
[1] On March 4, 1960, Robert Allerton became a father. He was 86 at the time and his newly adopted son, John Wyatt Gregg, was 60. They had met 38 years previously at a "Father-Son" fraternity banquet at the University of Illinois where the single and...
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Who's in Prison in the U.S.? Who's Not? A Special Call for Papers
Recent gender studies about criminality have tended to focus on the decriminalization of same sex relationships or on controversies about a woman's right to choose an abortion. While these issues are important, their implicit legal and political contexts...
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No. 54, Summer

Policing Black Women's Sexual Expression: The Cases of Sarah Jones and Renee Cox
[1] The history of black feminist theory relates black women's sexuality as silence or dissemblance (Hammonds, Hine, Spillers). With continued sexual exploitation of black women and girls, increasing attention to male rape in prisons, misogyny in popular...
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From Rugged Individual to Dishy Dad: Reinventing Masculinity in Singapore
Introduction [1] Images of ideal masculinity in Singapore are, as in any society, unstable and subject to ongoing modification. Local imperatives have brought about adaptations to normative masculinities, but interaction with global dynamics and...
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Bawdy Technologies and the Birth of Ectoplasm
[1] By the late nineteenth century, Spiritualism, a religious movement that promised communication with the dead through spirit mediums, had attracted a broad range of prominent followers like the American suffragist Victoria Woodhull, the British...
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Prejudicial Distribution of the HPV Vaccine
[1] Release of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine on the market sparked controversy: Teen girls, sex, politics, religion, and cancer intersected in the push to inject the vaccine into arms. The focus of this paper is the mythology of the vaccine, and...
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Who's in Prison in the U.S.? Who's Not? A Special Call for Papers
Recent gender studies about criminality have tended to focus on the decriminalization of same sex relationships or on controversies about a woman's right to choose an abortion. While these issues are important, their implicit legal and political contexts...
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No. 53, Spring

Feminized Men and Inauthentic Women: Fight Club and the Limits of Anti-Consumerist Critique
[1] From the moment of its release, David Fincher's 1999 film Fight Club has provoked a great deal of theorizing about gender both inside and outside of academia. Such a cultural event, interesting wide swaths of the movie-going public, media pundits,...
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Cross-Cultural Identification, Neoliberal Feminism, and Afghan Women
[1] Soon after the U.S. attacked Afghanistan in October 2001, the abject figure of the burqa-clad woman awaiting freedom was publicized by the State Department as a major justification for the war. This recycling of a familiar nineteenth-century colonial...
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(The) Bikini: Embodying the Bomb
"As no doubt we all know, no single instant, no atom of our life (of our relation to the world and to being) is not marked today, directly or indirectly, by that [atomic] speed race."--Jacques Derrida, "No Apocalypse, Not Now," Diacritics [ILLUSTRATION...
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Situational Lesbians & the Daddy Tank: Women Prisoners Negotiating Queer Identity and Space, 1970-1980
I think I hear at least every other day: "You're not normal!" You only like women because you're in prison!" --Karen Batton, personal correspondence [1] Prisons in the United States regulate the ways in which people in them can build a home and...
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Letting Men off the Hook? Domestic Violence and Postfeminist Celebrity Culture
Introduction [1] Contemporary celebrity culture allows for the configuration of certain discourses about male violence against women. By paying attention to this form of culture, changes in the cultural landscape, particularly in relation to the...
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No. 52, December

Manufacturing Hysteria: The Import of U.S. Abortion Rhetorics to Poland
[1] When I first heard about the Post Abortion Syndrome (also known as Post Abortion Stress Syndrome) as a strategy used by American anti-choicers, I did not give it much thought. There were by far greater issues to worry about in my own backyard....
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Getting the Girl: Wittig and Zeig's Trojan Horse
Introduction: Situating Monique Wittig [1] Following Monique Wittig's sudden death in 2003 there has been a flurry of criticism paying homage to the importance of her work, rightly situating it as a crucial contribution to gender and sexuality studies....
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You Have Not What You Ought: Gender and Corporeal Intelligibility in Henry Fielding's the Female Husband
[1] Eighteenth-century court records and periodicals provide glimpses of the bodies of women who cross-dressed and married other women, the so-called female husbands whose bodies challenged emergent categories of sex, gender, and sexuality. Mary East,...
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Boys and Girls Come out to Play: Gender and Music-Making in Hamilton, New Zealand/Aotearoa
[1] This article addresses gender and popular music-making in the city of Hamilton, New Zealand, a moderately prosperous provincial city (population 130,000) which services a large rural sector (the Waikato). Starting from the observation that few...
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Jocasta and the Rebirth of Matriarchy: Embodied Spectatorship in Margaret Oliphant's "The Portrait"
[1] Although a prolific professional writer and perennial breadwinner for a large household, Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897) has not been easily claimed as a proto-feminist. Her tremendous industry and independence stand in contrast to the conservative...
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Everybody Has a Mammy: The Productive Discomfort of Louise Beavers' Movie Maids
Oh, my God. Oh, my God. I'm sorry. This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless,...
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No. 51, June

Gender as the Next Top Model of Global Consumer-Citizenship
[1] At first she looks like a transient, slouching in an alley. Her hair is disheveled, her face dirty, and her clothing in disarray. But the sudden flashing of a photographer's bulb suggests otherwise. The Manhattan alley in which she poses looks...
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"I Really Must Be an Emma Bovary": Female Literacy and Adultery in Feminist Fiction
[1] Feminist fiction emerged in both the United States and Great Britain during the height of the second wave feminist movement, marking its entrance with demands for female autonomy, sexual and reproductive freedom, and a cautionary perspective on...
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The Englishman in America: Masculinity in Love and Death on Long Island and Father of Frankenstein
[1] On 27 March 1995 Nigel Hawthorne did not win a Best Actor Oscar for his role as George III in Nicolas Hynter's The Madness of King George (1994). In an interview with the American magazine The Advocate a week earlier, he had discussed his openness...
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Bar and Dog Collar: Commodity, Subculture, and Narrative in Jane Delynn
[1] The author of five novels (the first of which was published in 1978) and numerous stories, essays, and articles, Jane DeLynn has had a respectable, if not prolific, literary career. She has attracted little critical attention, however, even in...
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Woolf's Orlando and the Resonances of Trans Studies
[1] Scholars have recently begun to create theoretical models that help us to register important differences within contemporary transgendered identifications. In 1990, Judith Butler's Gender Trouble denaturalized norms of gender and sexuality, performing...
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From Humanitarian Intervention to the Beautifying Mission: Afghan Women and Beauty without Borders
[1] In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration was quick to assimilate the terror attacks into a simplistic binary opposition of good and evil, absolving the U.S. of any foreign policy role in triggering the anger which prompted...
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Who's in Prison in the U.S.? Who's Not? A Special Call for Papers
Recent gender studies about criminality have focused on the decriminalization of same sex relationships. Disputes about a woman's right to choose abortion have also drawn attention. While these issues are important, they have been considered in a context...
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No. 50, December

Out of Wedlock: The Consummation and Consumption of Marriage in Contemporary Romance Fiction
[1] To the marriage of true minds, romance fiction has not admitted many impediments. The genre has long relied on the marriage closure in the tradition of the fairytale happily-ever-after, and because love and marriage continue to "go together" in...
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Raskolnikova: Rodion Romanovich's Struggle with the Woman Within
[1] Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov's delirium-filled wanderings about Saint Petersburg and his subsequent encounters with various abused and anonymous young women are necessary catalysts to his eventual self-discovery as well as paradigms for Crime...
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Section 377 and the "Trouble with Statism": Legal Intervention and Queer Performativity in Contemporary India
Setting the terms: after the Fire [1] While it would be problematic to fix a monolithic moment of change from invisibility to visibility in the context of queer citizenship in India, it could be argued that the events following the screening of...
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Shepherding Romance: Reviving the Politics of Romantic Love in Brokeback Mountain
[1] The recent film, Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee and based on Annie Proulx's short story, received an overwhelmingly admiring response from newspaper and magazine film critics, won a series of prominent film awards, and roused a large,...
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State of Transformation: Drag Queen Masculinity in Two Scottish Texts
"Stop aw this homophobic shite: it's a total drag" --Welsh, 'A Smart Cunt' (245) [1] 'Drag', the practice of cross-dressing and performing as the opposite gender, can be homophobic, suggests an against-the-grain reading of this quote from Irvine...
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Striking the Posture of a Whore: The Bawdy House Riots and the "Antitheatrical Prejudice"
[1] In his oft-cited defense of metaphysical poetry T.S. Eliot provocatively comments on what he terms a seventeenth-century "dissociation of sensibility," an aesthetic sea change "from which we have never recovered" (288). For Eliot, the English Restoration...
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No. 49, June

Are You Finally Comfortable in Your Own Skin? the Raced and Classed Imperatives for Somatic/spiritual Salvation in the Swan
[1] When Sylvia is selected to be a contestant on Fox's makeover and pageant reality show The Swan, we are told that she has faced a lifetime of romantic rejection because of her appearance. In documentary-style footage, Sylvia critiques her bikini-clad...
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Lily: Sold out! the Queer Feminism of Lily Tomlin
[1] Lily Tomlin was perhaps at the peak of her mainstream fame and popularity in the 1970s and 80s. Her body of work at that time includes live performance, television, sound recording, and film. Prominent in all of these, her public persona was shaped...
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Misfortune and Men's Eyes: Voyeurism, Sorrow, and the Homosocial in Three Early Brian De Palma Films
[1] In her groundbreaking essay "When the Woman Looks," Linda Williams argues that "Brian De Palma's film Dressed to Kill extends Psycho's premise by holding the woman [Kate Miller, played by Angie Dickinson] responsible for the horror that destroys...
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On Mothers without Citizenship: An Interview with Lynn Fujiwara
[1] THOMA: In your book, Mothers Without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform, you analyze how a new nativism and foreigner racialization intensified in an anti-immigrant movement in the mid 1990s, a period of...
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The Cinematic Shrews of Teen Comedy: Gendering Shakespeare in Twentieth-Century Film
[1] The discourse of feminism since at least the last two decades of the twentieth century has had to combat repeatedly questions of "conformity" and "happiness": if feminism must work against patriarchy, must women reject, in full, every aspect of...
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The Lack of Chinese Lesbians: Double Crossing in Blue Gate Crossing
[1] Although no critic has noted this, it still appears trite and painfully embarrassing to proclaim: "There are no lesbians in Chinese societies." After all, it is almost a cliche to argue that sexuality is a construct. Thirty years ago, Michel Foucault...
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No. 48, December

Fame Is a Losing Game: Celebrity Gossip Blogging, Bitch Culture and Postfeminism
Introduction [1] From "outing" well known actors to breaking news of celebrity pregnancies or mental breakdowns, the gossip blog has become a key component of contemporary celebrity culture--one that is arguably usurping more traditional gossip...
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From Bad Girl to Mad Girl: British Female Celebrity, Reality Products, and the Pathologization of Pop-Feminism
"Hi everyone, I'm Kerry. You probably think you know everything about me already, but don't believe all that crap you read in the papers. I've got bipolar, so I have my highs and I have my lows ... Watch the show. You never know, you might even...
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Introduction
[1] What is it with female celebrities lately? While the good girl/bad girl categories of a ludicrously dichotimized cultural script of femininity have long been in operation, these poles now seem to be moving further apart in a celebrity landscape...
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Living the Hills Life: Lauren Conrad as Reality Star, Soap Opera Heroine, and Brand
[1] Multiple accounts of reality television discuss its ability to make a celebrity out of anybody, to pluck an ordinary person out of obscurity and thrust her or him into the limelight. For the most part though, the celebrity that reality television...
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Mother of the Year: Kathy Hilton, Lynne Spears, Dina Lohan and Bad Celebrity Motherhood
In the lives of many young people, that person [responsible for curbing bad behaviour] is a parent. But what if it's not? What if the whole family is along for the ride, with photographers and TV crews watching from the sidelines? Let's ask Nicky...
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The Horror of Something to See: Celebrity "Vaginas" as Prostheses
[1] 2007 was the year of the vagina. This word, which formerly maintained semi-taboo status--as either coldly clinical or uncomfortably explicit--circulated like never before, thanks, in large part, to the brief "flashing" fad among young Hollywood...
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No. 47, June

Cartographies of a Violent Landscape: Viramontes' and Moraga's Remapping of Feminisms in under the Feet of Jesus and Heroes and Saints
"I cannot continue to use my body to be walked over to make a connection." --Cherrie Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back, xv There is "[n]o sense talking tough unless you do it." --Estrella, Under the Feet of Jesus, 45 [1] In her 1980 preface...
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Danny DeVito's Body
[1] A 1987 profile in Newsweek meditated on the unlikely early success of Danny DeVito in Hollywood: "DeVito has ... becom[e] one of Hollywood's hottest--and most unlikely--success stories. In a town of pretty-boy leading men, he has triumphed despite...
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From Croft to Campus: Extra-Marital Pregnancy and the Scottish Literary Renaissance
[1] Teaching in rural Ohio, I have been surprised by the number of students who become pregnant, defying the current trend towards delaying motherhood. It is easy for those of us educating these students to shake our heads sadly, reflecting on the...
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Latchkey Hero: Masculinity, Class and the Gothic in Eric Kripke's Supernatural
"Redneck Aliens Take Over Trailer Park." --Weekly World News (2006) [1] The gothic, a pan-media mode that migrated from novels to drama and poetry and then to film and television, has a long history of engaging the binary construction of gender...
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Minnesota's Hot Mamas: An Interview with Joanna Inglot
[1] KLEIN: In your book WARM: A Feminist Art Collective in Minnesota you chronicle the history of the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota, a woman's art collective and gallery based in Minneapolis. In the introduction, you write that "thirty years after...
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M/Othering the Children: Pregnancy and Motherhood as Obstacle to Self-Actualization in Jane Eyre
"Children can feel, but they cannot analyze their feelings." --Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (24). "Neither Charlotte nor Emily Bronte was, at the time of writing Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, in a position to experience or even anticipate actual...
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On the Semiotic Basis of Knowledge and Ethics: An Interview with Susan Petrilli and Augusto Ponzio
[1] DP: Let me start by thanking you for agreeing to talk about your book with me. I found Semiotics Unbounded a really fascinating attempt to synthesize a lot of material in the field of semiotics that will be unfamiliar to many of us (especially...
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No. 46, December

Big Bad Chinese Mama: Asian Cyber-Feminism and Subversive Textual Strategies
Work, play, art, science, literature, sex, education ... digitization leaves nothing untouched. Social relations are being transformed by the development of telecommuting, hypermedia systems, and the new world of on-line information. In particular,...
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Eminem, Masculine Striving, and the Dangers of Possessive Individualism
Indeed if one is to be a man almost any kind of unconventional action often takes disproportionate courage. So it is no accident that the source of Hip is the Negro for he has been living on the margin between totalitarianism and democracy for two...
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Queen Latifah, Unruly Women, and the Bodies of Romantic Comedy
Bodies, stardom, narratives [1] The questions that compel this essay concern the relationship between bodies and narratives: the narratives available to certain bodies and the disruptive impact of those bodies on narratives. My focus is the embodiment...
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The Hand with Two Sides: Self-Mutilation and the Constructed Feminine
[1] I can still remember the first time it happened. I was either thirteen or fourteen, I don't know that, but I do know that I was sitting in a chair in the kitchen with my back to the folding doors leading down the long slate hallway. I was somewhere...
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The Perilous and Imperiled Black Family Romance: Sujata Moorti Interviews Candice M. Jenkins about Her New Book, Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy
MOORTI: Private Lives, Proper Relations offers a new lens through which one can understand some key late twentieth century African American women's fiction. Your book primarily argues that the hidden arena of intimacy is thoroughly politicized for...
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No. 45, June

Becoming My Own Ghost: Spinsterhood, Heterosexuality and Sarah Waters's Affinity
[1] The prominence of the 'ghostly' in Affinity, Sarah Waters's 1991 neo-Victorian gothic fiction of female same sex desire, might be read as a fantastic fictional evocation of a recurring trope in lesbian feminist literary history and historiography:...
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Bodies at Rest, Bodies in Motion: Physical Competence, Women's Fitness, and Feminism
[1] The experience of fitness by women in our culture is ideologically inflected by assumptions about gender and biology, with the frequent result that many women are active primarily for extrinsic motives--to satisfy our own and others' ideas about...
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Fantasies of Union: The Queer National Romance in My Beautiful Laundrette
Where the political terrain can neither resolve nor suppress inequality, it erupts in culture. Because culture is the contemporary repository of memory, of history, it is through culture, rather than government, that alternative forms of subjectivity,...
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Male Stewardesses: Male Flight Attendants as a Queer Miscarriage of Justice
[1] To find work as a flight attendant in the 1960s took more than affability, patience, good looks and an openness to travel. While all these traits were certainly essential, there were also more pernicious criteria that made this field rife with...
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Perspectives by Incongruity: Kenneth Burke and Queer Theory
[1] I spent several years of my life looking, waiting for the right time to die. In my early twenties, I fantasized about being martyred, killed for a purpose, a cause, something that would make my death bearable for the others, those who cared. I...
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Romance as Political Aesthetic in Ahdaf Soueif's the Map of Love
[1] Romance has, to put it mildly, a sketchy political history. On the one hand, its focus on interpersonal dramas within the feminized private sphere, from aristocratic liaisons in the chivalric epics of the Middle Ages to the novels of Jane Austen...
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No. 44, December

Feminine Freakishness: Carnivalesque Bodies in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus
[1] Angela Carter described herself as being in the "demythologising business" ("Notes", 38) and in her 1984 novel Nights at the Circus Carter's interrogative scope is both broad and complex. The winged aerialiste Fevvers and the rag-bag of circus...
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Jet-Man Meets Cover Girl at the F-111: Gender and Technology in James Rosenquist's F-111
In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went to the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations! --Allen Ginsberg, "A Supermarket in California" (1955) [1] James Rosenquist's F-111 (1964-5, fig 1) manipulates the visual codes...
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Making over Masculinity: A Queer "I" for the Straight Guy
[1] Just in case you've been living without cable, like an animal, for the past few years, I'll begin this essay by explaining that Queer Eye For the Straight Guy is a successful show on Bravo where, every week, five gay men make over a straight man:...
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Subjectivity Politics in Sorrow Mountain: Transnational Feminism and Tibetan Autobiography
[1] It has become a commonplace to describe growing Western engagement with Buddhism as a search for relief from spiritual vacuity and deep dissatisfaction produced by modernity. Buddhism in this narrative figures as either pre-modern or timeless,...
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The Gender of Money
Woman's complexion is more humid than man's. [The nature] of the humid receives an impression easily but retains it poorly. The humid is readily mobile, and thus women are unconstant and always seeking something new. Hence when she is engaged in the...
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Working Gender/fading Taxonomies
[1] The public rehearsal of making over goes back to 1979, the moment when post-war housing began to fall apart and when This Old House, the WGBH home restoration program, was first aired. Making over was never simply the humble process of rescuing,...
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No. 43, June

Agreeable Objects and Angry Paintings: "Female Imagery" in Art by Hannah Wilke and Louise Fishman, 1970-1973
[1] "Who has the guts to deal with cunts?" asked sculptor Hannah Wilke in 1973 (Schwartz). Louise Fishman, a painter, told critic Sarah Whitworth that her thoughts immediately turned to women's genitals when she decided to examine consciously what...
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Black and White Masculinity: In Three Steven Soderbergh Films
[1] Steven Soderbergh, director of both experimental films and big-budget genre films, has been unusually candid about racism in Hollywood. In a June 2003 New York Times profile of African American actor Don Cheadle, Soderbergh bluntly states that...
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Lesbian Violence as Fascist Crusade in Monster
[1] The cultural articulation of sexuality to political violence has enjoyed no shortage of scholarly analysis in recent years. Drawing upon libidinal models familiar to readers of renowned German Freudo-Marxists Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse, and...
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Postcolonial Masculinity: 1947, Partition Violence and Nationalism in the Indian Public Sphere
If the humanities have a future as cultural criticism, and cultural criticism has a task at the present moment, it is no doubt to return us to the human where we do not expect to find it, in its frailty and at the limits of its capacity to make sense....
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Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Motherhood
[1] The publication of Breeder: Real-Life Stories from the New Generation of Mothers (2001), co-edited by Ariel Gore and Bee Lavender, marks a shift in the attention of third wave feminists away from the role of rebellious daughters to the role of...
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Unintended Consequences of the Feminist Sex/gender Distinction
[1] The average person does not distinguish between "sex" and "gender," and uses the two terms interchangeably. The same can be said of a significant number of social scientists. For instance, an unsystematic review of one recent issue of Sociological...
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