Women-of-color matter: Notes on contribution and representation at Dickinson

Women-of-color matter: Notes on contribution and representation at Dickinson

“Have you cited a woman of color today?” My colleague and friend Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor, English, Ohio State University regularly posts this question on social media as a directive to other writers, thinkers and thought leaders. Her request is not racial or gender cheerleading. Rather, her query responds directly to the underrepresentation of female…

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…