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Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions

Classic and Contemporary Readings

Seventh edition

Susan M. Shaw and Janet Lee

Publication Date - July 2019

ISBN: 9780190924874

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $99.99

This best-selling introductory women's and gender studies reader is now available from Oxford University Press at a new, student-friendly price


Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Seventh Edition, is a balanced collection of classic, conceptual, and experiential selections. Accessible and student-friendly, the readings reflect the great diversity of women's experiences. Framework essays provide context and connections for students, while features like learning activities, ideas for activism, and questions for discussion provide a strong pedagogical structure for the readings.

New to this Edition

  • Fifty-eight new readings, including more selections by young feminist writers, covering contemporary topics like disability and social justice, trans*masculinities, transgender issues, Cardi B, queer Muslim women, immigration policies, human trafficking, #SayHerName, sexual assault on campus, military femininities, white supremacist women, activism, and more
  • Revised chapter framework essays reflecting the most up-to-date research and theory in the field
  • A new feature in each chapter--"The Blog"--features posts written by Susan Shaw when she was blogging for The Huffington Post from 2015-2017. While most of these brief pieces were written in response to current events, the feminist lens that they offer remains timely, and the topics are still important for feminist conversations.
  • A new title--Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions--represents the shift from an essentialized notion of "woman" to a broader understanding of gender as socially constructed categories that shape our lives. This also reflects the renaming of academic programs nationwide from "Women's Studies" to "Women and Gender Studies" or just "Gender Studies."

About the Author(s)

Susan M. Shaw is Director of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University.

Janet Lee is Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.


"Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions is the best textbook for Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies on the market. My students really come to feel invested in the material, so much so that many of them take up activist work. Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions plays a big role in this transformation because the concepts and the readings are carefully constructed to engage students and show them the importance of what they're studying. It brings insightful discussions and primary texts together to foster insightful and productive conversations among students and instructors." --Julie Goodspeed-Chadwick, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

"I love Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions. It is by far the best text I've used for the Introduction to Gender Studies class. It's a really great all-around textbook--well-written and well-organized--about as close to perfect as you can get."--Robin Ryle, Hanover College

"Gendered Voices, Feminist Visions is simply one of the best readers for use in an introductory course. My favorite feature of this text is how it attempts to connect the production of knowledge within the classroom to life outside of the classroom. The many 'Learning Activities' and 'Ideas for Activism' found in each chapter allow students to begin recognizing that what they study in the course has actual relevance and application to their own lives, their personal histories, and to their larger communities."--Jan Wilson, University of Tulsa

Table of Contents

    About the Authors

    * = New to this edition

    Chapter 1: Women's and Gender Studies: Perspectives and Practices
    What is Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)?
    How Did WGS Originate?
    What Were the Origins of Women's Rights Activism in the United States?
    What is the Status of WGS on College Campuses Today?
    What does WGS Have to do With Feminism?
    What Are the Myths Associated with Feminism?
    *1. Adrienne Rich, "Claiming an Education"
    *2. Sara Ahmed, "Feminist Consciousness"
    *3. New York Radical Women, "No More Miss America"
    *4. Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, "A Day Without Feminism"
    *5. Kia M. Q. Hall, "A Transnational Black Feminist Framework"
    *6. Christine Garcia, "In Defense of Latinx"
    *7. Marge Piercy, "My Heroines"

    Chapter 2: Systems of Privilege and Inequality
    Difference, Hierarchy, and Systems of Privilege and Inequality
    Discourse, Power, and Knowledge
    *8. Patricia Hill Collins, "Toward a New Vision"
    *9. Vivian M. May, "Intersectionality,"
    *10. Audre Lorde, "There is No Hierarchy of Oppression"
    *11. Gina Crosley-Corcoran, " Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person"
    *12. Robert Bird and Frank Newport, "What Determines How Americans Perceive Their Social Class?"
    *13. Evin Taylor, "Cisgender Privilege"
    *14. Ellie Mamber, "Don't Laugh, It's Serious, She Says"
    *15. Teodor Mladenor, "Disability and Social Justice"
    *16. Jim Ferris "Poems with Disabilities"

    Chapter 3: Learning Gender
    Gender, Culture, and Biology
    Gender Fluidity
    Gender Ranking
    *17. Anne Fausto-Sterling, "The Five Sexes, Revisited"
    *18. Judith Lorber, "The Social Construction of Gender"
    *19. Sabine Lang, "Native American Men-Women, Lesbians, Two-Spirits"
    *20. Arvind Dilawar, "The Connection between White Men, Aggrievement, and Mass Shootings"
    21. Nellie Wong, "When I Was Growing Up"
    *22. T. J. Jourian, "Trans*forming College Masculinities"

    Chapter 4: Inscribing Gender on the Body
    The Social Construction of the Body
    The "Beauty" Ideal
    Eating Disorders
    Negotiating "Beauty" Ideals
    *23. Joan Jacobs Brumberg, "Breast Buds and the 'Training' Bra"
    24. Gloria Steinem, "If Men Could Menstruate"*
    *25. Nicole Danielle Schott, "Race, Online Space and the Feminine: Unmapping Black Girl Thinspiration"
    *26. Minh-Ha T. Pham, "I Click and Post and Breathe, Waiting for Others to See What I See"
    *27. Jennifer L. Brady, et al., "Asian American Women's Body Image Experiences"
    *28. Susie Orbach, "Fat is Still a Feminist Issue"
    *29. Jamie Lindemann Nelson, "Understanding Transgender and Medically Assisted Gender Transition"

    Chapter 5: Media and Culture
    Digital Technologies
    Contemporary Music and Music Videos
    Print Media
    Literature and the Arts
    *30. Virginia Woolf, "Thinking about Shakespeare's Sister"
    *31. Emily Dickinson, "The Wife"
    *32. Audre Lorde, "Poetry is Not a Luxury"
    *33. Emma Turley and Jenny Fisher, "Tweeting Back While Shouting Back"
    *34. Ella Fegitz and Daniela Pirani, "The Sexual Politics of Veggies"
    *35. Sherri Williams, "Cardi B"
    *36. Judith Taylor, Josee Johnston, and Krista Whitehead, "A Corporation in Feminist Clothing"

    Chapter 6: Sex, Power, and Intimacy
    The Social Construction of Sexuality
    The Politics of Sexuality
    37. Jessica Valenti, "The Cult of Virginity"*
    *38. Ellen Bass, "Gate C22"
    *39. Charlene Muehlenhard et al, "The Complexities of Sexual Consent"
    *40. Carl Collison, "Queer Muslim Women are Making Salaam with Who They Are"
    *41. Janice M. Gould, "Lesbian Landscape"
    *42. Francis Ray White, "The Future of Fat Sex"
    43. Kimberly Springer, "Queering Black Female Heterosexuality"*

    Chapter 7: Health and Reproductive Justice
    Health and Wellness
    Reproductive Justice
    *44. Jallicia Jolly, "On Forbidden Wombs"
    *45. Sarah Combellick-Bidney, "Reproductive Rights as Human Rights"
    *46. Aisha Wagner, "Doctors Need to Talk Openly about Race-Our Patients Depend on It"
    *47. Don Operario and Tooru Nemoto,"On Being Transnational and Transgender"
    *48. Richard Horton, "Racism-The Pathology We Choose to Ignore"
    *49. Kate Horowitz, "Performance of a Lifetime"

    Chapter 8: Family Systems, Family Lives
    Definitions of Family
    Institutional Connections
    Power and Family Relationships
    *50. Emma Goldman, "Marriage and Love"
    *51. Katherine Goldstein, "Where are the Mothers"
    *52. Ken Knight, et al, "The Kids are OK"
    *53. Leila Schochet, "Immigration Policies are Harming Children"
    *54. Katherine Zeininger, Mellisa Holtzman, & Rachel Kraus, "The Reciprocal Relationships Between Religion"
    *55. Ashley McKinless, "Beyond the Wall"
    *56. Mohja Kahf, "My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears"

    Chapter 9: Work Inside and Outside the Home
    Unpaid Labor in the Home
    Paid Labor
    *57. Sharlene Hesse-Biber and Gregg Lee Carter, "A Brief History of Working Women"
    *58. Corinne Schwarz, Emily J. Kennedy, and Hannah Britton, "Aligned Across Difference"
    *59. Vesselina Stefanova Ratcheva and Saadia Zahid, "Which Country Will Be the First to Close the Gender Gap?"
    *60. Anna Swartz, "This is the Hidden Financial Cost of Being an LGBTQ American in 2017"
    *61. Rose Hackman, "Women are Just Better at this Stuff"
    *62. Charlotte Higgins, "The Age of Patriarchy"

    Chapter 10: Resisting Gender Violence
    Sexual Assault and Rape
    Physical Abuse
    *63. Andrea Smith, "Beyond the Politics of Inclusion"
    *64. Mariah Lockwood, "She Said"
    *65. Emilie Linder, "Gender Aspects of Human Trafficking"
    *66. Homa Khaleeli, "#SayHerName"
    *67. Chelsea Spencer, et al, "Why Sexual Assault Survivors Do Not Report to Universities"
    *68. Nadje Al-Ali, "Sexual Violence in Iraq"
    *69. Debra Anne Davis, "Betrayed by the Angel"
    *70. Grace Caroline Bridges, "Lisa's Ritual, Age 10"

    Chapter 11: State, Law, and Social Policy
    Government and Representation
    Public Policy
    The Criminal Justice System
    The Military
    *71. Susan B. Anthony, "Constitutional Argument"
    *72. Angela N. Gist "I Knew America Was Not Ready for a Women to be President"
    *73. Jennifer Greenberg, "New Military Femininities"
    *74. Margot Wallstrom, "Speech on Sweden's Feminist Foreign Policy"
    *75. Brenda Della Casa, "What It Feels Like to be on Welfare"
    *76. Kate Storey, "Inside the Lives of White Supremacist Women"

    Chapter 12: Religion and Spirituality
    Religion as Oppressive to Women
    Religion as Empowering to Women
    Gender and God-Language
    Reinterpreting, Reconstructing, and Decolonizing Traditions
    Creating New Spiritual Traditions
    *77. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, "Introduction to The Woman's Bible"
    *78. Kaylin Haught, "God Says Yes to Me"
    *79. Karen McCarthy Brown, "Fundamentalism and the Control of Women"
    *80. Jessica Finnigan and Nancy Ross, "I'm a Mormon Feminist"
    *81. Kathryn LaFever, "Buddhist Nuns in Nepal"
    *82. An Interview with Syafa Almirzanah, "The Prophet's Daughters"
    *83. Yitzhak Reiter, "Feminists in the Temple of Orthodoxy"
    *84. Kelly Brown Douglas, "How Evangelicals Became White"
    *85. Allyson Dean and Whitney J. Archer, "Transgressing the Father Figure"

    Chapter 13: Activism, Change, and Feminist Futures
    The Promise of Feminist Education
    Future Visions
    *86. Byron Hurt, "Feminist Men"
    *87. Li Maizi, "I Went to Jail for Handing out Feminist Stickers in China"
    *88. Teresa Velasquez, "Mestiza Women's Anti-Mining Activism in Andean Ecuador"
    *89. Lucas Platero and Esther Ortega-Arjonilla, "Building Coalitions"
    *90. Laurie Penny, "Most Women You Know are Angry"
    *91. Yvette Alex-Assensoh, "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
    *92. Jenny Joseph, "Warning"

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