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Gendered Lives

Intersectional Perspectives

Seventh Edition

Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey

Publication Date - 16 August 2019

ISBN: 9780190928285

640 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

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Now published by Oxford University Press, this highly regarded interdisciplinary text-reader provides students an introduction to women's and gender studies within a global context


Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives, Seventh Edition, is an interdisciplinary text-reader that provides an introduction to women's and gender studies within a global context by examining the diversity of US women's lives across categories of race-ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender expression, disability, age, and immigration status. Substantial chapter introductions provide statistical information and explanations of key concepts and ideas as a context for the reading selections. Each chapter includes reading questions and suggestions for taking action, to help students link what they learn to their own lives and to the world around them.

New to this Edition

  • A greater emphasis on gender identity and gender variance to show how trans activists and scholars have challenged, unsettled, and transformed previous understandings of gender
  • An expanded chapter 2, "Creating Knowledge," includes increased discussion of media representations and the role of mass media in the creation of knowledge
  • More attention given to the insights of dis/ability activists and scholarship
  • Expanded examination of Web-based information technologies, especially their impacts on gender-based violence, transnational surrogacy, and feminist organizing
  • More material on the transnational and global levels of analysis, including attention to the impact of extractivism in the Global South, barriers to immigration in Europe and the United States, and effects of environmental destruction, war, and militarism worldwide
  • Updated statistics and information on activist organizations throughout
  • Overview essays cluster references on particular topics, often spanning years of feminist scholarship
  • A revised and updated Instructor's Manual for flexible use of the book

About the Author(s)

Gwyn Kirk has taught courses in women's and gender studies, environmental studies, political science, and sociology at a range of schools including Rutgers University, University of Oregon, University of San Francisco, Antioch College, Hamilton College, and Mills College.

Margo Okazawa-Rey is currently the Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women's Leadership and Professor of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Public Policy at Mills College. She also is Professor Emerita San Francisco State University and has held the Elihu Root Distinguished Chair in Women's and Gender Studies at Hamilton College.


"The book's approach integrates a wide range of perspectives in women's and gender studies. This expansive view is rare and unique and helps to connect what might otherwise seem to be unconnected, far-ranging issues. Gendered Lives is extremely impressive, well-written, authoritative, and seamless."--Padmini Banerjee, Delaware State University

"Gendered Lives is very accessible, well-organized, and highly detailed. I like that it incorporates the position of authors with highly diverse identities. I love the approach."--Barbi Smyser-Fauble, Butler University

"I appreciate the approach--I tend to organize my courses similarly, with theoretical frameworks up front. I also really appreciate the historical background of the field. The introductory essays are accessible and engaging."--Tessa Ong Winkelmann, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    * New to this edition


    Chapter 1: Untangling the "F" word
    Feminist Movements and Frameworks
    Native American Antecedents
    Legal Equality for Women
    Resisting Interlocking Systems of Oppression
    Queer and Trans Feminisms
    The Focus of Women's and Gender Studies
    Myth 1: Women's and Gender Studies Is Ideological
    Myth 2: Women's and Gender Studies Is Narrow
    Myth 3: Women's and Gender Studies Is a White, Middle-Class, Western Thing
    Men Doing Feminism
    Collective Action for a Sustainable Future
    1. A Matrix of Oppression, Privilege, and Resistance
    2. From the Personal to the Global
    3. Linking the Head, Heart, and Hands
    A Secure and Sustainable Future
    The Scope of This Book

    1. Paula Gunn Allen, "Who is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism" (1986)
    2. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Declaration of Sentiments"
    3. Combahee River Collective, "A Black Feminist Statement"
    4. Mathangi Subramanian, "The Brown Girl's Guide to Labels"
    *5. Loan Tran, "Does Gender Matter? Notes Toward Gender Liberation"

    Chapter 2: Creating Knowledge: Integrative Frameworks for Understanding
    What Is a Theory? Creating Knowledge: Epistemologies, Values, and Methods
    Dominant Perspectives
    Critiques of Dominant Perspectives
    The Role of Values
    Socially Lived Theorizing
    Standpoint Theory
    Challenges to Situated Knowledge and Standpoint Theory
    Purposes of Socially Lived
    Media Representations and the Creation of Knowledge
    The Stories Behind the Headlines
    Whose Knowledge?
    Reading Media Texts

    *6. Anne Fausto Sterling, "The Five Sexes Revisited"
    7. Allan G. Johnson, "Patriarchy, the System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us"
    8. Patricia Hill Collins, Excerpt from "Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment"
    9. Nadine Naber, "Decolonizing Culture: Beyond Orientalist and Anti-Orientalist Feminisms"
    *10. Whitney Pow, "That's Not Who I Am: Calling Out and Challenging Stereotypes of Asian Americans"

    Chapter 3: Identities and Social Locations
    Being Myself: The Micro Level
    Community Recognition and Expectations: The Meso Level
    Social Categories and Structural Inequality: Macro and Global Levels
    Defining Gender Identities
    Maintaining Systems of Structural Inequality
    Colonization, Immigration, and the US Landscape of Race and Class
    Multiple Identities and Social Locations

    11. Dorothy Allison, "A Question of Class"
    12. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, "Jews, Class, Color, and the Cost of Whiteness"
    *13. Eli Clare, "Body Shame, Body Pride: Lessons from the Disability Rights Movement"
    *14. Mariko Emily Uechi. "Between Belonging: A Culture of Home"
    15. Julia Alvarez, Excerpt from "Once Upon a Quinceñera: Coming of Age in the USA"


    Chapter 4: Sexuality
    What Does Sexuality Mean to You? Heteropatriarchy Pushes Heterosex . . .
    . . . and Racist, Ageist, Ableist Stereotypes
    Objectification and Double Standards
    Media Representations
    Queering Sexuality
    "Queer" as a Catch-All?
    Queering Economies and Nation-States
    Defining Sexual Freedom
    Radical Heterosexuality
    Eroticizing Consent
    The Erotic as Power

    *16. Daisy Hernández, "Even If I Kiss a Woman"
    *17. Ariane Cruz, "(Mis)Playing Blackness: Rendering Black Female Sexuality in The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl"
    *18. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, "How Sex and the City Holds up in the #MeToo Era"
    *19. V. Spike Peterson, "The Intended and Unintended Queering of States/Nations"
    20. Audre Lorde, "Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power"

    Chapter 5: Bodies, Beauty, Health, and Wellness
    Human Embodiment
    Body Ideals and Beauty Standards
    Body Acceptance
    Reproductive Health, Reproductive Justice
    Focusing on Fertility
    Reproductive Justice: An Intersectional Framework
    Health and Wellness
    Health Disparities
    Mental and Emotional Health
    Aging and Health

    *21. Linda Trinh Vo, "Transnational Beauty Circuits: Asian American Women, Technology, and Circle Contact Lenses"
    *22. Margitte Kristjansson, "Fashion's 'Forgotten Woman': How Fat Bodies Queer Fashion and Consumption"
    *23. Loretta Ross, "Understanding Reproductive Justice"
    *24. Alison Kafer, "Debating Feminist Futures: Slippery Slopes, Cultural Anxiety, and the Case of the Deaf Lesbians"
    25. bell hooks, "Living to Love"

    Chapter 6: Sexualized Violence
    What Counts as Sexualized Violence? The Incidence of Sexualized Violence
    Intimate Partner Violence
    Rape and Sexual Assault
    Effects of Gender Expression, Race, Class, Nation, Sexuality, and Disability
    Gender-Based State Violence

    Explaining Sexualized Violence
    Explanations Focused on Gender
    Sexualized Violence Is Not Only About Gender
    Ending Sexualized Violence
    Providing Support for Victims/Survivors
    Public and Professional Education
    The Importance of a Political Movement
    Contradictions in Seeking State Support to End Gender-Based Violence
    Sexualized Violence and Human Rights

    26. Aurora Levins Morales, "Radical Pleasure: Sex and the End of Victimhood"
    *27. Alleen Brown, "Indigenous Women Have Been Disappearing for Generations: Politicians Are Finally Starting to Notice"
    *28. Nicola Henry and Anastasia Powell, "Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence"
    *29. Jonathan Grove "Engaging Men Against Violence"
    30. Rita Laura Segato, "Territory, Sovereignty, and Crimes of the Second State: The Writing on the Body of Murdered Women"


    Chapter 7: Making a Home, Making a Living
    Relationships, Home, and Family
    Partnership and Marriage
    The Ideal Nuclear Family
    Gender and Work
    Balancing Home and Work
    The Second Shift
    Caring for Children
    Flextime, Part-Time, and Home Working
    Gender and Economic Security
    Education and Job Opportunities
    Organized Labor and Collective Action
    Working and Poor
    Pensions, Disability Payments, and
    Understanding Class Inequalities
    Resilience and Sustainability

    *31. Clare Cain Miller, "The Costs of Motherhood Are Rising, and Catching Women Off Guard
    *32. Sara Lomax-Reese, "Black Mother/Sons"
    *33. Linda Burnham and Nik Theodore, Excerpt from Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work
    *34. Linda Steiner, "Glassy Architectures in Journalism"
    *35. Emir Estrada and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, "Living the Third Shift: Latina Adolescent Workers in Los Angeles"

    Chapter 8: Living in a Globalizing World
    Locations, Circuits, and Flows
    Migrations and Displacements
    Migration Patterns
    Tourism, Trafficking, and Transnational Adoption and Surrogacy
    Consumption: Goods, Information, and Popular Culture
    Material Flows
    Information Flows
    Cultural Flows
    Global Factories and Care Chains
    The International Financial System
    Assumptions and Ideologies
    Legacies of Colonization
    Transnational Alliances for a Secure and Sustainable Future

    36. Gloria Anzaldúa, "The Homeland: Atzlán/El Otro Mexico"
    37. Pun Ngai, Excerpt from Made in China
    *38. Carolin Schurr "The Baby Business Booms: Economic Geographies of Assisted Reproduction"
    *39. Moira Birss, "When Defending the Land Becomes a Crime"
    *40. Mark Graham and Anasuya Sengupta, "We're All Connected Now, So Why Is the Internet So White and Western?"


    Chapter 9: Gender, Crime, and Criminalization
    Transnational Alliances for a Secure and Sustainable Future
    People in Women's Prisons
    Race and Class Disparities
    Girls in Detention
    Women Political Prisoners
    The National Context: "Tough on Crime"
    The War on Drugs
    Incarceration as a Business

    Criminalization as a Political Process
    Definitions and Justifications
    Profiling and Surveillance for "National Security"
    Criminalization of Migration
    Inside/Outside Connections
    Support for People in Women's Prisons
    Prison Reform, Decriminalization, and Abolition

    *41. Susan Burton and Cari Lynn, Excerpts from Becoming Ms. Burton
    *42. Julia Sudbury, "From Women Prisoners to People in Women's Prisons: Challenging the Gender Binary in Antiprison Work"
    *43. Diala Shamas, "Living in Houses without Walls: Muslim Youth in New York City in the Aftermath of 9/11"
    *44. Leslie Campos, "Unexpected Borders"
    *45. Spanish Federation of Feminist Organizations, "Walls and Enclosures: This Is Not the Europe in which We Want to Live"

    Chapter 10: Gender, Militarism, War and Peace
    Women in the US Military
    Soldier Mothers
    Women in Combat

    Militarism as a System
    Militarism, Patriarchy, and Masculinity
    Militarism and Histories of Colonization
    Militarization as a Process
    Impacts of War and Militarism
    Vulnerability and Agency
    Healing from War
    Redefining Security
    Women's Peace Organizing
    Demilitarization as a Process
    Demilitarization and Feminist Thinking

    *46. Julie Pulley, "The Truth about the Military Gender Integration Debate"
    *47. Annie Isabel Fukushima, Ayano Ginoza, Michiko Hase, Gwyn Kirk, Deborah Lee, and Taeva Shefler, "Disaster Militarism: Rethinking U.S. Relief in the Asia-Pacific"
    *48. Jane Freedman, Zeynep Kivilcim, and Nurcan Özgür Baklacioglu, "Gender, Migration and Exile"
    *49. Amina Mama and Margo Okazawa-Rey, "Militarism, Conflict and Women's Activism in the Global Era: Challenges and Prospects for Women in Three West African Contexts"
    50. Julia Ward Howe, "Mother's Day Proclamation"

    Chapter 11: Gender and the Environment
    The Body, the First Environment
    Food and Water
    The Food Industry
    Food Security
    Safeguarding Water
    Population, Resources, and Climate Change
    Overpopulation, Overconsumption, or Both?
    Science, Gender, and Climate
    Gender Perspectives on Environmental Issues
    Creating a Sustainable Future
    Defining Sustainability
    Projects and Models for a Sustainable Future
    Feminist Thinking for a Sustainable Future

    51. Sandra Steingraber, "Rose Moon"
    52. Betsy Hartmann and Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, "Reproductive Justice, Not Population Control: Breaking the Wrong Links and Making the Right Ones in the Movement for Climate Justice"
    53. Michelle R. Loyd-Paige, "Thinking and Eating at the Same Time: Reflections of a Sistah Vegan"
    *54. Whitney Eulic, "Months after Maria, Puerto Ricans take recovery into their own hands"
    *55. Vandana Shiva "Building Water Democracy: People's Victory Against Coca-Cola in Plachimada"


    Chapter 12: Creating Change: Theory, Vision, and Actions
    How Does Social Change Happen?
    Using the Head: Theories for Social Change
    Using the Heart: Visions for Social Change
    Using the Hands: Action for Social Change
    Evaluating Activism, Refining Theory
    Identities and Identity-Based Politics
    Electoral Politics and Political Influence
    Running for Office
    Gendered Voting Patterns
    Alliances for Challenging Times
    Some Principles for Alliance Building
    Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Alliances
    Transnational Women's Organizing
    Next Steps for Feminist Movements

    56. Abra Fortune Chernik, "The Body Politic"
    *57. Deborah Lee, "Faith as a Tool for Social Change
    *58. Patricia St. Onge, "Two Peoples, One Fire"
    *59. Louise Burke, "The #MeToo Shockwave: How the Movement Has Reverberated around the World"
    *60. Association for Women's Rights in Development, Center for Women's Global Leadership, and African Women's Development and Communications Network, "Feminist Propositions for a Just Economy: Time for Creative Imaginations"

    Name Index
    Subject Index
    About the Authors

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