80 Million No’s Mean No

The defeat of Donald J. Trump feels like emerging from a misogyny-trauma-hangover. The fact that he was ever elected and, as of this writing, has received over nine million more votes than his first run, is a massive global metaphor for rape culture.

For survivors of abuse and those who care for them, it was traumatic to watch his first ascendance to power, horrific to live through, and dehumanizing to have the prospect of a second term dangled in front of us. From the perspective of a women’s studies professor and life-long-feminist, one who is closer to sexual assault than anyone likes to be, the whole process felt traumatic.

Celebrating 50 Years of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies: “Damn Straight, We Persisted”

“Persistence is Resistance” is an open-access book that celebrates 50 years of gender, women and sexuality studies (GWSS) by welcoming existing community members and curious folks alike. This book is both about and a manifestation of 50 years of GWSS history.

In just fifty years, GWSS professors went from no programs, no course materials, no full-time professors, to more than can be contained in university walls, including paywalls.