Women's Studies in Communication

Publication covering communications and women.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall

"Be Your Own Windkeeper": Friends, Feminism, and Rhetorical Strategies of Depoliticization
The television program Friends reinforces therapeutic rhetoric, Third Wave feminism, and postfeminism as it depoliticizes women's issues through three strategies: (1) the representation of female empowerment exclusively as individual transformation,...
Gendering the Interview: Feminist Reflections on Gender as Performance in Research
This reflexive essay argues that gender is co-performed but that researchers have greater responsibility for gender performances during research. In the present case, the author began an oral history project with a masculine definition of history,...
Gender-Linked Differences in Informal Argument: Analyzing Arguments in an Online Newspaper (1)
This study examines gender-linked differences in features of informal argument. Using "feminine style" (Campbell, 1973, 1989) as its theoretical framework, it analyzes aspects of arguments that appeared in a debate section of an online Japanese newspaper....
Talking about "Down There": The Politics of Publicizing the Female Body through the Vagina Monologues
This critical reading of The Vagina Monologues examines the play's circulation within dominant discourses of public and private and considers the ways in which the play works to reconfigure the female body and body-related issues as properly public....
United States V. Virginia: A Rhetorical Battle between Progress and Preservation
This paper examines the rhetoric of the Court's opinions in United States v. Virginia. The majority opinion is shaped by a framework of progress that acts as a conservative warrant for a politically liberal conceptualization of women. A competing framework...
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