India, Feminism and Cultural Context

India, Feminism and Cultural Context

During the past spring semester I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Jaipur, India through the School for International Training (SIT) partner program of Dickinson. During the last week of March and the first week of April we visited a feminist organization called JagoriGrameen—Jagori meaning “awaken, women!”—at the foothills of the Himalayas near a famous…

Book Review: Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings: The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life

Book Review: Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings: The Emotional Costs of Everyday Life

Penis Envy and Other Bad Feelings: it’s a cheeky title for an elegant book. The latest contribution from Mari Ruti includes a blend of “theoretical reflection, cultural critique, and political commentary with personal anecdotes” (xxx). This combination makes for an illuminating perspective on gender, bad feelings, the consequences of consumer capitalism and neoliberalism, and the…

Hooking Up on Campus

Hooking Up on Campus

Lisa Wade’s book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus (2017) examines the hookup culture on college campuses. Contrary to myths about how much sex college students are having, Wade quotes recent research finding that “today’s students boast no more sexual partners than their parents did at their age” (17). Despite this, hookup…