Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 1/2, Spring

A Shot in the Dark: Vaccinations and Redundant Risks
There occurs ...an overproduction of risks, which sometimes relativize, sometimes supplement and sometimes outdo one another.-Ulrich Beck, Risk Society: Towards a New ModernityIn 2007, the state of Maryland passed a law stating that parents who did not...
Bare Biceps and American (In)Security: Post-9/11 Constructions of Safe(ty), Threat, and the First Black First Lady
[The] stigmatization of African American women becomes thought ana practice for each new generation of white Americans. Unfavorable images of black women, like other tainted racial images in the typical white mind, are significant for the survival of...
Channel Surfing
"Thinking . . . that everything that's hard and everything that's cold will stay hard and cold forever and everything that's soft and everything that's warm is only soft and warm for the time being."- Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and DarknessShe is watching...
Clean White Bone
It was 2005; the Saturday night before Halloween, and KTAO was throwing a party at the Taos Inn. There were prizes for best costumes, and a voluptuous woman in bustier and fishnets seemed a lock for sexiest. The tall skinny guy in drag was generating...
Cleared for Takeoff: Air Passenger Efficiency Training in the Post-9/11 Era
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other security agencies internationally began requiring passengers to place their regulation-size liquids, gels, and aerosols in a clear plastic bag in the fall of 2006. The policy was instituted in...
Dirty Work and Deadly Agents: A (Dis)Embodied Weapons Treaty and the Illusion of Safety
We recently called for a new "ocular ethic" for making sense of the relationship between visibility and invisibility of human bodies in the twenty-first century (Casper and Moore 2009). Drawing on six diverse but interrelated case studies ranging from...
Editors' Note: Security, Safety, Safe
This issue is not primarily about safety as a state of being, but rather about safety as a rhetoric, and as a practice of power relations. This issue uncovers the discourses of safety - safety pro mis ed, safety precluded, safety guaranteed for some...
Eruptions: NYC MustTagAliens
For the Safe Issue, we asked contributors to reflect on the MTA's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign, what they thought it was hailing them to do and what they thought ofthat interpellation. We requested that they "say something" in return....
Extract from a Report on the Origins of the Present Crisis
Neill Blomkamp's District 9, Culver City, Calif: TriStar Pictures, 2009.James Cameron's Avatar, Los Angeles: Twentieth Century Fox, 2009.Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, Hollywood, Calif: Universal Pictures, 2006.Davis Guggenheim's An Incovient Truth,...
Fear and Loathing: Public Feelings in Antiprison Work
For antiprison organizers, one potential source of hope in the current economic recession has been an increased willingness of budget-conscious state officials to reconsider mass incarceration. Starting in 2009, many states have tried to decrease prison-related...
From Civility to Self-Defense: Modern Advice to Women on the Privileges and Dangers of Public Space
In 1911, etiquette manual author Florence Hall began her chapter on manners in public places by declaring that American women had "the most desirable privilege" to go about the city "safe and unmolested" with "little danger of annoyance," even in the...
Gray Bus
Disabling LogicRecently, half a year before the 2010 midterm elections in the United States, Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican running for the Senate, told a reporter that he thought requiring elevators to accommodate wheelchairbound disabled employees...
"In His Own Home": Gendering the African American Domestic Sphere in Contemporary Culture
When journalists and cultural critics discussed the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. for "disorderly conduct" in July 2009, a particular phrase appeared with regularity Gates was arrested, we heard time and again, "in his own home." Most...
Introduction: Safe
Theorizing . . . Un/Safe?Bubble wrap, helmets, knee pads, protective goggles, liquid hand sanitizer, Lysol disinfectants, vaccines, multivitamins, mammograms, colonoscopies, Ziploc baggies, antislip shoe appliqués, antibiotics, anti-anxiety drugs, antibullying...
No Safe Place
In November 2005, the day after my thirty-fifth birthday, I moved into a new apartment. It was on the first floor of a white stucco building with a red tile roof, a few blocks north of the University of California, Berkeley, campus. Excitedly, I set...
On Vulnerability as Judith Butler's Language of Politics: From Excitable Speech to Precarious Life
It is often said that philosophy begins in wonder, but it may be the case that political theory begins in a sense of danger - in emotions of fear or dread; in perceptions of impending or potential harm, in experiences of vulnerability or injury. Most...
Our Year of Hiding from Microwaves
It was the year that we hid from microwaves. It was 1997, when the opening sequence in a Pokémon episode aired in Japan caused thousands of kids to go into seizures. That was the year, when my father read the news about kids watching the flashes of color...
Refusing Safety: The Feminist Struggle to Be Revolutionary
Kristin Bu miller's In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.Alyson M. Cole's The Cult of True Vieti m hood: From the War on Welfare to the War on Terror. Stanford:...
Resignifying Excitable Speech
Judith Butlers work has done much good in the world. Several women have told me how reading her earlier work, Gender Trouble and Bodies That Matter, was a turning point in their lives. They not only found that other women were in situations similar to...
Response: Performative Reflections on Love and Commitment
I am very grateful for the two thoughtful essays on Excitable Speech. I thought to respond by focusing on two of the points made in those essays. The first one was posed by J. Hillis Miller. He asks me to think about the kind of effective force that...
Sex, Safety, and the Trauma of AIDS
Leo Bersani's Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010Tim Dean's Unlimited intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009David M. Halperin and Valerie Tra...
The Career Girl Murders: Gender, Race, and Crime in 1960s New York
In 1964, a New York television producer penned a popular advice book for young women contemplating a move to the city. With the provocative title, Career Girl, Watch Your Step, author Max Wy lie explained that his chief concern was "the horrible incidence...
The Long Arc of Safety: A Review of Three Recent Works on the History, Logic, and Rhetoric of Security
Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo and Mary K. Blood sworth-Lugo's A Hew Kind of Containment: "The War on Terror," Race, and Sexuality. New York: Rodopi, 2009Marie Gottschalk's The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America. New York: Cambridge...
Waiting-to-Death, or Security and Asylum-Seeking in a Hospital ER
Whom am I to tell my private nightmares to if I cant tell them to you?- Estragon, Waiting for GodotWaiting"To wait," according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), is to do nothing for a period of time in expectation or hope that something will happen....
We're Still Vulnerable: Todd Haynes's Safe in 2011
We're Still Vulnerable: Todd Haynes's Safe in 2011Todd Haynes's Safe, Culver City, Calif.: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 1994Todd Haynes's Safe was shot in and around Los Angeles while the city was besieged with aftershocks from the Northridge...
When Safety Becomes a Duty: Gender, Loneliness, and Citizenship for Urban Women
Every man I meet wants to protect me. I cant figure out what from.- Mae West, My Little ChickadeeWomen in urban industrial societies consistently report more fear of crime and spend more money on protection than men do, even though men are more likely...
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