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Literature as Resistance: The Works of Rosario Castellanos

Underrated and underread: the work of Mexican feminist writer Rosario Castellanos can be considered a literary act of resistance, a way of carving out a female space in public intellectual life.


What Does Women’s History Month Mean to You?

We reached out to three women actively engaged in telling women’s stories, each of whose work is supported by a Mass Humanities grant, to get their thoughts on what Women’s History Month means to them. Enjoy!


Are You Ladies Alone?


The recent trend in women choosing to marry late (or not at all) is as liberating as any movement, suffrage or sexual.


Believing is Seeing

If gendered differences are made to appear biological and irreversible, it is easier to reinforce the heterosexuality and male privilege in our gendered relationships.


For Equality Only, We Wish to Contend

Betty Friedan, right, and Kathryn F. Clarenbach of the University of Wisconsin at the second annual National Organization for Women (NOW) in Washington D.C. in 1967.

Massachusetts history contains many feminists who espoused full-humanity for men and women as well as equal political, educational, and occupational opportunities, including some early feminists who challenged traditional definitions of gender.


36 Hours, Four Violent Men, and One American Ideology

Mass shootings are not just an American problem; they are a problem related to American masculinity and to the ways American men use guns.


Disciplining Androgyny: A Brief History of Binary Gender

Intersex bodies photographed

We are witnessing the mainstream arrival of transgender, genderqueer, and other gender diverse people. Along with this surge in awareness have come questions from so many who want help understanding new terms, new ways of thinking about gender, and much more. But, to understand society’s newfound recognition, we must ask, what is gender (identity)?


Not Tucking Tail This Time

Phillis Wheatley

A trip to the library prompts thoughts about access to knowledge and the race-, class-, and gender-based barriers many have to surmount in order to gain access.


Grace, Beauty, and … Masculine Fire?

Prejudice has proved a formidable barrier to talented women in music. Historically, as now, education enables women to cross borders into heretofore unknown musical territory.


The Uses of Second Wave Feminism: Lessons from the Takeover at 888 Memorial Drive

A recent post by Marisa Parham about students’ hesitation touse the “f” word (feminism) struck a chord with me. I have heard this for adecade from students as well as from my peer group (folks in their mid30s). Since this disavowal of“feminism” seems so severe and pervasive I’ve tried to sort out its genesis.