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Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches

Second Edition

L. Ayu Saraswati, Barbara L. Shaw, and Heather Rellihan

Publication Date - 09 November 2020

ISBN: 9780190084806

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

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The most contemporary, interdisciplinary, and intersectional introduction to women's and gender studies text/reader on the market


Introduction to Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches, Second Edition, reflects the exciting changes taking place in this field. Emphasizing both interdisciplinarity and intersectionality, this innovative mix of anthology and textbook includes key primary historical sources, debates on contemporary issues, and recent work in science, technology, and digital cultures. Readings from a range of genres--including poetry, short stories, op-eds, and feminist magazine articles--complement the scholarly selections and acknowledge the roots of creative and personal expression in the field. While the majority of selections are foundational texts, the book also integrates new work from established scholars and emerging voices to expand current debates in the field. The text is enhanced by thorough overviews that begin each section, robust and engaging pedagogy that encourages students to think critically and self-reflexively-and also to take action-as well as supplemental online resources for instructors.

New to this Edition

  • Previously unpublished works reflect new contributions to the field
  • New essays included to address environmental issues and climate change through intersectional and transnational lenses
  • Critical readings selected to provide context and intersectional framing for recent historical developments
  • New and updated pieces address the evolving fields of science and digital technology

About the Author(s)

L. Ayu Saraswati is Associate Professor and Chair of Women's Studies at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

Barbara L. Shaw is Associate Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, affiliated with Black Studies and Global Health Studies, and was awarded the Brett '65 and Gwendolyn '64 Elliott Professorship for Interdisciplinary Studies at Allegheny College.

Heather Rellihan is Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Anne Arundel Community College.


"Introduction to Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies delivers on the promise of interdisciplinarity and intersectionality. It consistently introduces challenging and marginalized perspectives--and it is not collecting those perspectives in 'silos.' They are integrated seamlessly throughout the text. The coverage is truly comprehensive and packaged in a way that holds student interest. This is the best text out there for introductory women's, gender, and sexuality courses. It is the smartest and most socially relevant text available."--Tammy Birk, Otterbein University

"This book is hands-down the best. It offers the best of both worlds in one textbook: excellent historical introductions to the readings and an impressive variety of articles by feminist and gender and sexuality scholars."--Danielle Roth-Johnson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

"Introduction to Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies is both intersectional and interdisciplinary, which is exactly what I need. Virtually every article incorporates an intersectional analysis, emphasizing the impossibility of separating gender from sexuality from race. And I've seen results in my students' work-they genuinely understand the main point about the nature of oppression, which we have not seen prior to using this text. This reader is fantastic."--Lisa King, Edgewood College

Table of Contents


    Section 1
    1. bell hooks, "Feminist Politics: Where We Stand"
    2. Allan Johnson, "Patriarchy, The System: An It, Not a He, a Them, or an Us"
    3. Anne Fausto-Sterling, "The Five Sexes, Revisited"
    4. Ijeoma A., "Because You're a Girl"
    5. C. J. Pascoe, "Making Masculinity: Adolescence, Identity, and High School"
    *6. Eli Clare, "The Mountain"
    *7. Robin DiAngelo, "Nothing to Add: A Challenge to White Silence in Racial Discussions"
    8. Audre Lorde, "There Is No Hierarchy of Oppressions"
    9. Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George, "Queer/African Identities: Questions, Limits, Challenges"
    10. M. Soledad Caballero, "Before Intersectionality"
    *11. Kimberly Williams Brown and Red Washburn, "Trans-forming Bodies and Bodies of Knowledge: A Case Study of Utopia, Intersectionality, Transdisciplinarity, and Collaborative Pedagogy"

    Section 2
    Nineteenth Century
    12. Angelina Emily Grimké, "An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South" (1836)
    *13. Seneca Falls Convention, "Declaration of Sentiments" and "Resolutions" (1848)
    14. Sojourner Truth, "1851 Speech"
    15. Ida B. Wells, "A Red Record" (1895)

    Twentieth Century
    16. The New York Times, "141 Men and Girls Die in Waist Factory Fire" (1911)
    17. Daughters of Bilitis, "Statement of Purpose" (1955)
    18. Leslie Feinberg, interview with Sylvia Rivera, "I'm Glad I Was in the Stonewall Riot" (1998)
    19. Pat Mainardi, "The Politics of Housework" (1970)
    20. Anne Koedt, "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm" (1970)
    21. Radicalesbians, "The Woman-Identified Woman" (1970)
    22. Chicago Gay Liberation Front, "A Leaflet for the American Medical Association" (1970)
    23. The Combahee River Collective, "A Black Feminist Statement" (1977)
    24. Jo Carrillo, "And When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You" (1981)
    25. bell hooks, "Men: Comrades in Struggle" (1984)
    26. Gloria Anzaldúa, "La Conciencia de la Mestiza/Towards a New Consciousness" (1987)
    *27. National Organization for Men Against Sexism, "Tenets" (19XX)
    28. Angela Davis, "Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex" (1998)

    Twenty-First Century
    *29. Katz, Jackson, "Memo to Media: Manhood, Not Guns or Mental Illness, Should Be Central in Newtown Shooting" 2013)
    30. Tina Vasquez, "It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women" (2014)
    *31. Ashwini Tambe, "Reckoning with the Silences of #MeToo" (2018)
    *32. Women's March, "Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles" (2019)

    Section 3
    Rethinking the Family
    33. Rebecca Barrett-Fox, "Constraints and Freedom in Conservative Christian Women's Lives"
    34. Jessica E. Birch, "Love, Labor, and Lorde: The Tools My Grandmother Gave Me"
    35. Monisha Das Gupta, "'Broken Hearts, Broken Families': The Political Uses of Families in the Fight Against Deportation"
    *36. Sarah Mirk, Popaganda: Queering Family Values

    From Labor Market Reform to Mutual Assistance Activism
    37. Marlene Kim, "Policies to End the Gender Wage Gap in the United States"
    38. Dean Spade, "Compliance Is Gendered: Struggling for Gendered Self-Determination in a Hostile Economy"
    *39. Catherine Rottenberg, "The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism"
    *40. Fernando Tormos-Aponte, "The Politics of Survival"

    Reproductive Politics
    41. Kathy E. Ferguson, "Birth Control"
    *42. Lucia Leandro Gimeno, "The Reluctant Reproductive Justice Organizer and Birthworker"
    *43. Yifat Susskind, "Population Control is Not the Answer to Our Climate Crisis"

    Gendered Violence
    *44. V. Efua Prince, "June"
    45. Beth Richie, "A Black Feminist Reflection on the Antiviolence Movement"
    *46. Courtney Bailey, "A Queer #Metoo Story: Sexual Violence, Consent, and Interdependence"
    *47. Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Richie, and Kay Whitlock, "False Promises: Criminal Legal Responses to Violence against LGBT People"
    *48. Isis Nusair, "Making Feminist Sense of Torture at Abu-Ghraib"

    Popular Culture and Media Representations
    *49. Jaelani Turner Williams, A Quick History of TVs Elusive Quest for Black Lesbians"
    *50. Elly Belle, "Knee-Jerk Biphobia: What Responses to Miley Cyrus' Breakup Say about Queer Erasure"
    51. Meda Chesney-Lind, "Mean Girls, Bad Girls, or Just Girls: Corporate Media Hype and the Policing of Girlhood"
    52. Judith Gardiner, "Women's Friendships, Popular Culture, and Gender Theories" (updated)

    Section 4
    53. Janet Mock, from Redefining Realness
    *54. Ari Agha, "Singing in the Cracks"
    *55. Cheryl Chase, "Hermaphrodites with Attitude: Mapping the Emergence of Intersex Political Activism"
    *56. Chong-Suk Han, "Being an Oriental, I Could Never Be Completely a Man: Gay Asian Men and the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class."
    57. Dominique C. Hill, "(My) Lesbianism Is Not a Fixed Point"
    *58. Christina Crosby, "Masculine, Feminine, or Fourth of July"
    59. Aleichia Williams, "Too Latina To Be Black, Too Black To Be Latina"
    *60. Kristina Gupta, "Feminist Approaches to Asexuality"
    61. Gloria Steinem, "If Men Could Menstruate"
    62. No'u Revilla, "How to Use a Condom"
    *63. Lailatul Fitriyah, "Can We Stop Talking About the 'Hijab'?: Islamic Feminism, Intersectionality, and the Indonesian Muslim Female Migrant Workers"
    64. L. Ayu Saraswati, "Cosmopolitan Whiteness: The Effects and Affects of Skin Whitening Advertisements in Transnational Indonesia"
    65. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Americanah
    66. Kimberly Dark, "Big Yoga Student"
    *67. Jessica Vasquez-Tokos & Kathryn Norton-Smith, "Resisting Racism: Latinos' Changing Responses to Controlling Images over the Life Course"
    *68. Joanna Gordon, "Sketches"
    69. *Christina Lux, "10,000 Blows"

    Section 5
    70. Emily Martin, "The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles"
    *71. Glenda M. Flores, "Latina/x Doctoras [Doctors]: Brown Women Negotiating Knowledge Production in Science"
    *72. Liam Lair, "Navigating Transness in the U.S.: Understanding the Legacies of Eugenics"
    *73. Clare Jen, "Oppositional Scientific Praxis: The "Do" and "Doing" of #CRISPRbabies and DIY Hormone Biohacking"
    74. Wendy Seymour, "Putting Myself in the Picture: Researching Disability and Technology"
    *75. Vandana Shiva "The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply"
    *76. Naciza Maskini and Bipasha Baruah, "Gender Equity in the 'Sharing' Economy: Possibilities and Limitations"
    *77. Rachel Charlene Lewis, "Technology Isn't Neutral: Ari Fitz on How Instagram Fails Queer Black Creators"
    *78. Sima Shakhsari "The Parahumanity of the YouTube Shooter: Nasim Aghdam and the Paradox of Freedom"
    79. Aliette de Bodard, "Immersion"

    Section 6
    80. Lila Abu-Lughod, "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Anthropological Reflections on Cultural Relativism and Its Others"
    81. Beenash Jafri, "Not Your Indian Eco-Princess: Indigenous Women's Resistance to Environmental Degradation"
    82. Elizabeth R. Cole and Zakiya T. Luna, "Making Coalitions Work: Solidarity across Difference within US Feminism"
    *83. Evette Dionne, "Turning Fury Into Fuel: Three Women Authors on Publishing's New Investment in Anger"
    84. DaMaris B. Hill, "Concrete"
    *85. Wangari Maathai, "An Unbreakable Link: Peace, Environment, and Democracy"
    *86. Christina E. Bejarano, "The Latina Advantage in U.S. Politics: Recent Example with Representative Ocasio-Corte"
    87. Michael Winter, "I Was There"
    88. Sarah E. Fryett, "Laudable Laughter: Feminism and Female Comedians"
    89. Guerrilla Girls, "When Racism & Sexism Are No Longer Fashionable "
    *90. Alison Bechdel, "The Test"
    91. Kathleen Hanna/Bikini Kill, "Riot Grrrl Manifesto"
    *92. Heather Rellihan, "An Interview with Tarana Burke"

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