WGS News

  • Reliving a Pivotal Decade in Women’s Liberation

    BU Revolutionary Moment conference probes movement’s start BU Today By Susan Seligson 3-27-2014 Deborah Belle suspected that the time was right to take a scholarly look at the US women’s liberation movement from the 1960s to the 1970s and weigh the legacy of those times, but last year when she began organizing a BU conference on those pivotal years, the passionate response to the idea floored her. “We touched a nerve,” says Belle, a College of Arts and Sciences psychology professor, who will be joined at the conference A Revolutionary Moment: Women’s Liberation in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s today through Saturday, March... [ More ]

  • BU Research: A Riddle Reveals Depth of Gender Bias

    What’s your answer to this question? BU Today By Rich Barlow 1-16-2014 Here’s an old riddle. If you haven’t heard it, give yourself time to answer before reading past this paragraph: a father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital; just as he’s about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate—that boy is my son!” Explain. (Cue the final Jeopardy! music.) If you guessed that the surgeon is the boy’s gay, second father, you get a point for enlightenment, at least outside the Bible Belt. But did you also... [ More ]

  • BU Now Offers Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

    Goal: graduate-level interdisciplinary platform for gender studies BU Today By Irene Berman-Vaporis 10-08-2013 BU has launched a new certificate program in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies (WGS) to provide an interdisciplinary platform for graduate students interested in these studies. “Across the nation, gender and sexuality are increasingly being integrated into all disciplines and departments,” says Carrie Preston, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of English and WGS director of graduate studies. “The graduate certificate enables students enrolled in graduate programs across the University to pursue comprehensive study in the vibrant, interdisciplinary fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and receive institutional acknowledgement... [ More ]

  • Linking the Ivory Tower with the Street

    CAS prof as scholar, activist, mentor BU Today By Leslie Friday 1-29-2013 With her delicate features, blue eyes, and blonde hair, Carrie Preston could double as a porcelain doll, but she hardly handles life with kid gloves. Halfway through an early morning lecture on The Invention of Heterosexuality and Homosexuality in an Introduction to Women’s Studies class, Preston tells students about the practice of pederasty in ancient Athens, in which Greek men developed relationships with adolescent boys they chose as sexual partners and mentored. The practice was completely accepted at the time, she notes, because sex was about power and virility. That’s hard to... [ More ]

  • Points of Departure: I Found My Activism Here

    Ariana Katz (CGS’10, CAS’12) and Sarah Merriman (CAS’12) BU Today By Susan Seligson 5-15-2012 As Sarah Merriman and Ariana Katz talk about their involvement with the BU Center for Gender, Sexuality, and Activism—Merriman is the organization’s events coordinator and Katz is codirector—Merriman draws a blank about when the two became friends.. “We don’t really know the story,” says Merriman (CAS’12). “In the end, we just became friends. And now we wrestle a lot.” With a shared passion for activism, family, culture, and food, psychology major Merriman says that despite her foggy memories of how she and Katz became friends, the two made a “quick ascent to... [ More ]

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