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  • Book cover of Hot and Bothered by Judy Houck
    Houck, J. Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America. Harvard University Press, 2006.

    How did menopause change from being a natural (and often welcome) end to a woman’s childbearing years to a deficiency disease in need of medical and pharmacological intervention? As she traces the medicalization of menopause over the last 100 years, historian Judith Houck challenges some widely held assumptions.

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  • In Finding the Movement, Finn Enke reveals that diverse women’s engagement with public spaces gave rise to and profoundly shaped second-wave feminism. Focusing on women’s activism in Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis-St. Paul during the 1960s and 1970s, Enke describes how women across race and class created a massive groundswell of feminist activism by directly intervening in the urban landscape. They secured illicit meeting spaces and gained access to public athletic fields. They fought to open bars to women and abolish gendered dress codes and prohibitions against lesbian congregation. They created alternative spaces, such as coffeehouses, where women could socialize and organize. They opened women-oriented bookstores, restaurants, cafes, and clubs, and they took it upon themselves to establish women’s shelters, health clinics, and credit unions in order to support women’s bodily autonomy.

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  • Enke (Editor), F. Transfeminist Perspectives in and Beyond Transgender and Gender Studies. Temple University Press, 2013.

    An argument for bringing transgender studies into women’s studies departments and an exploration of the impact of trans issues in various aspects of higher education

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  • Book cover of Desi Divas by Chris Garlough
    Garlough, C. Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances. University Press of Mississippi, 2013.

    How South Asian American women have found expression and power in festival dances and theater

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  • Book cover for Scenes of Projection by Jill Casid
    Casid, J. H. Scenes of Projection. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

    Theorizing vision and power with the histories of psychoanalysis, media, scientific method, and colonization, Scenes of Projection poaches the prized instruments at the heart of the so-called scientific revolution. It demonstrates that the scene of projection is neither a static diagram of power nor a fixed architecture but rather a pedagogical setup that operates as an influencing machine of persistent training.

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  • Cover of Fantasies of Identification by Ellen Samuels

    In the mid-nineteenth-century United States, as it became increasingly difficult to distinguish between bodies understood as black, white, or Indian; able-bodied or disabled; and male or female, intense efforts emerged to define these identities as biologically distinct and scientifically verifiable in a literally marked body. Combining literary analysis, legal history, and visual culture, Ellen Samuels traces the evolution of the “fantasy of identification”—the powerful belief that embodied social identities are fixed, verifiable, and visible through modern science. From birthmarks and fingerprints to blood quantum and DNA, she examines how this fantasy has circulated between cultural representations, law, science, and policy to become one of the most powerfully institutionalized ideologies of modern society.

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  • Cover of Out of Havana by Araceli Alonso
    Alonso, A. Out of Havana: Memoirs of Ordinary Life in Cuba . Deep Education Press, 2014.

    Out of Havana is a first-person narrative and creative non-fiction memoir that uncovers fifty years of Marxism through a myriad of human relations tangled with shocking historical events as lived by four generations of Cuban women.

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  • Cover of Women and Power in Postconflict Africa by Aili Mari Tripp
    Tripp, A. M. Women and Power in Postconflict Africa. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

    The book explains an unexpected consequence of the decrease in conflict in Africa after the 1990s. Analysis of cross-national data and in-depth comparisons of case studies of Uganda, Liberia and Angola show that post-conflict countries have significantly higher rates of women’s political representation in legislatures and government compared with countries that have not undergone major conflict.

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  • Cover of Daughters of the Trade by Pernille Ipsen

    In Daughters of the Trade, Pernille Ipsen follows five generations of marriages between African women and Danish men, revealing how interracial marriage created a Euro-African hybrid culture specifically adapted to the Atlantic slave trade.

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  • Cover of In a Classroom of their Own by Keisha Lindsay

    Many advocates of all-black male schools (ABMSs) argue that these institutions counter black boys’ racist emasculation in white, “overly” female classrooms. This argument challenges racism and perpetuates antifeminism.

    Keisha Lindsay explains the complex politics of ABMSs by situating these schools within broader efforts at neoliberal education reform and within specific conversations about both “endangered” black males and a “boy crisis” in education.

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  • Cover of Bodyminds Reimagined by Sami Schalk

    In Bodyminds Reimagined Sami Schalk traces how black women’s speculative fiction complicates the understanding of bodyminds—the intertwinement of the mental and the physical—in the context of race, gender, and (dis)ability. Bridging black feminist theory with disability studies, Schalk demonstrates that this genre’s political potential lies in the authors’ creation of bodyminds that transcend reality’s limitations.

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  • Cover of Seeking Legitimacy by Aili Mari Tripp
    Tripp, A. M. Seeking Legitimacy: Why Arab Autocracies Adopt Women’s Rights. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

    Aili Mari Tripp explains why autocratic leaders in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria embraced more extensive legal reforms of women’s rights than their Middle Eastern counterparts. The study challenges existing accounts that rely primarily on religiosity to explain the adoption of women’s rights in Muslim-majority countries. Based on extensive fieldwork in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and an original database of gender-based reforms in the Middle East and North Africa, this accessible study analyzes how women’s rights are used both instrumentally and symbolically to advance the political goals of authoritarian regimes as leverage in attempts to side-line religious extremists.

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  • Cover of Health by All Means by Araceli Alonso
    Alonso, A., and T. Langle de Paz. Health by All Means: Women Turning Structural Violence into Peace and Wellbeing. Deep Education Press, 2019.

    Health by All Means documents the transformation of a community with, for, and by women who experience gender-based structural violence. It can be experienced as a story, a philosophy lesson, a walk with a treasured friend, and, at times, a song, and much dancing.

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  • Book cover of Understanding Human Sexuality
    Hyde, J. S., and J. DeLamater. Understanding Human Sexuality. McGraw Hill, 2020.

    Since its conception, Understanding Human Sexuality has achieved distinction and success by following the science of human sexuality. The first of the modern sexuality textbooks, Understanding Human Sexuality introduced this topic to students through the science that has uncovered what we know about the field.

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  • Goldstein, R. Mercury’s Toxic Touch. Anthropology News, 2020.
  • Goldstein, R. Ethnobotanies of Refusal: Methodologies in Respecting Plant(ed)-Human Resistance. Vol. 23, no. 3, ILHA - Revista de Antropologica, 2021.
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  • Senderowicz, L., and A. Kolenda. “She Told Me No, That You Cannot change”: Understanding Provider Refusal to Remove Contraceptive implants. Vol. 2, SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 2022.

    Enthusiasm for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is growing among donors and NGOs throughout the global reproductive health field. There is an emerging concern, however, that the push to insert these methods has not been accompanied by a commensurate push for access to method removal. We use data from 17 focus group discussions with women of reproductive age in an anonymized African setting to understand how users approach providers to request method removal, and how they understand whether or not such a request will be granted. Focus group participants described how providers took on a gatekeeping role to removal services, adjudicating which requests for LARC removal they deemed legitimate enough to be granted. Participants reported that providers often did not consider a simple desire to discontinue the method to be a good enough reason to remove LARC, nor the experience of painful side-effects. Respondents discussed the deployment of what we call legitimating practices, in which they marshalled social support, medical evidence, and other resources to convince providers that their request for removal was indeed serious enough to be honored. This analysis examines the starkly gendered nature of contraceptive coercion, in which women are expected to bear the brunt of contraceptive side-effects, while men are expected to tolerate no inconvenience at all, even vicarious. This evidence of contraceptive coercion and medical misogyny demonstrates the need to center contraceptive autonomy not only at the time of method provision, but at the time of desired discontinuation as well.

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  • Collage of book covers of all three books in the Chai House Trilogy, by Priti Srivastava
    Gratrix, J. The Chai House Trilogy. 2020.

    Throughout history resistance has organized over warm drinks and food. In public and private, spaces were created so that people could exchange thought. The Chai House Trilogy explores epic tales of survival and what can happen when ordinary individuals understand the power they hold and collectively work together to take action that directly impacts ongoing suffering and oppression.

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