True or false: Domestic violence is not a problem in my hometown. While some might believe this to be a true statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 5.3 million women ages 18 and older are victimized by an intimate partner. One in four women faces physical, emotional, or sexual […]Read more "Living with the Enemy: Bringing Domestic Abuse into Public View"
It seems that Toyota is looking to fashion a new image for itself after the company’s recent legal issues. Their new television commercial for their popular Avalon model harkens back to a time when products were thought to be safely and solidly built. The commercial features an extravagant Art Deco train station set that is arguably […]Read more "Toyota Throwback"
There’s no such thing as the Car or the Shoe or the Laundry Soap. But everyone knows the Pill, whose FDA approval 50 years ago rearranged the furniture of human relations in ways that we’ve argued about ever since. This weekend, I ran across an article on Time.com memorializing the 50th birthday of the birth […]Read more "The Pill Turns 50"
What is a woman’s place? The image of the 1950’s housewife that proliferated media during woman’s liberation as an anti woman’s lib sentiment argued that the woman’s place was the home. The argument continues today, even with the advances made in the struggle for woman’s equality, the year 2010 still sees a belief in prescribed […]Read more "A Woman’s Place"
The feminist movement. What images come to mind when you hear those words. More than likely they are images such as the one below. It seems that the history of the women’s liberation movement we remember is largely one of public demonstration, political action, and leaders, such as Betty Freidan. Of course, it is always […]Read more "Ward and June in Trouble"
Ok, I know starting this post with a reference to Star Trek is a bit risky, but I think Dr. Spock actually raises a wonderfully valid concept for this week’s topic. Women in the civil rights movement, particularly black women were faced with this conundrum on a regular basis. The civil rights movement was focused […]Read more "Does the Good of the Many Outweigh the Good of the One?- Dr. Spock"
After reading about how relationships were a popular subject for female blues singers, I wondered how their male counterparts approached the subject. How did they feel about infidelity, love, and the opposite sex? Expecting to have to search hard for examples, I was surprised to find many male singers of the era broaching these topics. […]Read more "“My Baby Left Me All Alone”: Blues Men and Relationships"
At first glance, I assumed that this week’s topic (immigrant communities) would be primarily a study of class, race, and religion. Therefore, it surprised me that upon completing Bread Givers, my strongest reaction came from a gendered perspective. Because of my perception of Judaism as fairly liberal in regard to women’s issues, I had not […]Read more "Two Worlds, Two Identities: Tradition and Womanhood in Bread Givers"
Barbara Kruger’s 1990 piece provides a satirical look over the white picket fences of suburban America in the 1950s and 1960s. What is this young woman doing as she peers through her magnifying glass? Why, inspecting for dirt of course! This image of woman as dirt detective addresses the plight of the suburban housewife; the […]Read more "Is Feminism Dead?"
Betty Friedan’s 1963 publication of The Feminine Mystique ensured women that they were not alone in suffering “the problem that has no name.” During the 1950s and 1960s, society had deemed women’s role as wife and mother, insular and alone. Society said that they should have been happy and content as […]Read more "Desperate Housewives of the 1950s and 1960s"