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"He Didn't Mean It": What Kubrick's, Kelley O'Brien Mar 2018

"He Didn't Mean It": What Kubrick's, Kelley O'Brien

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With Second Wave Feminism and the Women’s Rights Movement, 1970’s Americans began to see a shift in gender norms affecting how we relate to one another, particularly within a family structure. Scholars have noted an anxiety permeating the decade over the potential negative ramifications of such a drastic cultural shift. We see these issues of gender politics played out in numerous popular films from the 1970s and into the 1980s. Kubrick’s The Shining, like many horror films of the time, preys upon the societal fear for the family, due to these shifting gender norms, by featuring a ...


Aphra Behn On The Contemporary Stage: Behn's Feminist Legacy And Woman-Directed Revivals Of The Rover, Nicole Elizabeth Stodard Nov 2017

Aphra Behn On The Contemporary Stage: Behn's Feminist Legacy And Woman-Directed Revivals Of The Rover, Nicole Elizabeth Stodard

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This study theorizes the origins and history of the professional female playwright and director from the Restoration period to the present day through the stage history of Behn's most popular play, The Rover. Part one is comprised of two chapters: the first in this section argues the importance of appreciating Behn's proto-directorial function in the Restoration theatre and her significance to the history of feminism and women in professional theatre; the second chapter in this section examines the implications of casting practices and venue changes to eighteenth-century revivals of Behn's canon with a particular eye towards what ...


Examining Forty Years Of The Social Organization Of Feminisms: Ethnography Of Two Women’S Bookstores In The Us South, Mary Catherine Whitlock Jul 2017

Examining Forty Years Of The Social Organization Of Feminisms: Ethnography Of Two Women’S Bookstores In The Us South, Mary Catherine Whitlock

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At the height of their popularity in the 1990s, there were 140 feminist bookstores in the US and Canada (Onosaka 2006). Today, in 2017, there are thirteen left. Feminist bookstores began opening in the 1970s promoting ideas about lesbian separatism, woman only spaces, and nurturing a feminist community. Although many functioned as for-profit stores, many also operated community centers and non-profit organizations. Feminist bookstores provide an excellent site for scholars view decades of social movement organizing merging theory, practice, activism, and academics. As a social movement organization, feminist bookstores as are the quintessential node of academia and activism. Of the ...


"Mothers Like Us Think Differently": Mothers' Negotiations Of Virginity In Contemporary Turkey, Asli Aygunes Mar 2017

"Mothers Like Us Think Differently": Mothers' Negotiations Of Virginity In Contemporary Turkey, Asli Aygunes

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Even though virginity in Turkey is commonly defined, thus gendered, as losing the hymen, in Turkish society, discourses of virginity connect to broader discussions, such as modernity, morality, social honor/shame, religion, family values, and even medicine (vaginismus and artificial hymen surgery). Previous scholarship on women’s rights in Turkey outlines how historical approaches by Kemalist secularism were not enough to diminish oppressive social norms such as virginity and how the current conservative government and elements of traditional Turkish society perpetuate virginity as an important virtue for unmarried women. This study adds seven Turkish mothers’ interpretations of what I am ...


Female Power Portrayals In Ads: Dimensions And Consequences, Melika Kordrostami Jan 2017

Female Power Portrayals In Ads: Dimensions And Consequences, Melika Kordrostami

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Stereotypical female portrayals are still common in advertisements while the role of women in society has progressed. In recent years, it appears there has been a move toward portraying women in power positions in ads. The first part of this research focuses on this new trend of female portrayals in ads. Power is defined as the capability to change others’/self behavior. Building on theories of social power and feminine power, a new typology for different types of female power in ads is proposed. This typology includes five types of female power in ads including sexual power, athletic power, expert ...


The Fictional Sob Sisters: Narrative Construction Of Women Journalists In Popular Literature, Kelsey Batschelet Jan 2016

The Fictional Sob Sisters: Narrative Construction Of Women Journalists In Popular Literature, Kelsey Batschelet

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This study examines the construction of women journalist protagonists in six novels published since 2000 by analyzing the themes and concepts authors use to create the characters, including the cultures of the fictional newsroom, character identities and professional success. The findings indicate that fictional women journalists are held to the same standards as their non-fictional counterparts, and authors construct semi-positive, relatable characters. The resulting characters work in newsrooms that reflect non-fictional realities, including a lack of gender diversity in authority positions and male-dominated spaces. The findings show that while most of the portraits of women journalists in the selected fiction ...


Tensegrity, Heather Kathleen Whittlesey Jan 2015

Tensegrity, Heather Kathleen Whittlesey

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Tensegrity is a term coined by Buckminster Fuller. It has been appropriated for a socio-political context about the third wave of feminism. Issues addressed by the third wave are interpreted by works of art that include installation, sculpture, and ceramics.


Her-Storicizing Baldness: Situating Women's Experiences With Baldness From Skin And Hair Disorders, Kasie Holmes Jan 2014

Her-Storicizing Baldness: Situating Women's Experiences With Baldness From Skin And Hair Disorders, Kasie Holmes

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A general goal to my study was to promote an inclusive approach to baldness by sharing and centering women's experiences with baldness from skin and hair conditions, such as autoimmune alopecia areata conditions and monilethrix. Specifically, a main goal of my study was to her-storicize the lived experiences of women who are bald from skin and hair conditions by examining medical and cultural discourses surrounding these conditions, femininity, and female baldness. Additionally, my study considers strategies of accommodation and resistance that bald women perform in a given context, space, or time. For instance, I consider the ways participants manage ...


A Mixed Methods Approach To Understanding The Relationship Between Attachment And Child Outcomes: The Connection Of Related Findings, Theory And Cultural Implications As Explored Through The Perspectives And Practices Of Attachment Parents, Haley V. Wedmore Jan 2013

A Mixed Methods Approach To Understanding The Relationship Between Attachment And Child Outcomes: The Connection Of Related Findings, Theory And Cultural Implications As Explored Through The Perspectives And Practices Of Attachment Parents, Haley V. Wedmore

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In Chapter 2 of this paper, a quantitative analysis investigated the association between positive couple interaction and child outcomes (externalizing behavior and social competence) as mediated through positive parenting and a secure parent-child attachment. In Chapter 3, a qualitative approach was used to explore the perspectives and parenting behaviors of mothers who identify as attachment parents Additionally, the implications of attachment theory, evolutionary theory, and the societal context in which parenting practices are embedded are explored. A connection between the quantitative and qualitative findings of this study is drawn in Chapter 4 via the discussion section. In addition, consistencies and ...


Fluid Bodies, Abigail Lynn Ebelherr Jan 2012

Fluid Bodies, Abigail Lynn Ebelherr

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A collection of short stories and novella inspired using fairy and folk tales to examine trans*, genderqueer, and gay characters. Four short stories use inspiration from or parody various Grimms' stories. The novella draws from East Asian fox folklore to look at sexism and mental health.


Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues As Feminist Activist Ecology, Rebecca Christine Lee Jan 2012

Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues As Feminist Activist Ecology, Rebecca Christine Lee

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Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues presents a means integrating discussion of the vagina into public discourse for the purpose of ending violence against women. From across the globe, local grassroots activists participate together in V-Day, an activist movement that I frame as a transnational ecology--a term I use to characterize the context of the performance, including fellow activists, feminists, the public, time, place, performance space, and sociocultural attitudes across geopolitical borders. While the play has engaged the activist spirit of women in more than 140 countries, I call for more discourse on the racial and national tensions in the ...


"When We Get To Voting": Rural Women, Community, Gender, And Woman Suffrage In The Midwest, Sara Egge Jan 2012

"When We Get To Voting": Rural Women, Community, Gender, And Woman Suffrage In The Midwest, Sara Egge

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During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Progressive reform radically reshaped the nature of politics and political activism. It reinvigorated debates about the role of the state in the home and family, revealing new conversations about women and their rights. In this study, one Progressive reform, woman suffrage, intersects with conceptions of women as political activists and potential feminists. In particular, this project examines woman suffrage in a local and comparative context, assessing the cause in three counties in three states--Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota--in the Midwest. By employing this innovative framework, in which "place" and "locality" matter, this study argues ...


Don't Blame It On My Ovaries: Exploring The Lived Experience Of Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome And The Creation Of Discourse, Jennifer Lynn Ellerman Jan 2012

Don't Blame It On My Ovaries: Exploring The Lived Experience Of Women With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome And The Creation Of Discourse, Jennifer Lynn Ellerman

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder among females of childbearing age, affecting between 6-8% of the population. It is also the most common cause of infertility. Females with PCOS may have two or more of a constellation of symptoms that can potentially leave them at odds in terms of normative ideals of femininity. This study examines how feminist theory interrogates and analyzes knowledge about the body and PCOS, integrating the lived experiences of women to provide a deeper, more meaningful understanding of what it means to be a woman with PCOS.


Can You Believe She Did That?!:Breaking The Codes Of "Good" Mothering In 1970s Horror Films, Jessica Michelle Collard Jan 2012

Can You Believe She Did That?!:Breaking The Codes Of "Good" Mothering In 1970s Horror Films, Jessica Michelle Collard

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The threats found in horror films change with time, each decade consisting of threats that were most frightening for the time period. Horror film scholars, such as Andrew Tudor, determined that in 1970s horror films the threat has migrated from external forces into the home and the family. Invading aliens and monsters were thrown replaced by psychosis and evil children. This notion of making the familiar unfamiliar and threatening is paralleled in concerns addressed during the second-wave of feminism; women were making the normative and familiar idea of mother unfamiliar as they migrated from the private and into the public ...


Critical Feminist Theory, Rape, And Hooking Up, Brandi N. Geisinger Jan 2011

Critical Feminist Theory, Rape, And Hooking Up, Brandi N. Geisinger

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"Hooking up" is a popular way for college students to experience sexual intimacy without investing in relationships. Hooking up has recently been found to be associated with a risk of rape. Based on semistructured interviews with 31 students, the findings of this study will draw from a grounded theory approach and utilize insights from critical feminist theory to determine what barriers to sexual consent exist in hookup relationships, thus placing women at risk for victimization. Also drawing from critical feminist theory, it will discuss the ways that oppressive legal policies related to consent and rape, and the history of these ...


The Struggle To The Storm: Identity And Agency Against Gender Construction In Caroline Bowles Southey's "Pride And Passion", Holly Michelle Hedberg Jan 2011

The Struggle To The Storm: Identity And Agency Against Gender Construction In Caroline Bowles Southey's "Pride And Passion", Holly Michelle Hedberg

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In conclusion, this play, while literally acting out the dramatic scenes of a lover spurned, offers deeper insight to a woman's psyche. A feminist perspective offers an examination of the character Helena as a woman struggling with her identity that wars with societal standards placed upon her in the form of gender construction. Caroline Bowles demonstrates a quite radical appeal for women of the 19th century to reject these gender constraints. Though the play's end with Helena's forgiveness and fainting could be read as a confirmation of her inevitable feminine weakness, I argue another way out for ...


Little Lambs, Linnets And Babes In The Snow: Messages Of Kindness And Caution In Christina Rossetti's _Sing-Song_ And _Speaking Likenesses_, Sara Marie Richardson Perez Jan 2011

Little Lambs, Linnets And Babes In The Snow: Messages Of Kindness And Caution In Christina Rossetti's _Sing-Song_ And _Speaking Likenesses_, Sara Marie Richardson Perez

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In this study of Christina Rossetti's two books for children, Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book (1872) and Speaking Likenesses (1875), I use a feminist theoretical lens to examine the implicit directions given to young girls about how to be an appropriate girl, woman, mother, and citizen of the British Empire in the 19th century. In many ways, the poems and stories in these two books contain a subtle set of rules regarding behavior for the implied audience, which is largely middle-class, white, and Christian. These works for children written by Christina Rossetti reflect an interesting middle place between a ...


The Vegetarian's Guide To Eating Meat, Marissa Landrigan Jan 2011

The Vegetarian's Guide To Eating Meat, Marissa Landrigan

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Part memoir, and part cultural analysis, The Vegetarian's Guide to Eating Meat explores the complex world of ethical eating, during the seven years I spent as a vegetarian. The book considers the moral gray areas of the food industry beyond the humane treatment of animals, such as labor rights and global poverty, grapples with my feminist issues over domesticity and culminates with my decision to eat meat again, in order to support the creation of a local, sustainable and affordable food community.


Sexually Explicit, Socially Empowered: Sexual Liberation And Feminist Discourse In 1960s Playboy And Cosmopolitan, Lina Salete Chaves Jan 2011

Sexually Explicit, Socially Empowered: Sexual Liberation And Feminist Discourse In 1960s Playboy And Cosmopolitan, Lina Salete Chaves

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In this thesis, I provide an analysis of 1960s American popular culture by examining Playboy, "The Playboy Philosophy," Cosmopolitan, and Sex and the Single Girl. These cultural artifacts furthered the feminist movement by challenging gender structures and sexuality. I discuss how these publications focused on the advancement of the individual through careerism, consumerism and sexuality. These publications assisted in challenging and breaking down various aspects of gender and sexual boundaries and assisted in reworking social limitations that kept women from advancing themselves outside of the pre-set gender roles of domesticity. Regardless of the traditional feminist critique of Hugh Hefner and ...


Women And Architecture: Remaking Shelter Through Woven Tectonics, Kirsten Lee Dahlquist Jun 2010

Women And Architecture: Remaking Shelter Through Woven Tectonics, Kirsten Lee Dahlquist

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Weaving and architecture, conceived simultaneously with cave paintings, are two ancient forms of craft used to enclose space and provide shelter harmoniously with nature. In its basic composition, a useable textile is the interlacing of two members, warp and weft, at right angles to create structure and surface respectively. Textile artist Anni Albers of the Bauhaus attributes the organization of weaving to the skills of an ancient goddess. Her understanding of prehistoric cultures further links women closer to the overall creation of structure, though perceived as a masculine endeavor. Consequently, early advancements in architecture, the structural organization of shelter, are ...


Goddesses And Doormats, Elizabeth Kicak Jun 2010

Goddesses And Doormats, Elizabeth Kicak

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The following is a collection of original poetry written over a span of two years while attending the University of South Florida. The poetry is divided into three numbered sections, marking the major thematic divisions. Preceding the poetry is a critical introduction to the work which outlines the author's developing thematic ideology.


The Healing Cane, Melanny L. Cowley Jan 2010

The Healing Cane, Melanny L. Cowley

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Evaluating the concept of church and patriarchy within the Mormon (LDS) church, raises many questions about how such practices shape or mold attitudes and perceptions of environment. A close examination of a male-dominated authority system within a cultural context creates many underlying negative effects such as loss of self-esteem, powerlessness and the facilitation of abuse within relationships. A closed system of faith and support of leaders creates a great deal of personal conflict without granting any avenues to explore or rectify such conflicts.

The Healing Cane is aimed at raising the level of consciousness towards church and patriarchy. We live ...


Hope Deferred: Mormon Feminism And Prospects For Change In The Lds Church, Holly Theresa Bignall Jan 2010

Hope Deferred: Mormon Feminism And Prospects For Change In The Lds Church, Holly Theresa Bignall

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This thesis examines how Mormon constructions of gender that limit women's sphere and narrowly prescribed women's roles have elicited strong resistance from many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A rich tradition of feminist theology and activism exists within the LDS church, but little work has been done to analyze the overarching effectiveness of these feminist efforts in bringing about change in the tradition. In order to address this issue I begin by teasing out how the LDS church's process for making changes to doctrine, policy, and practice differs from the change process ...


"I Stand For Sovereignty": Reading Portia In Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, Deborah Van Pelt Jun 2009

"I Stand For Sovereignty": Reading Portia In Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice, Deborah Van Pelt

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Portia serves as a complex and often underestimated character in William Shakespeare's controversial comedy The Merchant of Venice. Using the critical methodologies of New Historicism and feminism, this thesis explores Portia's representation of Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England from 1558 to 1603. Striking similarities exist between character and Queen, including physical description, suitors, marriage issues, and rhetoric. In addition, the tripartite marriage at the play's conclusion among Portia, Bassanio, and Antonio represents the relationship Elizabeth Tudor formed between her merchant class and her aristocracy. Shylock serves as a representation of a generic or perhaps Catholic threat to ...


Women In Wargasm: The Politics Of Women's Liberation In The Weather Underground Organization, Cyrana B. Wyker Jun 2009

Women In Wargasm: The Politics Of Women's Liberation In The Weather Underground Organization, Cyrana B. Wyker

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In this thesis I examine women's participation in the violent revolutionary organization, Weatherman/Weather Underground. My attempt is to uncover Weatherman's view of women's liberation, their differences to the women's liberation movement and examine the practices implemented. I discuss Weatherman, more generally, in the context and circumstances of their emergence from the Students for a Democratic Society in the late sixties. Influenced by popular revolutionary thinkers Weatherman declared itself and its members revolutionaries dedicated to bringing about a socialist revolution in the United States through strategies of guerilla warfare. Weatherman's insistence on revolutionary violence situated ...


Neoliberalism And Dependence: A Case Study Of The Orphan Care Crisis In Sub-Saharan Africa, Christine Concetta Gibson Jun 2009

Neoliberalism And Dependence: A Case Study Of The Orphan Care Crisis In Sub-Saharan Africa, Christine Concetta Gibson

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Scholars have examined the impacts of neoliberal policies on women, children, small farmers and more, but little attention has been paid to the impact of these policies on orphans. The issue of orphan care is crucial now, and will become increasingly more urgent in the future. Even as HIV/AIDS rates are on the decline, more and more children are being orphaned by the disease. This paper examines the policies, positions and language of the World Bank and I.M.F. regarding orphans in order to understand the biases and assumptions within neoliberalism about orphans, and who is responsible for ...


Gender Trouble In Northern Ireland: An Examination Of Gender And Bodies Within The 1970s And 1980s Provisional Irish Republican Army In Northern Ireland, Jennifer Earles Jun 2009

Gender Trouble In Northern Ireland: An Examination Of Gender And Bodies Within The 1970s And 1980s Provisional Irish Republican Army In Northern Ireland, Jennifer Earles

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With this thesis, I will utilize both feminist and queer theory to highlight the gendered and bodily tactics used by the women of the 1970s/1980s Provisional Irish Republican Army. I will explore how women can both manipulate gender and use their bodies as a response to gender, ethnic, class, and colonial power relations and conflict discourses, the limitations of these approaches, and how these actions can work to reconfigure political movements, local cultures, and create a space for social change and a future beyond conflict which includes women. My methods will include a feminist content analysis of interviews, written ...


Power-Control Theory: An Examination Of Private And Public Patriarchy, Jessica Nicole Mitchell Jun 2009

Power-Control Theory: An Examination Of Private And Public Patriarchy, Jessica Nicole Mitchell

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The gender difference in crime is indisputable. In an attempt to explain gender differences in adolescents' involvement in crime, secondary data analysis of middle and high school students and their neighborhoods will be examined. Feminists have identified the concept of patriarchy as the root of gender differences in all behavior and particularly in criminal behavior. Hagan's Power-Control Theory incorporates the concept of patriarchy through measures within home to examine how differences in occupational authority between parents affects the gender difference in delinquency through differential controls placed on sons and daughters. However, it has been suggested that the measure of ...


Opportunities For Spiritual Awakening And Growth In Mothering, Melissa J. Albee Jun 2008

Opportunities For Spiritual Awakening And Growth In Mothering, Melissa J. Albee

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My experiences as a mother have been enhanced by spirituality and my spirituality has been transformed through the practice of mothering. I will argue that part of the transformation available in mothering is that one can go from thinking of oneself as an individual with free will, self autonomy, and independence to believing maybe we are all more connected and dependent upon each other than we thought. I intend to explore my personal spiritual journey from an academic perspective in order to gain and share knowledge. Intense emotional experiences such as childbirth, learning how to take care of a person ...


I Am Warrior Woman, Hear Me Roar: The Challenge And Reproduction Of Heteronormativity In Speculative Television Programs, Leisa Anne Clark Jun 2008

I Am Warrior Woman, Hear Me Roar: The Challenge And Reproduction Of Heteronormativity In Speculative Television Programs, Leisa Anne Clark

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This paper explores how the "warrior woman" trope in western culture, as portrayed in late 20th century science fiction/fantasy and speculative television, reflects heteronormative/heterosexist discourses of femininity in American culture. First, I will examine feminine discourse in American culture, especially in the late 20th century. Then I will discuss how the tenets of second and third wave feminism influenced western paradigms of "the ideal female" and impacted pop culture by producing "warrior women" who both reflected and challenged heteronormative ideas and feminist principles. By examining several television shows produced in the United States and Great Britain from the ...